2016 Lenten Devotional
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2016 Lenten Devotional

“From Ashes to Easter,” the devotional for the 2016 Lenten season based on Year II of the Lutheran Book of Worship,  is now available to download. Written by the Rev. Dr. David Wendel, NALC Assistant to the Bishop for Ministry and Ecumenism, the devotional is available in two printable formats:

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The Daily Lectionary – February 6, 2016
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The Daily Lectionary – February 6, 2016

Genesis 24:28-38, 49-51; Hebrews 12:12-29; John 7:14-36 Moses speaks to us of God as a “devouring fire, a jealous God” (Deut 4:24). The author of Hebrews, similarly, is in awe of the kingdom we people of faith are to receive, a kingdom that can never be shaken, one that will remain forever. This is the […]

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The Daily Lectionary – February 5, 2016
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The Daily Lectionary – February 5, 2016

Genesis 24:1-27; Hebrews 12:3-11; John 7:1-13 The story in Genesis sounds primitive and silly to 21st century Western culture because it involves trusting God with life. I assume most of you men might have proposed to your wives in a romantic way, holding a rose in your mouth, kneeling, and opening the engagement ring box […]

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The Daily Lectionary – February 4, 2016
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The Daily Lectionary – February 4, 2016

Genesis 23:1-20; Hebrews 11:32-12:2; John 6:60-71 Our father Abraham was dumb like a fox. He was living as a sojourner in a strange land. When our mother Sarah died, he lacked a place to bury her. Although he was offered a free burial in Canaan, he insisted on paying for the land, which meant that […]

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The Daily Lectionary – February 3, 2016
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The Daily Lectionary – February 3, 2016

Genesis 22:1-18; Hebrews 11:23-31; John 6:52-59 The story of the near-sacrifice of Isaac has always been a text that has confounded the faithful. We wonder why God would ask Abraham to prepare his son, this promised child of Sarah that they waited so long for, to be sacrificed as a burnt offering? It seems nothing […]

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The Daily Lectionary – February 2, 2016
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The Daily Lectionary – February 2, 2016

Genesis 21:1-21; Hebrews 11:13-22; John 6:41-51 “All I have needed, thy hand hath provided…” goes the hymn that was so popular with the congregation where I grew up. It’s a nice little hymn and speaks in a personal way about the reality that our Scripture readings for today attest to: that God provides everything for his […]

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Discipleship Moment – February 2, 2016

The Rev. Dr. Gemechis Buba continues to learn what grace really looks like from his children.

The Daily Lectionary – February 1, 2016
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The Daily Lectionary – February 1, 2016

Genesis 19:1-17 (18-23) 24-29; Hebrews 11:1-12; John 6:27-40 Today’s passage picks up the day after Jesus filled the bellies of 5,000 with five barley loaves and two fish. But their stomachs were empty again, so they ask, What miracle do you have for us today? Moses gave our fathers bread from heaven every day for 40 […]

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The Daily Lectionary – January 31, 2016
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The Daily Lectionary – January 31, 2016

Genesis 18:16-33; Galatians 5:13-25; Mark 8:22-30 Jesus looked at his closest friends and asked the question: “Who do people say that I am?” They gave multiple answers but then Jesus nailed them by asking, “Who do you say that I am?” At this point Peter makes his great confession: “You are the Christ.” He clearly […]

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The Daily Lectionary – January 30, 2016
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The Daily Lectionary – January 30, 2016

Genesis 18:1-16; Hebrews 10:26-39; John 6:16-27 We read in John 6 that the disciples were “frightened” at Jesus’ appearance on the water. Fear is something we can understand. Perhaps we are frightened by the terrible things that happen in the world. But there may be times when we are frightened because we become aware of […]

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The Daily Lectionary – January 29, 2016
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The Daily Lectionary – January 29, 2016

Genesis 17:15-27; Hebrews 10:11-25; John 6:1-15 In seminary, I was taught that numbers held secondary meanings in the Hebrew world. The number 7, for example, not only represented seven items, it also stood for completeness and perfection. In the book of Genesis, we learn that creation consisted of six days of work and one day […]

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The Daily Lectionary – January 28, 2016
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The Daily Lectionary – January 28, 2016

Genesis 16:15-17:14; Hebrews 10:1-10; John 5:30-47 In a trackless desert, God called Abraham, made him a promise, and gave him a sign. He was to be a great father, but before that Abraham was marked with the sign that he was a child of God. The sign was not for God’s sake but for Abraham’s. […]

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The Daily Lectionary – January 27, 2016
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The Daily Lectionary – January 27, 2016

Genesis 16:1-14; Hebrews 9:15-28; John 5:19-29 “Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children” (Gen 16:1). As we have followed the unfolding story of Sarah and Abraham this week, we may well sense some growing desperation on their part. Ten years have passed, and the heir God promised has still not appeared. So the […]

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Discipleship Moment – January 26, 2016

The NALC’s Communications Coordinator, the Rev. Mark Ryman, shares this week’s discipleship moment from Philippians 3: How the resurrection power of Jesus Christ has deeply influenced his life.

The Daily Lectionary – January 26, 2016
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The Daily Lectionary – January 26, 2016

Genesis 15:1-11, 17-21; Hebrews 9:1-14; John 5:1-18 It is against the law in Oklahoma to have a sleeping donkey in your bathtub after 7:00PM. Are you aware of laws that could get you in trouble with law enforcement officials? Are you aware of church rules you are required to obey? Jesus heals a man on […]

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The Daily Lectionary – January 25, 2016
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The Daily Lectionary – January 25, 2016

Genesis 14: 1-24; Hebrews 8:1-13; John 4:43-54 We are almost 1/12 of the way into this New Year. I pray it is going well for you. Have you stopped and taken time to consider which way you are looking or headed in 2016? I recently saw a picture of a woman driving down the road with […]

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The Daily Lectionary – January 24, 2016
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The Daily Lectionary – January 24, 2016

Genesis 13:2-18; Galatians 2:1-10; Mark 7:31-37 An unnamed man is brought to Jesus by an anonymous crowd. They intervene on the unknown man’s behalf, begging that Jesus heal both his speech and hearing disability. With a gentle touch, the natural elements of spit and mud, and a simple word, “Ephphatha,” that is, “be opened,” the […]

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The Daily Lectionary – January 23, 2016
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The Daily Lectionary – January 23, 2016

Genesis 12:9-13:1; Hebrews 7:18-28; John 4:27-42 Such a high priest truly meets our need (Heb 7:26). The patriarch, Abraham, understood that our earthly existence is comparable to a journey (Gen 12:9), one that includes times of hardship and joy (Gen 12:10-20). Regardless of our circumstances, we can take comfort in knowing that, as Jesus revealed […]

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The Daily Lectionary – January 22, 2016
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The Daily Lectionary – January 22, 2016

Genesis 11:27-12:8; Hebrews 7:1-17; John 4:16-26 At Jacob’s well, Jesus offers the Samaritan woman a different kind of water: “living water…welling up to eternal life.” He then asks her to summon her husband, but the woman explains that she is unmarried. Jesus, however, quickly reveals the whole truth: the woman is currently living with a […]

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