Lent Video Devotions from RCA March 23rd

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Tim Breen is lead pastor at First Reformed in Orange City, Iowa, and enjoys facilitating biblically centered pilgrimages to Israel. He and his wife, Tamara, have three children and love good movies, steak, and Sunday afternoon naps. Tim is a devoted fan of Michigan football and the Detroit Tigers, and spends his free time running, biking, and doing impersonations of other members of the staff.

Well, today, I wanted to invite you outside of my office here in Orange City to show you something. Take a look at this tree. Many years ago, a sidewalk was poured over the buried roots of this tree. A slab was laid over the spot. The concrete was leveled, the surface was smoothed, and the roots of the tree were cemented over.

But look here at what’s happened. Over time, the depth, the growth, the organic energy of the tree hasn’t just dislodged the slab. It’s broken right through it!

Have people been pouring concrete over your dreams? Have people been hemming in your hopes? It might have happened when you were a kid; it might have happened this morning. How are you dealing with the slab?

The thing about roots is that even though you can’t see them, they’re working. They’re exerting force. There’s a breakthrough on the way. It’s not just possible, it’s inevitable. The root always wins. Placed within proximity of a deeply rooted tree, the destiny of the stone is defeat. It’s fracture.

This Lent, we consider Jesus, who was buried. Covered with a slab. Sealed for dead, guarded to prevent a gospel from being shared. But Jesus, who Scripture calls “The root of David,” broke through in power and glory. Like at the stone table of Narnia, a magnificent crack of hope and victory pierced the mournful sadness of Jerusalem with joy and expectation. The seal was broken. The king had risen!

What’s true of Jesus is true of his bride, the church, and it’s true for you, too, if you’re rooted in him.

“Rooted” is a video devotional series intended to help you seek God’s face this Lent. Each short video explores a piece of our rootedness in Christ: “They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither. In all that they do, they prosper” (Psalm 1:3). The videos were created by RCA women and men in partnership with Women’s Transformation and Leadership.



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