Daily Bible Readinghttp://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/Genesis 11:1-9http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1602http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1602<div class="ExternalClassC7A7BC018F6D402D8D0F053C8B294B0B"><p>​Now the whole earth had one language and the same words. And as they migrated from the east, they came upon a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there. And they said to one another, &quot;Come, let us make bricks, and burn them thoroughly.&quot; And they had brick for stone, and bitumen for mortar. Then they said, &quot;Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves; otherwise we shall be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.&quot; The LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which mortals had built. And the LORD said, &quot;Look, they are one people, and they have all one language; and this is only the beginning of what they will do; nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them. Come, let us go down, and confuse their language there, so that they will not understand one another's speech.&quot; So the LORD scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they left off building the city. Therefore it was called Babel, because there the LORD confused the language of all the earth; and from there the LORD scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth.</p></div>05/22/2018Joel 2:18-29http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1601http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1601<div class="ExternalClass63297A79A66D42B994FE4B4AA5B8CC64"><p>​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> &#160;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.</p></div>05/21/2018Romans 8:22-27http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1600http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1600<div class="ExternalClassF9137AB4409545EAB88AB6284C1C83C2"><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>05/20/2018John 7:37-39http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1599http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1599<div class="ExternalClass7316B273D21245AF9EB29A01DF64E228"><p><strong>​Vigil of Pentecost</strong></p><p>On the last day of the festival, the great day, while Jesus was standing there, he cried out, &quot;Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, and let the one who believes in me drink. As the scripture has said, 'Out of the believer's heart shall flow rivers of living water.'&quot; Now he said this about the Spirit, which believers in him were to receive; for as yet there was no Spirit, because Jesus was not yet glorified.<br></p></div>05/19/2018Job 37:1-13http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1598http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1598<div class="ExternalClass9779D075AAFE4EBBA02F7AE9DA1519C7"><p>​&quot;At this also my heart trembles,<br> and leaps out of its place.<br> Listen, listen to the thunder of his voice<br> and the rumbling that comes from his mouth.<br> Under the whole heaven he lets it loose,<br> and his lightning to the corners of the earth.<br> After it his voice roars;<br> he thunders with his majestic voice<br> and he does not restrain the lightnings when his voice is heard.<br> God thunders wondrously with his voice;<br> he does great things that we cannot comprehend.<br> For to the snow he says, 'Fall on the earth';<br> and the shower of rain, his heavy shower of rain,<br> serves as a sign on everyone's hand,<br> so that all whom he has made may know it.<br> Then the animals go into their lairs<br> and remain in their dens.<br> From its chamber comes the whirlwind,<br> and cold from the scattering winds.<br> By the breath of God ice is given,<br> and the broad waters are frozen fast.<br> He loads the thick cloud with moisture;<br> the clouds scatter his lightning.<br> They turn round and round by his guidance,<br> to accomplish all that he commands them<br> on the face of the habitable world.<br> Whether for correction, or for his land,<br> or for love, he causes it to happen.</p></div>05/18/20181 Corinthians 15:42b-49http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1597http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1597<div class="ExternalClassBDB91FD428974ADD8679102FE429AAE1"><p>​So it is with the resurrection of the dead. 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.</p></div>05/17/2018