In Everything, Give Thanks – Bishop Dan Selbo

Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else. Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not treat prophecies with contempt but test them all; hold on to what is good, reject every kind of evil. May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul, and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:12-24

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The Academy: It Is Good – Reclaiming Identity

Lutherans will necessarily remember Martin Luther’s Small Catechism, affirming the first article of the Apostle’s Creed: I believe in God the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.

And the subsequent question: What does this mean?

The Catechism explains: I believe that God has made me and all that exists. He has given me and still preserves my body and soul with all their powers. He provides me with food and clothing, home and family, daily work, and all I need from day to day. God also protects me in time of danger and guards me from every evil. All this he does out of fatherly and divine goodness and mercy, though I do not deserve it. Therefore I surely ought to thank and praise, serve and obey him. This is most certainly true. (The Small Catechism, Martin Luther, Augsburg/Fortress, 1979.)

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New Starts Informational Meeting

With so many requests regarding New Starts and Church Planting in the NALC, we will be hosting a webinar/video conference meeting on Thursday, July 30th at 12:00 PM ET.  Pastor Phil Gagnon would love for you to join him! 

This onboarding opportunity is primarily targeted to those who are new or interested in church planting in the NALC. If you are already involved in a mission start and interested in further training, please email: missions@thenalc.org to connect.

To access the meeting, please use the following link on Wednesday:https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/977836117 

If you’ve never used GoToMeeting or video conferencing, there is a step by step list or video tutorial available from the service we use.  More information can be found here:  https://link.gotomeeting.com/system-check .

A few other short links that might continue to be helpful regarding New Starts in the NALC: