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Devotions and Resources

Looking for an online source of daily devotions and Bible studies?  We've listed a couple of great sites below. Regardless of your age, gender, or where you are in life, you'll find the refreshment of God's word of love and hope here. These organizations are dedicated to reaching people everywhere with the precious news that Christ is their savior.

Lutheran Women in Mission (LWML)

Lutheran Hour Ministries

At Mount Olive, our library has a number of helpful resources for your Christian growth.  Browse the titles and check out a book today.  Search our online catalog (church and school titles) any time day or night. No password is required.

There are devotionals, special study Bibles, topical studies such as raising Christian children, strengthening relationships, coping with grief and loss, and many others, as well as many Christian novels.

Check our our synodical publisher, Concordia Publishing House, for a vast array of Christian books and resources of all types. 

In our sanctuary, at the credenza when you enter, you will find free copies of the current issue of Portals of Prayer. This daily devotional will give you a renewed sense of God's love for you in Jesus Christ.

Do you need a copy of the scriptures?  We have slimline New Testaments. You can have one, free of charge. Just fill out the "contact us" form, and ask for Outreach to contact you.

Every week, there are many opportunities at Mount Olive to meet in small groups to study God's word and grow together.

  • Sunday school and Adult Bible classes: Sundays from 10:15-11:30.
  • Other Bible studies are listed in our Calendar, including the organizer and contact information. Don't be shy: join one today.

Are you fueled up and ready for service?  Check out the ACTION teams (on our main page, see the link under "About Mount Olive"). New members are always welcome on the teams. We would love to involve you.

Our regional and national organizations are another great resource for information about our beliefs and practices, as well as devotions, Bible studies, news about our church body, ministry news and opportunities for service.

Iowa District West

Lutheran Church Missouri Synod

Be refreshed in the Lord with this excerpt from Portals of Prayer. God bless you in Christ.

"Give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty." John 4:15

There is a thirst in all of us to be loved and cared for. A Samaritan woman wanted men to quench this thirst. The results were disappointing: Five failed marriages and an uncommitted live-in boyfriend. She likely came to the well (where she met Jesus) to draw her water in the heat of the day to avoid the scorn of others.

Like the Samaritan woman, we thirst and work so hard for attention and love that can only be found in God. Jesus says that His love is freely given, without an ounce of human labor involved. He did all the hard work for us in His perfectly obedient life, death, and resurrection. As we abide in Jesus, the Father's love on Him is now on us.  The Holy Spirit impresses us with the certainty of God's favor and love. With our thirst quenched, our worship arises wherever we are!

Are you disappointed and tired of laboring for love that is conditional and finite? Be refreshed. The triune Lord has done everything for you so that you can know His love. It is His love that truly quenches the thirsty soul.

"With heav'nly bread He makes the hungry whole.

Gives living waters to the thirsting soul" (Lutheran Service Book 637 verse 2)

what sets us apart

Mount Olive Lutheran Church is a vibrant group of people who love Jesus, one another, and the community we serve. As a local church we are a community of everyday people, seeking to embrace our cities and nations with the love, hope and goodness of our compassionate and faithful God.

Regardless of who you are or where life has taken you thus far, you are more than welcome here.