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The Gospel According to Compost

Posted by on Oct 18, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Gospel According to Compost

We have all heard this story I’m sure a hundred or more times… Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall; Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the king’s horses and all the king’s men Couldn’t put Humpty together again. Have you ever thought that this story is the one most of the world believes? People (at least in America) believe if something is broken, then you should throw it out and go get a new one.  I do not think that this mindset is new. I think it was around during Solomon’s time. Check out what he said in Ecclesiastes. Ecclesiastes 1:2-9 “Meaningless! Meaningless!…there is nothing new under the sun.” MEANINGLESS…EVERYTHING IS MEANINGLESS. This sounds very familiar, I believe it could be a headline in a newspaper from last week.  Jesus brings a whole different mindset and a whole different way of Life. When He looks at a broken earth, He doesn’t see it as meaningless…He sees it as not yet made new. He sees HOPE. He is hope. Look what Jesus says in Revelation… Revelation 21:5 “Behold, I am making all things new.” This makes me believe that Jesus’ Kingdom is about making things new. This idea comes from how He has made me new in my 10 years of following Him. I see His Kingdom unfolding in my community as part of it is being made new. Jesus makes life out of death, which makes me think of COMPOST. For the past year, we have been composting. We wanted to do something about all of our table scraps that were just being thrown away and were heading to the landfill. Years ago, Hannah’s mom bought us a kitchen compost bin so that it would be easier to collect the scraps. We finally have put that to use (of course, I broke t it the other day so we need to get another one now.) We have 2 large outside compost bins where we dump the table scraps, grass clippings, scraps from the garden, sticks, chicken manure, etc. I have learned a lot about the gospel and God’s kingdom as we have ventured into composting. Some of you may be wondering what is compost? Compost is organic matter that has been decomposed and recycled as a fertilizer and soil amendment. To make compost one needs… Carbon – for Energy – carbon produces the heat (brown and dry) Nitrogen – to grow and reproduce more organisms to oxidize the carbon (green and wet) Oxygen — for oxidizing the carbon, the decomposition process. Water – works to create vapor (steam) After our compost has gone through the proper cycle of decomposing, we put it on our gardens which then brings out new growth. It enriches the soil and helps the crops to be healthier, which in turn makes us healthier. Sometimes something must die to make things new. Compost must be fully decomposed before it can be spread on to the garden to make fruit. Appleseed must die to make another apple seed. I must die to self to bring about purer life in others and myself. Jesus had to die before He could be resurrected to Life. How is Jesus making things new around us today? Jesus takes a perverted 17-year-old young man (me) and makes him new again....

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3 Dimensions of the Cross

Posted by on Oct 16, 2013 in Community, Cross | 0 comments

3 Dimensions of the Cross

I have a confession. I do not really like 3D movies. I have been to several and I get a headache every time. For some reason though, 3D movies have become a big hit in the past few years. There seems to be all types of 3D movies coming out. I might not care for 3D movies, but I do like seeing in 3 dimensions sometimes. Like the early church, I love seeing the cross in 3D. 3 Dimensions of the Cross Vertical – Restoration between God and Humanity Horizontal – Reconciliation of people to people. Anchored and Rooted – into the earth to restore creation. I have encountered a lot of Christians, recently, that see the cross only in 2 dimensions. They understand the vertical and horizontal aspects of the cross, but they do not understand what it has to do with creation. I actually heard a pastor say in a sermon that God doesn’t care about the trees; He only cares about salvation. You see, I understand where this pastor was coming from, because I was raised up in that same evangelical mindset where it is perceived that all God cares about is getting people SAVED! What I have come to understand is that God DOES care about creation. You cannot look at a caterpillar and watch as it turns into a butterfly and say that God does not care about it. God cares that where I live has some of the worse air quality in the nation. He cares that we (humans) are killing off animals, like bees, that help pollinate our flowers and crops. He cares that the water in most of the world is polluted. He cares about TREES, plants, dirt, animals, and ALL CREATION because He created it and saw that it was good. Jesus says in Revelation that He is “making all things new.” I truly believe that applies to what we (humans) have polluted and taken advantage of.  He is making a new creation. He is once again bringing life out of death. So the next time you are planting something in the garden, think of it as “practicing resurrection,” as the great Wendell Berry would...

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Taking Root in Community

Posted by on Oct 9, 2013 in Community | 0 comments

Taking Root in Community

Welcome to the new Freedom Roots Blog. This is a blog for us (the Wilson family) to convey what is going on in our life and in our community. Ever since God led us on this Journey that we have called Freedom Journey, we have felt led to take root in community. Just like the Lord spoke to Israel during exile, we believe He is calling us to settle down and let our roots grow deep where we are. Jeremiah 29:4 This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says to all those I carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: 5 “Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce. 6 Marry and have sons and daughters; find wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage, so that they too may have sons and daughters. Increase in number there; do not decrease. 7 Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.” On this blog, you will hear about ways the Lord is leading us to live in Freedom (or at least pursuing it) through taking root in community.  Ephesians 3:17-19 Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. (NLT) As we let our roots run deep here in East Spencer (where we live), we want to make sure that they are growing deep in His love. We hope to get out of the way and let Him use us anyway He would like. We hope to partner with Him where He is already at work in East Spencer and the surrounding areas. Thanks for reading and we hope you enjoy the future blogs. Peace, Dustin &...

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