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

Heavenly Wisdom

June 2, 2017 | by: Pastor Dax | 0 Comments

All of a sudden, the gospel raises its head. Wisdom that is outside of you. Wisdom that is from above. Wisdom that isn’t about your attaining, working on yourself, building yourself, obtaining for yourself. It is beautiful and selfless and wonderful. This wisdom actually doesn’t sound like you or me at all. It sounds like a different person altogether. Heavenly Wisdom. Could this be Jesus?... Keep Reading

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The Truth You Know

February 2, 2017 | by: Pastor Dax | 0 Comments

In a world that focuses on moral improvement, social betterment, and accumulation of power and wealth, we need every tool we can get to drive into our own hearts the most important of truths: that our salvation is in Christ alone, by his blood alone, of his love alone.... Keep Reading

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Geysers and Rivulets

December 9, 2016 | by: Pastor Dax | 0 Comments

Jesus isn't just the headwater of our faith, like a roaring stream has a little tributary that starts it off. Jesus is the geyser, and he gets us wet. He's the force and the power. The Holy Spirit is our comforter, reminding us of all that he's done and all that he's promised. We have life if he gets us wet ... Keep Reading

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Reading Your Bible, Finding Jesus

September 17, 2016 | by: Pastor Dax | 0 Comments

The Scriptures lay out the gracious, beautiful, wonderful standard of what God requires. That standard doesn't affirm the moral person, it crushes everyone. And to the crushed, the beauty of the perfect Savior is a balm and a wonder. The Gospel says Jesus has done it all. He is the Lord and Savior. He's got the power; he redeems. His salvation is more than we can imagine...... Keep Reading

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Friends with Jesus

July 16, 2016 | by: Pastor Dax | 0 Comments

Could it really be true that everything, simply everything, is about Jesus? That life is about his strength, his sacrifice, his righteousness? What does that birth in your heart?... Keep Reading

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Paul, Jesus, and Me

June 27, 2016 | by: Pastor Dax | 0 Comments

And when I see my unworthiness, I see that there is just one message. That we are unworthy, unclean, unrighteous, unable. And yet God, in his great mercy, while we were dead, made us alive in Christ. Jesus loved us in this midst of this state that we are in… and by what he did, we are united to him, given righteousness, made to belong, adopted, put in the family, sealed with the Spirit, kept for heaven, admitted into the holy Kingdom where God rules.... Keep Reading

Longing for the Kingdom

April 29, 2016 | by: Pastor Dax | 0 Comments

Walk with me; let your heart long. Because the kingdom, it comes, surely as Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead.... Keep Reading

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I Want Good Works

March 24, 2016 | by: Pastor Dax | 0 Comments

You do realize, believer, that you are now a child of God. And that you have the Holy Spirit. And Jesus intercedes for you all the time. And so you are used, by God, for his purposes and in his body. That doesn't just mean to avoid sinful stuff (which you should, it is bad for you). It also means that you bear fruit. You do good works. Really good, because it is Christ in you doing it. ... Keep Reading

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God With Us

November 2, 2015 | by: Pastor Dax | 0 Comments

So believe it. The truth that marked Joseph in every circumstance, the truth that assured his life, that meant all would be ok, was that God was with him. And in Christ, we have the same connection. We have the assurance from God himself that he is with us always. In highs and lows. Independent of our good or bad choices. By faith alone.... 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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Just to Forgive

May 7, 2015 | by: Pastor Dax | 0 Comments

It was a thought today that the word 'just' in this statement seems out of place. Wouldn't it make more sense to us if it said "if we confess our sins, he is faithful and merciful to forgive us…"? Justice is sin condemned and wrath applied, right? Mercy is when we are given what we don't deserve, or at least not given what we do deserve.... Keep Reading

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Stormy Seas

February 5, 2015 | by: Pastor Dax | 0 Comments

Storms rage… but faith holds us fast. No matter what seas we are on, may we rest in the object of our salvation: Jesus Christ, the resurrected one, our Lord and Savior!... Keep Reading

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Crazy about Jesus

January 7, 2015 | by: Pastor Dax | 0 Comments

Sometimes its nice to have a short, intentional statement of who we are as a church. Especially as the new year hits with all of its cares and concerns (and in Bellingham, cold and wet!).  This year's 'start-the-year' sermon is focused on helping us as a church stand on who we are. We're a church that's crazy about Jesus, his grace, a... Keep Reading

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