NALC Life Ministries – God Loves Life

For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.” – Psalm 139:13-18 (ESV)

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Sent To The Shadows – The World Mission Prayer League

And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. Luke 2:4-6, ESV

Our Christmas cards and children’s programs generally paint a peaceful and serene picture of that evening in Bethlehem when our Savior Jesus was born so long ago. In the candle- scented quiet of our homes or the festooned interiors of our churches, it’s easy to imagine that this is how it was. History, however, tells of our Savior being born into a setting quite unlike this. So does archeology.

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First Thoughts On Vision – Bishop Dan Selbo

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

It is an honor and a joy to be writing to you as your new bishop. Since the time of the election in August, I have been humbled by the calling I have received and by the opportunity I have been given to help shape and mold our ministry and mission efforts in the NALC. At the same time, I am fully at peace with this new role and confident that God has prepared me and us for what lies ahead. As we stay focused on the commission given to us in Jesus and the promise secured for us in His cross and resurrection, we can be certain that God will use our efforts to the glory of His Son.

In this, my first article in the NALC News, before sharing a bit about the priorities toward which I am working and the ways in which I am using these first few months in this office, allow me to introduce myself.

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The Academy – December 2019

The NALC is committed to the renewal of all our congregations, working to develop and deliver resources that challenge and open the NALC to the work of the Holy Spirit in our ministry and mission.

Bishop John Bradosky writes: “Instead of talking about the process of discipleship, we would like to examine the context of discipleship.  What is the nature of Christian community that nurtures people as faithful followers of Jesus, equips them to reach others with the Gospel of Jesus and provides for their growth and development as disciples of Jesus?  Following the amazing miracle of Pentecost, Peter’s bold preaching, explaining who Jesus is and what He has done for them and the transformation of more than 3,000 people who came to faith in Jesus we read these important words about the formation of the community that was able to sustain and grow the Church, the body of Christ.”*

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