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

A Secret for Life

February 27, 2015 | by: Pastor Dax | 0 Comments

Blessed to share at a school chapel for little kids today. Lets me see just how difficult it is for me, an aging adult, to boil down the truths of the Bible to be accurate and yet capture the main point, the real emphasis, of our text. What do our little ones need to know, as they begin to grow in understanding and experience? Here's the secret I shared today: nobody's good. Nobody's good (Jesus excepted).... Keep Reading

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Stormy Seas

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

Storms rageā€¦ 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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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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Grace in Song

October 1, 2014 | by: Pastor Dax | 0 Comments

Songs have a wonderful way of wiggling into our lives. I am so grateful for the writers of hymns and melodies who capture the Gospel of Jesus Christ in pithy, short statements that I can remember.... 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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Hold The Center

September 4, 2014 | by: Pastor Dax | 0 Comments

May our other hopes be seen for what they are: empty and fallen. At the same time, may our ever-increasing growth in the depth of our salvation lead us toward amazing acts of love and mercy ourselves, as we respond to the wonder of what has been really, truly done for us in Jesus.... 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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A Father's Day video with Aaron and Analynne Dickson.... Keep Reading

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Announcement

One often misunderstood phrase is the simple statement 'I want to please God.' Is this ok? Should I have this desire? Is God not pleased with me already? Do I go in and out of acceptability? Confusion!... Keep Reading

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