Daily Bible Readinghttp://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/John 20:19-23http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/458http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/458<div class="ExternalClass3B5828F20C19474AB7984CD974A4266F">​When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, &quot;Peace be with you.&quot; After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, &quot;Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.&quot; When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, &quot;Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.</div>05/27/2015Psalm 104:24-34, 35bhttp://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/457http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/457<div class="ExternalClass4980808822334BA6ACDE78CB1EC7C91C"><p>O LORD, how manifold are your works!<br> In wisdom you have made them all;<br> the earth is full of your creatures.<br> Yonder is the sea, great and wide,<br> creeping things innumerable are there,<br> living things both small and great.<br> There go the ships,<br> and Leviathan that you formed to sport in it.<br> These all look to you<br> to give them their food in due season;<br> when you give to them, they gather it up;<br> when you open your hand, they are filled with good things.<br> When you hide your face, they are dismayed;<br> when you take away their breath, they die<br> and return to their dust.<br> When you send forth your spirit, they are created;<br> and you renew the face of the ground.<br> May the glory of the LORD endure forever;<br> may the LORD rejoice in his works — <br>who looks on the earth and it trembles,<br> who touches the mountains and they smoke.<br> I will sing to the LORD as long as I live;<br> I will sing praise to my God while I have being.<br> May my meditation be pleasing to him,<br> for I rejoice in the LORD.</p><p>Bless the LORD, O my soul.</p></div>05/26/2015Joel 2:18-29http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/456http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/456<div class="ExternalClassBD3F4C68310B44E598D2DE8C3735D171">Then the LORD became jealous for his land,<br> and had pity on his people.<br> In response to his people the LORD said&#58;<br> I am sending you<br> grain, wine, and oil,<br> and you will be satisfied;<br> and I will no more make you<br> a mockery among the nations.<br> I will remove the northern army far from you,<br> and drive it into a parched and desolate land,<br> its front into the eastern sea,<br> and its rear into the western sea;<br> its stench and foul smell will rise up.<br> Surely he has done great things!<br> Do not fear, O soil;<br> be glad and rejoice,<br> for the LORD has done great things!<br> Do not fear, you animals of the field,<br> for the pastures of the wilderness are green;<br> the tree bears its fruit,<br> the fig tree and vine give their full yield.<br> O children of Zion, be glad<br> and rejoice in the LORD your God;<br> for he has given the early rain for your vindication,<br> he has poured down for you abundant rain,<br> the early and the later rain, as before.<br> The threshing floors shall be full of grain,<br> the vats shall overflow with wine and oil.<br> I will repay you for the years<br> that the swarming locust has eaten,<br> the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter,<br> my great army, which I sent against you.<br> You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied,<br> and praise the name of the LORD your God,<br> who has dealt wondrously with you.<br> And my people shall never again be put to shame.<br> You shall know that I am in the midst of Israel,<br> and that I, the LORD, am your God and there is no other. <br>And my people shall never again be put to shame.<br> Then afterward<br> I will pour out my spirit on all flesh;<br> your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,<br> your old men shall dream dreams,<br> and your young men shall see visions.<br> Even on the male and female slaves,<br> in those days, I will pour out my spirit.</div>05/25/2015Romans 8:22-27http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/455http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/455<div class="ExternalClass098E5CA562274C4BB57AAE6E2274F316"><p>​<strong>Day of Pentecost</strong></p> <p>We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.</p><p>Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.</p></div>05/24/2015Psalm 33:12-22http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/454http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/454<div class="ExternalClassCE97CB7EE1194CB48346345A82A68620">Happy is the nation whose God is the LORD,<br> the people whom he has chosen as his heritage.<br> The LORD looks down from heaven;<br> he sees all humankind.<br> From where he sits enthroned he watches<br> all the inhabitants of the earth — <br>he who fashions the hearts of them all,<br> and observes all their deeds.<br> A king is not saved by his great army;<br> a warrior is not delivered by his great strength.<br> The war horse is a vain hope for victory,<br> and by its great might it cannot save.<br> Truly the eye of the LORD is on those who fear him,<br> on those who hope in his steadfast love,<br> to deliver their soul from death,<br> and to keep them alive in famine.<br> Our soul waits for the LORD;<br> he is our help and shield.<br> Our heart is glad in him,<br> because we trust in his holy name.<br> Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us,<br> even as we hope in you.</div>05/22/20151 Corinthians 15:42b-49http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/453http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/453<div class="ExternalClass5F435F9B35CA437787A19A751481E310">​What is sown is perishable, what is raised is imperishable. It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. It is sown a physical body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a physical body, there is also a spiritual body. Thus it is written, &quot;The first man, Adam, became a living being&quot;; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit. But it is not the spiritual that is first, but the physical, and then the spiritual. The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven. As was the man of dust, so are those who are of the dust; and as is the man of heaven, so are those who are of heaven. Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we will also bear the image of the man of heaven.</div>05/21/2015