We are excited to be a media sponsor for the OUTCRY Worship Tour.
OUTCRY began four years ago as a hallmark, a line in the sand, a stake in the ground. It was the mark of something that truly had already begun – revival in the local church.
Featuring a unique combination of artists and worship leaders, OUTCRY: Spring 2018 Tour provides a rare opportunity to worship with a wide variety of artists and hear a message from one of the renowned speakers of the day. Artists teaming up for the OUTCRY: Spring 2018 Tour are Elevation Worship, Bethel Music, Mosaic MSC and Vertical Worship, with speaker Christine Caine.
To register, visit their website. (There are group rates available)
I watched an interview with Bobby Knight a couple of months ago and was fascinated at his approach to coaching. If you don’t know who Bobby Knight is, he was a college coach who used to get so mad that he would throw chairs across the floor at people and scream at his players, refs or anyone else who would listen. He is also known as one of the best coaches in the history of college basketball with an outstanding record and kids who came through his program and went on to play in the NBA with excellent careers.
I was not so much interested in his antics as his philosophy of coaching. As I listened to the interview, his words caught me off guard. The interview went to a time where Bobby had a kid in his program that was having family difficulties and Bobby made a special trip to be with the family. This is really unprecedented as Bobby was just a coach to the student and not a guidance counselor or sorts. The interviewer then asked him about his coaching style and he said, in essence, “I expect excellence in all aspects of the game and for every student to give me his very best at all times. The reason why I expect excellence is that I give my very best. I cannot expect excellence from my kids if I am not willing to offer that excellence myself.”
I then thought about what Jesus did for us in the simple verse John 3:16 and giving his life for our sins so that we could have direct access to God the Father. Jesus gave us his best, even his very life, so that we could have assurance of eternity along with tools to help us deal with the pain of life that will come. Then I thought about what we give Jesus back in trade for those sacrifices. I wasn’t thinking of it in the way of Jesus putting this crazy expectation on us beyond our physical ability to follow him, although there are plenty of Bible verses that talk about “dying to self” and putting him first in everything we do.
I want my life to be based on more than just conviction; I want to live a COMPELLED life. Conviction from the Holy Spirit can point us in the right direction, but a compelled life is doing something about those feelings. Just like the players around Bobby Knight felt compelled to follow his lead and give their very best, I want my relationship with Jesus to be ordered in the same way. As we read the Bible, we need those words to cause action to be birthed in our lives because knowing what to do or being “convicted” about where we are in life is not enough to change.
We need action. Jesus was and is about action and if we are going to be people who live life to the fullest, then we need to give our best as Jesus gave his very best.
Have a great week and I am praying for you!
New 15 Minute Prayer Program Starting Thursday, February 15th...Watch This Video For More Information.
There is a new worship album out that Brian and I can't stop listening to!
Mover of Mountains by Citipointe Live
Here is a link to get a taste of their album title song, Mover of Mountains.
RMCTN loves this church in Northern Colorado and their ministry!
Don't miss purchasing this album- every song is amazing.
I remember being a youth pastor and doing “trust falls” with kids in our group. You would have one student stand on a table facing away from a group of kids on the floor with outstretched arms ready to catch. You would have the student being caught ask if everyone was ready, the group would respond, and then the kid would try and stay stiff as a board while falling into their friend’s arms. It was so interesting to me to see kids who would readily fall back and ones that would refuse and step down off the table because they were terrified. I knew some of the stories of the kids who participated and the ones who had trust issues in life were always the ones who would either cry or not even attempt to fall back.
Trust is the key element in any relationship. A lack of trust inhibits the ability to grow in all relationships. Think about the trust Jesus put in his disciples before he went to heaven and even the trust he has in us when we accept him into our heart and life. He was entrusting the hope of eternal life and salvation to a group of guys that had times of doubt, misunderstanding, overestimating their importance and even denying him! But Jesus still trusted them with the incredible message of the gospel.
It is still boggling to the mind how much Jesus trusted that these men would do what he asked and with the power that they would need to look past persecution and to the hope of glory in Christ. I think the primary factor that took them from ordinary followers to entrusted ambassadors of the gospel was the infilling of the Holy Spirit.
Look at Acts 1:8
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
The power God gives is for the purpose He needs. The ultimate purpose of our lives on this earth is not just to make it to heaven and save our own skin. It is to be the witness that Jesus needs us to be to the people around us. Both of these principles take an incredible amount of trust in God that our eternity is secure in him and that the Holy Spirit will guide and direct our lives for us personally and the people we are supposed to connect each day.
Today, take an inventory of your own life and possible reasons why you don’t trust. Is it because of past hurts from people in your life? Was it from someone in the church who spoke something to you and caused you to stop trusting organized religion? Whatever the reason, we were not created to be distrustful. Even Jesus tried his best to trust all his disciples but still had to deal with Judas who ultimately betrayed him. This is not to say we need to be naive in our relationships, but that we focus on Jesus and his power to guide and heal from the inside out.
Praying for you to have healing from past hurts and that you have the level of trust in Jesus that he has in you to be able to carry his word to the world around you!
Saturday, February 3rd @ 9pm MT
Sunday, February 4th @ Noon MT
Facebook Live at Rocky Mountain CTN: Sunday, February 4th, 2pm MT
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Set your DVR's or reminders to catch an interview special with Superbowl athletes. They will be discussing their personal relationship with Jesus Christ. This is a great opportunity to hear about what God is doing in the lives of these players in the midst of hearing so many negative things about how athletes live their lives.
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