Read the Bible

March 23, 2023

Morning Reading
Midday Reading
Evening Reading


Psalm 116:1-7

I love the Lord, for he heard my voice;
  he heard my cry for mercy.
Because he turned his ear to me,
  I will call on him as long as I live.
The cords of death entangled me,
  the anguish of the grave came upon me;
  I was overcome by trouble and sorrow.
Then I called on the name of the Lord:
  “O Lord, save me!”
The Lord is gracious and righteous;
  our God is full of compassion.
The Lord protects the simplehearted;
  when I was in great need, he saved me.
Be at rest once more, O my soul,
  for the Lord has been good to you.


Midday Prayer

O God,
light of the minds that know you,
life of the souls that love you,
strength of the thoughts that seek you:
Help us to know you
that we may truly love you,
so to love you
that we may fully serve you,
whose service is perfect freedom;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Mark 3:19-35

Then Jesus entered a house, and again a crowd gathered, so that he and his disciples were not even able to eat. When his family heard about this, they went to take charge of him, for they said, “He is out of his mind.”
  And the teachers of the law who came down from Jerusalem said, “He is possessed by Beelzebul! By the prince of demons he is driving out demons.”

  So Jesus called them over to him and began to speak to them in parables: “How can Satan drive out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. And if Satan opposes himself and is divided, he cannot stand; his end has come. In fact, no one can enter a strong man’s house without first tying him up. Then he can plunder the strong man’s house. Truly I tell you, people can be forgiven all their sins and every slander they utter, but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; they are guilty of an eternal sin.”

  He said this because they were saying, “He has an impure spirit.”

  Then Jesus’ mother and brothers arrived. Standing outside, they sent someone in to call him. A crowd was sitting around him, and they told him, “Your mother and brothers are outside looking for you.”

  “Who are my mother and my brothers?” he asked.

  Then he looked at those seated in a circle around him and said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.”


Romans 15:13 NIV

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.