Daily Bible Readinghttp://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1 Samuel 16:1-13http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/429http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/429<div class="ExternalClassD35EF56C6A1F4A089B57DA64D09E44E1">​The LORD said to Samuel, &quot;How long will you grieve over Saul? I have rejected him from being king over Israel. Fill your horn with oil and set out; I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided for myself a king among his sons.&quot; Samuel said, &quot;How can I go? If Saul hears of it, he will kill me.&quot; And the LORD said, &quot;Take a heifer with you, and say, 'I have come to sacrifice to the LORD.' Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do; and you shall anoint for me the one whom I name to you.&quot; Samuel did what the LORD commanded, and came to Bethlehem. The elders of the city came to meet him trembling, and said, &quot;Do you come peaceably?&quot; He said, &quot;Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice to the LORD; sanctify yourselves and come with me to the sacrifice.&quot; And he sanctified Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice.<br> <br>When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, &quot;Surely the LORD's anointed is now before the LORD.&quot; But the LORD said to Samuel, &quot;Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the LORD does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.&quot; Then Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. He said, &quot;Neither has the LORD chosen this one.&quot; Then Jesse made Shammah pass by. And he said, &quot;Neither has the LORD chosen this one.&quot; Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel, and Samuel said to Jesse, &quot;The LORD has not chosen any of these.&quot; Samuel said to Jesse, &quot;Are all your sons here?&quot; And he said, &quot;There remains yet the youngest, but he is keeping the sheep.&quot; And Samuel said to Jesse, &quot;Send and bring him; for we will not sit down until he comes here.&quot; He sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and had beautiful eyes, and was handsome. The LORD said, &quot;Rise and anoint him; for this is the one.&quot; Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the presence of his brothers; and the spirit of the LORD came mightily upon David from that day forward. Samuel then set out and went to Ramah.</div>04/27/2015Acts 4:5-12http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/428http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/428<div class="ExternalClassCCC0C263D6FD46AB806CD974DAD3C521"> <strong>Fourth Sunday of Easter</strong><br><br>​The next day their rulers, elders, and scribes assembled in Jerusalem, with Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, John, and Alexander, and all who were of the high-priestly family. When they had made the prisoners stand in their midst, they inquired, &quot;By what power or by what name did you do this?&quot; Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, &quot;Rulers of the people and elders, if we are questioned today because of a good deed done to someone who was sick and are asked how this man has been healed, let it be known to all of you, and to all the people of Israel, that this man is standing before you in good health by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead. This Jesus is<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;'the stone that was rejected by you, the builders;<br>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;it has become the cornerstone.'<br> There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among mortals by which we must be saved.&quot;</div>04/26/2015Mark 1:1-5http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/427http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/427<div class="ExternalClass81985C9BC49D412FAAEB84DA26382A99"><strong>Mark, Evangelist</strong><br><br>The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.<br> As it is written in the prophet Isaiah, <br> <sup>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </sup>&quot;See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,<br> <sup>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </sup>who will prepare your way;<br> the voice of one crying out in the wilderness&#58;<br> <sup>&#160;&#160; </sup> <sup>&#160;&#160;</sup>'Prepare the way of the Lord,<br> <sup>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </sup>make his paths straight,'&quot;<br> John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.<br></div>04/25/2015Acts 4:1-4http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/426http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/426<div class="ExternalClass265B487FAF104DCCBD580252773680E9">​While Peter and John were speaking to the people, the priests, the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees came to them, much annoyed because they were teaching the people and proclaiming that in Jesus there is the resurrection of the dead. So they arrested them and put them in custody until the next day, for it was already evening. But many of those who heard the word believed; and they numbered about five thousand.</div>04/24/2015Genesis 30:24-43http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/425http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/425<div class="ExternalClassFD8EFC7954594090ABF8667EBCB2AFAB">​and she named him Joseph, saying, &quot;May the LORD add to me another son!&quot;<br> <br>When Rachel had borne Joseph, Jacob said to Laban, &quot;Send me away, that I may go to my own home and country. Give me my wives and my children for whom I have served you, and let me go; for you know very well the service I have given you.&quot; But Laban said to him, &quot;If you will allow me to say so, I have learned by divination that the LORD has blessed me because of you; name your wages, and I will give it.&quot; Jacob said to him, &quot;You yourself know how I have served you, and how your cattle have fared with me. For you had little before I came, and it has increased abundantly; and the LORD has blessed you wherever I turned. But now when shall I provide for my own household also?&quot; He said, &quot;What shall I give you?&quot; Jacob said, &quot;You shall not give me anything; if you will do this for me, I will again feed your flock and keep it&#58; let me pass through all your flock today, removing from it every speckled and spotted sheep and every black lamb, and the spotted and speckled among the goats; and such shall be my wages. So my honesty will answer for me later, when you come to look into my wages with you. Every one that is not speckled and spotted among the goats and black among the lambs, if found with me, shall be counted stolen.&quot; Laban said, &quot;Good! Let it be as you have said.&quot; But that day Laban removed the male goats that were striped and spotted, and all the female goats that were speckled and spotted, every one that had white on it, and every lamb that was black, and put them in charge of his sons; and he set a distance of three days' journey between himself and Jacob, while Jacob was pasturing the rest of Laban's flock.<br> <br>Then Jacob took fresh rods of poplar and almond and plane, and peeled white streaks in them, exposing the white of the rods. He set the rods that he had peeled in front of the flocks in the troughs, that is, the watering places, where the flocks came to drink. And since they bred when they came to drink, the flocks bred in front of the rods, and so the flocks produced young that were striped, speckled, and spotted. Jacob separated the lambs, and set the faces of the flocks toward the striped and the completely black animals in the flock of Laban; and he put his own droves apart, and did not put them with Laban's flock. Whenever the stronger of the flock were breeding, Jacob laid the rods in the troughs before the eyes of the flock, that they might breed among the rods, but for the feebler of the flock he did not lay them there; so the feebler were Laban's, and the stronger Jacob's. Thus the man grew exceedingly rich, and had large flocks, and male and female slaves, and camels and donkeys.</div>04/23/2015Psalm 150http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/424http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/424<div class="ExternalClassE3CCAC5240454CB0A780C3EF8BF5A4C2">​Praise the LORD!<br> <sup>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </sup>Praise God in his sanctuary;<br> <sup>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </sup>praise him in his mighty firmament!<br> Praise him for his mighty deeds;<br> <sup>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </sup>praise him according to his surpassing greatness!<br> Praise him with trumpet sound;<br> <sup>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </sup>praise him with lute and harp!<br> Praise him with tambourine and dance;<br> <sup>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </sup>praise him with strings and pipe!<br> Praise him with clanging cymbals;<br> <sup>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </sup>praise him with loud clashing cymbals!<br> Let everything that breathes praise the LORD!<br> <sup>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </sup>Praise the LORD!</div>04/22/2015