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Gratitude

by: Pastor Malinak

01/26/2023

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

Psalm 111:1

Praise the Lord!

I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart,

    in the company of the upright, in the congregation.

I wanted to begin this devotion with praising the Lord, because really, this devotion is a devotion of gratitude. I woke up on Monday morning and my heart was filled with gratitude. I literally woke up praising the Lord, giving thanks to the Lord for you. I am so grateful that we have t

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Transformed by Renewing the Mind

by: Pastor Eibel

01/19/2023

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Good morning, and a blessed Thursday morning to you!

We live in a day in which there is an emphasis on feeling not thinking, where feeling can become the arbiter of truth. For example, one might say, “Well, I believe that this is true.” The question then follows, “Why is that true?”  And then the response, “Well, that’s just how I feel.” Feeling becomes the arbiter of truth. How different is the message that we receive from God's Holy Word.

In Romans chapter 12, Paul, under

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God's Faithfulness

by: Pastor Malinak

01/12/2023

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Good morning and a most blessed Thursday to you. 

I want to share with you an Old Testament Bible story from the book of Numbers, that struck me as very interesting during my morning devotional time yesterday. The Israelites continued to grumble against and the Lord, even though He miraculously provided for their every need over and over again. In this text they were complaining because they were sick and tired of the mana, this miraculous food that appeared in just the rig

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Here am I; Send Me

by: Pastor Malinak

01/05/2023

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Good morning and a most blessed Thursday to you. 

I am so excited about this first devotion that we're going to have together in 2023. I was listening to a podcast recently that talked about a study that was done by the University of Chicago psychologist. The participants in the study were instructed to talk to strangers on their morning commute on mass transit, and then report the results. The participants predicted that half of the strangers would turn them down and not r

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A New Year... A Fresh Start

by: Pastor Malinak

12/29/2022

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Good morning, and a most blessed Thursday to you. 

I cannot believe we're already at the end in our last devotion for this year.  In our last devotion of 2022 together I want to talk with you about two things. 

The first being the “Fresh Start Effect”, and the second being “prayer”.  What is the connection between these two?  Let me explain. 

The fresh start effect is something that behavioral psychologists have studied, and continue to research. It's this really interesting

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The Christmas Tree

by: Pastor Eibel

12/22/2022

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Good morning and a blessed Thursday morning to you. 

Christmas Eve, of course, is very close now. And what a joy it is to gather and to worship our Savior & King, the Lord Jesus Christ. I want to commend to you two beautiful candlelight services that have been planned at 3:00 and 5:00 pm.  And then a beautiful service on Christmas day at 10 a.m. This is a great opportunity to reach out to someone who doesn't have a church home.  I encourage you to make use of this invitatio

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Knowing God

by: Pastor Malinak

12/15/2022

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Good morning and a blessed Thursday morning to you. 

I cannot believe that we are just a couple of days away from the fourth Sunday in the Advent season. This season has gone by so quickly. 

Last night it was such a joy to be able to share once again the story of Christ's birth with families of Living Word. I was thinking this week about this time that we're having together this morning, and what I wanted to share with you. I was thinking about the birth of Christ, and what

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The Reason for the Season

by: Pastor Malinak

12/08/2022

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Good morning in the most blessed Thursday to you.

I cannot believe that the Christmas season is almost upon us. If you are like most people, you are in a constant rush right now… rushing to make sure that you have the menu plan and the groceries purchased for Christmas day.  You are making sure that you're getting all of your Christmas cookies made, all of the presents bought, arranging for time with family time and friends, Christmas parties, making sure that you have your

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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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