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The Daily Lectionary – April 30, 2016
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The Daily Lectionary – April 30, 2016

Leviticus 23:23-44; 2 Thessalonians 3:1-18; Matthew 7:13-21 This passage comes near the end of the Sermon on the Mount and after the Golden Rule. These verses help us understand what it means to treat others the way we want to be treated. It is hard to live the way Jesus has been explaining in his […]

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The Daily Lectionary – April 29, 2016
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The Daily Lectionary – April 29, 2016

Leviticus 23:1-22; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-17; Matthew 7:1-12 We live in an era of instantaneous communication. Modern technology allows us to stay in touch with loved ones half a world away. With the click of a mouse or flick of the phone, lives are conjoined in mere seconds, rather than days or months as in years […]

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The Daily Lectionary – April 28, 2016
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The Daily Lectionary – April 28, 2016

Leviticus 19:26-37; 2 Thessalonians 1:1-12; Matthew 6:25-34 On a recent episode of the Dr. Oz show, the topic was about the dramatic increase in the use of prescription, anti-anxiety drugs. One woman on the show spoke of how she lost everything she valued by becoming addicted to these drugs. She explained how it all started […]

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The Daily Lectionary – April 27, 2016
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The Daily Lectionary – April 27, 2016

Leviticus 19:1-18; 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28; Matthew 6:19-24 You wonder if Jesus lived by his own words. Was he laying up treasure in heaven when he healed the sick? Was he racking up points for eternity when he lifted little children to his chest? You know better. With complete abandon, he poured himself out for each […]

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Discipleship Moment – April 26, 2016

The Rev. Dr. David Wendel shares about different areas of following Jesus that are a personal challenge for him.  “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.  Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” – John 14:27

The Daily Lectionary – April 26, 2016
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The Daily Lectionary – April 26, 2016

Leviticus 16:20-34; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11; Matthew 6:7-15 Jesus says, “And when you pray.” Roughly 60 percent of Americans claim they pray daily. Another nearly 20 percent claim to pray weekly. Those stats suggest a significant amount of praying is going on. Yet there is also evidence that what we call “prayer” doesn’t fit God’s definition […]

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The Daily Lectionary – April 25, 2016
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The Daily Lectionary – April 25, 2016

Leviticus 16:1-19; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18 As Christians, we do a lot of good things together. It has been said that our character is what we do when we are alone—when no one is watching. In Matthew 6, Jesus speaks about our intentions when doing “acts of righteousness.” Such things should not be […]

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The Daily Lectionary – April 24, 2016
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The Daily Lectionary – April 24, 2016

Leviticus 8:1-13, 30-36; Hebrews 12:1-14; Luke 4:16-30 It’s not easy, it doesn’t matter who we are. Even as Aaron and his sons were called to serve in the temple, God calls us to do things that we sometimes don’t feel prepared to do. Just as Jesus and the prophets were rejected in their hometowns, those […]

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The Daily Lectionary – April 23, 2016
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The Daily Lectionary – April 23, 2016

Exodus 40:18-38; 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12; Matthew 5:38-48 I am from the mountains and if it takes twenty years to get back, then so be it. Two sayings ring true from my West Virginia childhood: “If you fight one of us, you will have to fight us all,” and “You know what abandoned mine shafts are […]

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The Daily Lectionary – April 22, 2016
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The Daily Lectionary – April 22, 2016

Exodus 34:18–35; 1 Thessalonians 3:1–13; Matthew 5:27–37 When Moses descended from the mountain to give the people of Israel God’s Law, his encounter with the Almighty left him changed. Moses’ face shone brightly, reflecting the glory of God. Yet, even as the people noticed an outward change in his appearance, Moses brought to them the […]

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The Daily Lectionary – April 21, 2016
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The Daily Lectionary – April 21, 2016

Exodus 34:1–17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13–20; Matthew 5:21–26 It was not long ago that an unlocked church building would cause a stir. Today, an unsecured place of worship could lead to a friendly reminder in the announcements or a terse response from the church custodian. Security concerns aside, the concept of an unlocked church, open twenty-four […]

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The Daily Lectionary – April 20, 2016
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The Daily Lectionary – April 20, 2016

Exodus 33:1–23; 1 Thessalonians 2:1–12; Matthew 5:17–20 St. Paul doesn’t strike me as being a people pleaser. From the evidence in Acts and the letters he wrote, I see a person who faced opposition and even threats to his life in order to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ. He knew that his ability […]

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Discipleship Moment – April 19, 2016

Bishop John Bradosky shares about a moment of forgiveness inside his own family. “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” – John 13:35

The Daily Lectionary – April 19, 2016
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The Daily Lectionary – April 19, 2016

Exodus 32:21-34; 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10; Matthew 5:11-16 The passionate anger that ran through every ounce of Moses’ body could be heard as he screamed out every one of these words at Aaron. “I leave you alone, put you in charge, and look at what you have allowed to happen—total chaos!” The heart of God was […]

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The Daily Lectionary – April 18, 2016
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The Daily Lectionary – April 18, 2016

Exodus 32:1-20; Colossians 3:18-4:18; Matthew 5:1-10 To say the devil deceptively twists God’s word is nothing new. This was made clear when Jesus was tempted in the wilderness. At the conclusion of that account, the defeated devil departed until a more opportune time. Many point to Jesus’ trial in the garden as that more opportune […]

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The Daily Lectionary – April 17, 2016
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The Daily Lectionary – April 17, 2016

Exodus 28:1-4, 30-38; 1 John 2:18-29; Mark 6:30-44 The girl points to the painting in the living room and asks, “What is the man doing?” Her grandmother explains, “He folds his hands in prayer and gives thanks to God for the bread on the table.” The girl wants to know, “Why? We’ve got lots!” Her […]

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The Daily Lectionary – April 16, 2016
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The Daily Lectionary – April 16, 2016

Exodus 25:1-22; Colossians 3:1-17; Matthew 4:18-25 Early in His ministry, Jesus began enlisting ordinary people like fishermen and tax collectors. Through knowing and following Him, Jesus began to transform and train these disciples (literally: learners) by demonstrating His kingdom agenda: teaching God’s ways, proclaiming good news, forgiving sins, pointing to His death and resurrection, healing […]

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April 2016 NALC News available

April 2016 NALC News available

Read the April 2016 issue of NALC News. Contents include:

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The Daily Lectionary – April 15, 2016
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The Daily Lectionary – April 15, 2016

Exodus 24:1-18; Colossians 2:8-23; Matthew 4:12-17 Not long ago a friend stopped by my office to chat. What he wanted to talk about was not personal; in fact it was about me and a failure on my part in regards to my ministry as pastor. A member of the congregation was hurting; I was aware […]

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The Daily Lectionary – April 14, 2016
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The Daily Lectionary – April 14, 2016

Exodus 20:1-21; Colossians 1:24-2:7; Matthew 4:1-11 Words, words, words; we are surrounded by words every day. Reading the texts for today I am struck by the juxtaposition of the Exodus and Gospel texts. Moses is replaced by Satan and Jesus is the servant Messiah being tempted to disobey the very same laws Moses brings to […]

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