I took the above pictures on a trip to Moab (right) with friends a few years back. I thought it would be funny to take a picture that looked precarious and show it to Yolanda. The reality is that where that crack in the rock was (that I had to step over to get out further on the rock) could have given way and I would not be typing this blog for you now and Yolanda would be collecting life insurance on me. The image on the left is a foolish picture on a rock overhanging the Grand Canyon a few years back, thinking I was really cute. Not realizing that if even one strong gust of wind and I lost my footing that I would have had a quick trip to the bottom of the canyon with a sudden stop. Not wise.
I have been watching with amazement the hysteria building around the coronavirus situation and people throwing punches over toilet paper, companies running out of hand sanitizer and medical masks flying off store shelves like Willy Wonka chocolate bars in the movie Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I have seen friends and strangers post on social media saying that the end is nigh and you need to stock up on everything you can and barricade yourself in your house to people posting joke after joke not taking the situation seriously at all. To the normal observer, what is the correct course of action? And for a person who has faith in Jesus what is the proper balance of being prepared and thinking that nothing will even come of this virus business?
Well I have a few simple thoughts that I think can help us walk through this situation with wisdom and grace while helping people around us stay calm.
1 – True security in life is just an illusion
This can sounds like a “defeatist” statement to start a blog, but thinking that you can do things to prevent EVERYTHING bad from happening to you our your family is simply untrue. We can operate in wisdom in life and not put ourselves in places of intentional harm (like me and my “cliff pics”), but once we realize that we cannot truly prevent every bad thing from happening in life we come to the conclusion that it is better to trust in God than to trust ourselves.
I know that when I went through my health situation I had feelings of being out of control when it came to my health and it was a very unnerving thing. I thought I was doing everything right in my life to prevent bad things from happening to me and that was just not true. Essentially, sickness in my life was an interruption to my perfectly manicured religious life serving God when it was actually an incredibly important character-shaping opportunity that I made inexplicably worse by worrying. I forgot that the only true security we have in this life is Jesus, even though we can fool ourselves into thinking that if we only do “X, Y, and Z” that we can stop those things from happening. Trust in Jesus is not a prevention of adversity but a protection of our minds and hearts when going through storms.
2 – Non-Christians will be watching Christians react to this situation
Many times we forget that people who do not have a relationship with Jesus will watch how people who call themselves followers of Christ will react to situations like we are seeing around the world with the COVID-19 virus.
As a follower of Christ, I want people to see where I put my hope and not just what I react to while I am on this earth. I think we need to be wise and listen to those in medical authority that give instructions and warnings but I am not going to base my life on the fear that moves man when I have a hope in a God that knows my future just as much as I can see my now and reflect on my past.
Also never forget that the Bible is the perfect guidebook showing us how to walk in knowledge and wisdom and not just live recklessly and expect to have a “Jesus force field” around us while we test his protection. That would be walking in foolishness, which is not how we are called to conduct ourselves as an example of Christ to the world. People who don’t know God will probably not read the Bible but they will always “read” you when they know you follow him.
3 – It is always good to be prepared for trouble and also not acting ignorantly
I am firm believer in preparing for disasters and times of trouble. I have a 2 month supply of dehydrated food and water bricks to be able to use if disaster strikes because we can have a decent balance of wisdom and faith in God keeping us (as the old Christian hymn says…safe and secure from all alarms…leaning on the everlasting arms) and being practically prepared for adverse situations in life. I am also not acting ignorantly by going around proverbially “licking people’s faces” (haha) and inviting disease and sickness into my home or on me.
We need to be practically prepared for things that can happen but also not oblivious to how those things can affect us.
4 – People’s reactions can be signs that they are ready to receive Jesus!
The reactions to people cleaning out Costcos and Walmarts of toilet paper, hand sanitizer and surgical masks is proof that deep down, people who do not know Jesus as their anchor and compass in life have a deep rooted fear in death and disease. They can go about their daily lives suppressing those emotions with the pursuits of life but when push comes to shove (literally fist fights over keister-wiping material) they are just scared little kids doing what they can to survive as long as they can on this earth because this is all they think they have is now. As a believer and follower of Christ, we have the answer to that fear; an enteral hope in Jesus and his eternal protection for our lives. It is not a guarantee that trouble will not hit on this earth because as I mentioned earlier, there is no real cure for evil. BUT there is a security in knowing a God that can keep you through the struggles of life and help you not just barely get by but to live an overcoming life! When we see people’s fearful reaction to what is happening around us we need to ask the Holy Spirit to give us intersections into people’s lives to help bring TRUE peace. Peace that the Bible says “passes all understanding” (Philippians 4:7).
5 - (Most Importantly) We need to be praying
How many of us have prayed for the coronavirus situation in our world? And if we have prayed about it, have we prayed more than just “please Lord, don’t let it happen to me or my family”? We have access to real authoritative power in Jesus who can do much more than we could ever ask, dream or think not only in our lives but the lives of those around us. If someone has paralyzing fear of this virus outbreak then the virus is already affecting them without having even one symptom of the disease. This is the REAL threat to people; a fear of the unknown.
Today, ask God to give you balance in how you will not react to the situations like the COVID-19 virus but to ACT OUT in Godliness to show the world who you trust and where your hope stands. My hope is in the creator of the universe and not 12 boxes of surgical masks, 52 gallons of hand sanitizer and 100 rolls of the finest toilet paper money can buy.
2 verses for you to stand on
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil. For you are with me. Your rod and your staff they comfort me.
I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from ALL my fears.
Praying for God’s best for you and an infusion of his power and peace to flood you so that it overflows to the people around you.
*Colorado Springs @ Springs First Church, March 13th - 15th.
*Denver @ Denver First Church, March 20th - 22nd.
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The Thorn is a visually dynamic and heart-stirring theatrical portrayal of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Not your average Passion play, The Thorn combines martial arts, aerial acrobatics and emotionally powerful performances that have been engaging audiences across the US for over 20 years.
Something transformational happens when we walk the streets of our community while conversing with God. This month, choose to believe that the gospel is transformative and that God's Spirit is at work in us and in our neighborhoods by intentionally praying for your community. Hopefully, this will stimulate a lifetime practice of prayer for the place where you live. Whether you reside in the heart of a major city, in suburbia, or in the middle of the countryside, God has people who live right where you are. Love deeply and give your life away for the sake of the Kingdom!
Over a seven-day period take time to WALK, PRAY, PAY ATTENTION, and LISTEN.
Day one: Lord, please deepen my love for my neighborhood, this place I call home.
Day two: Lord, help me to learn the names of those living by me.
Day three: Lord, thank You for the gift of a new day! May You surprise me as I walk these streets and enjoy this time with You.
May a "divine appointment" happen today!
Day four: Lord, would You give me the time and capacity to practice hospitality this month.
Day five: Lord, help me be faithfully present in my neighborhood. May I intentionally say yes and no to the right things so I have more time for my neighbors.
Day six: Lord, please bring to mind specific Scripture that speaks to loving people and the expansion of the gospel.
Day seven: Lord, please help me identify "people of peace"- people who care deeply about my neighborhood
How exciting it will be to see God moving and working in the lives of your neighbors.
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Growing up in Montana, I was able to get my permit to drive when I was only fourteen and then my license to drive at fifteen! That seems like a crazy proposal now with most kids waiting until they are sometimes older than twenty to get their driver’s license. For me, it was freedom from the house and being able to go somewhere without having to rely on someone else for transportation. It opened up my life in a way that only walking or riding my bike could never do.
Learning how to drive was a very interesting adventure. I picked up the concept of driving fairly quickly and learned at a young age how to drive a stick, but I can remember my first few times behind the wheel with my dad. I would turn onto a street and then would only look about 5 feet in front of me, making sure that I was not going to run into anything and damage my parents car! I would swerve back and forth trying not to hit things or the curb instead of just lifting my head up and keeping my focus on what was coming up and looking further in front of me.
Driving is a lot like our relationship with Jesus. When we are so concerned with just keeping ourselves safe and not recognizing the stop signs, lights, etc. around us, we become poor “drivers” of life. When we let fear settle in we start to become reactionary with God and the things around us, and give the devil a foothold in our minds of worry and sometimes a mentality of just trying to get through the day.
The Bible has a reference to “driving” when it comes to Fear. Check out 1 John 4:18:
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives (haha) out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
Fear can be an incredible weapon in the hands of the devil and it is no wonder that there are verses in the Bible like 1 John 4:18 that address what we need to do to combat fear. If we profess to be followers of Jesus, then we need to be operating in God’s perfect love no matter where the road of life takes us. Obviously, it is easier said than done when it comes to allowing that perfect love to have it’s place in our lives, but if we only profess to KNOW about that perfect love but never access and operate in it, then we lose access to victory in our lives. So it is not so much that the devil defeats us, it is that we don’t access the power that is readily available to us!
So today, decide how you are going to operate your life. Are you going to allow perfect love to DRIVE out fear or are you going to be directed by emotions and mental ideas of worst case scenarios? The choice is yours!
Rocky Mountain CTN
David and Tim Barton from WallBuilders focus on America’s forgotten history and heroes, emphasizing the moral, religious and constitutional foundation on which America was built. Tune in for our special, focusing on Black History Month.
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
Immanuel Lutheran Church will host a musical program featuring the 4GIVEN quartet from Risen Savior Lutheran Church in Broomfield, CO. The group has been performing for nine years to the delight of those who enjoy old-time Gospel music. Immanuel’s Jubilate Choir, directed by Don Zimmermann, will sing several favorite old-time Gospel selections as well. Also the audience will have a chance to join a Gospel Sing-a-long, led by Dave Weesner on the largest theatre pipe organ in Colorado. No charge for admission, however we will gratefully accept a free-will donation for refreshments. Joint the fun! Raise your hands! Praise the Lord! Shout AMEN! It’s all happening at 846 E. Pikes Peak Ave., Colorado Springs 80903.
All Gospel Music Show
Date: Sunday, February 23rd, 2020
Place: In the Organ Gym @ Immanuel Lutheran Church
846 East Pikes Peak Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Just let go and let God! Have you heard that before?
What keeps us from honoring God, trusting God, loving God? Ephesians 4:31 states, “Let all bitterness and wrath and anger be put away from you........” Are we afraid to let go? Have we been let down so many times in the past that we are afraid to trust someone?
God is not just someone. God is everything. And he loves us and tells us He will look out for us. “For I know the plans I have for you, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11). Is it our ego getting in the way with us thinking that we don’t need any help and that we can get by on our own? Are we afraid to ask for help because we don’t want to owe anybody, anything? God loves us and wants to help us. Things happen. We make mistakes, our friends and families make mistakes and sometimes the results are devastating. “Be strong and do not give up for your work will be rewarded” (2 Chronicles 15:7). If we know God, love God, have Him in our lives we can get through. It may take a while, maybe a long while but with God’s Love and encouragement, we can keep moving ahead.
Proverbs 4:25 reminds us to “Let your eyes look straight ahead, and your gaze be straight before you.” As God cares for us, He wants us to care for others. “Let all you do be done in love.” Corinthians 16:14. We can share His love with those around us. “Let brotherly love continue, show hospitality to strangers. I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:1-5
Today, I encourage you to take one step closer to Letting Go and Letting God work in the hurt, broken, painful places in your life. You will never look back and regret being healed.
Manager for Rocky Mountain CTN
SARAH'S HOME provides sanctuary for girls rescued from sex trafficking as they reclaim the life they were created to live.
On February 17, 2020 at 1:30 pm the Used Car Dealers of Colorado Charity Fund will present a check to Sarah’s Home from funds raised at the Colorado Independent Automobile Dealers Association’s Annual Charity Gala. Sarah’s Home is a licensed home for rescued sex trafficked teen girls located in Colorado. Sarah’s Home was the featured charity for the Fund a Need at this year’s Charity Gala where money was raised specifically for the mission of helping these young victims of sex trafficking.
Charity President Dean Gunter will deliver a $39,000 check at the event which starts at 1:30 pm inside ADESA Auto Auction, 10680 Charter Oak Ranch Road, Fountain, CO 80817.
The public is invited.
Visit their website to find out more on this powerful ministry:
Rejoice Women's conference
Date: Thursday, February 20th - Saturday, February 22nd
Thursday, 6pm thru Saturday @ noon
Place: Charis Christian Center
10285 Federal Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80907
*This is a FREE event- Please RSVP for the complimentary breakfast and lunch by registering HERE
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