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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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Lenten Devotions – February 16, 2016

Genesis 37:12–24; 1 Corinthians 1:20—31; Mark 1:14-28 “And immediately there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit … but Jesus rebuked him, saying, ‘Be silent, and come out of him!’ And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him” (Mark 1:23, 25-26). In more than
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Lenten Devotions – February 15, 2016

Genesis 37:1–11; 1 Corinthians 1:1–19; John 17:9-19 “I appeal to you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree and that there be no dissensions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment” (1 Cor 1:10). I once had a one-hour conversation
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The Daily Lectionary – February 14, 2016

Daniel 9:3–10; Hebrews 2:10–18; John 12:44–50 The darkness of our sins calls us to account. Our shame calls us back to the mercy of God. To him alone may we turn and discover steadfast love and forgiveness. For he keeps his covenant even when we do not. When we are faithless, “he remains faithful,” (2
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Lenten Devotions – February 13, 2016

Ezekiel 39:21–29; Philippians 4:10–20; John 17:20–26 “Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: Now I will restore the fortunes of Jacob, and have mercy upon the whole house of Israel; and I will be jealous for my holy name” (Ezek 39:25). In this hopeful word to the whole house of Israel, foretelling the restoration of fortune,
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Lenten Devotions – February 12, 2016

Ezekiel 18:1–4, 25–32; Philippians 4:1–9; John 17:9–19 “I do not pray that thou shouldst take them out of the world, but that thou shouldst keep them from the evil one” (John 17:15). These words from Jesus’ High Priestly Prayer at the Last Supper are a useful reminder during the season of Lent that Jesus is
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Lenten Devotions – February 11, 2016

Habakkuk 3:1–18; Philippians 3:12–21; John 17:1–8 “Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me His own” (Phil 3:12). If there’s one thing most Lutherans know, it’s that we’re not perfect. That probably comes from Martin Luther, who
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Lenten Devotions – February 10, 2016, Ash Wednesday

Amos 5:6–15; Hebrews 12:1–14; Luke 18:9–14 “Seek good, and not evil, that you may live; and so the LORD, the God of hosts, will be with you, as you have said. Hate evil, and love good, and establish justice in the gate; it may be that the LORD, the God of hosts, will be gracious
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