Loneliness and the Holy Spirit (guest post by Curt Gough)

In this life we are alone. Whatever the experience, whether good or bad, we are alone in it, no matter who else is around. No one can enter into our space and feel with us. No one can see exactly what we see, hear exactly what we hear, understand exactly what we understand, and we…

Is Jesus the Lamb or Not? (D.A. Carson)

Yesterday, I mentioned while teaching at Raintree that the view of Christ as the “Lamb of God” is increasingly being abandoned. Specifically, the thought of Christ as a substitute for sinners, perhaps surprisingly to some of you, is not as common as it once was among those who claim Christianity. The main reason for this…

Gospel-Centered Parenting (from Raintree Church members)

So Lauryn and I recently started a podcast called Gospel Family with the Gilberts (click HERE to access), but one of our primary goals is not merely to share our wisdom (we’re young and don’t have too much to give yet), but also to share the wisdom of those in our church. I’m amazed at how much wisdom…

A Word to Seasoned Christians

I want to spend a moment here to talk to those of you who have been following Jesus for a long time. This is really for all of us, but it seems especially relevant for those of you who’ve been at it a while. We know that Jonah, in the beginning of his life and…

Working the Word Into Your Day (from Raintree Church members)

I recently started a Facebook message thread with about 15 of our church members, and thought their input was so practical and helpful that I had to share it! I reorganized their thoughts into 9 questions/segments, and asked their permission to share. Thankfully they said yes. It’s neat not only to see some great ideas…

The Past Does Not Define Us

Philippians 3:13- “Brother, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead.” How Paul writes this is rather abrupt. He’s writing and thinking about chasing after maturity, and even though he’s not perfectly mature yet at all—he…

Suffering = Assurance?

Philippians 1:29-30: “For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake, engaged in the same conflict that you saw I had and now hear that I still have.” What do these verses really mean? It means we’re Privileged to…

Sola Scriptura- Submitting Our Hearts

We submit our hearts to the Word of God. In the world of Christianity, what I sometimes call “pop-Christian culture,” it’s so easy to fall into the TRAP of thinking that God wants us to follow our hearts. I heard just recently an evangelical pastor say these words: “Wherever your heart is leading you; that’s…

“It is finished” and the Great Commission

We recently had our first annual Missions Week at Raintree, and I was privileged to preach on the Great Commission, from Matthew 28:18-20. The following is one of my favorite reflections on the GRAND truth that Christ’s authority is the very basis of our confidence in sharing the gospel with the people around us. Not only is his authority…

Why We are Fostering (guest post by my bride)

We got home tonight, and after putting the boys down, Lauryn mentioned that she wrote something. I’m very excited to share this with our friends and family. I’d encourage you especially to consider the last paragraph. 🙂 From my bride, Lauryn:   Many of you have asked us why we chose to foster. Well, the…

The Not-So-Secret Compromise-Repellant

In Daniel chapter 6, we have probably the best-known story of the book of Daniel: Daniel and the Lion’s Den. So often we see the deliverance from the lion’s den as the focal point of this story. And it is a big deal; I certainly don’t want to minimize that. BUT, I think the biggest…

Good Problems at Raintree

We’ve been having some good problems at Raintree. Here’s a few ways that YOU can help (assuming you attend Raintree). Park in the grass or on the street. We have been consistently running completely out of parking this summer, even with 10-12 cars parking in the grass field just southwest of our building. If you’re…