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God With Us As Our Guide show art God With Us As Our Guide

Living Word Galena - Living Word Lutheran Church LCMS Galena, Ohio

When we go through life we often miss the sites along the way. We sometimes miss the highlights that are part of the journey. In life we need a guide to point out the way to where we're going but also to help us see the important parts along the way. This Christmas we pray you find the way to Christmas Hope, Peace, Joy, Love and Life. That way was found in a manger, and his name is Jesus. May God be with you as your Guide this Christmas. 

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God With Us - But How?  show art God With Us - But How?

Living Word Galena - Living Word Lutheran Church LCMS Galena, Ohio

This year for Christmas we take an unusual journey to find the real meaning of Christmas. Listen in to Christmas Eve 2018 as Pastor Derrick takes us into a conversation that didn't necessarily happen but explains why Christmas is so important.  

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God With Us In Our Darkness show art God With Us In Our Darkness

Living Word Galena - Living Word Lutheran Church LCMS Galena, Ohio

Darkness is sometimes comforting because you can hide the things you don't want seen. But darkness is also somewhat terrifying because we don't know what's lurking in the dark recesses of our lives. This week we journey into the darkness to find the power of the light. We look at one verse in John's gospel that overflows with powerful imagery and life-changing truth. Listen this week as Pastor Derrick unpacks the rich truths in John 8:12 and what it means when Jesus says I am the light of the world.

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God With Us As Our Living Branch  show art God With Us As Our Living Branch

Living Word Galena - Living Word Lutheran Church LCMS Galena, Ohio

It's kind of a weird statement. God is our living branch? What's that about anyway? A shoot from a stump will grow into a tree? How does that apply to my life? I don't even have trees in my lawn? This week we journey closer to the celebration of Christmas. In this journey we find ourselves face to face with some of the most challenging days of the year. The stress mounts. The lists grow longer. And often loneliness is at an all time high. Have you ever felt like your tree was knocked down? Listen this week as Pastor Derrick shares what happens when God begins working through a fallen tree.

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God With Us In The Storm show art God With Us In The Storm

Living Word Galena - Living Word Lutheran Church LCMS Galena, Ohio

God is with us here, now, today. He's with us in the good times and in the bad times. He's with us when we're on the mountain tops and when we're stuck in the valleys. This week we focus on the storms of life. God with us in the storms reminds us that even when we want the storms to go away, God has a purpose in the storm. He invites us to journey with him through the torrential downpours and ride the waves of life. Because there's something meaningful waiting on the other side of the storm. Listen this week as Pastor Derrick walks us through the meaning of the God's presence in the storm. ...

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God With Us As Our Shepherd show art God With Us As Our Shepherd

Living Word Galena - Living Word Lutheran Church LCMS Galena, Ohio

God is with us in all places of our lives but some times he makes himself visible in a specific way to help us through a specific challenge or trial. This week Pastor Derrick shares the presence of Jesus in our lives as our shepherd. As we consider how God is our Shepherd we'll take a few moments to discover who shepherds were and how they acted. Then Pastor Derrick will guide us to a better understanding of why we need a shepherd. 

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God With Us In The Wilderness show art God With Us In The Wilderness

Living Word Galena - Living Word Lutheran Church LCMS Galena, Ohio

When we travel through the wilderness God is with us. When we feel lost and alone God is with us. When no one else is there, God is with us. When life is swirling at a busying pace, God is with us. But he's not with us the way we might expect. Listen this week as Pastor Derrick helps us sharpen our focus on how to listen for God. 

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God With Us As Our Potter show art God With Us As Our Potter

Living Word Galena - Living Word Lutheran Church LCMS Galena, Ohio

What does it mean that God is our Potter? To turn a lump of hard clay into something useful and usable there are four key things that need to happen. The potter needs to mould the clay and make it pliable. The clay needs centered on the wheel. The potter presses his hands into the clay. But it's not done until the clay is placed into the kiln and fired and hardened. Listen as Pastor Derrick shares the ways the Potter has his hands all over you! 

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God With Us In The Valley show art God With Us In The Valley

Living Word Galena - Living Word Lutheran Church LCMS Galena, Ohio

Throughout the season of Advent we're discovering where and how God is with us. This week we travel into the valley to see how God is with us when all we can see are the mountains high around us. We're not meant to stay in the valley. We're made to move THROUGH the valley. Dig a well. Let God bring the rain. Then watch as he guides you through the Valley. 

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In Christ I Am Blameless show art In Christ I Am Blameless

Living Word Galena - Living Word Lutheran Church LCMS Galena, Ohio

What does it mean to be in Christ? Through this series we've journeyed to understand how Christ makes a difference in our daily lives. Everything from changing the way we see the world around us to bringing us into something far bigger than our immediate families to saving us from our fears and failures to making us whole - Christ makes a difference not just for our eternity but also for our todays. Listen this week as Pastor Derrick wraps up this series with a message titled In Christ I Am Blameless.   

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This week we begin a series inside of a series. As the next several weeks unfold we'll be looking deeper into the book of Song of Songs. We'll be challenged by its content and seek to gain a more full understanding of how this love song between Solomon and a young woman can help us better understand God's love for us and for his church. This week Pastor Derrick shares insights on chapter 1:1-7. Read through chapter one before listening to this episode. 

We hope that you are drawn closer to your Savior through these messages and remember God loves you more than Solomon loved this young woman.