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

You Give More Grace

June 15, 2017 | by: Pastor Dax | 0 Comments

I am caught in the wonder of a love that loves me when I have failed, that loves me when I am weak and not strong, when I am unclean, when my wrong desires are exposed. A grace that covers me even when—especially when— I am trying to repay a debt that has already been paid.... Keep Reading

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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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Tongue Untamed

May 25, 2017 | by: Pastor Dax | 1 Comments

But we know where life is found, where wholeness actually is. It is at Calvary. It is there that the perfect one paid for our sin, where he demonstrated his love for sinners like us. Our failure, his perfection. Our sin, his righteousness. What an amazing exchange.... Keep Reading

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There's a Love

May 18, 2017 | by: Pastor Dax | 0 Comments

Trusting Jesus is the opposite of self-evaluating fear because trusting Jesus is abandoning hope in myself and trusting in what Jesus has done. Trusting that he means it when he says he loves me, he died for me, he pursued me, he actually likes me. Right now.... Keep Reading

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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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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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