This past weekend an event called: PRAY THE PERIMETER took place. There were 32 routes to cover the perimeter of Colorado with prayer and all of the routes were taken and prayed over. Let's continue to thank God every day that there is a supernatural fire surrounding our state that brings transformation and revival.
KEEP PRAYING CHURCH! God is moving across the country, don't get weary. A praying church will see the Victory!
There are 2 great FREE conferences coming up at Charis Bible College in Woodland Park. Click the link to go to our Community Calendar page to find out more information and how to register.
In the past anxious season with a pandemic and political unrest, it gave me great hope to open the seed catalogue I found in my mailbox and then get to daydream wistfully about some new vegetables which may actually grow in my backyard garden here in Colorado Springs. At an elevation of over 6,800 feet and with such a short growing season not everything is suited for the local conditions. I loved getting the ground ready and mapping out my plan for the garden.
There are gardens throughout the Bible and at least a hundred and twenty five plants, and trees and herbs are mentioned.
In the Song of Solomon 2:10-13; “My beloved speaks and says to me: “Arise, my love, my beautiful one, and come away, for behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. The fig tree ripens its figs and the vines are in blossom, they give forth fragrance. Arise, my love, my beautiful one, and come away.”
In Solomon 6:11; “I went down to the orchard of nut trees to see the flowers of the valley, to see whether the grapevine had budded and if the pomegranates were in flower.”
And in Luke 13:19; "It’s like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his own garden and it grew and became a tree and the birds of the sky found shelter and nested in its branches.”
And where did this all start, with this garden planet, the earth. Let’s go to Genesis…
In Genesis 1:11-12; And God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation , plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth. And it was so. The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seeds according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.”
And then, where do we come in?
Genesis 2:8; "And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed.”
A garden is a sacred outdoor space where you can retreat from the world, relax, take your mind off your worries, feed yourself and reawaken your connection with the Spirit of the Lord. We can plant and water, fertilize, prune and harvest but it is God who gives our garden life and He who makes things grow.
In first Corinthians 3:7 it says; “So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything but only God who gives the growth.”
We are so glad to taste a ripe raspberry or crunch down on a carrot and think what great gardeners we are. How does this compare to God in our lives? He made us and paid a heavy price for us. Are we growing into the person that God would have us to be? Are we giving God His return? We know what happened to Adam and Eve in the garden they were given by God to live in. Are we living our lives faithfully and becoming the person He would have us to be here on earth, this garden, so that we can join with him in Heaven?
The Word of God in Deuteronomy 28 gives us instruction and hope: “And if you faithfully obey the voice of the Lord your God, being careful to do all his commandments that I command you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you obey the voice of the Lord your God. Blessed shall you be in the city and blessed shall you be in the field. Blessed shall be the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your ground and the fruit of your cattle, the increase of your herds and the young of your flock. Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. …”
And what about the return in my own backyard garden? I just heard a radio report from the US Department of Agriculture says that for every dollar’s worth of vegetable seeds you plant, you can raise (and I add “with God’s help”) twenty five dollars’ worth of produce in your own garden. Now, that’s a pretty good return!
We need gardens not just for food but for so many reasons. In a recent study from The University of Birmingham in England, they found that the more green and garden space they establish in prisons, it dramatically cuts down on violence and self-harm. Gardens provide for physical health and nourishment, mental and spiritual wellbeing, as well.
Every time I’m out in my garden, I have fond memories of my father who loved to garden and who could spend the entire day outside working in the dirt, even in the blazing heat of an Oklahoma summer and for him, it never really felt like work. And then there was that first tomato, well now, that was something close to heavenly.
Let me leave you with one last encouraging verse:
Ephesians 5:15: "Be very careful then, how you live, not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity”.
Let's continue to cultivate the gardens of our hearts to be a transforming force in our world for the Kingdom of God.
Rocky Mountain CTN- Colorado Springs
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Right now, our country is in an interesting place. Memorial Day is today, and there is a part of this country that cannot understand what “remembering” truly means.
The freedoms we have in this country have not just been inherently given and simply granted but have been fought for by men and women who have sacrificed their lives for the ability to stand for or even burn an American flag. Remembering and honoring those who came before us in defense of our country doesn’t mean they always did everything right.
The power in remembering the past is that we can see what was good and what was wrong and then work FORWARD to not repeat those same mistakes again. There are people/organizations who would want to erase or rewrite history or to “start over” with a clean slate but there are dangers in that thinking, especially for future generations.
In my life, I cannot just erase the things that I have done wrong and start over. This may sound strange, but as a follower of Christ, there is actually power in being able to not look at your past and be depressed about what you did, but to look at where you have come from and the strides you have made towards becoming a better person with the help of Jesus. Errors in life can be either markers to show how far you have come or can be anchors that keep you from being able to move forward into the best version of you for yourself and the world around you.
In looking back at the history and growth of America, I can say that we did not always do everything right. But those things that were not done right do not discount all the GOOD that has been done for the citizens of America and the world in general. I am an eternal optimist when it comes to our country and its members to find the right way, with God’s help, and to be the best version it can be for the sake of the country as a whole and world. This is not turning a blind eye to the things that have been done incorrectly through the years but taking moments like Memorial Day and committing to never walk or do those same things ever again.
We cannot truly rewrite history, but we CAN commit to making good decisions going forward and honoring those who have brought us this far in this great country called America.
There are several ways to participate in the National Day of Prayer tomorrow:
*Downtown Denver at the West Steps of the Capitol from 11am - 2pm
*Find an event near you:
*We have a 1 hour special with local pastors and leaders praying on specific topics you can watch on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RockyMountainCTN
starting at 9am or on our regular tv programming at noon and 7pm.
WAYS TO WATCH:
Denver, Northern Colorado & Cheyenne (KQDK/KQCK):
Comcast (Ch 643 HD & Ch 51 sd)
Comcast coverage also includes: Castle Rock, Breckenridge & Aspen
Dish (Ch 33 HD & sd)
Century Link (Ch 39)
Antenna (Ch 39.1, .2, .3 or 33.1, .2, .3)
(Estes Park- Ch 94; Arvada- Ch 91 / Ft. Collins- Ch 92)
Colorado Springs & Pueblo (KWHS):
Comcast (Colorado Springs- Ch 6 / Pueblo- Ch 385)
Antenna (Ch 51.1 & .2)
Ft. Carson (Ch 88) / Peterson AFB (Ch 51)
Air Force Academy (Ch 6)
Prism/Century Link (Ch 51) - TVision (Rye/Colorado City Ch 156)
StratusIQ-Ch 568 in Falcon, Colorado
*You can also watch us on ROKU:
Search for CTN and under that you will find our Rocky Mountain CTN programming.
"No Empty Tables."
While we know we can't end hunger in our communities overnight, we can, however, help some families, and we will do it together for God's glory.
On Sunday afternoon, March 28, we will have specially packed Easter Meal boxes available + we'll have an entire tractor-trailer load of food from the Farmers to Families program. Our drive-through line will be open from 2-4 pm (Approximately). If you need food or know someone who does, know that you can pick up free food. You can pick up one or more boxes of food, however many you can distribute.
NOTE: In past food distribution events, we've seen some great opportunities open up for churches, ministries, and food pantries that chose to pick up a large number of boxes to deliver to the areas of known need in their area of influence. If you would like to pick up more than ten boxes of food for your community, please "RSVP" to me at this email with your name, phone number, and desired quantities. We'll do our best to ensure that the amounts requested are made available for you.
Faith Church Missions Pastor
6210 Ward Rd
Arvada, CO 80004
Date and Time:
Sunday Afternoon, March 28 from 2:00-4:00 pm
Please share this information and help spread the word for those in need.
Rocky Mountain CTN partners with Colorado Prays and here are some prayer points that we are praying over the city of Boulder in the aftermath of this shooting tragedy.
* The atmosphere of Boulder will permeate with the presence of God and there will be a hunger for Jesus.
* There would be an honoring of 1st responders.
* Pray a wall of protection that declares "This Will Not Happen Again" and that people will not live in fear.
* That support services responding to this (ie: Counseling, Mental Health, Donations), would make an impact and respond to bring health and healing to the community.
* That specific churches would have specific direction on how to respond.
* That media would have respect for all of those involved and not create a frenzy trying to get their story and that an agenda based narrative would not be created.
* King Soopers as a company as they make decisions to move forward and take care of their store and employees.
*That the true details surrounding this event would be seen by investigators and that nothing would be hidden.
We had a wonderful time fellowshipping with Carr Community Church yesterday. They are such a sweet congregation doing things to impact their community with the Love of Jesus.
If you live in that area~ don't hesitate to check it out!
An aging military chaplain and a young girl from a broken home join forces to plant a miracle garden touched by God. The Healing Garden is a faith-based film, laced with warmth and comedy. It celebrates the healing of families and communities through faith. The story touches on important topics such as marriage, a child's need for a nuclear family, love of country and our Vets, that miracles can still happen when you walk with Christ and how people should behave like every day is Christmas.
We are friends with the talented people who wrote, produced and directed this sweet movie. (We even got to spend some time on the set).
Don't forget to put it on your watch list or purchase the DVD!
Click Here for Amazon Prime link
You can purchase the DVD from Christianbook.com HERE
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