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NALC Stewardship Resources

The NALC is pleased to offer tools designed to help your congregation with its stewardship ministry. The following video from NALC Bishop John Bradosky introduces our 2016 stewardship theme, “Overflowing with Generosity.”

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2016 Lutheran Week Videos

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The Daily Lectionary – September 29, 2016
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The Daily Lectionary – September 29, 2016

Today’s readings: Esther 7:1–10; Acts 19:11–20; Luke 4:14–30 We often hear about the spirit of an age. In all times, there seems to be a prevailing influence in a culture. It is usually connected to the most powerful or at least the loudest voice at a given time. No one would have thought that Esther’s voice would […]

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The Daily Lectionary – September 28, 2016
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The Daily Lectionary – September 28, 2016

Today’s readings: Esther 6:1–14; Acts 19:1–10; Luke 4:1–13 My first thought as I read about the temptation of Jesus is: Why would the devil waste his time to tempt Jesus? He knew who Jesus was and that he would not give in to temptations. Why did Satan tempt Jesus? The devil was trying to end Jesus […]

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The Daily Lectionary – September 27, 2016
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The Daily Lectionary – September 27, 2016

Today’s readings: Esther 5:1–14; Acts 18:12–28; Luke 3:15–22 I have often wondered what it must have been like on that day when the heavens opened and the Holy Spirit descended on Jesus like a dove and the voice of God thundered through the clouds. Seriously, can you imagine being one of those ordinary folks? Perhaps […]

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The Daily Lectionary – September 26, 2016
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The Daily Lectionary – September 26, 2016

Today’s readings: Esther 4:4–17; Acts 18:1–11; Luke 1:1–4, 3:1–14 Tax collectors should collect only what is due and thieves should stop stealing. That is to say, we should live honest lives. Have you ever been “taken” by a salesperson because you trusted them to be the “expert” about what you were buying, only to find out […]

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The Daily Lectionary – September 25, 2016
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The Daily Lectionary – September 25, 2016

Today’s readings: Esther 3:1–4:3; James 1:19–27; Matthew 6:1–6, 16–18 Max Lucado’s children’s book, You Are Special, is about a wooden person who must return to his creator to learn to avoid the labels his community awards each other. The master craftsman reassures him that he was created specially, and that only his creator’s opinion matters, […]

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The Daily Lectionary – September 24, 2016
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The Daily Lectionary – September 24, 2016

Today’s readings: Esther 2:5–8, 15–23; Acts 17:16–34; John 12:44–50 Some of you may remember an old TV game show in the late 1950’s called “Queen for a Day.” A lucky contestant was picked by the audience and showered with prizes. Although it might seem “sexist” to today’s enlightened and liberated women, at the time it […]

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The Daily Lectionary – September 23, 2016
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The Daily Lectionary – September 23, 2016

Today’s readings: Esther 1:1–4, 10–19; Acts 17:1–15; John 12:36b–43 Sue Monk Kidd wrote in her book The Secret Life of Bees: “I hadn’t been out to the hives before, so to start off she gave me a lesson in what she called ‘bee yard etiquette.’ She reminded me that the world was really one bee […]

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The Daily Lectionary – September 22, 2016
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The Daily Lectionary – September 22, 2016

Today’s readings: Job 28:1–28; Acts 16:25–40; John 12:27–36a John Barrymore, star of stage and screen, spent the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and ensuing fires and panic inebriated, hiding in a tub. What would have happened if the characters in Acts 16 performed their parts in that manner? The jailer also, was certainly afraid. Not only […]

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The Daily Lectionary – September 21, 2016
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The Daily Lectionary – September 21, 2016

Today’s readings: Job 42:1–17; Acts 16:16–24; John 12:20–26 “Don’t go looking for trouble.” That was advice my mother gave me numerous times as I headed out the door on a Friday or Saturday night. We do not have to go looking for trouble if the world knows we are Christians. Trouble will find us. In […]

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Discipleship Moment – September 20, 2016

Bishop John Bradosky shares in this week’s discipleship moment about the deep need to be out in the community.  Whether a mission trip to Haiti, time with a friend on the golf course, or next to a stranger on the plane — there is always an opportunity to ask deeper questions and share the Gospel.

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The Daily Lectionary – September 20, 2016
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The Daily Lectionary – September 20, 2016

Today’s readings: Job 40:1, 41:1–11; Acts 16:6–15; John 12:9–19 My dad was an insurance adjuster. One of the losses he handled involved a grocery store truck that had turned over, dumping a large load of canned goods. There were salvage men who came and took the cans that still had labels. But, the ones without […]

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The Daily Lectionary – September 19, 2016
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The Daily Lectionary – September 19, 2016

Today’s readings: Job 40:1–24; Acts 15:36–16:5; John 11:55–12:8 Even in the Church, there are times when even the best made plans fall apart. Projects seem too daunting, volunteers are few in number, or those who took on the task were not able to rise to the occasion. Barnabas and Paul planned to revisit those churches […]

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The Daily Lectionary – September 18, 2016
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The Daily Lectionary – September 18, 2016

Today’s readings: Job 38:1, 18–41; Revelation 18:1–8; Matthew 5:21–26 I remember, as a child, watching “Father Knows Best.” Now, much older and a father myself, I hope to be a guide to my children just as Mr. Anderson was on the show. However, just like children, we all go astray. Often we forget or just […]

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The Daily Lectionary – September 17, 2016
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The Daily Lectionary – September 17, 2016

Today’s readings: Job 38:1–17; Acts 15:22–35; John 11:45–54 From oldest times, we have not comprehended the mind of God. Job did not. Some people in the early Church (as now) troubled the brothers with upsetting words (Acts 15:24). Caiaphas’ prophecy would have upset us. Why does Jesus have to die? That is not fair! Indeed, it […]

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The Daily Lectionary – September 16, 2016
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The Daily Lectionary – September 16, 2016

Today’s readings: Job 29:1, 31:24–30; Acts 15:12–21; John 11:30–44 Sometimes on our Christian journey, we feel as if we are slowly walking to our deaths. We starve to hear the beckoning voice of Christ. The story of Lazarus should be a constant reminder that we should take courage in knowing that we have been called […]

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September NALC News now available online
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September NALC News now available online

The September issue of NALC News is now available for reading or download. Selected contents include:

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The Daily Lectionary – September 15, 2016
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The Daily Lectionary – September 15, 2016

Today’s readings: Job 29:1, 31:1–23; Acts 15:1–11; John 11:17–29 We are not given an easy life now or eternal life later because we live a so-called good life. This was Job’s position: I don’t deserve any of this because I have been a righteous man. Yet godly people must endure trials, whether they deserve them […]

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The Daily Lectionary – September 14, 2016
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The Daily Lectionary – September 14, 2016

Today’s readings: Job 29:1, 30:1–2, 16–31; Acts 14:19–28; John 11:1–16 Does anyone else find Jesus’ behavior in this story to be a bit odd? Instead of rushing off to be with his friends in their time of need, as we expect, Jesus lingers where he is. There is no urgency to his response, not even a […]

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Discipleship Moment – September 13, 2016

“Does Jesus really mean what he says, and therefore, do I mean what I say?” Pastor Scott Ness shares this week’s Discipleship Moment as he reflects specifically on life to life discipleship. The key factor of intentional relationships and how being rooted in the Word together has changed called the congregation out of the boat. […]

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