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Sabbath Rest

by: Pastor Eibel

12/01/2022

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Good morning and a blessed Thursday morning to you. 

In ancient days, Rabbis would take two strings. One would be dark, and the other would be light.  And they would hold up those two strings at the time of sunset.  When the Rabbi was unable to determine the light string from the dark string, they would then declare that the Sabbath had begun.  And then, they would just reverse the process with regard to the sunrise.  

Exodus 20:8-11

8 Remember the sabbath day, and keep it ho

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Repentance and Forgiveness

by: Pastor Malinak

11/17/2022

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Good morning, and a most blessed Thursday to you.

In our time of devotion together today I want to address something on my heart.

We just completed a small group study on various cults that claim to be Christian, but are not.  Some of them deny the trinity. They don’t believe in God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Or they deny salvation through Christ. Or they deny the two natures of Christ; that he is fully God, and fully man.  Or they deny the Bible is God’s Word; our on

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Tithing Our Time

by: Pastor Malinak

11/10/2022

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Good morning, and a most blessed Thursday to you.

This past Sunday was Response Sunday - such an important Sunday in the life of the church, as we pledge our time, talent, and treasures to the work and mission that God is doing at and through Living Word Lutheran Church.  We do this to prepare for how we can work to expand His Kingdom, and to bless the people in our community and beyond.

As I was thinking about tithes and offerings, I really started to think through how we c

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Hilarious Giving

by: Pastor Eibel

11/03/2022

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Good morning, and a most blessed Thursday to you.

Did Jesus ever laugh?  You know, there's not one verse in all of the New Testament that ever tells us that Jesus laughed. But I like argument that's a theologian R. C. Sproul made. He maintained that based upon Ecclesiastes, where it talks about certain things being appropriate at certain times, one of which the Scripture mentions his laughter. He maintained that since Jesus always did that which was appropriate, well then c

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Call Upon His Name

by: Pastor Malinak

10/27/2022

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Good morning, and a most blessed Thursday to you.

As Christian witnesses, if you had only 30 seconds to share something with someone, what is the one thing that person needs to hear? Deciding what to say wouldn’t be a matter of searching through Scripture to find something that's worthy of taking those 30 seconds. God’s Word is so rich… so full of life-giving, life-affirming, and life-transforming words, that it's difficult to narrow down to just one verse or two verses. 

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Teach Us to Pray

by: Pastor Eibel

10/20/2022

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Good morning, and a most blessed Thursday to you.

For our devotional today let’s open our Bibles to the Gospel of Luke the 11th chapter. Here we come to a very familiar prayer: The Lord's Prayer. 

Now, Jesus has already taught on this in Matthew 6.  When we come to Luke 11, this is now many months later.  So he's really returned now to the subject.  He's responding to a request. Luke 11:1…

He was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said

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Grace through Faith

by: Pastor Malinak

10/13/2022

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Good morning, and a most blessed Thursday to you.

In our time of devotion today we are going to talk about grace. I know! Big surprise! A Lutheran pastor doing a devotion on grace! But that is exactly what we're going to talk about today.

For some reason, there is this difficulty that we have in accepting or grasping even the smallest idea of grace. We have sayings like, there is no such thing as a free ride, or free meal. We refer to someone as being a freeloader. And we en

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Our Faithful God

by: Pastor Malinak

10/06/2022

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Good morning, and a most blessed Thursday to you.

Have you ever been reading Scripture (a passage or story that you’ve read time and time again) and all of a sudden a verse really jumps out at you and takes hold of you, like it's never done before? Well, I had that experience just a few days ago. And you know me. I can't not share with you. So I'm going to share what that verse is. And the deeper I dug into it, the more exciting and meaningful it really is for us. 

In our ti

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Wisdom from the Word and the Spirit

by: Pastor Eibel

09/29/2022

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Good morning, and a blessed Thursday to you.

Would you open up your Bibles for our devotion this morning to Ephesians the 5th chapter. I'd like to share with you this morning about the topic of being wise.  There’s a difference between earthly wisdom and heavenly wisdom. So we're going to talk about that heavenly wisdom that comes from God. Beginning at the 15th verse, the Apostle Paul writes under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit:

15 “Be very careful, then, how you live—n

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It's All About Jesus

by: Pastor Malinak

09/22/2022

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Good morning, and a most blessed Thursday to you.

In preparing for this time of devotion together, I was having a conversation with someone. And he jokingly said, “Well, the devotion should be all about Jesus.”  And it was very funny. True, of course.  But the more I thought about it, the more I thought that he's absolutely right. It needs to be all about Jesus, because we are a Christian people. We are disciples of Christ. We know that everything we confess, believe, and t

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Empowered to Love

by: Pastor Eibel

09/15/2022

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Good morning, and a most blessed Thursday morning to you.

Please open up your Bibles with me to Matthew 22:37-39.

37 He said to him, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the greatest and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 

You shall love your neighbor as yourself.  Let me ask you this.  What is it that you desire? Let’s let Scripture form thos

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Lord, Bless the Children'

by: Pastor Malinak

09/08/2022

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Good morning, and a most blessed Thursday morning to you.

Last night we kicked off Wednesday Night Alive… “Oh the Places We'll Go.”  It was such a fun time, with so many kids and adults engaging with God's Word and with one another;.  To see the Holy Spirit at work in his people is such a joyous time. It’s such a blessing to be able to come together and continue to grow and learn with one another.  And it is so exciting to be able to share God's Word in a very interactive w

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Share God's Word

by: Pastor Malinak

09/01/2022

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Good morning, and a most blessed Thursday morning to you.

Earlier in the week, I was having my own personal time of devotion.  And one of the readings that I had was by one of the early church fathers, John Chrysostom.  He was referred to as the “golden tongue.”  That's what Chrysostom means in Greek. He was known for his preaching, and for his steadfastness in keeping in God's Word. 

I want to share a quote from one of his homilies, because as a Christian people, it speaks

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Servanthood

by: Pastor Eibel

08/25/2022

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Good morning, and a most blessed Thursday morning to you.

Would you please open your Bibles to 3 John for our study today.

And there we meet a person by the name, Diotrephes. Diotrephes was doing some terrible, terrible things.

Look with me please, at verse 10.

"So if I come, I will call attention to what he is doing in spreading false charges against us." 

Diotrephes was telling lies about the people. You can translate that section of the Scripture saying, that he was giving w...
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The Reliability of God's Word

by: Pastor Eibel

08/18/2022

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Good morning, and a most blessed Thursday morning to you.

Would you please open your Bibles to Luke 24:44.

Then he (Jesus) said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.”

These Lord Jesus spoke these words after the resurrection and before the ascension.  And they speak to the reliability of God's Word.  Again, Jesus said, “Everything written

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