Today, as you start your week, what are putting your hope in? There have been so many hateful and destructive things shared on social media after the election of Donald Trump as President. You can see the people who are ecstatic or frustrated and/or hopeless because of the political change.
The concern with either of those groups is that the passion in words/posts is directly connected to the hope people have in the officials over them and in the system of government. I have a pastor friend who lives in Washington State and he posted on his social media accounts a very profound statement. He said, "Our political leaders are not there for us, we are there for THEM." Meaning, our hope and direction for the life we lead comes from the Bible and relationship with Jesus and not simply on who is or is not in office. Of course we need to vote and elect people we think would best represent Biblical values, but the CORE of our hope stands with Christ and him working and moving through us to touch the lives of others.
This week, think about your passions and don't let those who disagree with you make you sad or angry. Emotional reactions to things of this earth can be the BEST barometer for where your hope truly lies. Let it be with Christ!!
Have a great week and always, we are praying for you!
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We are so excited to be shooting our Executive Talk Pilot today with Maurice Washington. We will start airing the program in the middle of February. This is wonderful content for having Biblical principles in your business practice. Even if you are not a business owner, this program will help you to be the best that God has created you to be in the work force.
Check back for more information on how to view this program as it will be on Facebook Live, Streaming, On Demand and Broadcast TV.
There are men that have walked this earth, that were not perfect, but were the best example of Jesus that they could be. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was one of those men who showed an example of love and concern for all people that must be honored and recognized. Today, we honor and remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his great legacy of love.
Driving in Colorado can be a very interesting experience when it comes to weather. It can be 14 degrees one day and 55 degrees the very next day. There are fifty eight peaks that are above 14,000 feet in the state (only two that you can drive to the peak) and all different heights of mountains in between including many passes to drive over depending what direction you are traveling.
New Year’s weekend we were driving over a pass in the state that can have some of the weirdest weather and the one that gets the most snow in the entire state, Wolf Creek. As we approached the pass from Durango the roads were slick and icy and only got worse as we drove up the pass. There was a small traffic jam we got caught in from the roads being so slick. We made our way up the pass, which had snow and ice all over the place. My thinking was that we were not going to get back home until very late because of the slow speeds were had to maintain.
As we crossed over the summit and started down the other side of the pass, the weather started to clear and the snow was gone from the road by the time we got to South Fork, which is the first town on the other side of the mountain. It was like the storm never even hit that side of the pass with relatively clear roads and bluebird skies. Coming up one side of Wolf Creek pass would give you NO indication that the weather was something completely different on the other side.
Think about the storms of life and the challenges that can come on us with or without warning. When we are coming up to a potential storm we can start to make plans for how it will affect us. For me, it was watching the weather for the day we were leaving Durango and letting Yolanda know that we would probably not be home until very late and to plan for a long day of travel.
Maybe your “life storm” is one that comes up out of nowhere and slows down your progress in life to a crawl or even a stop. Nothing that you could have done would have prepared you for the situation you are in. I have learned, in my almost 30 years of driving in ALL weather conditions, that it is important to be prepared for anything as it is wise to prepare for any of the road hazards you may run into in life.
The point I’m making is that just because you are traveling through a storm now in life does not mean that it will storm forever and if you are in clear blue skies to realize that a storm could be over the next “pass” of life. This is not defeatism to think these things but more of an evaluation of your attitude no matter what you encounter in life.
Just like me driving over Wolf Creek pass and thinking I was in for a challenging all day drive back home the same is with you in your life. It is time to just “get over the pass” and not predetermine things that have not (and probably will never) happen.
It was something that Paul modeled in the Bible for us in Philippians 4:10-13
10 I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it.
11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the
12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret
of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in
plenty or in want.
13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
Today, purpose yourself to look beyond the storms of life AROUND you and consider the strength that God can give you IN those storms. We are praying that you have an amazing 2017 and that God would increase your faith in him and recognize the power you have in His name and purpose for your life.
General Manager, Paul Lodato, of our affiliate station CTN 10 in Ft. Myers, Florida had a chance to sit down with coach Bobby Bowden of Florida State University, who is the winningest Coach in college Football history, in a half hour Television Special on the Christian Television Networks Good News on Entertainment tomorrow- Saturday, January 7th at 6:00 pm MT where they discuss Faith, Family and Football and most of all The new Bowden Dynasty Film appearing in a one night only Movie premier this Sunday January 8th, across the United States in 450 theaters.
Here are the Colorado Theaters:
Southlands 16- Aurora
Aurora 16- Aurora
Westminister Promenade 24-Broomfield
Tinseltown Colorado Springs- Colorado Springs
Cinemark Carefree Circle with IMAX-Colorado Springs
Interquest Stadium 14-Colorado Springs
Greenwood Plaza 12- Englewood
Cinemark Fort Collins-Ft. Collins
Canyon View Stadium 14- Grand Junction
Cinemark Greeley Mall- Greeley
Crossroads Mall- Boulder
Colorado Mills 16-Lakewood
Bel Mar 16-Lakewood
River Point 14- Sheridan
Highlands Ranch 24- Highlands Ranch
More Details about this Sunday’s amazing film and to locate a theater in your city for the one night only premier can be found by going to www.BowdenDynasty.com
Christian Television Networks Good News on Entertainment featuring Coach Bobby Bowden will be broadcasted on RMCTN and internationally on Direct TV (channel 376), Dish Network (channel 267), Glory Star Satellite System (channel 117), and on Thaicom 5 Satellite 6pm MT.
Live streaming of Saturday’s Television special with Coach Bowden can be seen by Live Streaming http://www.rockymountainctn.com/ at 6pm MT.
Psalms 119:11 “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”
When the Bible talks about “hiding the Word of God in your heart” what does that actually mean?
First of all, lets think about the concept of hiding something. Usually we don’t hide something that is worthless to us. I know as a kid I would try and hide my favorite clothes from my sister, who always wanted to take and wear my Benetton clothes, because I didn’t want them to get ruined or lost, conveniently or otherwise. (Love you sis) Those things held great value to me and I was doing what I knew to preserve and protect them. The bigger question is not how do we hide the Word of God in our hearts it is do we VALUE the Bible enough to even WANT to hide it? The things we value in life get our attention and focus. Many people don’t value the Word of God because they have either never really read it for themselves or were never taught as a child the importance of such an important guidebook for life.
So how do we hide the Word? The New Living Translation uses the word “treasure” instead of “hide” which I think is a great word, but I think it is something more. It is more about focus, meaning that if it is important enough for us to hide, and it is in our heart (according to Proverbs 4:23, our heart is where EVERYTHING we do comes from) then we are giving the Bible the highest priority and focus comparing everything we do to it.
This New Year, what we use to compare our actions, thoughts and motives to will matter. So it is paramount that we are getting the Word of God in our minds and in front of our eyes so it can be our focus everyday. I have committed to reading a devotion at night before I go to bed and listening to the Bible on CD in my car when I drive to work in the am. God really impressed on me the first chapter of Psalms that says, “his delight is in the Law of the Lord, and on His law he meditates on it both DAY and NIGHT.” The only way I can commit to being a “hider of the Word” is to change my regimen and then expect a different result in life.
Today, consider where your relationship with Jesus is and what you can do to increase focus on not just the greatest story ever told, but the only story that can bring real change and contentment in life. This Bible will never be important to people who don’t know Jesus unless they see those principles lived out in your life in the good times AND in the bad.
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