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March 9, 2017 by Paul Vroom 1 comments

Happy 10th Anniversary!

I think we can officially say, "Happy 10th Anniversary!" This weekend, nearly 10 years ago, after fifteen months of learning together and training, we started Missio Dei Church....Keep Reading

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January 5, 2017 by Todd Paben 1 comments

Hoping for Lament

Last Sunday we began a new sermon series here at MDC - Lament | Hoping for Help. As a staff member, I have had the opportunity to talk with Paul Vroom about what his burdens are for the sermon series. And as we have talked, my heart has grown excited. I feel a burden for men, women, and children of MDC to hear this series. I am excited for the opportunity to have my own broken, weary, and struggling soul nourished by the Jesus' call to have the weary and heavy laden to find rest in Him (Matthew 11:28)....Keep Reading

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October 1, 2015 by Paul Vroom 0 comments

Meet the Hamstras

Meet Erin, Caleb and Titus Hamstra!...Keep Reading

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May 28, 2015 by Paul Vroom 0 comments

Meet the Hickeys

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February 11, 2015 by Todd Paben 1 comments

Meet the Bruxvoorts

Meet Jason, Salli, Lillian, and James Bruxvoort. Here is the Bruxvoort families' story about how Missio Dei Church​ has equipped them to be a better husband,wife,son, daughter,friend, and neighbor....Keep Reading

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July 28, 2014 by Todd Paben 0 comments

Leadership Community | Leaders Only Recap

Last Saturday, July 26, the Elders, Deacons, and Ministry Leaders sat down to talk through the following agenda: 2014 Budget Discussion, Missional Outpost, and Ministry Evaluations. We wanted to inform you on what took place during that meeting so that you can not just be informed for knowledge sake, but to be in prayer for this team of people and the church as a whole as to what God is calling us to for our future....Keep Reading

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March 18, 2014 by Paul Vroom 0 comments

Seven years

Seven years. Yep. It’s been seven years. Seven years ago today. Missio Dei Church had her grand opening at Mokena Elementary School and I am amazed at God’s providential care throughout each and every year....Keep Reading

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October 29, 2013 by Paul Vroom 1 comments

Thank You Pastors

I love pastors. I am a pastor and some of my dearest friends and role models are pastors. October is Pastor Appreciation Month so I thought I would give a shout out to all the pastors who labor so lovingly and sacrificially for the Lord in service to His people....Keep Reading

Posted in: Community Tags: community, Thanksgiving, thanks, pastor, sheep, appreciation

August 2, 2013 by Paul Vroom 0 comments

The City iPhone app is now available for our church!

The City team has worked hard to build and deliver a delightful, native iPhone app experience, and they are excited to have our church use it and let them know what we think!...Keep Reading

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January 2, 2013 by Paul Vroom 0 comments

Friends with Benefits?

This morning in my devotions, I read through 1 Corinthians 11:17-28. It was a tremendous reminder of the importance of Christ, and Him alone, remaining central to Missio Dei Church. Normally this section of Scripture is used as instructions about the Lord’s Supper and to prepare oneself for communion, but as I was sitting in Paul’s words something jumped out at me; Paul was addressing something that we (culturally) struggle with and will continue to struggle with....Keep Reading

Posted in: Community Tags: members, Missio Dei Church, covenant community, Church, family

December 7, 2012 by Paul Vroom 0 comments

Radical Hospitality

People are searching for churches that make them feel welcome and loved, needed, and accepted. I have heard it said of guests coming to check out a church for the first time that “This Sunday is the only Sunday that counts.” The impressions that person makes of a worshiping community are quickly developed within minutes (or dare I say seconds?) of walking into a worship space....Keep Reading

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September 26, 2012 by Paul Vroom 0 comments

When Should I Leave My Church?

Every once in awhile I see (personal experience or through social media) or hear about how former attenders or church members poorly leave a church they can no longer commit to for one reason or another. In time, I will write about when and how one should leave a church, but for now, I will let you in on some wise words from Tim Challies (HT)....Keep Reading

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August 23, 2012 by Paul Vroom 0 comments

An Investor Mentality

Some fifty years ago, John F. Kennedy gave his famous Inaugural Speech. The line “ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country” is easily identified. It was a call to sacrifice and service. As an American this is a call that we still need to hear. In a country that is showing an ever-increasing entitlement attitude, it is a needed correction....Keep Reading

Posted in: Community Tags: Church, Serve, Servants, Sending, Gifts, giving, Jesus Christ, Stewards, Stewardship

August 16, 2012 by Paul Vroom 0 comments

Gospel-Centered Relationships: New Creation Living

Our gospel-centered relationships must reflect this truth. We were once broken and sinful and in need of a Savior (the Fall). Christ has redeemed us by his blood (Redemption). This points us toward how we should now live (New Creation). This is “new creation living.” Our relationships should reflect the way relationships will be in the New Heavens and New Earth....Keep Reading

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August 16, 2012 by Paul Vroom 0 comments

Gospel-Centered Relationships: Gospel Centrality

Again, living in true community together magnifies our need for a Savior. The beauty of the gospel is that it not only restores our relationship with our creator God but it restores our relationships with one another as well....Keep Reading

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August 16, 2012 by Paul Vroom 0 comments

Gospel-Centered Relationships: A Reflection of Eden

A proper understanding of sin also points to the fact that relationships are messy. When people live in community together it is no different. Actually, it magnifies our sin and our need for a Savior. This brings us to the nucleus of Gospel-Centered Relationships....Keep Reading

Posted in: Community Tags: community, Church, Fall, Jesus, Jesus Christ, Sin, Total Depravity, Genesis, Eden

August 15, 2012 by Paul Vroom 0 comments

Gospel-Centered Relationships: An Introduction

Community. It sounds like a really great word, doesn’t it? We all crave it. We are all part of different kinds of communities. We dream of or deeply desire a perfect, almost utopian kind of community. We have all experienced at one time or another a community that has been rich, meaningful, life-altering and something to work towards. But here is the reality: community is, more often than not, messy, disappointing, and at times heart breaking. Yes, even within the local church....Keep Reading

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May 7, 2012 by Paul Vroom 0 comments

Sometimes It's So Hard To Go To Church

Let's face it folks: sometimes it ain't easy going to church. Church can be really messy, sticky, frustrating business sometimes....Keep Reading

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October 8, 2008 by Paul Vroom 0 comments

Real Community: what our souls are crying out for

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 God and wait for him to answer, with no other options. Can you imagine them clutching each other in fear as they were out on that boat with the waves violently crashing against them, and just hoping that Jesus would show up?...Keep Reading

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