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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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The Empty Tomb

by: Pastor Malinak

04/21/2022

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Good morning and a most blessed Thursday to you. 

From the Gospel of Luke chapter 24…

“But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared. 2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they went in, they did not find the body.[a] 4 While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men in dazzling clothes stood beside them. 5 The women[b] were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, but the m

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Colors Preach

by: Pastor Eibel

04/14/2022

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Good morning and a blessed Maundy Thursday to you.  We find ourselves in such a rich week of worship, don’t we. The Holy Week began, of course, last Sunday with Palm Sunday, this evening with Maundy Thursday worship at 7:00.  Tomorrow Good Friday worship at the 7:00 p.m. And then Easter day this coming Sunday at 8:45 and 11:00 am.  It is such a rich, rich time.  And I commend these worship opportunities to you.

 

I want to talk to you today about the colors that we see in th

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Share the Word

by: Pastor Malinak

04/07/2022

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Good morning and a most blessed day to you. I want to begin our time of devotion with a beautiful verse that Paul has written in the letter to the Romans the 10th chapter, verse 8. And then we're going to talk a little bit about that. 

So he wrote,  

But what does it say? “The word is near you, on your lips and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); 

Paul is quoting from Deuteronomy the 30th chapter here, where God is saying that he is putting his word

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God's Word & Prayer

by: Pastor Eibel

03/31/2022

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A blessed morning to you. For our time of devotion today I'd like to talk about the relationship between God's Word (and the study of it) and prayer. Specifically, how can we use God’s Word to form our prayers? 

So let’s start in the book of 2 Timothy 3:14-17.

14  “But as for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it, 15 and how from childhood you have known the sacred writings that are able to instruct you for salvation th

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The Old Rugged Cross

by: Pastor Malinak

03/25/2022

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Good Morning!  As we get into our time of devotion together, I'm really eager to share with you a beautiful hymn that is specifically for the Lenten season.  We’ve often heard it on Good Friday, or hear it sung by many country gospel singers over the years.  This hymn was written by George Bennard in 1912 after meditating on the cross and coming to the realization that not only is it a symbol for Christianity, but the cross is really at the center of our faith.  Without th

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Our Purpose

by: Pastor Eibel

03/17/2022

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Good morning, and a blessed Thursday morning to you. Would you please open your Bibles with me for a time of devotions today to the 28th chapter of Matthew. This is one of the great, great chapters of Holy Scripture. I want to focus with you on the last few verses of this, the 28th chapter of the Gospel of Matthew. This is a portion of scripture that I encourage every believer to memorize by heart and to hold it dear.  Let's look at Matthew 28:18-20.

18 And Jesus came and s

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