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In his essay “The Weight of Glory” C.S. Lewis says:
“It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”
Church, this is us. The infinite God of the universe offers us himself and weRead More
If we have accepted Jesus’ invitation in a way that has truly changed our life into one of following Him closely, we can be assured that all things will be well for us. We really can't imagine it all being any better can we?
We’re well fed because we feed on the flesh and blood of Jesus.
We're well clothed because we wear righteousness given to us by Jesus.
We’re well housed because we dwell in God.
We're well married because our souls are knitted in the bonds of marriage to Christ.
We’re well endowed because we will inheritRead More
When asked to design a new logo for Red Tree, I was both thrilled and intimidated. I had been hoping to contribute my design skills to the church I tied my heart to seven years ago, however, creating a logo is no easy task! Lots of careful thought and consideration went into producing the new logo.
At the start of my involvement, the elders had already chosen a tagline, "Life together with Jesus" and the name Red Tree had been established long ago. That provided two elements to base the logo on: community and the Cross. God placed two Scripture passages on my heart during this process:Read More
Several years ago, I belonged to a missional community downtown. One night during our weekly gathering, we were talking about the need to be intentional with our time, to make space for spending time with other people. My friend Amanda expressed something about myself that, to me, was a startling revelation.
“I know most of us go to work, and then we come home and eat dinner with our family, for those that are married or have kids, and maybe watch Netflix or do household related duties, and then we go to bed. And we repeat this most weeknights.” She paused and looked at me. “Maggie, you’re a big exception to that.”Read More
In some circles in our church I’m the old guy. Within those circles are folks who gladly point that out. In other circles in our church I’m just a pup. I don’t dare point that out though. Yesterday was a fifth Sunday which meant our Treehouse childcare volunteers had the day off, which meant our church had the joy, yes I said joy, of celebrating as a family together. I think we all felt a little younger Sunday.Read More
I’ve been sitting with the elders and the deacon candidates in many meetings, of late, and it occurs to me that every point of service to which the new deacons apply themselves is, ultimately, about love in action. While leaning into God in their decision-making process, our elders have discovered and asserted areas of great and specific need and have assigned workers to address those needs. In 1 John 3:18; we are called to take action where our love of Jesus, His Father and our church body are concerned. And, if we are functioning properly as a ministry team, our individual areas of service will show the love we claim to have for our church body, for our visitors and, ultimately, for Jesus.Read More
We last wrote about our adoption process at the very beginning, back in June. What a ride it’s been so far. We hit the ground running and completed our 10 hours of required training in the late night hours of the summer, which was a surprising joy to study and work together in this way. We felt a strong sense of purpose and unity on the mission.Read More
God is a promise maker and a promise keeper. He promised to send us a savior, one who would be able to live in right standing with Him, one who would be fully God and fully Man, one who would be a King whose Kingdom would last forever, one who would take on the suffering of the world, one who would be tortured and killed for our sins, one who would defeat death and rise again, one who would invite us into the family of God, and one who would give us His righteousness.Read More
Peace is difficult to find in our world. The world around us is in constant conflict, whether physical, verbal, emotional, or spiritual, there are constant distractions and reasons to feel fear, or anger, or sadness, or a whole host of other emotions.Read More
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth, and He said it was good. He formed the tallest of mountains, with lofty grandeur, and it was good. He scooped out the depths of the oceans and filled them with creatures wondrous to behold, and it was good. He flung out the sun and stars into the heavens, set them burning in blazing majesty, and it was good. He painted the clouds into the sky and filled them with the flashes of lightning and booming of thunder, and it was good.Read More
Waiting is hard. Our culture has perfected the art of instant gratification. We can watch whatever we want, talk to whomever we want, buy whatever we want, and be whomever we want, and it can all come whenever we want it. Why should we wait for anything when getting what we think we want is so easy?Read More
Sin entered the world because mankind purposed to choose their own role, to elevate themselves above their created place and reject the image of their creator. We cut ourselves off from life and community, and there can be only one result of rejecting the source of life and purpose. Death.Read More
Red Tree Church just finished our fall series called “No Bench”. Hopefully, you got to join us for all of it. If you didn’t, I’d encourage you to check out the sermon audio here. Anyway, we spent the month talking about what the scripture teaches regarding Christians and active engagement in the work of the kingdom. The basic premise of the series is that there is no such thing as a spectator or second string Christian. There is no bench as it were.Read More
Friends and family, we have decided to adopt from India! We are so excited to be “paper pregnant.” We want to invite you all in on this process and figured some consistent blogging might help. We will try to write a blurb each time a major event happens, but we have some catching up to do. Let’s talk about how we got here.Read More