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Hosting banquets

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But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind (Luke 14:13).

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Lectionary blog: Lifesaving action

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The word life in blocks

Lectionary for Sept. 26, 2021 18th Sunday after Pentecost Esther 7:1-10, Psalm 124 James 5:13-20, Mark 9:38-50 This week’s texts all focus on some sort of drastic effort to save life. One passage demonstrates a woman’s willingness to die in order to save her people. The others speak of the nonfatal lengths that we should […]

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Cultivate character

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During the summer, my congregation’s Bible study group decided to read the book of James. We had two reasons. First, James is only five chapters and thus, we thought, would be a fast read. Second, we knew Martin Luther had called this book “an epistle of straw,” which intrigued us. As we studied together, we […]

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Prayer ventures: Sept. 20

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Girl folds her hands in prayer.

Every day, Living Lutheran offers a prayer from the ELCA resource Prayer ventures, which can be downloaded here. These daily petitions are offered as a guide for your own prayer life as together we pray for the needs of the world and give thanks for the ministries of our church. Monday, Sept. 20 Thank God for […]

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Making choices: hidden dangers

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The whole plain of the Jordan toward Zoar was well watered, like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt (Genesis 13:10).

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Prayer ventures: Sept. 19

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Every day, Living Lutheran offers a prayer from the ELCA resource Prayer ventures, which can be downloaded here. These daily petitions are offered as a guide for your own prayer life as together we pray for the needs of the world and give thanks for the ministries of our church. Monday, Sept. 19 Give thanks for […]

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Childlike humility

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But they kept quiet because on the way they had argued about who was the greatest (Mark 9:34).

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Prayer ventures: Sept. 18

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Mother and daughter pray

Every day, Living Lutheran offers a prayer from the ELCA resource Prayer ventures, which can be downloaded here. These daily petitions are offered as a guide for your own prayer life as together we pray for the needs of the world and give thanks for the ministries of our church. Saturday, Sept. 18 Pray that the […]

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Save us, O Lord

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But surely, God is my helper; the Lord is the upholder of my life (Psalm 54:5).

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Tell Congress to pass H.R. 2590

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September 2021 Tell Congress to pass H.R. 2590. Send a message to your lawmaker through the ELCA Action Center. Israel’s new government is in place, and its prime minister, Naftali Bennett, visited President Biden in the White House late last month, attempting to reset Israeli-U.S. relations. Bennett has voiced his opposition to creating a Palestinian […]

Prayer ventures: Sept. 17

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Mother and daughter pray

Every day, Living Lutheran offers a prayer from the ELCA resource Prayer ventures, which can be downloaded here. These daily petitions are offered as a guide for your own prayer life as together we pray for the needs of the world and give thanks for the ministries of our church. Friday, Sept. 17 Remember in prayer […]

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Meet Jamie

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  My life changed the day I was told that my son has autism.  The questions swirling in my head ranged from, “What does this mean?” to “What did I do to cause this?” to “What now?”  The journey has been full of ups and downs, but through it all God has been actively working […]

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