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September 17, 2013 by Todd Paben 0 comments

Study Guides to Go

With the release of the complete study guide to the book of Acts, I have been asked by a few people if we will be printing those booklets again. This time around we will not be printing as trends within Missional Communities show that most people have some sort of smart phone or tablet that they use for studying or taking notes anyway. To save on paper, costs of printing, and costs of assembling, here is a "how-to" on how to put these studyguides onto your mobile device or tablet. ...Keep Reading

Posted in: Liturgies

August 22, 2013 by Amanda Paben 0 comments

Sky VBS Recap

It is because of Jesus’ death and resurrection that our Christian faith is so unique. It is because of this that we can trust God, and it is because of this that vacation Bible school even exists. I pray that the joy of Sky VBS lives on in our hearts in the days, weeks, and months ahead!...Keep Reading

Posted in: Discipleship

August 9, 2013 by Todd Paben 0 comments

On Whales and Worship Lyrics

Consider Bonhoeffer’s message: whether your gifting runs toward hymnody or poetry, write lyrics that teach so much truth they can stand on their own. And then set them to music that magnifies their beauty. We, your congregants are slaves to our personal tastes. Teach us to crave corporately the better thingâ€"the Word rendered luminous by song, confessed by a thousand tongues....Keep Reading

Posted in: Worship

July 26, 2013 by Todd Paben 0 comments

Feelings VS Truth

Michael Horton immediately asks the question then, "Is my transformed life the Good News?". He then points out the beauty of the Gospel - the fact that the Gospel has nothing to do with us, but has everything to do with what Jesus did on the cross. ...Keep Reading

Posted in: Worship

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

Posted in: Missional Life

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

Posted in: Missional Life

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

Posted in: Missional Life

June 24, 2013 by Todd Paben 0 comments

The Lord Confirmed His Purpose

The following text is an excerpt from Pastor Paul Vroom's sermon "Our Faithful Lord" on June 23, 2013. This section of the sermon had numerous "amens" resounding from my heart. Enjoy!...Keep Reading

Posted in: Worship

May 22, 2013 by Todd Paben 0 comments

An Answer to Prayer: How My Wife Brought Me To Tears

We find that most of us who have been converted have had someone praying for us, someone who carried us personally to the throne of God while we were unconverted. It seems to me that no one is so poor as an individual for whom not a single soul is praying, and who has no one who takes him or her personally and persistently to God in Prayer....Keep Reading

Posted in: Prayer

May 20, 2013 by Todd Paben 0 comments

Family Finances: Updated 2013 Budget

Last Saturday, May 18, we gathered as a body of Elders, Deacons, ministry leaders, and good ole fashioned healthy church members for what we call Leadership Community. During this meeting, we had two pieces to the agenda for the morning. The first was to talk about the fiances of the church and the second was to talk about our first ever Vacation Bible School. ...Keep Reading

Posted in: Stewardship