Clarity and Unclear Times
by Daniel Knutson on March 17th, 2020
Here is some powerful words from our Youth Pastor, Timmy Rotter:Clarity in unclear times. This last week has been a complete whirlwind. My life has been turned upside down and it appears things may get worse before they get better. As a dad, husband, business owner and pastor the effect has been multi-directional and overwhelming to say the least. So where can I turn?The reality is that just a cou...
by Daniel Knutson on March 16th, 2020
Hey Branches!What a crazy time we are in right now! And what an amazing opportunity we have to spread the love, hope, and confidence we have in Jesus!Last Sunday Yesterday was unique, but it was awesome! It is hard to parse out exactly what kind of engagement we had, but Instagram Live had around 45 people watching, and Facebook showed over 600 people joined us for any amount of time! Again, it is...
Branches Kids Director
by Daniel Knutson on March 11th, 2020
If you attended services on February 23rd, you heard that not only is our Kids attendance growing in Branches Kids, but so is our team at Branches Kids! We have a huge desire to create amazing environments for our Kids at Branches. We want to see kids learn to love God, and not fight coming to church to hear more about Him! And there is so much potential to see God do amazing things in our Kids de...
Fair vs. Favor
by Daniel Knutson on March 4th, 2020
"Dad! He's not being fair!" "Mom! Why do I have to? It's not fair!"With four kids living in our house, we have the "fair fight" daily! Usually multiple times a day. If you are like me, I get exhausted hearing the same complaints multiple times. My patience wears thin, and eventually, I end up snapping back with, "Life isn't fair! Get over it!" And if your kids are anything like mine, you know that...
by Daniel Knutson on February 26th, 2020
Baggage. We all have some. I’m not talking about expandable carry-ons, soft shell duffels, hard cases with spinner wheels, or designer totes.Nope. I’m referring to the kind of past life experiences, personality traits, family dynamics and belief systems that play a less-than-best role in determining how we approach and navigate relationships.Similar to an airport, bus or train station, as peopl...
The Rhythm of Reading
by Daniel Knutson on February 19th, 2020
"The Bible Says” has more meaning to it than we give it credit for. Jesus's resurrection isn’t true because the Bible says it. The Bible says it because the resurrection is true. The stories in the Bible aren't fairy tales, they are a recounting of what actually happened. The Bible contains writings from more than 40 authors spanning 1600 years, with eyewitness accounts supporting the narratives f...
by Daniel Knutson on February 12th, 2020
The young people in our church and our city hold an exceptional place in my heart. Young students are in one of the most incredible seasons of learning, observing, and mimicking what they see. So to provide a place for kids and youth to learn and emulate the things of Christ is of the utmost importance. It all starts when your kids attend one of our Branches Kids environments, designed for student...
The Thought Isn't Enough...
by Daniel Knutson on February 5th, 2020
You probably heard it said, "It's the thought that counts." Usually this is said in reference to a poorly selected gift or ill-crafted statement intended to help or encourage. But does simply thinking about someone else actually count?Over the last few years, I have had some really interesting interactions with people who have been on my mind.In one instance early on last year, I had this thought ...
Toxic to Transformed
by Daniel Knutson on January 29th, 2020
Roughly a year ago, a local landlord was asked if she could recommend a church. She did just that. Her suggestion? Branches.Soon after, and with two kids in tow, a young single mom crossed the threshold of our church doorway. Her intention? She was hungry for the Savior she’d found in a jail cell - that place where God had tracked her down and captured her undivided attention. Finding seats,...
Save the Date!
by Daniel Knutson on January 22nd, 2020
As we begin the new year, it is always good to sync up our calendars! There are a few events coming up this year you are going to want to save the date for!
Saying Thank You To Jim
by Daniel Knutson on January 8th, 2020
Jim Mask has been a friend and mentor to me in many ways over the last decade. I remember countless hours spent with him up in his wood shop at his home, building things for Branches sets. I spent a winter up there with him as he helped me build a diaper table when Brandy and I were pregnant with our first son, Cohen. He coached me on how to best build a kitchen table. He allowed me to use his sho...
Be Rich Results
by Daniel Knutson on December 11th, 2019
As a church, we recognize that we have a huge opportunity to address a wide variety of needs in our community. While our primary responsibility is to meet the spiritual needs of those who live in Columbia County, we also have a desire to meet emotional and physical needs whenever possible. It is our intention to find ways to accomplish this throughout the year. At the same time, we decided to mak...