Daily Bible Readinghttp://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/Luke 24:44-53http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/809http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/809<div class="ExternalClassF50C7A803C314C8BAD89EAF2358A726A"><p><strong>​Ascension of Our Lord</strong></p><p>Then he said to them, &quot;These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you — that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.&quot; Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, &quot;Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And see, I am sending upon you what my Father promised; so stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.&quot;</p><p>Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and, lifting up his hands, he blessed them. While he was blessing them, he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven. And they worshiped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy; and they were continually in the temple blessing God.</p></div>05/05/2016Psalm 93http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/808http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/808<div class="ExternalClass817DAAFF90B145CEA8EEEF74947709FC"><p>​The LORD is king, he is robed in majesty;<br> the LORD is robed, he is girded with strength.<br> He has established the world; it shall never be moved;<br> your throne is established from of old;<br> you are from everlasting.<br> The floods have lifted up, O LORD,<br> the floods have lifted up their voice;<br> the floods lift up their roaring.<br> More majestic than the thunders of mighty waters,<br> more majestic than the waves of the sea,<br> majestic on high is the LORD!<br> Your decrees are very sure;<br> holiness befits your house,<br> O LORD, forevermore.</p></div>05/04/20162 Chronicles 15:1-15http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/807http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/807<div class="ExternalClass6DB6CD93311C4BB88BF1FABDE1D50875"><p>The spirit of God came upon Azariah son of Oded. He went out to meet Asa and said to him, &quot;Hear me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin&#58; The LORD is with you, while you are with him. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you abandon him, he will abandon you. For a long time Israel was without the true God, and without a teaching priest, and without law; but when in their distress they turned to the LORD, the God of Israel, and sought him, he was found by them. In those times it was not safe for anyone to go or come, for great disturbances afflicted all the inhabitants of the lands. They were broken in pieces, nation against nation and city against city, for God troubled them with every sort of distress. But you, take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded.&quot;</p><p>When Asa heard these words, the prophecy of Azariah son of Oded, he took courage, and put away the abominable idols from all the land of Judah and Benjamin and from the towns that he had taken in the hill country of Ephraim. He repaired the altar of the LORD that was in front of the vestibule of the house of the LORD. He gathered all Judah and Benjamin, and those from Ephraim, Manasseh, and Simeon who were residing as aliens with them, for great numbers had deserted to him from Israel when they saw that the LORD his God was with him. They were gathered at Jerusalem in the third month of the fifteenth year of the reign of Asa. They sacrificed to the LORD on that day, from the booty that they had brought, seven hundred oxen and seven thousand sheep. They entered into a covenant to seek the LORD, the God of their ancestors, with all their heart and with all their soul. Whoever would not seek the LORD, the God of Israel, should be put to death, whether young or old, man or woman. They took an oath to the LORD with a loud voice, and with shouting, and with trumpets, and with horns. All Judah rejoiced over the oath; for they had sworn with all their heart, and had sought him with their whole desire, and he was found by them, and the LORD gave them rest all around.</p></div>05/03/2016Isaiah 30:18-21http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/806http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/806<div class="ExternalClass0AD02400542A488889C23A34C2A9F7F2"><p>​<strong>Philip and James, Apostles (transferred)</strong></p><p>Therefore the LORD waits to be gracious to you;<br> therefore he will rise up to show mercy to you.<br> For the LORD is a God of justice;<br> blessed are all those who wait for him.</p><p>Truly, O people in Zion, inhabitants of Jerusalem, you shall weep no more. He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry; when he hears it, he will answer you. Though the LORD may give you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet your Teacher will not hide himself any more, but your eyes shall see your Teacher. And when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left, your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, &quot;This is the way; walk in it.&quot;</p><p><br></p></div>05/02/2016Revelation 21:10, 22—22:5http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/805http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/805<div class="ExternalClassDBCEDD2E8E154376A21C045C98FD811A"><p>​<strong>Sixth Sunday of Easter</strong></p><p>And in the spirit he carried me away to a great, high mountain and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God. It has the glory of God and a radiance like a very rare jewel, like jasper, clear as crystal. It has a great, high wall with twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and on the gates are inscribed the names of the twelve tribes of the Israelites; on the east three gates, on the north three gates, on the south three gates, and on the west three gates. And the wall of the city has twelve foundations, and on them are the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.</p><p>The angel who talked to me had a measuring rod of gold to measure the city and its gates and walls. The city lies foursquare, its length the same as its width; and he measured the city with his rod, fifteen hundred miles; its length and width and height are equal. He also measured its wall, one hundred forty-four cubits by human measurement, which the angel was using. The wall is built of jasper, while the city is pure gold, clear as glass. The foundations of the wall of the city are adorned with every jewel; the first was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald, the fifth onyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, the twelfth amethyst. And the twelve gates are twelve pearls, each of the gates is a single pearl, and the street of the city is pure gold, transparent as glass.</p><p>I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God is its light, and its lamp is the Lamb. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it. Its gates will never be shut by day and there will be no night there. People will bring into it the glory and the honor of the nations. But nothing unclean will enter it, nor anyone who practices abomination or falsehood, but only those who are written in the Lamb's book of life.</p><p>Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city. On either side of the river is the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, producing its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. Nothing accursed will be found there any more. But the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him; they will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. And there will be no more night; they need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.</p><p><br></p></div>05/01/2016Luke 19:1-10http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/804http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/804<div class="ExternalClass7B694067582B4B40B49996828AB0C4BE"><p>​He entered Jericho and was passing through it. A man was there named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was rich. He was trying to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was short in stature. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to see him, because he was going to pass that way. When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, &quot;Zacchaeus, hurry and come down; for I must stay at your house today.&quot; So he hurried down and was happy to welcome him. All who saw it began to grumble and said, &quot;He has gone to be the guest of one who is a sinner.&quot; Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, &quot;Look, half of my possessions, Lord, I will give to the poor; and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will pay back four times as much.&quot; Then Jesus said to him, &quot;Today salvation has come to this house, because he too is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost.&quot;</p></div>04/30/2016