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God loves people and so do we! At Destination Church Spokane, you've found a place to be loved, a place to believe, and a place to belong. We are here to love God, love people, to serve, and to share the good news of Jesus. We are committed to forming authentic relationships while learning more about our amazing God, allowing Him to change our lives.
 
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Words of wisdom and words of knowledge are two distinct gifts God gives by His Spirit, so how do they work within a church? Today we look at how these two gifts function well in a local church and why we need them. God gives these for various reasons, and we'll look at three of them: to protect, to partner in healing and encouragement, and to prepa…
 
If anyone in the church should be disqualified, it's the Corinthian church! But that is not how Paul approaches their immaturity and misuse of spiritual gifts. By the grace given to them by God they do not lack in spiritual gifts. After all, a gift wouldn't be a gift if it could be earned. These gifts include wisdom, healing, prophecy, teaching, an…
 
This Sunday we celebrate four years together as the Destination Church family! We believe God spoke very clearly to us about Hillyard, and placed us here on purpose with purpose. Our mission statement is, "Helping people become joyfully devoted ambassadors of Jesus Christ, in the power of the Holy Spirit, to the glory and delight of God our Father.…
 
Learning how to rest well is vital to healthy life! Thought the culture all around us may not instill this, Jesus claims that we really can know true rest, and that we can find it in Him. This God-ordained rest will lead to God-ordained blessing that supersedes anything we could have produced on our own. "Come to me," Jesus says. "Learn from me. I …
 
The church was never intended to be domesticated. We are called to be a healthy people together on mission in the world around us. A healthy church family is learning to live: upward in powerful prayer for one another and for the world around us; outward as we partner in Christ's mission to "seek and save the lost"; and inward to one another, exten…
 
How would you describe a healthy church family? One that gets along? Meets every Sunday? Has small groups? In James 5:13-18 we discover several underlying traits that a heathy church family will value: to be gatherable, God-focused, Guided, God-powered, gracious, vulnerable, and exercising the power of prayer. A healthy church like this becomes an …
 
When others know that our "yes" means "yes," and our "no" means "no," we are actually representing the trustworthiness of Christ to them. When our words and actions match up because of our integrity, there is no need for no additional oaths to make them so. When our word is trustworthy, our testimony about Jesus will also become more trustworthy to…
 
Jesus is coming back! But we don't know when, so as we wait for Jesus we need to have patience. See how a farmer waits, after he has tilled, sowed, and watered. Even while nothing is happening he knows that the seed is growing and the harvest is coming. The harvest will come at the right time, and so will Jesus. In the mean time, we are learning to…
 
Being wealthy is not a sin! However, we as people often tend to store up our treasures, and let them corrode or tarnish through selfish and unwise use. Wrongly withholding our resources from God and from one another, opposing God's will for our finances, our time, and our skills is destructively sinful. The good news is this: there are right ways, …
 
We all face big life decisions: financial, business, relational, etc. "Do I take the job, the promotion? Do I make the big move? Do I marry this person? Do I have this baby?" These decisions have enormous impact on the trajectory of our lives, shaping our future and the future of others. God wants us to make our plans wisely, submitting them to Him…
 
What we really want is not always good. If we're really honest, what often dominates our minds, motivates our actions, and causes division among us is our own selfish desire. Sometimes we may want God's blessing more than we want God! Desire for power, control, comfort, or approval can destroy our unity and sideline our prayers, but God's purposefu…
 
Jesus deserves our worship. We praise Him, not just because we feel good or life is going well; we praise Him because he is deeply and truly worthy. Biblical worship and praise is not driven by our emotional ups and downs, yet as we give ourselves to praising our worthy God our emotions follow our praise. God promises that those who seek Him will f…
 
Biblical wisdom is revealed by example, so the best teaching should be observable. Our submission to Jesus and the gentleness that comes with wisdom from him speaks powerfully to those around us, influencing their lives in a positive way. This Godly wisdom is not bitter, jealous, or selfish, and is not seeking its own gain. God's wisdom is pure and…
 
Our words matter, and we are responsible to God for them. James reminds us that teachers, such as himself, will be held accountable and to a stricter judgment for the things they say. James also recognizes that sinning through the words we say is all too common. The tongue may be a small part of the body, but it is powerful, igniting fires of life …
 
Faith without Christ-like action is impotent! While our works cannot save us, they definitely are a testament of our faith. Faith is revealed by action; it is impossible to demonstrate faith without it. Saying "I have faith", provides no proof by itself. However, living like Jesus becomes proof of our faith to others. Faith without works is as dead…
 
Rich and poor alike are: equals in Christ, carrying the same family name, and heirs of the kingdom of God together. Treating others differently because of their status or monetary situation is contradictory to the royal law of Jesus and is sin. In James 2:1-13, James challenges the church to treat each other without bias, prejudice, or special favo…
 
It can be easy to have a short temper, speak too quickly, and to ignore what God has been speaking into our lives. The book of James says that as believers we are called to live differently. We are challenged to be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger. The true listening to which James is referring is not just a high volume of informat…
 
Every good and perfect gift is from God, and God has given us all gifts. Being the good Father He is, He has blessed us all in many ways and has also given us gifts of faith though hardship. Sometimes we may question if these gifts are actually good. We may even ask, "Do I really want this gift?" or "Do I really want to need faith?" James reminds u…
 
Believers in humble circumstances can boast in their exaltation, James writes. They are a part of God's royal family and this is cause to celebrate. Greatness in this family is found in service, to God and one another. And the wealthy believers? They can boast in their humiliation. Their earthly status and wealth is temporary in the eyes of the Kin…
 
Making wise decisions, especially under difficult circumstances, is no small challenge. Living a normal Christian life in the face of temptations and trials demands wisdom! So how do we acquire wisdom? Thankfully we don't have to do it on our own. James encourages us to go right to the source. God wants us to ask for wisdom and he will gladly give …
 
God's people everywhere will face tests and trials. The book of James says we are to consider it joy when we do. How are we supposed to have joy when terrible things happen? Certainly not by pretending nothing is wrong! We are called to lead our emotions and thoughts into a God-perspective on our circumstance. While we will certainly go through tri…
 
Preserved for us through John's gospel, Jesus makes multiple claims and promises, including the promise of eternal life for all who place their trust in him. Anyone can make a promise like this, but can he deliver on it? This is an important question, and a key reason Christians today celebrate Jesus' resurrection. We believe he is who he claims to…
 
Why were so many people gathered to welcome Jesus into Jerusalem on what we now call Palm Sunday? The reason according the John's Gospel, is because Jesus had recently raised a man back to life! In this story of Lazarus, we learn much about how God leads us still today: through great trials, into ever-deepening faith, out of death, and into abundan…
 
When we hear a verse saying "pray on all occasions," is God's will for us that we pray constantly without ceasing, not even to eat or sleep? No, that would be an impossible task! God's will for us is to live in the Spirit, in unity, praying together and in all seasons, and to pray according to the season we are in. We are challenged to pray appropr…
 
If you want to live a life that reflects God, and if we together want to have godly relationships, there will be opposition. It's not a matter of "if," but "when" that opposition will come in our lives. Knowing who the real enemy is, and knowing the tactics and schemes of the enemy helps us respond well. Ephesians 6:10-20 is fuel for a relational, …
 
How we serve and how we lead others in our own daily lives, in our church community, and in our jobs is an opportunity to reflect who Jesus is in our lives. Somewhere around 60 million people in the Roman Empire were slaves. These often-overlooked people are included in God's family and mission, and treated with dignity in Paul's letter to the Ephe…
 
With so much dysfunction around the idea of what a father is and what a father should do, is there hope for fathering well in this generation? Yes! God is the one who equips even those who were raised in great dysfunction to be great parents. Fathers, God is the one who qualifies you, and He is the one who has all the grace you need for all he's ca…
 
Does God really expect us to obey our parents? What does it even look like to continue to honor our parents once we're adults? Jesus is the perfect example of honoring His father, and His example demonstrates how we can begin to honor God as well as our parents. While it may be difficult for some of us, especially those in a difficult or strained r…
 
What does a real marriage look like? Does it look like a Hollywood movie? In Ephesians 5, Paul looks at this relationship and how God has designed it to point to Him. It's through learning how to submit in a Christ-honoring way, and learning to love in the same way Christ has loved us that we can see a marriage flourish. Today's podcast helps us to…
 
Do you ever struggle with knowing God's will for your life: what to focus on, and what not to focus on? You are not alone in that! In Ephesians 5:15-21 Paul doesn't give us individually specific direction, but gives us some important principles to live by. Listen today to learn how God has designed your life and your decisions to be shaped by His W…
 
Have you ever imitated someone? Perhaps a parent or someone you really looked up to? Well, what if God wants us to imitate Him? That may seem really difficult, but in Ephesians 5 Paul lays out some steps we can take to grow in this. Recognizing things in life that are not like our Father, like sexual immorality, all impurity, covetousness (idolatry…
 
What is God like? Can we really live like Him in the way we treat one another? As Christians what if we don't? God calls us to put on the new self and live like He does, learning not only how to put away falsehood, speak truth, to handle anger in appropriate ways, and to give no foothold for the devil, but also how to build others up with our speec…
 
As God's people we are empowered to live differently in Christ. We are challenged to put away futile ways of thinking and living, throw off the old self, and to sink into our new identity in Christ. How do we do this best? Together, as a new community!Jon Meek II által
 
Do you think of the church as a gift of God to you? Do you realize that God thinks of the church this way, and that He also has designed you as a gift to help the church mature? In Jesus' authority, generosity, and purpose, we have been given good gifts (people-gifts and leader-gifts) to help us all grow and mature as a church family.…
 
Unity is natural to fallen humanity, though our hearts long for it! So how can we learn to walk together in a way that honors Christ? How do we maintain the "unity of the Spirit," as the Apostle Paul calls it? It will take humility, diligence, and much grace. In Christ and by His grace we can live and walk in a manner worthy of this high calling.…
 
Have you ever met anyone who didn't want love? Everyone wants to be loved, and wants acceptance, strength, and sense of belonging! How can we foster an atmosphere in the church of love, strength, and fullness in Christ? Today we look at Paul's prayer in Ephesians 3 and see how prayer for one another can build us up, build us together, and build God…
 
It's always good to have our vision clarified and encouraged! Today's podcast is all about why Destination Church exists: "Helping people become joyfully devoted ambassadors of Jesus Christ, in the power of the Holy Spirit, to the glory and delight of God our Father." We believe God is gathering real people from all walks of life who come just as w…
 
What's so special about Mary? God's favor is on her for sure. When God calls Mary for a great purpose, it's important for us to understand how ordinary she was; otherwise we may miss the point that this story is about Jesus. Just because she was ordinary, that doesn't mean God is! His Holy Spirit and His power qualified Mary to carry the impossible…
 
What was one of the first gifts Jesus received on the first Christmas? Or maybe a better question is WHO was one of the first gifts Jesus received? God chose a man named Joseph and gave him to Jesus to stand in the role of father, equipping him well for the job. Few people would have influenced Jesus as much as Joseph. Was he perfect? No, he needed…
 
Is the church still relevant today? Many cultures across the world answer, "No." And yet, God speaks of a multi-faceted wisdom that He has chosen to reveal through the church. How can we discover and be a part of God's intent for the church? Paul's words in Ephesians 3:7-13 point the way.Jon Meek II által
 
What was a mystery to previous generations, God is now revealing through Christ. The mystery, as Paul declares it to the Ephesians, is that the Gentiles - the Nations of the world - are now co-inheritors together by grace, with full membership as chosen people of God. What's more, we are also "partakers of promise" with full inclusion in the gospel…
 
A house is not the same thing as a home, is it? God is doing more than building a functional house; He's also building a home, and He's building us together into the household. Building us on apistolic and prophetic foundations, with Christ Jesus himself as the Cornerstone, we are being fitted together as a family on mission that carries God's very…
 
In Ephesians 2 Paul reminds the Ephesians that they were once Gentiles and separate from Christ, but now because of Jesus they have been brought near. Jesus, destroying the barrier of division and hostility, calls the Jews and the Gentiles together to become one new man, one new people with Christ. Do you feel far from God? Without Christ we were s…
 
Do you ever feel dead? Or at least not very alive? Like you're stuck in your sin and just can't seem to live like you feel you should? The Bible says that before Christ we were dead in our sins, incapable of life. But in Christ we are now, by grace through faith, made spiritually alive, raised up with Christ and seated in heavenly places with Jesus…
 
Does God really want to be known? Does He really want you to know Him? The answer from Scripture is a resounding yes! As Matt Deisen from River's Edge Church encourages us in this week's message from the end of Ephesians Chapter 1, we discover that, through the Holy Spirit, we can know Jesus more deeply than the earliest disciples did prior to his …
 
Do you find hope in God's sovereignty? Do you think of yourself as having a significant role in His sovereign plan and purpose? Is there any evidence that we really are a part of His eternal plan? Yes, and the Holy Spirit is given to every believer as a downpayment on everything else that God has promised!…
 
What does it mean for us when Paul writes to the Ephesians that "we are blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places"? Can it really be true that through Christ, the blessings of heaven are ours today? Yes, and we get to enjoy these blessings because we have been chosen in Christ! Paul goes on to claim that we are also predestined f…
 
Paul's greeting to the Ephesians is absolutely loaded with wonderful promise and truth. In this introduction to his letter to the church in Ephesus, we discover the power of being commissioned by God, the joy of being called a holy people, and the security of being a people to whom God has extended his unmerited favor, divine enablement, and total …
 
Is the typical church gathering today a good representation of what the Apostle Paul says it should look like "when we come together"? What should our gathering look like? Does it have to be the same for everyone and every church? No, but there are some exciting things that all of us can and should expect! It might not be what you think...…
 
What do you immediately think of when you imagine a church worshiping together? For each of us, media and our own experiences probably shape our thoughts on this topic. In today's podcast, we'll explore a few principles from Colossians 3:16-17 on the content of our worship together. For example, what exactly are psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs? …
 
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