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Digesting God’s word and fellowship with Him develops in us the fruit of the very different Spirit our world desperately needs. What part(s) of your current spiritual & intellectual diet might be worth trading in for the alternative superior spiritual food Jesus offers? Daniel 1 & Mark 8:15 ---------------- Lifetree Church is a family all about dec…
 
Choosing to praise or complain is a choice to open the gates of either heaven or hell. While evil and injustice remain present realities to be opposed in our world, how can we still cultivate a life marked by praise and thanksgiving? ---------------- Lifetree Church is a family all about declaring and displaying Jesus to transform lives, and benefi…
 
When we prioritize the troubles and concerns of the day (and there are many) we lose the missional focus we’ve all been called to as Christ followers. ---------------- Lifetree Church is a family all about declaring and displaying Jesus to transform lives, and benefit our city. For more information about us, check out our website at lifetree.ca. In…
 
Lifetree Church is a family all about declaring and displaying Jesus to transform lives, and benefit our city. For more information about us, check out our website at lifetree.ca. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lifetree.church/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lifetreechurchvictoria Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAXypvwP61HwUknG…
 
Matthew 25:40 Jesus says, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sister of mine, you did for me.” This week we looked at the idea of identifying your “who”. Who is God calling you to minister to in your current season of life? No matter what stage of life you are in, there is someone you can be a light to. Re…
 
Paul Vermes talks with us about the process moving through pain towards growth. In his story, he takes us into some of the lessons he was taught, and how moving forward required finding a new way to think. Like Paul, the way we were raised, and the culture around us has left an impression on us, but later in life, we must decide how well those beli…
 
More than the church having a mission, God’s mission has a church. Jesus’ first mention of the church states that “the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.” This statement describes God's mission as offensively confronting the powers of decay and darkness in this world, and indicates that engagement in a piece of that mission is an essentia…
 
Tim and Jenn open up about the loss of their son, Isaiah, and how God has walked with them through their journey of grief and hope. We are taken back and given and overview of their life, from their marriage, to the emerging challenges with Isaiah, through his passing, and the last year of life since. How Jesus met them in this place, and what it l…
 
1 Samuel 2 & 3 Honour is commanded all through scripture. There’s a hierarchy included as well, affirming who and what should be honoured. Honour is akin to glory and it’s a powerful form of currency in the kingdom of God. Anything we honour is determined to be ‘worthy’ of value. But that ‘worthiness’ is not predicated on my view or yours, it’s a v…
 
John 13:34-35 Apart from a dynamic expression of community, where people experience a deep sense of belonging, the church is not what Jesus intends for it to be. One of the deepest core longings of all people is to simply be known and loved for who they are. We desire a sense of belonging. Much of the world suffers from an acute sense of loneliness…
 
Matthew 5:13-16 Jesus compared his followers with “salt and light”. When we think of the simplicity of these two elements, we see how they be at the same time, small in proportion but significant in effect. At the same way, God calls us to just be there! Only when we understand that the problem is not the presence of darkness but the absence of lig…
 
Romans 12:1-2 We often think of singing praises to God when we talk about “worship”. While singing greatly helps us enter into true worship, it is in itself not worship. Worship is the surrender of ourselves to Jesus as active Lord of our lives in response to encountering the magnitude of His love and goodness toward us. There is no true expression…
 
Telsey Friesen speaks on the simplicity of loving Jesus and loving others. From a childhood marked by encounters with Jesus to facing present day challenges, she has had a firm conviction that what's truly important is to simply be with Him. Her stories and insights bring clarity and conviction to what this life of faith is really about. Music prov…
 
All of us are called to live out are lives going after Jesus with the passion he put on our hearts, there is nothing too small in the kingdom of God. He reminded us that God didn't make us incomplete and that all you need to be a missionary is already within you. You are not too old or too young, your passion is not too small or too big, surrender …
 
On this episode, hear from Kathryn, Trish, Juanita, and Tina, four mothers from the Lifetree community sharing on how God has used the journey of motherhood to shape in them the character of Jesus. This conversation was originally streamed live at Lifetree on Mother's Day 2021. To watch the original Livestream video click here: https://www.youtube.…
 
Matthew 16:13-18 Zechariah 4:10 Luke 13:18-21 Often we’ve fall into complicating “church”. We make something simple unnecessarily complex. Like unnecessary ingredients will dilute the flavour of a sauce, unnecessary ingredients in church can diminish the Jesus flavour. Identifying and focusing on the irreducible minimums/essential ingredients that …
 
Bruce Friesen's experiences encountering God at a young age set him up to believe that there was so much more to this life of faith. Throughout the years he continued to follow God and learn to follow his voice. From his stories and insight there is much to learn about what it can look like for us to grow in recognizing God's voices in our own live…
 
The key to the heart of a city is the heart of the Father. His love shapes how we see people, increases love, and cultivates the generosity needed to reach a city. The simple mission of all Jesus followers (regardless of age or gender) is to, like He said he came to do, reveal the Father. How might the Father’s heart be expressed through your life?…
 
For Lucas Gonçalves, faith can not just be talked about, it must be lived out. Throughout his life, the faith adventures that his family initiated, as well as further experiences in his life taught him how to cultivate both passion and compassion. In this conversation Lucas shares some of those stories, as well as some insight for how we can find m…
 
1 John 3:16-18 1 John 4:19-21 The love Jesus calls us to follow Him is not compatible with hearts closed off to other people’s pain and problems. Feelings of hopelessness and insignificance, or simply avoidance of pain, can cause us to live with guarded hearts. Jesus calls us to live exposed and vulnerable to the needs of others. To let it affect u…
 
On this Voices of Lifetree - Amber, Jim, Becky and Josh share what God has put on their heart. ---------------- Lifetree Church is a family all about declaring and displaying Jesus to transform lives, and benefit our city. For more information about us, check out our website at lifetree.ca. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lifetree.church/ Face…
 
Jenna Bolton shares her story of how a broken childhood lead her down destructive path in life until Jesus met her along the way. We get to hear a few of the defining moments of her life, and who Jesus became to her through the process. The lesson that marks her life is that anything is possible with Jesus. Music provided by Fallbrigade…
 
The early Christian faith that turned the Roman world upside down was a faith characterized by an almost absurd joy. Though there are certainly injustices to decry in the name of Jesus, a gospel of constant decrying is no gospel at all. We have good news that will bring great joy to the those that hear and receive. What truth (what promise) have yo…
 
Stacey Toews' live was turned upside down when he witnessed true poverty for the first time as a young man visiting the Philippines. Unable to get over the shaking of this experience, he committed his life to addressing the injustices in the world around. In this conversation, Stacey shares how this journey has unfolded, beginning with adoption and…
 
Hope for The World - Christ in You By the Spirit we get to glimpse and sense the huge scope of God’s heart to restore all that is broken in the world, but, like His church spoke in different specific languages on Pentecost, He also produces specific impulse and inspiration in us to engage with specific pieces of His “making all things new” project.…
 
John Wason has sought to live a life of passion. His involvement as a professional storyteller was birthed out of an awareness of what makes him come alive, and now he looks to inspire and bring his passion for the God's word to those around. In this conversation, John shares a bit of his own story and some of the lessons he learned along the way. …
 
Phillipians 2:1-18 Join Charlotte and Kelly for a conversation about living a life that is not your own, in obedience and surrender to Jesus, and the joy and growth that can be gained when such a life is lived in community. Our heart for this community is that each person would be living lives that are not their own. What is in front of you to do? …
 
Hear from a panel of 4 mothers within the Lifetree community as they share how Jesus has used the journey of motherhood to shape their character and make them more like him. In their stories, there is wisdom and insight to be gain for everyone. ---------------- Lifetree Church is a family all about declaring and displaying Jesus to transform lives,…
 
Will Winter shares his story of identifying and attempting to walk out his calling. Will had a relatively clear sense of calling early in life, but walking that out was another matter. There was a lot of frustration along the way especially as he recognized what he didn't have, but in that frustration, God met Will and filled in the gaps. Through t…
 
Caleb Friesen shares the charge to be strong and courageous from Joshua 1:1-9. We are called to walk closely with God and display His goodness, through serving our cities with heaven's solutions to the problems they face - destroying works of the devil and pushing back darkness. The primary enemies that hinder us and keep us in wilderness seasons l…
 
Matt Youngclouds takes us back to a time where he was a younger, different man, driven by desire for approval and love. He recounts the series of event from finding God at his lowest point to taking responsibility and learning to clean up the messes he had made. Along the way through God's presence and the support of his family, he began to learn w…
 
Caleb Friesen expands on the previous message describing God's purpose in the wilderness. Through a wilderness season God is raising up a “hear & obey” people, who will venture into the ministry dreams He has for our city and beyond. In Deuteronomy 30 we see how following Him depends very little on an ability to understand mysterious commands and f…
 
Caleb Friesen shares some reflections on where God has us. We're in a season reminiscent of Israel's wilderness season. Our past ways of life and church feel like ancient history, and the way of our future is not totally clear. Through Moses’ words in Deuteronomy 8, we can see how God uses seasons like this to develop in us characteristics needed t…
 
Bruce Friesen speaks on hearing God for this present season. In Matthew 16 Jesus shows that a compromised heart disables our ability to spiritually discern times and seasons. Bruce openly shares how God graciously turned him from feeding on the wrong voices during this pandemic and back to feeding on what God’s written word and Spirit are saying in…
 
Caleb Friesen's journey to becoming a pastor hasn't been so straightforward. There were lots of twists and turns in the road along the way. There were often what might have seemed like detours at times, but through it all, he began to learn what faithfulness looks like as we each pursue God and His call on our lives and trust Him. Music provided by…
 
Caleb and Telsey Friesen share an Easter weekend message. Friday was gruesome; Sunday was glorious. Tragedy transformed into triumph. Through the death and resurrection of Jesus we see the greatest evil and injustice known to humanity turned into the greatest gift known to humanity. This death and resurrection was the fulfillment of long awaited pr…
 
Whether as a married or single man, God has always been first in Gary's life. In this conversation we hear a bit more of his story and how this value has been lived out in various seasons. His advice to others: God first, spouse second, children third. Or for singles, God first, people second, and things third. Music provided by Fallbrigade…
 
In this conversation, we hear from musician, Caleb Scott from the point of receiving his first guitar as a gift from God to where he is today. Along the way, he gives us a snapshot of some of the significant experiences and dreams that God used to build him into the man he is called to be. We'll hear about how pursuing our dreams requires both brav…
 
Fabio and Lee-Ann's decision to start a business was the result of a process of dreaming with God. In this episode, they share about their business, Author Clothing, and a snapshot of the behind the scenes process of seeing that dream become a reality. Through their vulnerability, we'll learn a bit more about what it looks like to ask God, "What if…
 
Through a series of experiences, Chelsea Henkel found herself fighting to find her voice. In her vulnerable story, she share how she found breakthrough, and continues to welcome God into the process. In what she shares, we'll find some insight for how we too can break free from the some of the lies that hold each of us back from showing up as our a…
 
Through a series of stories from Kelly Steeper, we can find a clearer illustration of what it looks like to carry a posture of worship in our everyday lives. Whether it's on a mission trip seeing miraculous healings, or raising her children, Kelly's example demonstrates the reality that we were created to worship. Music provided by Fallbrigade…
 
Kelly Steeper encourages us from the life of David who was called a man after God’s heart. Despite his many failures he continued to turn back to God and return to habits he built up in his time as a young shepherd. He made time for God. He was about God’s Glory. When David was Afraid, he trusted God. When he was at the end of himself, he turned to…
 
Caleb Friesen speaks about engaging God with our whole heart. God is not afraid of our feelings. Pouring out the authentic expression of our soul is the context for authentic encounter with God. In Psalm 42 we see how overcoming depression and despair involve choosing hope in God and worship, without needing to deny dark feelings. Being well acquai…
 
Charlotte Edwardson talks about engaging in worship. Worship and intimate relationship with the Father is what we were made for, so the enemy will pull out every trick and tool he has to try to stop us from worshipping. When we make the choice to attribute the highest value to our Father, in every situation, we begin to enter into living a life tha…
 
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