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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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Our Lord, Our God

by: Pastor Malinak

08/11/2022

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

In our time of devotion together this morning, as we meditate on God’s Word, we are going to take some time to reflect upon who God is in his own being, and also upon who he is in our lives, as we respond to him by the power of His Spirit.

In the Gospel of Mark chapter 12, a scribe asks Jesus which commandment is the most important of all.

29 Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is

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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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