Highland Avenue Community Church of the Nazarene in Rancho Cucamonga, California

Tall Trees


They line the shaded pathway

Growing tall and stately

With grace and poise

Lush green in springtime glory

Feathery leaves on every branch

Stretching out and touching in embrace

In quiet stillness and majesty

God’s pristine cathedral in nature’s splendor

Tall trees!


It was not always so!

Before the road, before the lane

Before the trees

There was barren ground

There had to be a landscaper, a planter of trees

Then years and years of steady and progressive growth

Maturing in grace

Becoming what is now seen

Beauty amid God’s scenic landscape

Growing more and more as the Creator intended

Tall trees of distinction!

What does our Creator intend for our lives?

First and foremost

To belong to Him!

To be a child of the King

Obedient and following in His footsteps


He also desires growth in our lives.

For once, not so long ago, we were barren empty ground

Sinful and needful of a Planter

To plant the Word of truth

Deep within the soil of our heart

To be watered

By the refreshing water of the Holy Spirit

Growing within us

Welling up into eternal life

And then daily a progressive process of growth

Extending our roots of faith deep into the Word of God

Seeking to know God more intimately

Desiring to know His ways

Pursuing truth and applying His Word to our life

Year upon year

Growing in grace and love

Maturing into the person God intends us to be

Tall and stately

Strong and confident

Steady and unchanging in our faith

Growing more and more in God’s love

Becoming Christ-like in our character and behavior

Dependent upon His direction

Leading others in the cause of Christ

Touching lives with the Word of truth

Making a difference

Along the pathways of neighbors, family and friends

Bringing praise and glory to the Father above

God’s intent for us all!

How are you growing?

Into a tall tree of distinction?

Is your life growing, a reflection of Christ, our Risen Lord?


· Psalm 96 All – Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;…Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy; they will sing before the Lord,…
· Isaiah 55:12-13 – You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace…and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.
· Ezekiel 17:22-24 – All the trees of the field will know that I the Lord bring down the tall tree and make the low tree grow tall… “I will do it.”
· Matthew 13:3-9, 18-23 – The Parable of the Sower
· Matthew 15:13 – He (Jesus) replied, “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be pulled up by the roots.”
· Luke 2:52 – And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.
· II Thessalonians 1:3, 11-12 – …because your faith is growing more and more, and the love every one of you has for each other is increasing…
· James 1:19-25 – …humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.
· II Peter 3:18 – But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.

Written April 25, 2013 by Madeline Beber

May we all grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ

seeking to know Him better. To God be the glory!

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