It amazes me how someone else's words can so speak the longings in my own heart. In large part this prayer is from the perspective of the pastor, but I'm sure there are elements here that would apply to all of us as we seek to serve our Lord. And so I just offer this as my prayer today, for myself and for my brother pastors, as well as for each and everyone who seeks His g...Keep Reading
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How can we be focusing special attention on exceptional hospitality and purposeful welcome? We want people to be able to find their home here and ultimately, to find their home in Jesus. Here are some ideas!...
Hooray! After almost a year, we’re excited to offer a modified Kids Crossing experience! For the months of March and April, nursery and one Kids Crossing class will be provided on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month (March 14/28, April 11/25). (Decisions regarding a schedule for May will be made once we are closer to that time.) We can’t wait to see the kiddos of MDC again!...
According to our Book of Church Order, an elder is called an overseer of the flock and household of God. This means that the elders are required to govern and rule over all the affairs of the church. “It belongs to the office of elder, both severally and jointly, to watch diligently over the flock committed to their charge, that no corruption of doctrine or of morals enter therein” (BCO 8-3). This overseeing work involves meeting frequently to deal with matters that require a great deal of biblical discernment and wisdom. Most church members do not realize how important this overseeing function is or realize how great are the sacrifices our elders make for the well-being of this church. Be praying for your Session as they meet tonight....
Yesterday morning I spent some extended time in our sanctuary praying for each of you by name. As your pastor and as a fellow human walking through this strange and extremely disruptive and exhaustive season, I want you to know that am concerned for each of you. I know the condition of my own heart (see this Facebook post) and I think I can safely assume it maybe be true of yours in one way or another as well. ...
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
Let's face it folks: sometimes it ain't easy going to church. Church can be really messy, sticky, frustrating business sometimes....Keep Reading
How do we honor elders who have spiritual oversight of the church? Carl Trueman has some thoughts!...Keep Reading
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
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 redeeme...Keep Reading
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...Keep Reading
One of the things that brought Luther to the point of posting his 95 thesis was his love for Scripture. This Sunday, you will find in our aisles new English Standard Version Bibles....Keep Reading
Edit Today is Reformation Day, the day we celebrate the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. October 31 stands as the day that Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the castle church in Wittenberg. Luther, when he did this, surely had no apprehension of just how significant an event this would be. And yet this act now stands as a defining moment in history...Keep Reading
This word - community - that we throw around (sometimes cavalierly) is, in practice, pretty tough. Part of what Jesus was teaching his twelve disciples by calling them to join an itinerant ministry for three years was that they would have nothing to depend on - stable jobs, comfortable homes, or guaranteed meals - but each other. Collectively, they would have to call on Go...Keep Reading