Daily Bible Readinghttp://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/Judges 6:36-40http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1178http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1178<div class="ExternalClass086429036E734CC29DB7FCFFDF1E42B9"><p>​Then Gideon said to God, &quot;In order to see whether you will deliver Israel by my hand, as you have said, I am going to lay a fleece of wool on the threshing floor; if there is dew on the fleece alone, and it is dry on all the ground, then I shall know that you will deliver Israel by my hand, as you have said.&quot; And it was so. When he rose early next morning and squeezed the fleece, he wrung enough dew from the fleece to fill a bowl with water. Then Gideon said to God, &quot;Do not let your anger burn against me, let me speak one more time; let me, please, make trial with the fleece just once more; let it be dry only on the fleece, and on all the ground let there be dew.&quot; And God did so that night. It was dry on the fleece only, and on all the ground there was dew.</p></div>04/24/20171 Peter 1:3-9http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1177http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1177<div class="ExternalClass8C5FD8A9CED34A4791E795F9B265C1F2"><p><strong>​Second Sunday of Easter</strong></p><p>Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who are being protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, even if now for a little while you have had to suffer various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith — being more precious than gold that, though perishable, is tested by fire — may be found to result in praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Although you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, for you are receiving the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.<br></p></div>04/23/2017John 20:11-20http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1176http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1176<div class="ExternalClass37753E37F1E44A35B31E7E6CEFBEBBF8"><p>But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. They said to her, &quot;Woman, why are you weeping?&quot; She said to them, &quot;They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.&quot; When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, &quot;Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?&quot; Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, &quot;Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.&quot; Jesus said to her, &quot;Mary!&quot; She turned and said to him in Hebrew, &quot;Rabbouni!&quot; (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, &quot;Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, 'I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.'&quot; Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, &quot;I have seen the Lord&quot;; and she told them that he had said these things to her.</p><p>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. </p><p>​</p></div>04/22/2017Psalm 16http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1175http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1175<div class="ExternalClassCAD68AC074404777BD7C9FF1F7A25EC1"><p>​Protect me, O God, for in you I take refuge.<br> I say to the LORD, &quot;You are my LORD;<br> I have no good apart from you.&quot;<br> As for the holy ones in the land, they are the noble,<br> in whom is all my delight.<br> Those who choose another god multiply their sorrows;<br> their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out<br> or take their names upon my lips.<br> The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup;<br> you hold my lot.<br> The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;<br> I have a goodly heritage.<br> I bless the LORD who gives me counsel;<br> in the night also my heart instructs me.<br> I keep the LORD always before me;<br> because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.<br> Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices;<br> my body also rests secure.<br> For you do not give me up to Sheol,<br> or let your faithful one see the Pit.<br> You show me the path of life.<br> In your presence there is fullness of joy;<br> in your right hand are pleasures forevermore.</p></div>04/21/2017Song of Solomon 2:8-15http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1174http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1174<div class="ExternalClass7042E2042F424C139F54A252222C2550"><p>​The voice of my beloved!<br> look, he comes,<br> leaping upon the mountains,<br> bounding over the hills.<br> My beloved is like a gazelle<br> or a young stag.<br> Look, there he stands<br> behind our wall,<br> gazing in at the windows,<br> looking through the lattice.<br> My beloved speaks and says to me&#58;<br> &quot;Arise, my love, my fair one,<br> and come away;<br> for now the winter is past,<br> the rain is over and gone.<br> The flowers appear on the earth;<br> the time of singing has come,<br> and the voice of the turtledove<br> &#160;is heard in our land.<br> The fig tree puts forth its figs,<br> and the vines are in blossom;<br> they give forth fragrance.<br> Arise, my love, my fair one,<br> and come away.<br> O my dove, in the clefts of the rock,<br> in the covert of the cliff,<br> let me see your face,<br> let me hear your voice;<br> for your voice is sweet,<br> and your face is lovely.<br> Catch us the foxes,<br> the little foxes,<br> that ruin the vineyards — <br>for our vineyards are in blossom.&quot;</p></div>04/20/2017Joshua 3:1-17http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1173http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1173<div class="ExternalClass212B8551818643C6A7F55D550ADFFBB1"><p>​</p><p>Early in the morning Joshua rose and set out from Shittim with all the Israelites, and they came to the Jordan. They camped there before crossing over. At the end of three days the officers went through the camp and commanded the people, &quot;When you see the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God being carried by the levitical priests, then you shall set out from your place. Follow it, so that you may know the way you should go, for you have not passed this way before. Yet there shall be a space between you and it, a distance of about two thousand cubits; do not come any nearer to it.&quot; Then Joshua said to the people, &quot;Sanctify yourselves; for tomorrow the LORD will do wonders among you.&quot; To the priests Joshua said, &quot;Take up the ark of the covenant, and pass on in front of the people.&quot; So they took up the ark of the covenant and went in front of the people.</p><p>The LORD said to Joshua, &quot;This day I will begin to exalt you in the sight of all Israel, so that they may know that I will be with you as I was with Moses. You are the one who shall command the priests who bear the ark of the covenant, 'When you come to the edge of the waters of the Jordan, you shall stand still in the Jordan.'&quot; Joshua then said to the Israelites, &quot;Draw near and hear the words of the LORD your God.&quot; Joshua said, &quot;By this you shall know that among you is the living God who without fail will drive out from before you the Canaanites, Hittites, Hivites, Perizzites, Girgashites, Amorites, and Jebusites&#58; the ark of the covenant of the LORD of all the earth is going to pass before you into the Jordan. So now select twelve men from the tribes of Israel, one from each tribe. When the soles of the feet of the priests who bear the ark of the LORD, the LORD of all the earth, rest in the waters of the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan flowing from above shall be cut off; they shall stand in a single heap.&quot;</p><p>When the people set out from their tents to cross over the Jordan, the priests bearing the ark of the covenant were in front of the people. Now the Jordan overflows all its banks throughout the time of harvest. So when those who bore the ark had come to the Jordan, and the feet of the priests bearing the ark were dipped in the edge of the water, the waters flowing from above stood still, rising up in a single heap far off at Adam, the city that is beside Zarethan, while those flowing toward the sea of the Arabah, the Dead Sea, were wholly cut off. Then the people crossed over opposite Jericho. While all Israel were crossing over on dry ground, the priests who bore the ark of the covenant of the LORD stood on dry ground in the middle of the Jordan, until the entire nation finished crossing over the Jordan.</p></div>04/19/2017