Welcome to Pine Tree Ministries. I chose that name because it is a combination of my physical and spiritual heritage. I was born and raised on a piece of property known as The Pines Nursery. It is a 20-acre piece of property with most of the acres covered with pine trees.
My dad planted, raised, and then sold them for Christmas trees. My mom made and sold Christmas wreaths from the pine branches from the trees on the homestead. The best part of being raised on a Christmas Tree farm, other than the smell of freshly cut pine, was the fact that a few times each season my dad would keep me out of school to help him get ready for the Christmas season.
The tree part of the name is taken from the Old Rugged Cross, the spiritual side of my heritage. I was born into the family of God at age ten, led to the Lord in a small Baptist church in an evangelistic service. My brother-in-law went forward with me and sat with me as the preacher explained the plan of salvation.
The ministries part of the name comes from an overwhelming belief that God has a purpose for His children, including me. And part of that purpose is to minister to the body of Christ in particular and humankind in general.
The Pines and the Tree are what got me to this place, the Ministries is what keeps me here.
The Pine Tree Ministries Blog
The blog is something that I have tossed around in my mind for many years. Each time it was tossed it ended on the cutting room floor. I was troubled by two things:
- I did not want to start something without planning on seeing it through.
- I did not know if I had anything that anyone would want to hear.
My wife is a captive audience and sometimes she rolls her eyes when I begin to espouse some great truth, I imagine some of you rolling your eyes at times too.
So, brushing those two fears to the side, I want to say that I will try to be relevant and scriptural. I have little of importance to say if what I say is not supported by scripture.
I ask you to join me, to participate, to discuss, that we may grow together in our knowledge of the Lord and His desire to work in us and through us.
Karl Crawford, Author