Have you read Colossians before? Did you study it ahead of our study? What was a key verse or passage that stuck with you?
Pastor Sam talked about the importance of underst
Pastor Sam talked about kids as a communal blessing rather than simply an individual blessing. He pulled this idea from Deuteronomy 28 and the description of God’s blessing of his covenant with his people. What are you thoughts on this? Have you experienced this idea in our church context?Read More
Kim and I recently returned from a 5-day cruise to the Caribbean to celebrate our upcoming 25th wedding anniversary. The trip was bookended on one end by a night and morning in New Orleans, where we enjoyed great creole food, beignets, chicory coffee, and wonderful NewOrlean’s Jazz. On the back end, we soaked in an evening in Memphis listening to amazing blues and eating gumbo fries and savory barbecue ribs at one of my favorite restaurants. In between was a spectacular cruise, where we ate too much food, laughed, sang, rested, read, and toured ancient parts of the world.Read More
Over the last month, we’ve been in a series on Community at Red Tree. We’ve talked about this reality that being adopted into God’s family means something. It means, as christians, we’re bound together.
We talked a lot about this community equation that Ray Ortlund coined.
“Gospel + Safety + Time = Community”Read More
Here are some questions for study and discussion heading out of our sermon on the 8th.
1 - Pastor Sam quoted Ray Ortlund’s community equation as “Gospel + Safety + Time” how would you define each of the terms in this equation? What wouldRead More
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