Giving God Control


I just wanted to send a letter to say “hello”. As the pastor here at Living Word I feel it is important to send out words to keep our minds on Jesus. If we listen to only the “News on TV” we will surely be in a state of unrest. When we are told the same harsh, depressing news over and over it can cause us to lose hope in God and His true ownership of this world. He has never given the “Deed to His Earth” to anyone. We say we own this world, but we must remember we are all just temporary. We have a lifetime lease on what we need for our daily bread but after that someone else will take charge.In this time of trial in our world we are living through huge changes.

So, what are we to do when we feel so scared and in so much doubt? Do we stomp our feet and say we want it back the old way; like a child with no experience, or do we learn to move forward and face the battle with a mature faith in God? Do we not only ask God for guidance but actually follow it. That may be the biggest set back in a true faith. We tell ourselves we are faithful to Jesus, we tell others we are truly faithful, He blesses us with many prayers answered and gives us rest, then we become like King Asa of ancient Judah. He too forgot it was by God’s grace he had been given so many blessings and a true peace.

A parishioner shared a devotional about the story of Asa, king of Judah in 2 Chronicles this morning. King Asa was truly a great example of someone in the world that had God’s blessing, when he followed God’s guidance. But like anyone who takes the control of their lives too tightly and pushes God out, he lost everything in a short time.

2 Chronicles 14 : 2-6

Asa King of Judah

Asa did what was good and right in the eyes of the Lord his God. He removed the foreign altars and the high places, smashed the sacred stones, and cut down the Asherah poles. He commanded Judah to seek the Lord, the God of their ancestors, and to obey his laws and commands. He removed the high places and incense altars in every town in Judah, and the kingdom was at peace under him. He built up the fortified cities of Judah since the land was at peace. No one was at war with him during those years, for the Lord gave him rest.

He was at rest, things were good. And THEN:

2 Chronicles 16 : 7-9

At that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah and said to him: “Because you relied on the king of Aram and not on the Lord your God, the army of the king of Aram has escaped from your hand. Were not the Cushite’s and Libyans a mighty army with great numbers of chariots and horsemen? Yet when you relied on the Lord, he delivered them into your hand. For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. You have done a foolish thing, and from now on you will be at war.”

King Asa lost his understanding of what true faith was. He decided he could do it on his own. He lost his commitment to the Lord and depended on the riches of the world to give him peace.

We are all in different stages of faith in this life. That is part of being human in nature, it is also a part of our sinful nature. The part that takes our eyes off Jesus and our Father in Heaven. The war against the Covid virus will be won if we keep our eyes and minds on our guidance from God.

Jesus’ final command:

Matthew 22:36-40 (NIV)36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’  38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”What does “love your neighbor” look like? Well it may be staying close to home while there is a chance you could spread this virus .It may look like a mask over your face; to possibly not spread your germs to someone else. It may look like something you never imagined before. I know it looks like the actions of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He never tried to take control from His Father, and He gave peace to everyone He met.

Take your minds off the world and trust in God every moment, watch how fast you will find peace and as the last line in 2 Chronicles 14 : 6 tells us:

“No one was at war with him during those years, for the Lord gave him rest

The Lord is the only one that can give you true rest. Love Him and then your neighbor. God is Good all the time and FOREVER.

In His Service

Pastor Scott

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Storms or even tax day catch you off guard?

The date was April 15th, 1986. The day started like any other, I was working to help get the new Timpte trailer plant up and running in Wayne NE. There were 21 of us that had traveled to David City for 6 months; to train on how to build refrigerated  semi-trailers for Timpte Corp. at their new factory. Being the designated lead people in the new facility we were helping get the final details in place.

It was tax day like every year, one of my coworkers made the comment “I need to get my tax return to the post office for a date stamp. We have to go home right at the buzzer.” See, I had moved to Carroll Ne. about 12 miles west of Wayne, from there we car pooled to our new job. Well to our surprise, it had started to snow.  It snowed so hard there wasn’t enough room for all the flakes to come down together. I swear snow balls were forming as it fell. That was a bad storm.

It was April 15th, the farmers were planting corn, the new calves were on the ground; why was this white stuff falling. Well Sam says “I have to get my tax return in the mail, I am trying to get home. Come with me for the ride, we’ll make it.”

Me being young and tough, not scared of a little snow, I say sure. Well we got about a half mile past the edge of town, where the trees quit and we could see nothing. We are in a “Pontiac Sunbird”, for those of you who don’t know cars a “Sunbird” was just a little smaller than a red coaster wagon. It was front wheel drive, so it would crawl over a snow bank just enough to get high centered and not be able to drag the rear end through. Well after getting stuck  a couple of dozen times, we made it back to the factory building. To our relief a plan had been made, for those who were staying, safe and warm and dry, they were taking us to a house the owners of Timpte had rented just a few blocks away, they were furnishing pizza and refreshments and a warm place to sleep until this all blew over. Of course we went along with this better plan. The next morning the sun came up and it was a beautiful day. We went to work a little smelly, but happy we were there.

The point of this story; there are times in our lives when storms of different kinds will catch us off guard. The plans we have made, the duties we put off until the last moment will drive us to do things that cause us harm. Sam never got his tax form in the post office that night, he knew it should have been done long before that final day. He thought everything was going to be “Normal” and he would do what he always had done: “put it off till the last moment.” But life changed. I never heard if he got a penalty for being late, it was never talked about again. I think back of the risk he took and the risk I took following his lead. I could have lost my life because of his terrible decision to lead, and my worse decision to follow.

We will all have those moments in our lives. Jesus tells us to follow Him. To trust Him, not to follow the “Sam’s” in this world.   He tells us He is the Way the Truth and the Life. But we decide we are invincible and don’t need His advice. We follow the people around us that are trying to show the rest of the world they have a better idea, but too many are running to cover up the mistakes they have made before; not being part of a good plan.

It is hard to be in charge of your life sometimes, not to be led in a wrong direction. Jesus gave us the road map to life, it is called believing in Him and His words. It will bring us great joy in the end. As this Covid virus causes us to change the way we always did things, look forward to the day after. When the sun comes out and we are so glad we stayed put. God is with us, our world has been going out into the storm without a good plan for many years. If we make our way back to Him he will show us the right plan that will be good for all.

Stay Home, Stay safe, Weather the storm where you’re at. Trust in God for your peace. The road to “where we were” the road to “normal” isn’t safe right now. We need to stop and find a new plan. Just like me and Sam and our trip to the post office, we need to stop and wait till tomorrow.

Our church (that’s us) here at Living Word is a vibrant living thing, I appreciate the donations that have been coming in. I love the cards of hello’s and support. I know we will all get through this if we just wait until the storm passes. It is out of our hands right now. As if we were ever in control. God’s peace and God’s blessings to all of you from the One who holds you in His arms. Jesus Christ our Lord

Pastor Scott

PS: We will continue to record services and post them on-line. We will have communion next Sunday the 26th of April so have your elements ready.

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Holy Week

Good Morning and Blessed Holy Week from Living Word Lutheran Church,

            It is- Holy Week!

No matter what is happening in the world; this week of remembrance and reflection of the life of our Lord and Savior is eternal. It is easy to get distracted by the worries of this place we call home but Holy Week will never end. See I believe we will worship Jesus in Heaven in this same type of remembrance for His return to His Father’s side. How can we not honor and praise Him for coming to us. Leaving His place in Heaven to come and lead us to our place with Him!

That is the key point in His return, Jesus never came back to force us to believe, He came back and like a shepherd does his sheep, he came to lead us to greener pastures. The unfortunate part is like any shepherd knows there will be sheep that “Just won’t listen” they get an idea in their heads and you can’t seem to stop them. But that is part of life. We as the good sheep will follow our shepherd’s voice and through any peril will end up in a good place.

As I wrote that last line I couldn’t help  but think back in my life when I was younger, on how many times I heard the statement “ Oh yes, follow like a good little sheep, follow the crowd and be one of them”. It was meant to be an insult, a way the “wild” kids would make you feel like you were doing the wrong thing. A way to make you believe the right way was the wrong way. Do any of you remember that? And the worst part for a young boy was; to feel tough or like an outlaw, you would leave the safety of the group and end up in a terrible place, in trouble, and paying the price for your deliberate actions of doing what you knew was wrong. Sin is active at a very young age in our lives, that is why it is so important to teach our youth at a very young age which shepherd to follow.

That is what this week is about. To remember, to tell the story, to teach our youth about Jesus Christ. Again as I look back, even as I was doing those things I knew better than doing, my parents never quit taking us to church, they never quit showing us the Bible, never quit making us watch “The Ten Commandments” on TV as a family. I truly believe now as I grow-up that movies like that were a real God send. First off it was made so Biblically accurate for their abilities, second is the fact  the movie was made and has lasted this many decades. Third it was a way to see and hear the Bible come to life and see the faith and the lack of faith of our ancestors. I truly believe it strengthened many people’s knowledge of God.

The trials that have come to pass these last couple years during Holy Week have been major. With the floods of 2019 and now the Covid of 2020 it would seem that God has taken His blessings from our world. But when we look back at the Bible stories, the only times when God left the world be conquered and left in distress is when the world left Him. When we decide we don’t need a Shepherd and that we are in control, and just like those wild sheep that you have to let run, God is watching. He will save those who realize they are lost and want to come home. It makes me think of the movie, when Moses went up the mountain for those 40 days and nights and the people listened to the evil Dathan and made the golden calf. They left their faith in God behind for a human scheme. They left God out of sinful ignorance. But as this was happening there were many that stayed true to God. They were the ones that were allowed to go into the promised land after 40 years in the wilderness. I am not sure if we are in a wilderness or if this is a loss of God’s blessing but I know if we stay true we will be given our reward in the end.

There is a day coming that we will see the power of God right before our eyes. Right now we will celebrate that day through the eyes of our ancestors recorded in the Bible. Sunday is the day we will glorify Jesus for His power over sin and death. It isn’t about a bunny like the world would lead us to believe, it isn’t about eggs which was a pagan ritual that early Christians tried to adapt into a Biblical theme. The day is about an empty tomb and our way to eternal life. Our young people need to know this truth or they will be the lost in the wilderness when the world gets dark. Stay strong in your faith through these difficult times. Keep believing and keep praying, God has not left us He is just watching to see which way we will go.

Pastor Scott

P.S. I have had several discussions about our drive-in service and I believe through prayer and discernment we will not be doing a outdoor service. With the “stay at home order” by our health officials and our governor, I truly believe to conquer this  virus in our world we need to stay apart. It is just one of the sacrifices we have to do to stay ALIVE! I know this will be hard news to hear but I cannot ask our congregation to risk being infected and spreading it to their family members. I can’t imagine having it spread throughout our congregation even with protective measures. The other reasons we are cancelling is; it will be quite cold Sunday morning with a good chance of snow, and last; our license to broadcast over the air is not official yet, there have been many changes to the laws and it is a jungle to be assured we won’t be in violation. I am sorry to give this news but like a good sheep-dog I must nip at heals at times to keep the flock following our Shepherd; Jesus Christ.

In Service to Him

P Scott

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Waiting Quietly

Lamentations 3

22Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.

23They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
24 I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore, I will wait for him.”

25 The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him;
26 It is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.


Waiting quietly, not a very common aspect of our world is it? It is because we are going too fast. With Satan’s help, he got us to try to; make time for everything with no time for anything. He took our minds off of the one who provides for our every need and got us to focus on “the need” itself. We need to stop and look to God again.

When we look back; it is amazing how we were persuaded to give up our peace in the Lord. The Sabbath was the day God rested. He is God and He needed rest. We somehow have been convinced that we need no quiet time. We have been taught we can just focus our ever-busy minds on a different subject and gain peace by doing so. This is not real peace. We have to stop and let the world go past for a while

See, we were designed for quiet time. That is why God gave us a Sabbath day. It is why He invites us to take His day and do no work. It is why He invites us to His house to join Him in a time of rest. A time with no expectations from any human being. A time to just breath in and out and listen for the Holy Spirit. To listen to the Word and be encouraged, to find peace, and to look for hope in Him.

Our ability to “wait quietly for our God” has been interrupted. With work, and sports, and personal reasons we have put many things above our need for our Savior. The need to come to church and relax has been discarded. See, I truly believe this is where we learn the ability to wait quietly on our God. It is where our children become mature, listening, caring young people. They get a chance to slow down too.

If you do not know what church is, I pray that you would come. It is here you will learn to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. He will give you rest; He will give you peace, He will help you understand that all good things come from Him. Let us all wait quietly and put our hope in Him. He is Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.

(During this time of pandemic, I encourage you to find our service online at, OR a service on TV, it will give you a quiet time. Too much broadcast news will rob you of your peace.)

Just My Thoughts

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What are some other character traits of a humble person?

  1. The humble can always ask for help, and they don’t insist on everything being done their way.
  2. They are quick to forgive others, difficult to offend, and content to wait on God for vindication when they have been wronged.
  3. They are patient and don’t get frustrated with the weaknesses of others.
  4. The humble person is a peacemaker. In fact, we needhumility to maintain peace in our lives.
  5. A humble person knows when to be quiet. It’s certainly not wrong to talk, but a humble person is comfortable allowing others to have center stage and doesn’t feel the need to speak their mind in every situation.
  6. A humble person sees their own weaknesses and can readily admit them. When we open up to others about ourselves, it can actually encourage and help them realize they’re not the only ones who deal with things.
  7. A humble person happily serves other people, and they don’t do it to impress others. They do it unto God, knowing their reward will come from God.
  8. A humble person is verythankful. This is one reason they’re usually so happy. When we live with an attitude of gratitude, it releases joy and power into our lives.
  9. A humble person has a tender conscience and is quick to repent.
  10. A leader who is truly humble treats everyone with respect. How a leader treats people is the quickest way to find out their level of humility.

First Peter 5:6 says, “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that in due time He may exalt you.”


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I asked God to take away my pain. God said, No. It is not for me to take away, but for you to give it up.

I asked God to make my handicapped child whole. God said, No. Her spirit was whole, her body was only temporary.

I asked God to grant me patience. God said, No. Patience is a by-product of tribulations. It isn’t granted, it is earned.

I asked God to give me happiness. God said, No. I give you blessings. Happiness is up to you.

I asked God to spare me pain. God said, No. Suffering draws you apart from worldly cares and brings you closer to me.

I asked God to make my spirit grow. God said, No. You must grow on your own, but I will prune you to make you fruitful.

I asked for all things that I might enjoy life. God said, No. I will give you life so that you may enjoy all things.

I ask God to help me LOVE others, as much as he loves me. God said… Ahhhh, finally you have the idea.


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So Faithful we forget to use it

I heard a message the other night based on Luke 8, 9, and 10. The thing I took away was how even the faithful; sometimes fail.

Verse 24:  24 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!”

These were the twelve that were with our Lord day and night. The twelve that had been given the joy to follow beside yet seemed to lose trust the moment they needed faith the most. Instead of using the faith they were given to find the peace in the storm they threw up their hands and frantically said “Save Us!” This happens to all of us at times, we get overwhelmed and beg for help. Jesus comes to our rescue just like the disciples.

“He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. 25 “Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples.

Next we went to chapter 9; “Jesus sends out the twelve”;

Verses 1, 2

When Jesus had called the Twelve together he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.”

Yet a few verses later we see them struggling with their faith again.

Verse 12-14;

12 Late in the afternoon the Twelve came to him and said, “Send the crowd away so they can go to the surrounding villages and countryside and find food and lodging, because we are in a remote place here.”

13 He replied, “You give them something to eat.”

They answered, “We have only five loaves of bread and two fish—unless we go and buy food for all this crowd.” 14 (About five thousand men were there.)

We know the rest of the story; Jesus feeds the five thousand with the five loaves and two fish with extras at the end. Did you see the test? Jesus’ most instructed followers missed their chance to trust their faith again. Even after all they had been told and had seen they still doubted their faith.

Next we go to chapter 10, Jesus sends out seventy-two more. These weren’t the inner circle; these were seventy-two people just like us, believers in Jesus Christ and His message, everyday people who had a true trust in God. Look at the outcome;

Verse 17: 17 The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.”

And what did Jesus do?

Verse 21

21 At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.

The lesson here; the amount of faith you have has nothing to do with your training, it has nothing to do with your title, it has only to do with your heart. It comes from acceptance of the Holy Spirit in your own life and living it.

Jesus praised the Father for the work of the simple people. Not the “wise and learned”. God’s work on earth is not the work of the highly trained or the specially educated; it is the work of all of us. His plans are revealed to the little children to understand. Trust your faith in times of trial and watch the Spirit shine.  God is Good and His Words are simple and true.

Pastor Scott


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Freedom Isn’t Free

Freedom is a word that we proudly shout in our country. It is a part of our lives that we hold sacred. The line that “Freedom Isn’t Free” is so huge. It has cost many lives to win our freedom from tyrant, self serving rulers. It has cost many lives to maintain that freedom from the threat of tyrant dictators. Now it takes many lives to protect us from terrorist groups who hurt us in the name of tyrant led religious groups.  I used the word tyrant in each case because the definition of the word tyrant is worthy of each cause we fight against.

Definition of Tyrant: an absolute ruler unrestrained by law or constitution, a ruler who exercises absolute power oppressively or brutally.

The brutality of men causing fear and pain has been part of our sinful world for centuries. We read about the ancient Israelites being taken into slavery by tyrant pharaohs; forced to build cities for the glory of Egypt’s power. Our ancestors were forced by kings to do as they were told; to live and worship according to their decree. In our own country we have had men and organizations claim too much power and direct our land in directions that have caused separation and civil war. We didn’t recognize them as tyrants because they were “one of us”; they were our leaders. The lust of power causes many to fall; the claim of personal rights with no regard for our fellow man causes the loss of compassion and the common good.

The exciting part is when the oppressed people, the hurt, the abused, the ones in need of a new hope turned to God He delivered them. The Israelites were led from slavery when God answered their prayers. The early colonists found this United States when they fled religious persecution and followed their true sense of God’s call. “911” brought us back to church for healing following a tragedy we couldn’t comprehend on our own. God has always been here for us.

Our country is in a crisis right now with our freedom being misused; we have strayed away from God and His guidance to our own sinful natures. Our young people are being taught a false freedom with no sacrifice, a freedom that is easy and self centered. It will be a tragic consequence if we let history repeat itself and lose what God has given us.

God’s law says love Him first and then one another; this means sacrificing for the good of each other, no matter what it takes. Freedom has never meant having it your own way, freedom is living together under God’s watch, following His perfect plan; with liberty and justice for all.

Just My Thoughts

Pastor Scott

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Sleep is such a precious part of life. It is when we get to shut down and just forget about everything. There are things called dreams that accompany our sleep at times. Some are good others are “night-mares”. Dreaming is not uncommon for me; I seem to dream a lot. There are times when the dreams are hard to be a part of and I wake myself up. Most of the time I don’t remember a thing after my eyes open but there are times the thoughts are still vivid in my conscious. It is confusing why my mind goes into the places it does. I look to God and ask: “Why do I have to go there? It’s uncomfortable, it scares me, and I don’t like it.” I have learned to say a prayer for peace and understanding of what I have just experienced. It may be new or it may be something I have relived from a time in my past; either way I feel the need for comfort and I know God is my only source for true peace in this time of trial.

I had one of those thought provoking dreams the other night. I dreamt I was still doing my old life. You know the situation; I was working my “800hrs” per week, I was trying to be part of the local crowd, I was trying to understand the political scene, (of course I still haven’t figured out which side of that to be on), and I was in constant turmoil.  No I didn’t dream all that at once, but that’s the base line. The bulk of this dream was me arguing with my father. He is gone now as is my mother, so they never had the joy of seeing what God has done with their son’ life, whether the news is announced in Heaven I am not sure. The point is I look back now and I would like to “Kick Myself in the Rear” for being so disrespectful. At that time of my life it was my thoughts, my opinions, and my wants that drove my personality. I had no regard for the experiences that my father had and no regard for his opinion. I could have done it so much better if he would have just gotten out of the way.

Have you ever been there? If not, you are one in a million and I salute you. In most of our lives we have done things that were so selfish we can’t start to imagine how hurtful we’ve been. We put those things in the back of our minds and try to forget them. We put a lid on them and make believe they have never happened. Then history repeats itself. Not in your own actions but in the actions of those close to you.

You may have a child that is going thru growing pains as the world directs. You remember the script; it doesn’t matter if the person you are hurting is your parent; it’s all about you. Follow the words and directions of the world now; for it is about you. Be important in the eyes of the people around you and don’t worry about God after all; this is all about you. Get what you want.

You may have a spouse that seems to be getting distant; remember the world script tells us marriage is all about being independent and not losing yourself. Two people just cohabitating and if it doesn’t work out you get a divorce and try again. That is not what Jesus, the author of the word marriage said. When two people come together and accept the vow of the other; it is forever and two become one. They are to support each other through everything and respect each other through anything. Love accepts no less.

We seem to forget our lives are short and it is easy to make mistakes. Our Father in Heaven doesn’t want us to live in turmoil. He gives us a memory so we will not stumble over the same stuff again. When we hide it away in the unused part of our brain it does us no good. We need to deal with our sins and give them to God. The next time you have one of those dreams that “hurts” realize that is the Holy Spirit helping you clear out your attic. Give the hard thoughts to Him and watch your dreams eventually become peaceful. Repenting of your sins means you give it all to God, even the ugly stuff. I have a long way to go for I have been a hoarder of “My thoughts” for too many years. Don’t live life wishing you would have done different. Live your life so your dreams are truly joyful. Say that prayer of understanding and peace. God will Bless You.

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The Church Challenge

We celebrate Ash Wednesday March 6th 2019. Lent begins the following Sunday March 10th. We’ve all seen the ice bucket challenge, and we’ve heard of the unthinkable challenges on the internet that cause our young people great harm. I want to do a challenge that will change your lives forever. It will literally mean an eternity of blessings.

It’s called The Church Challenge,

The  challenge is simple; you and your family go to church on Ash Wednesday, then you get up and go again on the following Sunday. Then you go again on Wednesday and then on Sunday. See how many times you can go to church before Easter.

Listen to the message, feel the love of those around you, let God into your hearts. Give the Holy Spirit the chance to help you find peace for a couple hours each week.  Watch how Easter and the meaning of Jesus Christ become so much more exciting. Believe me in no time at all it will not be a challenge.

The best part is, everyone who tries this is an absolute champion for the rest of their lives. Keep track of your victories, for each time you go to worship will be a win. Talk to God about how great it felt, give your families the coaching they need to continue. Congratulations early on taking the challenge, may you find God’s peace and love.


Pastor Scott Krohn

Living Word Lutheran Church

Seward NE.








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