This past weekend (April 24th - 27) much prayer was taking place around Colorado, here are some reports:
In Montrose, Colorado churches participated in a PrayerFest prayer drive praying for every neighborhood across the city.
In Denver, 75 churches and 26 ministries collaborated to cover 72 hrs in non-stop prayer. Over 1500 people participated in one or more of the 180+ Zoom Prayer Rooms during the 72 hours.
John 17 oneness is becoming a reality! We encourage you to find a way to engage in prayer with your family, your neighbors, your church, your city, the county and the world. There are international prayer calls as well as calls focused on the USA. Who will you pray with today?
Check out coprays.org to host a 12 or 24 hour Monthly Prayer Watch with Colorado Prays.
I’m not a fan of on-line church. For the past few weeks I’ve “attended” an on-line church service. I sat at the kitchen table and had a cup of coffee, too. Many churches now have their own coffee shops and its even okay to bring your cup into the sanctuary. This seemed to start around the same time it became ok to wear your jeans and tennis shoes to Sunday service. I have to admit while sitting at the kitchen table last Sunday I wasn’t wearing my Sunday best (although jeans with holes in the knees seem pretty pricey nowadays, I came by mine the regular way, working outside in the garden).
The service opened with praise music and it really did sound pretty good with ear buds though probably better in person. Then the pastor came up and made a few announcements, mostly about events being cancelled or put off till later in the year.
As this was Palm Sunday, they let us know ahead of time that we would be taking Communion. So, I was set when it came time. We already had some Welch’s grape juice in the fridge so I poured some in a short glass and I found the Goldfish Crackers and had a nice plain one standing by.
Now it looks like at least for a while we’re going to have to take Communion online. I always loved taking Communion as a child but maybe not for the right reasons. Depending on your beliefs, taking Communion may demonstrate a person’s Faith or may even be a channel for God’s Grace to us.
The Eucharist, Holy Communion. The Body and the Blood. The amount of Love Jesus had for us. Do this in memory of Me. The bread is My body, the wine (juice) is the new covenant in My blood.
Holy Communion is very personal, between you and Jesus, and you don’t really need a church and pews full of people all around. Jesus loves you and He proved it with His Life.
As long as we have this pandemic in our lives it looks like for most of us we will be having church at home on our laptops, tablets and Kindles, but the truth is, you don’t need any of those things to have God in your life. A few quiet minutes alone with a Bible or in prayer will make all the difference in your life.
I would encourage you to continue with communion during this time of quarantine and "Do this in remembrance of" Him. Let's keep our eyes on "the author and finisher of our faith"
Thoughts from our station manager in Colorado Springs
Thank you Dan
Rocky Mountain CTN partner's with Colorado Prays. A 24 hour wall of prayer for Colorado. Together we produce a weekly 15 minute program called P.U.S.H (Pray Until Saturation Happens) where we interview pastors, ministry leaders and dynamic business people that give testimonies and share how prayer is changing things in Colorado.
We have produced 90 of them to date. You can see all of them on the Colorado Prays YouTube channel.
IF you would like to learn more about how to get your church or Prayer Group on the Colorado Prays 24 hour prayer wall, please visit the website: https://www.coprays.org/
I started reading the book “Make Fear Bow” by Gary Whetstone the beginning of the year before all the Coronavirus situation started, and it is amazing to see the timing of God. I had this book and never actually read it before now and don’t even remember who gave it to me! It was written immediately after the 9/11 attacks on our country in 2001. To read the pages of this book you would think that the author was watching the coronavirus situation unfold and provide valuable insight into what people are feeling and going through when it comes to fear and the future.
The start of 2020 I was praying about my relationship with God and how, at times, I do not do well when it comes to worry and letting fear control my life. I think fear is a primary weapon the devil uses to get us to give up dreams and visions God gives us because we get overwhelmed with the thought of what it can take to make plans happen with our limited abilities. The best dreams and visions I have seen come to reality are ones that God had given me and were always beyond what my actions could accomplish without God’s help. As humans, we want our emotions to line up with dreams and visions and when those things deviate we are tossed into worry, stress or fear of the unknown. That is where the devil steps in and causes chaos in minds.
This book hit something on the head for me and really resonated with the fearlessness we need if we are going to accomplish anything for God in this life. Check out this quote:
”Many people look for emotional support for their dreams. However, when their emotions seem to contradict their dreams they fall into fear. You must remember that emotions cannot support fearlessness. Only God can. When God gives a dream to you, it does not matter if your emotions counteract it. You see, by obeying God despite your feelings, the proper emotions come and your dream manifests! That’s how it works.”
The fearlessness that we need to accomplish the visions God gives us is ONLY wrapped up in His power and ability to take us from a wonderer to a dreamer to a DOER! Once we recognize that fear will lead us astray and is just another normal emotional reaction in life, then we will focus on obedience to God and push through those thoughts of failure and lack.
Today, take time to evaluate the dreams and visions God has given you and do not allow your emotional response to derail those plans. In fact, if you are feeling fear at the size and scope of what God has shared with you take hope! That can actually be the BIGGEST confirmation that the vision is from God and not from something that you could accomplish without His help. Let your “natural” line up with His “Super” so that you can walk in the SUPERNATURAL today!
Praying for you!
General Manager, RMCTN
Today was the day.
His plan was finished. A tear of joy streamed down the devil’s face because he thought his main adversary, Jesus, was FINALLY dead. Hanging on a cross like a criminal for all the world to see. Not only crucified but beaten and shamed, flesh hanging. The devil may have been thinking, “Well that was easy!! He didn’t even put up a fight!” Depression had overtaken each disciple and the devil was gleefully plotting his next destructive move to add insult in injury.
But God had the devil playing right into His hands.
But God knew that his plan for redemption was working perfectly to provide a way to heaven for ALL mankind.
But God was working things behind the scenes when all Hope seemed to be lost.
In three days...everything would change...FOREVER.
IT’S FRIDAY...BUT SUNDAY IS COMIN’!
The time we are living in is unprecedented for our generation. I am sure that those who have gone through the Spanish flu or either of the world wars may have thought the same thing. I can remember the surreal feeling of what it was like around America after the 9/11 attacks and how it didn’t seem like everything was really happening. Personally, I remember dealing with personal medical issues for four years and the thoughts of “why God” and “when will this end” happening every single day. This coronavirus situation has so many unknowns concerning not only personal health but what does it look like to interact in a crowd again or the long term damage done to the stock market by everything coming to a screeching halt.
Then I think of the week we are in and the chain of events started with Palm Sunday leading up to the eventual crucifixion of Jesus on Good Friday and the rush of emotions the disciples and especially Jesus had. The full range of feelings as he entered into his last days on this earth and doing everything he could to prepare the disciples to carry his message after he was gone.
I think we forget the term “Jesus was as much God as he was man and as much man as he was God” and the power of that statement. Even in the garden when he was praying the night he was betrayed in Luke 22:42 that says “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done." It is strange to think that Jesus was saying on one hand, “Dad, if there is ANY OTHER WAY this can happen I am all for it.” Jesus was showing his human side of not wanting or desiring to have to go through pain in life. The rest of the statement shows the “God-side” of who he was in saying that if it was God’s will then he would do what needed to be done, and not begrudgingly.
I highlighted this verse to share a few important things to consider in the life of a believer.
First, is that Jesus knows what it is like to not want to have to go through suffering.
The following verse in Luke says that even Jesus needed an angel from heaven to help strengthen him in this time of need. If Jesus would have said, “no, that is not going to work God. Remember, I am part of the trinity TOO” that would have not been God’s plan and selfish. Because Jesus chose to go THROUGH with the plan that God set out, he self-LESS-ly gave his life for us to have an eternal connection to the Father.
In this coronavirus season, some people have speculated if this is all the devil causing harm or is it God’s judgement on the earth or just some test to see who is for God and who is against Him. I think the more important question is what are we going to learn now that everyone is in it? As followers of Christ, we have two options; to only focus on the “why and when will this end” and selfishly get through this time and learn nothing or to say WHAT are you trying to teach me about myself, my spending habits, the things I hold dear and be self-LESS to God and his plan. God uses all things we go through to help make us better citizens of earth and MEMBERS of heaven.
Today is the day to trust in God and his plan for your life and for our world. God is not up in heaven worried or nervous about what is happening right now and the quicker that we recognize that fact the quicker we can run into the security of knowing that God is not going to leave us in our greatest time of need. The question has ALWAYS been not about God’s faithfulness but our attitude in times of trial.
If you were to take stock right now, what is your thought pattern? To just want to selfishly GET OUT of what we are in or to selflessly say, “not my will but your will be done-” Purify and refine me.
Praying for you and the peace that passes all understanding to GUARD your heart in this time of need.
General Manager @ Rocky Mountain CTN
Enjoy Life. Consider Eternity.
The Kingdom Network is one of our Rocky Mountain CTN local programs with host Abraham John. He has outstanding insight and teaching on the kingdom of God and the church. His new book is out!
How to order: https://thekingdomnetwork.org/product-category/new-releases/
* You can order the PDF version or the hard copy
The worldwide church is going through a reformation. If we are not careful during this transition, it is possible for believers to be disillusioned or deceived by the cunning craftiness of the religious spirit. People everywhere are dissatisfied with the church as usual. They are looking for something real that will satisfy their spiritual hunger. This book is designed to help you navigate through the transition into the real thing.
You can watch his program on these channels and times:
Monday or Sunday nights at 7pm MST
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 his past shows here: https://thekingdomnetwork.org/tv-shows/
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