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Pastoral thoughts on growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

The Law of Liberty

May 4, 2017 | by: Pastor Dax | 0 Comments

The law of liberty squelches every impulse that I have to again get on the ladder, again climb the treadmill, again be the judge, again find my identity and worth in how I am doing. Because I look hard at this law which frees me, and I lose my confidence in me. I am pushed again to my only hope, Jesus.... Keep Reading

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Is the Gospel Too Free?

March 24, 2017 | by: Pastor Dax | 1 Comments

One objection to a full-throated proclamation of the Gospel is that it is too free. Proclaiming Christ alone as a free gift, the objection goes, encourages people not to work themselves. To help with that objection, here’s a classic treatment from John Bunyan, author of Pilgrim’s Progress. ... Keep Reading

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Thinking about Atonement

September 9, 2015 | by: Pastor Dax | 0 Comments

Separation brings up the holy/unholy dynamic, and points out that God is entirely holy, and we have no business being in the same space that he is in. Sin and God don't go in the same room.... Keep Reading

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A Cleansed Conscience? Really?

July 15, 2015 | by: Pastor Dax | 0 Comments

"Believe in Jesus" sounds like something overly simple; it does not sound like it would "do" anything to simply trust him, to put faith in what an old book says he has done for you and for me.... Keep Reading

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Elementary

June 24, 2015 | by: Pastor Dax | 0 Comments

It seems to me that Christians over get confused over what is elementary and what is beyond, what is maturity.... Keep Reading

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Given Righteousness

April 9, 2015 | by: Pastor Dax | 0 Comments

The Gospel is sin forgiven, righteousness given... Keep Reading

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Too Good To Be True

December 11, 2014 | by: Pastor Dax | 0 Comments

Our biggest struggle as Christians is not the indwelling sin that keeps popping up in our lives, filling us with guilt and fear. It is our unwillingness to believe the gospel...... Keep Reading

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Bridging the Gap

September 18, 2014 | by: Pastor Dax | 0 Comments

How do we address the gap between what we know and what we do? Sermons and bible studies that focus on 'law' (the demands of Scripture for our obedience), no matter how accurately biblical in content, tend simply to add to the burden of guilt felt by the average Christian...... Keep Reading

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How Astonished Are You?

August 8, 2014 | by: Pastor Dax | 0 Comments

So here's a push to re-evaluate the incredible-ness of the good news. Here's a vote for 'gospel astonishment.' Gospel astonishment that drives us to our knees, makes our hearts soft, leads us to sing, to act, to feel... ... Keep Reading

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Death-then-Life

November 10, 2013 | by: Pastor Dax | 0 Comments

The amazing thing is that our transfer into this new kingdom is by associating with the death of Christ...... Keep Reading

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(Preposition) Christ

July 30, 2013 | by: Pastor Dax | 0 Comments

Are you under Christ? Following him? Or is there a better way to think of your relationship?... Keep Reading

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Pastoral Authority

June 27, 2013 | by: Pastor Dax | 0 Comments

As a pastor, therefore, my real authority -- my true authenticity, whether in the pulpit, or the office, or in the confessional, or at the end of a piano at a cocktail party -- lies in my fidelity to the Gospel, not in my assorted competences (real or imagined) in other fields.... Keep Reading

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