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The Daily Lectionary – June 24, 2016

The Daily Lectionary – June 24, 2016

Numbers 13:1–3; 21–30; Romans 2:25–3:8; Matthew 18:21–35 God’s ways are always superior to our way of thinking. His values are pure and holy. As physical beings, living in a physical world, we do not understand spiritual perfection. We must simply trust that God’s decisions are based on foresight, knowledge, and wisdom that we do not […]

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The Daily Lectionary – June 23, 2016

The Daily Lectionary – June 23, 2016

Numbers 12:1–16; Romans 2:12–24; Matthew 18:10–20 Growing up, there was a neighborhood kid who seemed to be built out of granite. No matter the game, he played rough. Sometimes we ascribe that same granite roughness to our God. If you were Miriam, you might have thought so. Yet, in the midst of hard judgment, grace […]

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The Daily Lectionary – June 22, 2016

The Daily Lectionary – June 22, 2016

Numbers 11:24–33 (34–35); Romans 1:28–2:11; Matthew 18:1–9 God is “merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness” (Psa 86:15), desiring that all people “be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth” (1 Tim 2:4). But those who will not acknowledge God, even though his invisible attributes can be […]

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Discipleship Moment – June 21, 2016

“Love always has expectations for the beloved.”  Bishop John Bradosky wrestles with the nature of what it means to be a follower of Christ and the challenge of how “good works” can easily be confused in this relationship.  “When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go […]

The Daily Lectionary – June 21, 2016

The Daily Lectionary – June 21, 2016

Numbers 11:1–23; Romans 1:16–25; Matthew 17:22–27 It is a fact: people are never satisfied. We always seem to crave what we do not have. This sin of covetousness is addressed in the last two commandments of the Decalogue. The Hebrew people in Numbers “had a strong craving” for something they once had and now they […]

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The Daily Lectionary – June 20, 2016

The Daily Lectionary – June 20, 2016

Numbers 9:15–23; 10:29–36; Romans 1:1–15; Matthew 17:14–21 In today’s reading from the Book of Numbers, we hear of a cloud covering the tabernacle that housed the Ark of the Covenant as the people of Israel passed through the wilderness. The image of a cloud covering something is often viewed as an ominous sign, an obstruction […]

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The Daily Lectionary – June 19, 2016

The Daily Lectionary – June 19, 2016

Numbers 6:22–27; Acts 13:1–12; Luke 12:41–48 The much-loved Aaronic Blessing (Num 6:22-27) is written in comforting, present-tense, continuous terms: announcing God’s presence, acknowledging his compassionate action, and bidding us return to him, again and again. Sometimes, though, it takes a blessed disturbance to turn us back to holy, blessed assurance. In Acts 13:1-12, Barnabas and Saul […]

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June 2016 NALC News online

June 2016 NALC News online

The June 2016 issue of NALC News is now available for reading/download. Selected contents include: North American Lutheran Seminary celebrates graduation of four seminarians. Nominees for NALC Executive Council, Court of Adjudication, and Board of Regents Click here to download Nominating Committee Report for 2016 NALC Convocation including Biographical Information on Nominees. ‘Holy God, Holy Lives’ […]

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The Daily Lectionary – June 18, 2016

The Daily Lectionary – June 18, 2016

Numbers 3:1–13; Galatians 6:11–18; Matthew 17:1–13 A friend of mine, born and raised in Germany, was tested in his early teens by the government to determine his high school course of study—academic or vocational. Although he became a school trained German chef, he now drives a truck in America. There is no doubt that testing […]

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The Daily Lectionary – June 17, 2016

The Daily Lectionary – June 17, 2016

Ecclesiastes 11:9–12:14; Galatians 5:25–6:10; Matthew 16:21–28 Death is an unpleasant truth that you’re going to have to face. You can deal with it now through the word of Christ, who says you’re already dead anyway, but that he has come to give you new life. Or, you can refuse to hear him, and die without […]

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The Daily Lectionary – June 16, 2016

The Daily Lectionary – June 16, 2016

Ecclesiastes 11:1–8; Galatians 5:16–24; Matthew 16:13–20 O, to excel in faith! “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God,” is the proclamation that answers all of life’s doubts. That statement of faith greets the uncertain day with confidence and ends the troubled day in peace. People of faith plant their seed in difficult times, […]

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Nominations Update

Here is an updated list of nominees, including additional nominations received since May 13, 2016.

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The Daily Lectionary – June 15, 2016

The Daily Lectionary – June 15, 2016

Ecclesiastes 9:11–18; Galatians 5:1–15; Matthew 16:1–12 If I began my educational journey in preschool and count until my current doctoral program, I have spent 27 years in school. As astonishing as this may be for me and for us all, we soon realize that our entire lives are spent in pursuit of some kind of […]

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The Daily Lectionary – June 14, 2016

The Daily Lectionary – June 14, 2016

Ecclesiastes 8:14–9:10; Galatians 4:21–31; Matthew 15:29–39 As we pray, “Give us this day our daily bread,” we are reminded of God’s promise to provide for all of our needs, both for this life and in the life to come. In today’s Gospel lesson, Jesus answers this petition in a variety of ways. He heals people […]

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Discipleship Moment – June 14, 2016

Bishop John Bradosky shares in this week’s discipleship moment about some of the challenges that he has faced personally in intentional life-to-life discipleship, especially that of immediacy. “‘Return home and tell how much God has done for you.’ So the man went away and told all over town how much Jesus had done for him.” […]

The Daily Lectionary – June 13, 2016

The Daily Lectionary – June 13, 2016

Ecclesiastes 7:1–14; Galatians 4:12–20; Matthew 15:21–28 We are products of the world in which we live. Even before we were born, our thoughts, positions and attitudes were being shaped by those around us. If we were raised in a religious, God fearing family, chances are we would be religious and God fearing. If we were […]

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The Daily Lectionary – June 12, 2016

The Daily Lectionary – June 12, 2016

Ecclesiastes 6:1–12; Acts 10:9–23; Luke 12:32–40 The poor man is rich when he has been given the kingdom. It changes everything in this life. Now rich, even the little he has can be given away. For he has received everything of any real value: grace and an abundant life, not only in heaven but now […]

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The Daily Lectionary – June 11, 2016

The Daily Lectionary – June 11, 2016

Ecclesiastes 5:8–20; Galatians 3:23–4:11; Matthew 15:1–20 St Paul writes, “Formerly, when you did not know God, you were enslaved to those that by nature are not gods” (Gal 4:8). The writer of Ecclesiastes would agree. Our nature is to desire wealth, so we must work and work to earn it. When we have some it […]

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The Daily Lectionary – June 10, 2016

The Daily Lectionary – June 10, 2016

Ecclesiastes 5:1–7; Galatians 3:15–22; Matthew 14:22–36 It goes without saying; at some point in the life of each congregation, conflict will eventually find its way into the church. Often this is the case, simply because we sinners are most comfortable living on our own terms while orchestrating worship and other activities according to personal preferences […]

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The Daily Lectionary – June 9, 2016

The Daily Lectionary – June 9, 2016

Ecclesiastes 3:16–4:3; Galatians 3:1–14; Matthew 14:13–21 The miraculous feeding of a multitude with minimal supplies is told in all four of the Gospels. This means that the event was significant and that we had better pay attention. Some central themes emerge: Jesus cares for both material and spiritual needs of people, he challenges us to […]

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