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

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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Dead Ends and the Hope We Need

March 22, 2016 | by: Pastor Dax | 0 Comments

But… can't I want to be better? Of course you can… and will. And the pathway to better is not a self-focus but an increasing love of and gratitude toward Jesus. He doesn't dole out shame; he took it on himself. He doesn't say "show me you love me" but "I loved you even though you sin." That savior draws you toward true love, for others and for him. May you rest in his arms, and trust in his love.... 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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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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The New Testament and "One Anothers"

June 19, 2015 | by: Pastor Dax | 0 Comments

In reading, I came across this fun visual presentation of the 'one-another' references. Fun to see how the emphasis is on unity, humility, and love. ... Keep Reading

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Quotes
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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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Given Righteousness

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

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

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