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Years ago, Jeanie and I visited the Redwood National Park in northern California. We stood in awe as we looked up to trees reaching over 350 feet. These trees have endured storms for over 1,000 years. The surprising thing is that their roots are very shallow—only about 10 to 12 feet deep. How does the root system sustain these giant trees? The secret is their interconnectedness. The roots spread outward to one another 60 to 80 feet so that they are holding one another

The application to the church is obvious. Without other redwoods a singe tree could never grow that high and endure that long. The secret of their succuss is their interconnectedness. And so it is with us. That’s why Satan works hard to divide and conquer. That’s why unity is particularly important during times of distress. That’s why we must endeavor “to keep the unity in the bond of peace” (Eph. 4:3).

From Sermon on Philippians 4:1-3 by Richard Tow

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