by Daniel Knutson on August 7th, 2019
At Branches we talk a lot about God being for us and not against us. We are hyper focused on seeing people who are far from God come near. Our hope is that when our friends show up to Branches, they will learn that they can belong before they behave, that they can actually trust us to be honest and genuine. We focus more on what we are for than what we are against. We also spend a lot of time talk...
Relationship, Not Religion
by Daniel Knutson on July 24th, 2019
A homeless man woke up one morning, desperate for a change in his life. He was living on the street, addicted to meth amphetamine, and had no where to go. This desperation for change washed over him as he woke up after a long binge. He was craving change, community, help, and also another fix.As he walked down the street in search of any of the former, he saw the front steps of an old church build...
Answering a Questioner
by Michael Curl on July 3rd, 2019
Floating on cloud 9. Light as a cloud. Angels, God, and our ancestors looking down on us from the heavenly cloudscape. When we refer to clouds as a comparison, we are almost always speaking about white, fluffy, and near weightless existence. Because of their appearance in the sky, it is easy to draw this passive conclusion. The issue: clouds are really heavy!
Even In a Bar
by Daniel Knutson on June 19th, 2019
Meaningful conversations of faith can happen anywhere. Even in a bar.Dropping coins in the poker machine, an older woman asks the beautiful young lady perched on a stool next to her about one of her many tattoos. Before you know it, talks about body art led to a discussion about the challenges of life. Irrespective moral and political opinions, both regret having aborted babies. The older had ...
Volunteer Profile - Dave
by Daniel Knutson on June 12th, 2019
I first joined the production team shortly after starting to attend Branches as a way to connect and get involved. I quickly realized that the behind the scene roles the production team plays are vital to a smooth worship service that is free from distraction. I love that I get to be part of a team that contributes in many ways to help create an environment where we can focus on worshipping our creator and savior together as a church family on Sundays. I've also found that the couple hours before the service starts, when the worship team is practicing and we're working to get everything dialed in, is one of my favorite and most cherished times of worship all week.
What Does Love Require of Me?
by Daniel Knutson on June 5th, 2019
I have been thinking a lot lately, about our vision and our mission at Branches. Jesus commanded us to "go and make disciples of all nations...baptize them...teach them." He said all nations, not some. That means he is asking us to engage with all different kinds of people. Rewind back to 2007. I was living a life of addiction and other self destructive behaviors when I walked through the doors at...
Everyone Starts Somewhere
by Daniel Knutson on May 29th, 2019
Everything in life has a starting point - including faith.You had a starting point. Romance has a starting point. Relationships have a starting point. Careers have a starting point. Parenting has a starting point. Do you want to build a house? It has a starting point.Faith has a starting point, as well. Your faith, whatever it is, had a starting point.For most of us, our faith journey had a...
Volunteer Profile - Zack
by Daniel Knutson on April 10th, 2019
Zack is a high school senior born and raised here in Scappoose! He is currently serving on the Branches Youth team. As an Intern, Zack is reading the bible and other books on a regular basis while encouraging others to do the same. He is helping the Youth Team create a place where students love to hang out and grow their faith as an on stage host. His responsibility is to help tear down walls and engage the students with the content they are about to hear from God's word. You might also recognize him as the guy who makes your bagel sandwich at Scappoose Bagel!
by Daniel Knutson on November 21st, 2018
Wow! What an amazing day Sunday was for us as a church family! So many people making bold statements about Jesus through baptism. These are the times where we as a church have the opportunity to truly celebrate what God is up to in our community. We get to see a little piece of heaven on Earth in moments like these.This Week at BranchesThis week begins our Christmas series, "Branches Christma...
Furnace and Baptisms
by Daniel Knutson on November 14th, 2018
This Week at BranchesWow! What an amazing day last Sunday! I may be experiencing the warmest welcome a new leader has ever experienced when stepping into a place of responsibility. And what a blessing you all have been to Brian and his family as they move into the next season of their life. Sunday morning was a testament to our heart for people! It is evidence of our desire to see God move in our ...
by Daniel Knutson on November 6th, 2018
Hey Branches! I am so excited to be joining this amazing team at a larger capacity. I have been so blessed to have been a part of Branches since 2006. Seeing what God has done, is doing, and dreaming of what He wants to continue to do in our community and beyond is a part of my DNA. I have lived in Scappoose for the last 22 years and my heart burns for the people of Columbia County. My hear...