Daily Bible Readinghttps://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/John 10:11-18https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/3849https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/3849<div class="ExternalClassFB8716BF2A094DCFAA87B5533125FDBD"><p><strong>​Fourth Sunday of Easter</strong><br></p><p><sup>11</sup>I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. <sup>12</sup>The hired hand, who is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away — and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. <sup>13</sup>The hired hand runs away because a hired hand does not care for the sheep. <sup>14</sup>I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, <sup>15</sup>just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. And I lay down my life for the sheep. <sup>16</sup>I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. <sup>17</sup>For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again. <sup>18</sup>No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it up again. I have received this command from my Father.&quot;<br></p></div>04/21/2024Mark 6:30-34https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/3848https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/3848<div class="ExternalClass1C753AF05FA44BB2A0C6C448068B7269"><p>​<sup>30</sup>The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. <sup>31</sup>He said to them, &quot;Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.&quot; For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. <sup>32</sup>And they went away in the boat to a deserted place by themselves. <sup>33</sup>Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they hurried there on foot from all the towns and arrived ahead of them. <sup>34</sup>As he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.<br></p></div>04/20/2024Acts 4:1-4https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/3847https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/3847<div class="ExternalClassC01CAF78AE4C4B18B2F8F138554C5A34"><p>​<sup>1</sup>While Peter and John were speaking to the people, the priests, the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees came to them, <sup>2</sup>much annoyed because they were teaching the people and proclaiming that in Jesus there is the resurrection of the dead. <sup>3</sup>So they arrested them and put them in custody until the next day, for it was already evening. <sup>4</sup>But many of those who heard the word believed; and they numbered about five thousand.<br></p></div>04/19/2024Psalm 23https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/3846https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/3846<div class="ExternalClass7E56D6857031410090826825D3414B70"><p>​<sup>1</sup>The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.<br> <sup>2</sup>He makes me lie down in green pastures;<br> he leads me beside still waters;<br> <sup>3</sup>he restores my soul.<br> He leads me in right paths<br> for his name's sake.<br> <sup>4</sup>Even though I walk through the darkest valley,<br> I fear no evil;<br> for you are with me;<br> your rod and your staff —<br> they comfort me.<br> <sup>5</sup>You prepare a table before me<br> in the presence of my enemies;<br> you anoint my head with oil;<br> my cup overflows.<br> <sup>6</sup>Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me<br> all the days of my life,<br> and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD<br> my whole life long.<br></p></div>04/18/2024Proverbs 9:1-6https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/3845https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/3845<div class="ExternalClass21BB90CC849F4AC78AA40D77423114C1"><p>​<sup>1</sup>Wisdom has built her house,<br> she has hewn her seven pillars.<br> <sup>2</sup>She has slaughtered her animals, she has mixed her wine,<br> she has also set her table.<br> <sup>3</sup>She has sent out her servant-girls, she calls<br> from the highest places in the town,<br> <sup>4</sup>&quot;You that are simple, turn in here!&quot;<br> To those without sense she says,<br> <sup>5</sup>&quot;Come, eat of my bread<br> and drink of the wine I have mixed.<br> <sup>6</sup>Lay aside immaturity, and live,<br> and walk in the way of insight.&quot;<br></p></div>04/17/20242 John 1-6https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/3844https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/3844<div class="ExternalClassCC501676E3D549839276FB803D6D187A"><p><sup>1</sup>The elder to the elect lady and her children, whom I love in the truth, and not only I but also all who know the truth, <sup>2</sup>because of the truth that abides in us and will be with us forever&#58;</p><p><sup>3</sup>Grace, mercy, and peace will be with us from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Father's Son, in truth and love.</p><p><sup>4</sup>I was overjoyed to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as we have been commanded by the Father. <sup>5</sup>But now, dear lady, I ask you, not as though I were writing you a new commandment, but one we have had from the beginning, let us love one another. <sup>6</sup>And this is love, that we walk according to his commandments; this is the commandment just as you have heard it from the beginning — you must walk in it.</p><p><sup>7</sup>Many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh; any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist! <sup>8</sup>Be on your guard, so that you do not lose what we have worked for, but may receive a full reward. <sup>9</sup>Everyone who does not abide in the teaching of Christ, but goes beyond it, does not have God; whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. <sup>10</sup>Do not receive into the house or welcome anyone who comes to you and does not bring this teaching; <sup>11</sup>for to welcome is to participate in the evil deeds of such a person.</p><p><sup>12</sup>Although I have much to write to you, I would rather not use paper and ink; instead I hope to come to you and talk with you face to face, so that our joy may be complete.</p><p><sup>13</sup>The children of your elect sister send you their greetings.<br></p></div>04/16/2024