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The Daily Lectionary – May 24, 2016

The Daily Lectionary – May 24, 2016

Proverbs 4:1-27; 1 John 4:7–21; Matthew 11:7–15 It is not enough to have a wise father and hear him speak words of wisdom. A child who would be wise must “get wisdom.” “The beginning of wisdom” is not hearing wise words, but owning them with your life. Go get wisdom! It is not enough to […]

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Discipleship Moment – May 23, 2016

Bishop John Bradosky shares more from his recent trip to Haiti — stories of what true hope looks like because of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. “When Jesus heard this, he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd following him, he said, ‘I tell you, I have not found such great faith even […]

The Daily Lectionary – May 23, 2016

The Daily Lectionary – May 23, 2016

Proverbs 3:11-20; 1 John 3:18–4:6; Matthew 11:1–6 God is greater than the human heart. Our feelings can weigh us down to the point that we despair of life. But when we know the truth, we are set free (John 8:32) from this heart disease. The law condemns but Christ absolves those of faith. Even when […]

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The Daily Lectionary – May 22, 2016

The Daily Lectionary – May 22, 2016

Job 38:1-11; 42:1–5; Revelation 19:4–16; John 1:29–34 Can you imagine being Job and having to face the God of all creation, of having to face him? “I have heard of you…but now my eye sees you.” It is almost like Job only dares to look at God out of the corner of one eye. What […]

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The Daily Lectionary – May 21, 2016

The Daily Lectionary – May 21, 2016

Ezekiel 47:1–12; 1 John 3:11–18; Matthew 10:34–42 Even as the dead sea can be made alive because of fresh, living water flowing into a salt sea in ever-increasing volume, people who are dead in their sins can also be made alive. In human terms, however, we too often think that we are alive; we have […]

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The Daily Lectionary – May 20, 2016

The Daily Lectionary – May 20, 2016

Ezekiel 39:21–29; 1 John 3:1–10; Matthew 10:24–33 From a very early age we begin to become aware of the severity of our condition as the fallen race of Adam. We increasingly experience the shame and darkness of guilt, the foul brood of our sins, which the holy prophet Ezekiel speaks of in today’s reading. In […]

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The Daily Lectionary – May 19, 2016

The Daily Lectionary – May 19, 2016

Ezekiel 37:21b–28; 1 John 2:18–29; Matthew 10:16–23 The Word today reminds us of life’s challenges as we live with “one foot in heaven.” Jesus calls this the little while. While working on a motto for a civic project, I needed a sentence that would take us from the past, through the present, and into the […]

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The Daily Lectionary – May 18, 2016

The Daily Lectionary – May 18, 2016

Ezekiel 34:1–16; 1 John 2:12–17; Matthew 10:5–15 I was gifted with loving and God-fearing parents. We five little children were well cared for in all facets of life, however, we discovered other lifestyles when leaving the homestead and we began to enjoy the fanciful freedoms the world had to offer. Stability and security were gradually […]

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The Daily Lectionary – May 17, 2016

The Daily Lectionary – May 17, 2016

Ezekiel 33:21–33; 1 John 2:1–11; Matthew 9:34–10:4 What has the Lord placed in front of you? What does God want you to do for him today? Will you be like those in our first lesson, who hear but do not do? Or will you follow Jesus in some new path that he has in store […]

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Discipleship Moment – May 17, 2016

“Joy is about the gratitude that comes from God‘s presence, activity, and the gift of God‘s love in our lives day by day.” — The Rev. Dr. David Wendel shares a deeply moving and profound story from his own life illustrating joy found even in the midst of hardship. “When the Spirit of truth comes, […]

The Daily Lectionary – May 16, 2016

The Daily Lectionary – May 16, 2016

Ezekiel 33:1–11; 1 John 1:1–10; Matthew 9:27–34 Today it seems fashionable to redefine most anything. It has become socially acceptable to order daily life according to personal thoughts and experiences. Yet, the truth remains, that we humans do not have the power or authority to redefine that which God defines. We cannot deem acceptable that […]

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The Daily Lectionary – May 15, 2016

The Daily Lectionary – May 15, 2016

Deuteronomy 16:9–12; Acts 4:18–21, 23–33; John 4:19–26 We are to be witnesses to God where we live and throughout the world (Acts 1:8). Our testimony is empowered by the Holy Spirit. Still, it helps to remember where we came from. “Remember that you were a slave in Egypt,” Moses exhorts. “We cannot help but speak […]

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The Daily Lectionary – May 14, 2016

The Daily Lectionary – May 14, 2016

Ezekiel 36:22–27; Ephesians 6:1–24; Matthew 9:18–26 How often do we find ourselves saying those word: “If only I had done…” “If only I could…” “If only I had known…” We are no different from the woman who reached out and touched Jesus’ robes, believing, and being made well. These verses remind us about the significance […]

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NALC responds to Canadian wildfires

The North American Lutheran Church is responding to the wildfires in northern Alberta. The fires have forced 88,000 people from their homes and destroyed more than 2,400 homes and other structures in and around Fort McMurray. NALC Disaster Response has sent funds to the Canadian Mission District to assist in responding to those affected by […]

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May 2016 NALC News online
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May 2016 NALC News online

The May 2016 issue of NALC News is now available for reading/download. Selected contents include:

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Nominees announced for 2016 NALC leadership positions

The 2016 Nominating Committee presents the candidates named below for positions to be elected at the NALC Convocation August 10-12 in Anaheim, California. No nominations were received for a lay member to fill the 4-year term on the Executive Council. Therefore, we earnestly solicit nominations for this position. Regarding additional nominations for Executive Council, the […]

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The Daily Lectionary – May 13, 2016

The Daily Lectionary – May 13, 2016

Jeremiah 31:27–34; Ephesians 5:1–32; Matthew 9:9–17 You’ve probably heard it said: “Keep the main thing the main thing.” In Matthew’s Gospel, some are confused and questioning Jesus’ actions. Why is he “eating with tax collectors and sinners?” Why are Jesus’ disciples “not fasting” like them? Jesus responds by pointing them to the main thing. The […]

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The Daily Lectionary – May 12, 2016

The Daily Lectionary – May 12, 2016

Zechariah 4:1–14; Ephesians 4:17–32; Matthew 9:1–8 When some men brought a paralytic to Jesus, they came with the conviction that the man’s greatest problem was his paralysis. This was the problem that they and, no doubt, the paralytic himself thought Jesus would immediately address. But that was not the case. Jesus’ first words to the […]

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The Daily Lectionary – May 11, 2016

The Daily Lectionary – May 11, 2016

Isaiah 4:2–6; Ephesians 4:1–16; Matthew 8:28–34 There are times in my life where I have tended to lament the things I don’t do well. For example, I hold the distinction for being kicked out of my home congregation’s youth choir for not being able to sing. To put it in the language of today’s reading […]

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The Daily Lectionary – May 10, 2016

The Daily Lectionary – May 10, 2016

1 Samuel 16:1–13a; Ephesians 3:14–21; Matthew 8:18–27 The disciples wondered who this was, who was able to command the natural elements. Yet he promised that those who believe would one day do greater works than these (John 14:12). Indeed, there is a wonder-working power at work within us. The Holy Spirit is working powerfully in […]

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