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

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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Three Things

March 3, 2017 | by: Pastor Dax | 1 Comments

From Thomas Manton (1620-77), Commentary on James 3:2: "A godly person observed that Christians are usually to blame for three things: They seek in themselves what they can only find in Christ; They seek in the law what will only be found in the gospel; They seek on earth what will only be enjoyed in heaven."   (h/t R. ... Keep Reading

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Growing Smaller

March 1, 2017 | by: Pastor Dax | 0 Comments

We do grow, in worldly terms, for a season. It is not wrong to grow in a worldly sense, to see our abilities and accomplishments increase, to enjoy these bodies God has given us while health and strength abounds. But we should never forget that our real growth is towards our decreasing and him increasing, as we more and more trust in the only hope we have, Jesus Christ.... Keep Reading

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What Though The Accuser Roar

March 1, 2017 | by: Pastor Dax | 0 Comments

  What though th' accuser roarOf ills that I have done!I know them well, and thousands more:Jehovah findeth none.     -  Samuel Whitlock Gandy, Hymns for the Poor of the Flock, 1838... 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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Love God and Love People

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

... keeping the law is not what it means to be Christian. Trusting Christ is what it means to be Christian. Trusting that he took those requirements of the law and nailed them to the Cross. Trusting that we are dead to the law, but alive in his perfection and power.... 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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Assurance Today!

October 13, 2016 | by: Pastor Dax | 0 Comments

Faith itself has to have a strong strand of assurance built in. That's because our belief is in Jesus and what he has done, rather than in what we do. So faith is believing that what Jesus has done and what he has said is actually true… which is the very message that he by his work and action has secured our salvation.... 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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A Strand of God's Tapestry

September 2, 2016 | by: Leslie Parks | 0 Comments

A Strand of God’s tapestry“The tapestry God has, we can’t understand.” – Alan and Pam Artman One amazing story of God’s tapestry involves Alan and Pam Artman. You may know Pam from her passion for prayer. Alan says that is Pam’s spiritual gift. She has organized the women’s prayer time Thurs... Keep Reading

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Body Life
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