Missional Life Category

July 28, 2014 by Todd Paben 0 comments

Preparing for Kingdom Rock VBS

Over the next few weeks leading up to Vacation Bible School, I hope to share with you some how to’s that may be helpful for you and your family. This week we will be exploring an answer to the question “How do I invite my neighbor to VBS?” ...Keep Reading

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July 14, 2014 by Todd Paben 0 comments

Evening With The Camiolas | A Recap

On Sunday night, July 13, we had the privilege to have our missionaries John & Missy Camiola come out for a BBQ and an evening of sharing what God is doing in their lives over in Jos, Nigeria. Here is how the evening went down:...Keep Reading

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February 20, 2014 by Todd Paben 0 comments

Confession: I Struggle to Listen

We must work at truly listening to others. Listening requires an intense interest in the other person. As Simon Kistemaker says: 'Listening is loving the neighbor as oneself; his concerns and problems are sufficiently important to be heard.' This requires eye contact and sensitivity to the other’s gestures and moods and silences....Keep Reading

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January 23, 2014 by Paul Vroom 0 comments

Here I am. Send me.

Sometimes there are certain sermons that I preach that continue to “haunt” me. I am still reveling in the implications of last week’s sermon of the only logical response to our glorious God of grace is, “Here am I. Send me.”...Keep Reading

Posted in: Missional Life Tags: Gospel, Salvation, missio dei, Missio Dei Church, serving, worship, God, Scripture, Acts, Good News, Empowering, Evangelism, love, saving, Adventure, Grace Alone

September 27, 2013 by Todd Paben 0 comments

Crazy Busy Day in and Day Out

This week we will be taking a look at the typical day-in-day-out life and how we bring on our own busyness and how we create busyness for other people...Keep Reading

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September 19, 2013 by Todd Paben 0 comments

I Am Just Too Busy

Over the next few weeks I hope to flesh out some of what Kevin had to say in his book. I do not plan to summarize every chapter. What would the point of you be reading the book then? I will talk about the chapter(s) that have impacted my life most and I think will impact yours as well. This list includes things like: serving other, work & technology, kids, and how you can redeem your busyness. ...Keep Reading

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July 19, 2013 by Todd Paben 0 comments

How To Pray for VBS

In my last post, I said I was going to be coming out with some various “how to” posts. This week I am going to address how to pray in the weeks leading up to vbs. I would like to share five ways you can be praying for our first Vacation Bible School....Keep Reading

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July 15, 2013 by Todd Paben 0 comments

Mosquitos, Algae, and Worship

A recap of how the seventh annual all-church camping trip to Potato Creek State Park for Missio Dei Church. ...Keep Reading

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July 3, 2013 by Todd Paben 0 comments

How To Invite People to VBS

Over the next few weeks leading up to our first Vacation Bible School, I hope to share with you some how to’s that may be helpful for you and your family. This week we will be exploring an answer to the question “How do I invite my neighbor to VBS?” ...Keep Reading

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May 17, 2013 by Todd Paben 0 comments

Would You Say That To

“We should never boldly proclaim into a microphone that which we wouldn’t have the courage to share with our neighbor. Often when we are gathered as the church in a safe place, we proclaim the greatness of God and the sufficiency of the Gospel. However, when we leave that safety, we are too often either apathetic or filled with unbelief in the things we profess to be true.” ...Keep Reading

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March 1, 2013 by Todd Paben 0 comments

The End of Worship is the end of Worship

My point in writing this is not to just share a bunch of random quotes that I have been reading. My hope is to reorient outselves to our calling and mission. We come together "we are (re)made to be makers." As we prepare to gather this Sunday, would you consider taking time to read through what Pastor Paul Vroom has posted? Let these resources, by the power and help of the Holy Spirit, help you to be better Kingdom servants, sent out on mission, week after week, to the glory of God!...Keep Reading

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February 24, 2013 by Todd Paben 0 comments

Sermon Questions: 2/24/2013

Pastor Paul Vroom had three great questions from Sunday mornings sermon "Monday: Turning the Tables" from Luke 19:45-48. We pray that you would use these questions in your personal relationship with God, with your family, or your Missional Community. ...Keep Reading

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January 29, 2013 by Paul Vroom 0 comments

Don't Waste Your Easter!

Many Christians get riled up about Satan’s attacks on Christmas. Santa, tinsel, and gifts get in the way of seeing the baby in the manger. I get that. However, I get more upset about what our enemy does with Easter. I’m not just talking about fuzzy bunnies and egg hunts, although those do turn our gaze away from the empty tomb. I’m talking about something more insidious....Keep Reading

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January 28, 2013 by Todd Paben 0 comments

Missional Community Training Recap

This past Saturday, men and women from Missio Dei Church gathered together to hear from Pastor Paul Vroom and Elder Nathan Phillips about what it means to lead a Missional Community. ...Keep Reading

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January 12, 2013 by Todd Paben 0 comments

Praying for Megan

Megan McDonald was called to go to Cuba along with some other students from Trinity Christian College. During their time there, they will be doing some street evangelism, working with a nursing home, and working with a baseball ministry that serves kids. THis is a place where we will receive updates and prayer requests. ...Keep Reading

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January 9, 2013 by Paul Vroom 0 comments

Change the Story.

Missio Dei Church is here to change the story....Keep Reading

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January 9, 2013 by Paul Vroom 0 comments

This is Your Green Light

Every story of influence and impact has a "once upon a time." There has never been a world changing idea that was already happening, there has never been an epic story without a beginning, and there will never be a person of influence without a starting point to the journey. This is the story of creation. This is your story....Keep Reading

Posted in: Missional Life Tags: missional, missio dei, Missions, Ministry

December 7, 2012 by Todd Paben 0 comments

If - Then Statements

Over the past nine weeks I have had the pleasure to walk with nine other men, as a part of our men’s ministry, on Tuesday nights through the book of Colossians. This truly has been a great study and has really opened my eyes to a new way of reading Scripture. I am learning that as I read I need to do more than just the “so what is he really saying here” and staying in the head knowledge, but moving to sanctified wisdom. I am now learning to read with a lens that let the indicatives, what God has done for me, and let the imparities shape my sanctification and pursuit to holiness....Keep Reading

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September 13, 2012 by Paul Vroom 0 comments

Hopes for Missio Dei Church

There are several hopes that we as the leadership of Missio Dei have for this next season of ministry as we transition to our Missional Outpost in New Lenox. The church is an identity of God’s “called out” and “gathered people,” whose foundation is God’s revelation and the work of Christ (Matt. 16:13-20). Therefore, we want to be faithfully obedient in the proclamation and demonstration of the gospel (Acts 2:42-47). Please be prayerful about these hopes....Keep Reading

Posted in: Missional Life Tags: hospitality, leadership, members, Missio Dei Church, missio dei, missional, Missional Community, Missionary, Proclamation, Servants, Serve, Service, Stewards, worship

August 8, 2012 by Paul Vroom 0 comments

Temporary Gathering Space

Because of that starting Sunday, August 19, Missio Dei Church will be gathering for worship at Oster-Oakview Elementary School in at 809 N. Cedar Road in New Lenox and will be meeting there until the building is renovated (approximately through the end of September)! We will still be meeting at our regular worship time of 9:30 AM!...Keep Reading

Posted in: Missional Life Tags: Church, Missio Dei Church, missional, New Lenox

July 31, 2012 by Paul Vroom 0 comments

Priesthood in Your Neighborhood

Key to our theology of place is that we understand that we are priests. ...Keep Reading

Posted in: Missional Life Tags: mission, missional, Missionary, Missions, Missio Dei Church, missio dei, believers, priesthood

July 28, 2012 by Paul Vroom 1 comments

Missions is Who We Are

Mission is not something we do, it's something we are. The concept of mission is rooted in the Missio Dei....Keep Reading

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July 24, 2012 by Paul Vroom 0 comments

Re-Salinization Plant

Missio Dei Church is on an exciting ride and we would like to include you in it! After five years of being mobile, we are going to be leasing a building that will serve as our Missional Outpost. We want this building to serve us (versus us serving it) by it being a "Re-Salinization Plant." ...Keep Reading

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May 17, 2012 by Paul Vroom 1 comments

Update: The Church Has a Missional Outpost

Today, we met with the representatives of the Chicago Central District of the Nazarene (CCDN) to hammer out details about the building on Wood Street in New Lenox. Let's just say that I believe that prayer works!...Keep Reading

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August 3, 2011 by Paul Vroom 0 comments

What if the church changes the signals it gave?

All because we love our community and we love and serve our community our community because Christ instructs us to love our neighbors (John 10:25-36) and served (Philippians 2:1-11) us!...Keep Reading

Posted in: Missional Life Tags: missio dei, Missio Dei Church, missional, serving, together, Transformation, worship

October 7, 2009 by Paul Vroom 0 comments

Bread Truck Mondays and the Gospel

Bread truck Mondays become an essential part of my spiritual journey of relying more fully on Christ and his complete work in my life. They aren't just the crappy parts that you want to discard or forget about, but they become necessary reminders for needing the Gospel in increasing and daily ways. My prayer for myself and Missio Dei Church is that we as broken but redeemed individuals and as a broken but redeemed community make the commitment to daily re-discover the power of the Gospel in our day to day lives....Keep Reading

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July 15, 2009 by Paul Vroom 0 comments

A Living Hermeneutic

My wife says I need a prayer filter. You see, I pray that God sends us messy people and He always seems to answer and often it is uncomfortable. Sometimes God sends us new people on Sunday mornings whose lives are messy and are looking for hope that the world cannot offer. Sometimes it is from within our church family we finally are honest with our own mess and we allow the good news of Jesus to penetrate those closed off areas....Keep Reading

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