2016 Lutheran Week Videos, Daily Digest & Bulletin Insert

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The Daily Lectionary – August 24, 2016
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The Daily Lectionary – August 24, 2016

Judges 18:16–31; Acts 8:14–25; John 6:1–15 My dad caught a twelve pound large-mouth bass in Orlando. He had it mounted and it hung on the wall of our Florida Room for many years. He was proud of his catch and because it meant a lot to him, he would say, “There’s no amount of money […]

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August NALC News now online

August NALC News now online

Read the August issue of NALC News containing coverage of the 2016 NALC Convocation and the Braaten-Benne Lectures in Theology, which gathered Aug. 9-12 in Anaheim, California.

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The Daily Lectionary – August 23, 2016
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The Daily Lectionary – August 23, 2016

Judges 18:1–15; Acts 8:1–13; John 5:30–47 Following the martyrdom of Stephen, Scripture tells us persecution arose against the Church. A great number of Christians were thrown into prison for their alleged blasphemy, while others, including Saul the Pharisee, stood by in approval. He too went from house to house and dragged believers away because of […]

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Discipleship Moment – August 23, 2016

Pastor Bob Quaintance shares how Life-to-Life Discipleship finds its true basis in the Word of God. From congregational meetings to one-on-one encounters, Good Hope Lutheran Church in Youngstown, Ohio, has seen how the Word of God is powerfully transforming their community.

The Daily Lectionary – August 22, 2016
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The Daily Lectionary – August 22, 2016

Judges 17:1–13; Acts 7:44–8:1a; John 5:19–29 The terrorist group called ISIS has beheaded hundreds of journalists and Iraqi Christians, along with other horrid acts, since 2014. These macabre acts were done in the so-called name of their god. Unfortunately this type of atrocity has taken place all too often in human history. In the early days […]

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The Daily Lectionary – August 21, 2016
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The Daily Lectionary – August 21, 2016

Judges 16:15–31; 2 Corinthians 13:1–13; Mark 5:25–34 “Can I get a witness?” This is a powerful lyric that appears in many songs of rock-n-roll lore. When the singer offers this phrase with his hand in the air, the audience responds with equal fervor. In 2 Corinthians 13, Paul is looking for a witness. In fact, […]

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The Daily Lectionary – August 20, 2016
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The Daily Lectionary – August 20, 2016

Judges 16:1–14; Acts 7:30–43; John 5:1–18 The older I get, I find that many people seek false gods, and fail to trust in the one true God for their needs. We look in the face of those whose lives have been indelibly changed by the saving power of Christ, and still refuse to seek the […]

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The Daily Lectionary – August 19, 2016
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The Daily Lectionary – August 19, 2016

Judges 14:20–15:20; Acts 7:17–29; John 4:43–54 Some people seem to be called by God from a very early age. We see signs of the Spirit in their lives and wonder if they will become pastors or missionaries one day. Years later, we are sometimes surprised that they did not turn out the way we expected. […]

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The Daily Lectionary – August 18, 2016
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The Daily Lectionary – August 18, 2016

Judges 14:1–19; Acts 6:15–7:16; John 4:27–42 You can act as religious as the next person but the heart betrays one’s real substance. If we say and do those things that are right in our eyes instead of in God’s eyes, as Samson did, then we are defiled despite our good works and religious devotion. Jesus […]

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The Daily Lectionary – August 17, 2016
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The Daily Lectionary – August 17, 2016

Judges 13:15–24; Acts 6:1–15; John 4:1–26 When Stephen stood trial before the council, his accusers “looked intently at him, and they saw that his face was like the face of an angel.” One of those accusers was Saul, the persecutor who, after he became an apostle, was probably Luke’s source for this striking detail about […]

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The Daily Lectionary – August 16, 2016
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The Daily Lectionary – August 16, 2016

Judges 13:1–15; Acts 5:27–42; John 3:22–36 Is it the vows of the Nazirite (Num 6:1–8), the similar considerations of Samson’s mother, or vows of devotion we might undertake that make a person right with God? Is it your acts of holiness that must increase, or is it “Christ in you” which must grow? The latter […]

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Discipleship Moment – August 16, 2016

Pastor Bob Quaintance shares about some of the difficulties and challenges encountered in moving to a discipling culture at Good Hope Lutheran Church in Youngstown, Ohio: namely, himself. Following Jesus is messy. So is giving up control.

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The Daily Lectionary – August 15, 2016
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The Daily Lectionary – August 15, 2016

Judges 12:1–7; Acts 5:12–26; John 3:1–21 Throughout the New Testament, the Pharisees get very bad press; some Christian scholars have called them “the bad boys of the New Testament.” The Pharisees, indeed, tested Christ on several occasions  with the intention to trap him and find some ground to accuse him of wrongdoing. They refused to believe […]

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The Daily Lectionary – August 14, 2016
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The Daily Lectionary – August 14, 2016

Judges 11:1–11, 29–40; 2 Corinthians 11:21b–31; Mark 4:35–41 I once lettered a saying for my wife to hang at work that said, “There is a storm before the calm.” She found it a useful reminder when office problems were brewing, as they always do. Of course, some people are never calm even when winds are […]

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The Daily Lectionary – August 13, 2016
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The Daily Lectionary – August 13, 2016

Judges 9:22–25, 50–57; Acts 4:32–5:11; John 2:13–25 In 1 Corinthians 11:1, Paul tells the Corinthians: “You should follow my example, just as I follow Christ’s.” That is a powerful statement of integrity! Ananias and Sapphira were recorded (Acts 5:1-11) because they lied to God, because they lacked integrity. Now, why do you think God would […]

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The Daily Lectionary – August 12, 2016
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The Daily Lectionary – August 12, 2016

Judges 9:1–16;19–21; Acts 4:13–31; John 2:1–12 It sometimes seems, whether in town or church, that we would rather have worthless fellows rule over us. Either one or 70, it makes no difference, whichever gives us the most and requires of us the least. Just make sure the ruler is handsome, well-spoken, and popular. The ways […]

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The Daily Lectionary – August 11, 2016
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The Daily Lectionary – August 11, 2016

Judges 8:22–35; Acts 4:1–12; John 1:43–51 In today’s Scripture reading we learn that the religious leaders were greatly annoyed because the disciples were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection from the dead. It has been this way since Pentecost, and people today are still annoyed when we publicly talk about Jesus. As […]

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The Daily Lectionary – August 10, 2016
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The Daily Lectionary – August 10, 2016

Judges 7:19–8:12; Acts 3:12–26; John 1:29–42 Visiting the eye doctor is necessary if you want to see clearly. The doctor says, “Is this one clearer, or this one?” When you can see clearly, you can better understand what you are viewing. In two passages today, Peter and then John are asking us to see more […]

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Discipleship Moment – August 9, 2016

Pastor Dan Powell shares about some of the potholes and challenges that Grace Lutheran in Springfield, Ohio, has encountered along the way as they have transitioned into a discipling culture. Is church membership a “bad” thing? What happens when you discover language changes? Or when you find the problem is yourself?