Read the Bible

March 23, 2023

Morning Reading
Midday Reading
Evening Reading


Psalm 115:1-11 NIV

Not to us, O Lord, not to us
  but to your name be the glory,
  because of your love and faithfulness.
Why do the nations say,
  “Where is their God?”
Our God is in heaven;
  he does whatever pleases him.
But their idols are silver and gold,
  made by the hands of men.
They have mouths, but cannot speak,
  eyes, but they cannot see;
they have ears, but cannot hear,
  noses, but they cannot smell;
they have hands, but cannot feel,
  feet, but they cannot walk;
  nor can they utter a sound with their throats.
Those who make them will be like them,
  and so will all who trust in them.
O house of Israel, trust in the Lord-
  he is their help and shield.
O house of Aaron, trust in the Lord-
  he is their help and shield.
You who fear him, trust in the Lord-
  he is their help and shield.


Midday Prayer

Almighty God, you built your church
upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets,
with Jesus Christ himself as the cornerstone.

Join us together by their teaching,
so that we may be a holy temple
in whom your Spirit dwells;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Mark 2:23-3:6 NIV

One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields, and as his disciples walked along, they began to pick some heads of grain. The Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?”
  He answered, “Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need? In the days of Abiathar the high priest, he entered the house of God and ate the consecrated bread, which is lawful only for priests to eat. And he also gave some to his companions.”

  Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.”

  Another time Jesus went into the synagogue, and a man with a shriveled hand was there. Some of them were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal him on the Sabbath. Jesus said to the man with the shriveled hand, “Stand up in front of everyone.”
  Then Jesus asked them, “Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they remained silent.

  He looked around at them in anger and, deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts, said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was completely restored. Then the Pharisees went out and began to plot with the Herodians how they might kill Jesus.


1 Peter 5:10-11 NIV

And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.