Daily Bible Readinghttp://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/Luke 24:36b-48http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/421http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/421<div class="ExternalClass46251DD1052140AE9661F61E024B59CE"><strong>Third Sunday of Easter</strong><br><br>​&quot;Peace be with you.&quot; They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost. He said to them, &quot;Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.&quot; And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering, he said to them, &quot;Have you anything here to eat?&quot; They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate in their presence.<br> <br>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.</div>04/19/2015Acts 3:1-10http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/420http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/420<div class="ExternalClass1EC590E86C28434D966F124E38A9DF64">​One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, at three o'clock in the afternoon. And a man lame from birth was being carried in. People would lay him daily at the gate of the temple called the Beautiful Gate so that he could ask for alms from those entering the temple. When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked them for alms. Peter looked intently at him, as did John, and said, &quot;Look at us.&quot; And he fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive something from them. But Peter said, &quot;I have no silver or gold, but what I have I give you; in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, stand up and walk.&quot; And he took him by the right hand and raised him up; and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong. Jumping up, he stood and began to walk, and he entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God. All the people saw him walking and praising God, and they recognized him as the one who used to sit and ask for alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple; and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.</div>04/18/2015Daniel 10:2-19http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/419http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/419<div class="ExternalClass92DDCE404F254E4D856F19C8CF9C6C42">​At that time I, Daniel, had been mourning for three weeks. I had eaten no rich food, no meat or wine had entered my mouth, and I had not anointed myself at all, for the full three weeks. On the twenty- fourth day of the first month, as I was standing on the bank of the great river (that is, the Tigris), I looked up and saw a man clothed in linen, with a belt of gold from Uphaz around his waist. His body was like beryl, his face like lightning, his eyes like flaming torches, his arms and legs like the gleam of burnished bronze, and the sound of his words like the roar of a multitude. I, Daniel, alone saw the vision; the people who were with me did not see the vision, though a great trembling fell upon them, and they fled and hid themselves. So I was left alone to see this great vision. My strength left me, and my complexion grew deathly pale, and I retained no strength. Then I heard the sound of his words; and when I heard the sound of his words, I fell into a trance, face to the ground.<br> <br>But then a hand touched me and roused me to my hands and knees. He said to me, &quot;Daniel, greatly beloved, pay attention to the words that I am going to speak to you. Stand on your feet, for I have now been sent to you.&quot; So while he was speaking this word to me, I stood up trembling. He said to me, &quot;Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words have been heard, and I have come because of your words. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia opposed me twenty-one days. So Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, and I left him there with the prince of the kingdom of Persia, and have come to help you understand what is to happen to your people at the end of days. For there is a further vision for those days.&quot;<br> <br>While he was speaking these words to me, I turned my face toward the ground and was speechless. Then one in human form touched my lips, and I opened my mouth to speak, and said to the one who stood before me, &quot;My lord, because of the vision such pains have come upon me that I retain no strength. How can my lord's servant talk with my lord? For I am shaking, no strength remains in me, and no breath is left in me.&quot;<br> <br>Again one in human form touched me and strengthened me. He said, &quot;Do not fear, greatly beloved, you are safe. Be strong and courageous!&quot; When he spoke to me, I was strengthened and said, &quot;Let my lord speak, for you have strengthened me.&quot;</div>04/17/2015Psalm 4http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/418http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/418<div class="ExternalClass075C960B051249DD8BA24ABAC10420E3">​Answer me when I call, O God of my right!<br> <sup>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </sup>You gave me room when I was in distress.<br> <sup>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </sup>Be gracious to me, and hear my prayer.<br> How long, you people, shall my honor suffer shame?<br> <sup>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </sup>How long will you love vain words, and seek after lies?<br> Selah<br> <br>But know that the LORD has set apart the faithful for himself;<br> <sup>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </sup>the LORD hears when I call to him.<br> When you are disturbed, do not sin;<br> <sup>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </sup>ponder it on your beds, and be silent.<br> Selah<br> <br>Offer right sacrifices,<br> <sup>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </sup>and put your trust in the LORD.<br> There are many who say, &quot;O that we might see some good!<br> <sup>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </sup>Let the light of your face shine on us, O LORD!&quot;<br> You have put gladness in my heart<br> <sup>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </sup>more than when their grain and wine abound.<br> I will both lie down and sleep in peace;<br> <sup>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </sup>for you alone, O LORD, make me lie down in safety.</div>04/16/2015Mark 12:18-27http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/417http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/417<div class="ExternalClassFD6BB32EA7E74D31A7B435D0DA8DAD32">​Some Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to him and asked him a question, saying, Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man's brother dies, leaving a wife but no child, the man shall marry the widow and raise up children for his brother. There were seven brothers; the first married and, when he died, left no children; and the second married the widow and died, leaving no children; and the third likewise; none of the seven left children. Last of all the woman herself died. In the resurrection whose wife will she be? For the seven had married her.&quot;<br> <br>Jesus said to them, &quot;Is not this the reason you are wrong, that you know neither the scriptures nor the power of God? For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. And as for the dead being raised, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the story about the bush, how God said to him, 'I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob'? He is God not of the dead, but of the living; you are quite wrong.&quot;</div>04/15/20151 John 2:12-17http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/416http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/416<div class="ExternalClassDDB0F3A6F3844F2C865E139325132463">​I am writing to you, little children,<br> <sup>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </sup>because your sins are forgiven on account of his name.<br> I am writing to you, fathers,<br> <sup>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </sup>because you know him who is from the beginning.<br> <sup>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </sup>I am writing to you, young people,<br> <sup>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </sup>because you have conquered the evil one.<br> I write to you, children,<br> <sup>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </sup>because you know the Father.<br> <sup>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </sup>I write to you, fathers,<br> <sup>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </sup>because you know him who is from the beginning.<br> <sup>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </sup>I write to you, young people,<br> <sup>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </sup>because you are strong<br> <sup>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </sup>and the word of God abides in you,<br> <sup>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </sup>and you have overcome the evil one.<br> Do not love the world or the things in the world. The love of the Father is not in those who love the world; for all that is in the world — the desire of the flesh, the desire of the eyes, the pride in riches — comes not from the Father but from the world. And the world and its desire are passing away, but those who do the will of God live forever.</div>04/14/2015