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How Do I Be a Missionary? - Summer Edition

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Summer in the Pacific Northwest is the best time to meet your neighbors and develop better friendships with co-workers. ...

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God's Holy Children (Questions for MCs)

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Doxa Family, This past Sunday together was a great reminder of God’s bountiful grace as we celebrated:     •    Mothers -  the ways they’ve blessed us through countless acts of sacrificial service      •    New life - the hope of each new life coming to love and follow Jesus throug...

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Living With A Gospel Obsession

Doxa Family, It was so great to be with you yesterday! The previous Sunday, while we were away, I remarked to Jayne that it was the first Sunday since the beginning of Doxa that I was not present with you all. Though it was a joy to get away with my family for a much-needed rest, I really missed you a lot. I really am blessed to get to serve you with my gifts, family! And...

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In Rejection or Failure ... We are Chosen!

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Doxa Family, I am writing this to you from 32,000 feet, on a plane from Seatac to Orlando. I know what you’re thinking- but no, I’m not headed to Disney World with my family, I’m actually on my way to speak at The Gospel Coalition conference. Like I shared with you yesterday, we hope to be a regional church, and one that partners with other churches and ...

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Church Scattered - New Sermon Series!

He is Risen! This past weekend was amazing! We saw over 700 join us for our first ever Good Friday Services. I trust all who attended were deeply moved by the readings and music led by Kings Kaleidoscope. I know I walked away deeply thankful for Jesus’ sacrifice on our behalf. And then, we were blessed to host over 1200 people as we celebrated Jesus’ resurrect...

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Membership and Holy Week Celebrations

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Doxa Family, This past Sunday was a great celebration! Our servant teams knocked it out of the park and your presence and engagement was amazing. (Visit the Doxa Facebook page to see some of the great photos from the day.) Thanks to all who served and participated. You all made Sunday a historic event in the life of Doxa Church! If you missed it, please check it out here...

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This Sunday is for Everyone!

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Doxa Family, It’s hard to believe we just finished our first full sermon series together. The last three months went fast and I have to say I thank our Father regularly for you all! It really is a joy to get to serve you with my gift and to lead us, together with our elders and deacons, toward the future. I am praying that this Sunday will be a wonderful celebration...

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Lead and Follow

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Doxa Family, I trust our Father provided new awareness of your identity as his image bearer during this past week. For myself, I was able to revel afresh in God’s design for men and women as Jayne and I spent some time celebrating our 22nd anniversary. We were able to reflect on what God has been teaching us over the past year, especially these last several months, ...

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Displaying His Glory as Men and Women

You all, men and women, single and married, young and old, are made in the image of God. He designed you on purpose for his purpose. We are all made to tell the truth about what God is like and to tell the wonderful story of redemption through Jesus in the way we live and interact together....

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Men & Women: Equipped and Mobilized for Ministry

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Dear Doxa Family, I pray each of you experienced moments of healing, restoration, and reconciliation this week as you contemplated how you have been sinned against or how you’ve sinned against others and then brought it to Jesus. As a follower of Jesus on earth, we will not escape pain, failure, or sorrow, but Jesus is more than enough to sustain us through whatever...

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Fight for Restoration and Reconciliation!

It seemed clear that the Spirit was working on our hearts and leading us to love well, speak truthfully to one another, forgive those who have sinned against us, and fight for restoration and reconciliation. I hope you were convicted and comforted by the good news of Jesus’ work reconciling us to God, so that we can be ministers of reconciliation to one another....

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Reconciled Community: Questions for discussion

In my post yesterday, I neglected to include questions for discussion in your family or missional communities. I think the pastor/shepherd part of me took precedent over the teacher/equipper in what I wrote yesterday....

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Reconciled For A Purpose

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Hello Doxa Family! How about that sun! Praise God for his graciousness to us in the form of some much needed sunshine. I pray you’ve had a fruitful week of loving and serving one another out of what you’ve been given by our good Father. Unity, Love, and Restoration: Last Sunday, I talked through how we are equipped so that we can serve and equip. (Watch it h...

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Gifted to Build Others Up

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God has given people gifts to the body in order to develop every member to both be a gift and use their gifts to build up each other. The goal is that we all become mature in every way and that each of us is a participating equipper in the body....

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Equipped To Be An Equipper!

Hello Doxa family! I trust the Spirit has been at work in your heart this week as you have pondered, prayed through, and discussed what it looks like to steward your time, talents, and treasures. I know for me personally, I am both sobered and blessed that God would entrust me with his “stuff.” As we move forward as a family, I am eager to see the fruit of us ...

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Blessed To Be A Blessing

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Hello Doxa Family! Yesterday we learned about how God has blessed us with his resources so that through us, he might bless others. I have to admit, yesterday may have been the most encouraging Sunday yet with you all! I was weak and in need of prayer and encouragement and you surrounded me with more than enough to meet my need. Clearly God blessed you, so that he might bl...

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How Are We Doing with HIS Stuff?

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Doxa Family, I pray you have found many things to be thankful for this week. I, for one, am thankful to have met a young woman last Sunday who gathered with us and expressed a desire to receive prayer seeking God’s help. It was the first time she had ever attended a church. I’m also thankful for the many stories I continue to hear from several of you regarding...

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Are You Empowered?

Being disciples of Jesus sent into everyday life together to make disciples is very hard. In fact, without Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit, it is impossible. That is why it is so important for us to gather together weekly to be reminded of the gospel, worship our King together, encourage one another and be sent out empowered by the Spirit. Sundays together are a big...

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Committed to Transformation

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