Wednesday, January 06, 2010

The Tree of Life

2009 was a great year for our church!
For starters, we relocated to an actual church building. We went from meeting in the "upper room" of the Win-Jeff Plaza to an amazing facility with sound, lights, chairs, children's ministry rooms all was like we missed the rapture and walked in to take over an empty church. This was greatly due to the kindness of Mosaic Faith Community and their willingness to lease it to us.
We also started 2009 with a name change; from the Church @ Rochester to LifeTree Fellowship. We continue with the vision God has given us: Relationship. Community. Our World. The Tree of Life is such an interesting study in the Bible.

Check out these scriptures:
Proverbs 3:18 Wisdom is a tree of life for those who take firm hold of it. Those who cling to it are blessed.

Proverbs 11:30 The fruit of a righteous person is a tree of life, and a winner of souls is wise.

Proverbs 13:12 Delayed hope makes one sick at heart, but a fulfilled longing is a tree of life.
Proverbs 15:4 A soothing (healing) tongue is a tree of life, but a deceitful tongue breaks the spirit.

It is our desire to be the Church that reaches people in our culture, healing broken hearts and loving all God brings to us. The Tree of Life is not only metaphorical, but a real literal tree. it was first seen in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve, but those who put their faith in Christ will one day see it again.

Revelation 22:1-3 And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. 2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. 3 And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: