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Signs of the End

by: Pastor Eibel

08/04/2022

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Good morning, and a blessed Thursday morning to you.

Would you please open your Bible with me for our time of study to Luke the 21st chapter. The setting for this text is Tuesday of Holy Week. So the cross is looming, and but a short period of time away. And Jesus is teaching in the temple. What he gives in this section of Scripture is some of the signs that are the prelude to the end of the world. Let's pick up in verse 25.

25 “There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and

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Seasons of Change

by: Pastor Malinak

07/28/2022

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Good morning, and a most blessed Thursday to you!  In our time of devotion together today we are going to turn to God's Word and seek after his wisdom. 

As the older, adult generation we have been given the responsibility and the great privilege of training up our children in the Word of the Lord and in his ways.  Scripture tells us that when we train up a child in the way of the Lord, that he will not depart from those ways. As a parent, this week I am facing  the bittersw

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Grace, Mercy, and Peace

by: Pastor Malinak

07/21/2022

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Good morning, and a most blessed Thursday to you!  Today in our time of devotion together we are going to talk about greetings, and what we are attempting to communicate through the words and expressions we use in our greetings. For example, I just said “Good morning”.  Hopefully you know that as I come to you, I greet you this morning communicating with you the eagerness I have to share God's Word with you… the eagerness that I have knowing that in just a few moments we g

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Jesus: The Word Made Flesh

by: Pastor Malinak

07/14/2022

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Good morning and a blessed Thursday to you. In our time of devotion today we're going to begin with some of the saddest verses in all of Scripture. I know that sounds like not much fun, but I promise you it will end up being a wonderful and blessed time of devotion together in God's Word. 

We are going to begin with some of the saddest verses in Scripture, from the prophet Amos 8:11-12

The time is surely coming, says the Lord God,

    when I will send a famine on the land,

not

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Freedom in Christ

by: Pastor Malinak

07/07/2022

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Good morning and a most blessed Thursday to you.

As a nation, a few days ago we celebrated Independence Day.  We celebrated the freedom, joy, and the love that we have as people living in a free nation.. 

Today in our time of devotion together we are going to look at God's Word to see what he tells us, and speaks to us about freedom.

In Galatians 5:13-14 Paul writes this under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit…

13 For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters, only do

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Words Matter

by: Pastor Malinak

06/30/2022

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Good morning and a most blessed Thursday to you.

In our time together this morning I want to address how we engage with others. When I listen to what's going on in the world around us, there is this undercurrent of animosity and anger. I see it coming out in the way that people talk with one another, whether it is a complete stranger, a family member, or a friend. Relationships are being damaged, and potential relationships damaged. It's not okay. It's not healthy.

Let’s tur

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Give Thanks

by: Pastor Eibel

06/23/2022

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Good morning, and a blessed Thursday morning to you. 

I think of that very popular hymn, simply entitled, “Give Thanks”. 

Give thanks with a grateful heart

Give thanks to the Holy One

Give thanks because He's given Jesus Christ, His Son

And now let the weak say, "I am strong"

Let the poor say, "I am rich"

"Because of what the Lord has done for us"

Those words really reflect 2 Corinthians 8:9.

"For you know the generous act of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for

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The Unity of His Body

by: Pastor Malinak

06/16/2022

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Good morning in a most blessed Thursday to you. I am writing to you from Costa Rica today.  It has been an amazing trip, and I want to share with you for a time of devotion today, some words that I was given the opportunity to share with the church here; the church that we are serving here this week.  

I talked to them about the obvious differences in our cultures, in our language.  And in our sin, we often focus on those differences.  But what is incredible is that we are

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VBS Highlights

by: Pastor Malinak

06/09/2022

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Pastor Malinak:  Good morning, and a most blessed Thursday to you.

I am here with my friend, Adelyn. She has been at VBS all week with me, and it has been such a great time.  Have you had fun?

Adelyn: Yes!

Pastor Malinak: We have gotten to meet various animals, who are our Bible memory buddies. Which animal did you like the best?

Adelyn: The Rabbit, Jet.

Pastor Malinak:  Adeline is part of the jackrabbit crew, and Jet is our jackrabbit friend.  Each day we have the opportunity

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God's Steadfast Love

by: Pastor Malinak

06/02/2022

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Good morning and a blessed Thursday to you. It’s time for Vacation Bible School. This Sunday, June 5th, we are going to launch our week of sharing Jesus with not only the kids of our congregation and their friends, but kids in this community. We get the opportunity to introduce them to Jesus, and to God’s love.  

The overall theme for this year’s VBS is “Monumental: Celebrating God’s Greatness”.   One of the theme verses is Psalm 89:2

David writes:

I declare that your steadfa

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Comfort at the Cross of Jesus

by: SPastor Malinak

05/26/2022

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From the Gospel of Matthew 2:18

‘A voice was heard in Ramah,

    wailing and loud lamentation,

Rachel weeping for her children;

    she refused to be consoled, because they are no more.’

Today in our time of devotion together we are meeting at the cross. Just a couple days ago all of us Texans have endured a tragedy of unspeakable evil, that brings to our hearts sorrow too deep to put into words. The only place we can turn for comfort for peace, and for any sort of healing is t

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Jesus: Friend of Sinners

by: Pastor Eibel

05/19/2022

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Good morning, and a blessed Thursday morning to you.  Jesus did something that would drive his enemies crazy. Do you know what it is?   What drove Jesus’ enemies crazy, is that Jesus would eat and talk with sinners.

Open your Bible to Luke 19:5-7:

5 When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today.” 6 So he hurried down and was happy to welcome him. 7 All who saw it began to grumble and said, “He

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Times of Busyness

by: Pastor Malinak

05/12/2022

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Good morning!   A most blessed Thursday to you.

Let's begin our time of devotion together in the book of Psalm.  Open with me to Psalm 121:8 

The Lord will keep

    your going out and your coming in

    from this time on and for evermore.

I love this verse, especially in a season of busyness. Not all families and not all people have a busy season in May.   But for many, this is the time of graduations.  It's the time of finalizing summer plans, recitals, end-of-the-year perfor

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The Bible is the Word of God

by: Pastor Malinak

05/05/2022

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Good morning, and a blessed Thursday to you.  Today in our time of devotion together I'm going to share with you something from one of our Confirmation lessons.  This is one of my favorite lessons that we do in the two-year cycle.  In this lesson we have a series of questions or statements, and the kids are supposed to answer if it's a matter of myth, or if it's a matter of faith.   So I'm going to invite you to play along.  Here’s the statement: The Bible contains the Wor

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Strength from God

by: Pastor Eibel

04/28/2022

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Good morning, and a blessed Thursday morning to you.  For our devotion time today I’d like to study from 2 Corinthians chapters 11 and 12.  

We see throughout Scripture calls to give thanks.  There is a promise from God, that we can be perhaps tempted to forget to give thanks for. Beginning in 2 Cor. 11:30 the Apostle Paul write this:

30 If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness. 31 The God and Father of the Lord Jesus (blessed be he forever!) knows t

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