The Christ-Centered Marriage

Paul is very short and to the point here in verses 18 and 19: “Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them.”   Wives These are controversial in some circles, in fact in many circles, and that causes some Christians to dismiss…

Freed From Manufacturing My Own Identity

In Christ, our identity has changed. That’s why our mission statement at Raintree is “Guiding People to a Christ-Centered Identity and Influence.” Today, we’re going to see what that Christ-centered identity looks like, and what it means to put on the new self. Let’s read Colossians 3:11-17. 12 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy…

False Hope in a Fake Jesus

In what way do we most often think of Jesus? Do we think of him most often in terms of how he might help with our problems? Do we sometimes fall into the trap of thinking Jesus’ entire purpose is to make us happy?  Has mainstream Christianity lost a real, biblical view of Jesus in all of his glory!? Our…

Does Biblical Knowledge Matter?

We just started the book of Colossians at Raintree, and I’ve already been challenged just by Paul’s introductory remarks in Chapter 1… The second part of verse 9: “We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may…

Not Just the Reason for the Season

Isaiah 9:6-7 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne…

Stop Trying to Change the World

Weird title, I know- but not misleading. Let me explain. Changing the world is something that God has done and is doing. Jesus has had more impact on the world than any other person in history. He and 12 disciples truly changed the world. Sometimes we read the New Testament and think, “God can use…

You Are Mine | Isaiah 43:1-7

When I started studying this text, I immediately noticed how timely of a message it was. In the midst of so much changing culturally, socially, and politically, we must not act defeated, or down. We’re not victims; we are sons and daughters of the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords!  

Delighting in the Law?

How does the law fit into the grace-centered Christian’s life? Does it fit at all? Legalism is anti-grace, but is the law itself anti-grace?! All these questions are answered in this message from Psalm 1.

Living Worthy of the Gospel

Much like a parent says to a teenager, “Act your age,” Paul, in this passage, says to all Christians to act like Christians! Unity in the church was wavering, people were bickering, and Paul gives this very specific admonishment.

A Parable for 2015

While I bring up tendencies and character qualities of millennials, this is definitely applicable to all ages and demographics. A great parable that is often overlooked!

What makes a Christian a Christian?

How do you really know that you’re a Christian? The text I got to focus on this last Sunday covered that exact topic. This is an incredibly important topic, as it seems clear in Scripture that many will be deceived into thinking that Christianity is about acknowledging who Jesus is, rather than actually following him…

Paul’s Priorities (one clarification)

Pastor Todd let me finish off our TESTIFY series this last Sunday in Acts 20:17-32, which includes what I would consider to be  one of my main life-verses, verse 24. I was really challenged preparing for this the week before, and it really gives a lot of insight into priorities that Paul had as a…