SROM Blog: Wilderness, Ministry, Leadership

Step Up & Step Out in Your Faith

November 16th, 2017

It can be tricky to plan out your life and figure out where you want to be a year from now. Especially considering our hopes and dreams tend to change a lot as the year quickly evolves. With all of the uncertainty, there is one thing that IS for sure: God. He is consistent and never-changing, and He is delighted when we turn to Him for guidance! It is our deep desire that each of our students come away from their SROM course with a more intimate relationship with God and a stronger understanding of His love for them. Solid Rock Outdoor Ministries is here to help you along the path that God is calling your toward. To understand that he will guide you through life, during these stunning seasons of opportunity is one of the coolest most terrifying things you could step towards. So what’s stopping you?

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Get Wild

November 9th, 2017

Have you ever wanted to get in touch with your more natural side? If you have, but you have never pursued going all natural, maybe now is the best time! Connect spiritually like you never have before through Solid Rock Outdoor Ministries. When you look into what SROM has to offer, you will be able to sign up for a program that is perfect for you!

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Are you the Person that You Thought You’d be?

October 25th, 2017

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” – Phillippians 4:8

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Seven Simple Steps To a Better Leader

October 18th, 2017

There are plenty of tips and tricks out on the web to be a better leader, but to become a true disciple of Christ, it is imperative to open yourself to the goodness of God’s world. In His creation, God has transformed lives through the wilderness. As shown in the Bible, God took Noah, Moses, Elijah and Jesus through 40 day natural excursions to truly allow them to build their trust in Him. Through these wilderness adventures, these men have become the most influential leaders by following the Lord and, in turn, learning foundational qualities of great leaders of Christ. Through Wilderness ministry leadership and discipleship courses, you can strengthen your leading discipleship in every part of your life.

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A Deeper Understanding: Being the “Apple of His Eye”

October 12th, 2017
As our seasons transition from Summer to Fall, it is in looking back on the summer that we gain a greater understanding and depth to not only our programs, but to God’s amazing character as He moved mightily this summer!
But God also moved in amazing and small ways too. I think it is only in taking this time of reflection that we can see just how deep God went and still continues to go.
But why would an Almighty God wish to go deep with me, with us, with you? It is because we are the Apples of His Eye. It is through this season of reflection and harvest that we look at the precious gift that we all are and how God wants to dive deeper, and deeper into a relationship with each one of us.
And it is so beautiful to see how this summer He has been using the Wilderness to do just that.
The apple of someone’s eye is the pupil or the black spot in the middle of your eye. It allows light and images to go into your cornea and your brain gives you information regarding what you are viewing.
We actually have an involuntary response that if something is coming towards that part of our eye, our eyelids shut in order to protect this precious thing.
It was first referred to as the apple because of the shape of the pupil, but it is called ishon in Hebrew meaning little man due to the small image of oneself you see when looking into the apple of another person’s eye.
Another name given in Hebrew is bashon which means opening or gate. As the eyes have always been referred to as the gateways to another’s soul, this seems to collaborate with the original Hebraic meanings.
But why is being the apple of God’s eye such a big deal? 
God refers to His people Israel as the apple of his eye receiving his protection:
“He shielded him and cared for him; he guarded him as the apple of his eye.”(Deut 32:10)
Think about it. God protected them not because He had to, because He wanted to! You protect things that are precious to you! You protect your children, your family, your home, your car, even yourself! You protect these things because they have value.
And so this is one reason why we are called the Apple of God’s Eye: because we have value. You have value to God!
“For whoever touches you touches the apple of his eye.” Zechariah 2:8
John McArthur illustrates this concept of protection of His precious ones:
“God says when you touch Israel, you touch the apple of My eye. God is saying you touch Israel and you’re poking your finger in My eye and that irritates Me…the most sensitive part of the exposed human anatomy, of course.
 
And so He is saying you touch Israel, you poke your finger in My eye. You touch the church, you irritate Me, it’s My church, I gave My life for that church, Acts 20:28, He purchased it with His own blood. He is its architect. He is its builder.
 
He is its foundation for other foundation can no man lay that in that is laid which is Christ Jesus. He is the living cornerstone.  He says in John 10 I am the good shepherd and I know My sheep and have known of Mine. I know them and they know My voice. And He says no man is able to pluck them out of My hand. ” (source)
So in calling us the Apple of His Eye, God is calling us to a deeper understanding of His love for us and a deeper intimacy with Him. Because if you are the apple of His eye that means that you are close enough to God to see your own image in God’s eyes reflecting back at you.
Do you know how close that is? That’s close enough to smell someone’s breath! But God whispers to us that this is His desire: to go deeper and deeper into a relationship with us.
The psalmist David asks God in a prayer to, “Keep me as the apple of your eye.”(Psalm 17:8) Are you willing to go deeper?
We see this deep desire of God’s to take us deeper in our students and instructors while they are in the wilderness. No other place seems to call to the very heart of us like the beauty that surrounds us. And no other place seems to allow us to be still long enough to hear that intimate whisper from God revealing how precious we are to Him.
For: “How deep the Father’s Love for us, How vast beyond all measure, that He should give His only Son, to make a wretch His treasure.” *
We are His treasure, The Apple of His Eye that He paid the ultimate price for so  we can have that deep, close relationship with Him. We are His precious ones that He will protect at all costs.
*(Hymn “How Deep the Father’s Love” by Stuart Townsend)

Building Leaders Through Wilderness Ministry and Discipleship Courses

October 11th, 2017

“And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ.” – Ephesians 4:11-16

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Strengthen your Faith

October 4th, 2017

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.” (Psalm 46:1-3)

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Continue The Christian Wilderness Program – TAG At Home

September 21st, 2017

Wilderness Leadership Minor

TAG – Time Alone With God. This is a daily spiritual discipline we practice on all of SROM’s courses. During our Christ centered courses, we make God the center of our day. While we can build solid relationships with our peers and experience new and exciting or hard things, it is so important to take a pause to reflect and process where you currently are. Every day on your course you will have time to reflect alone with God. Just like any healthy human relationship, intentional time together is essential to a healthy deepening of any right and cultivating relationship.

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What Happens After SROM?

August 31st, 2017

The Lord calls us to share His Good News. The Good News is the teachings of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, coming together as one to enrich the lives of us here on earth. The experiences we encounter on a SROM course can teach us to let go and let God enter our lives while experiencing the beauty of and overcoming the challenges while on course. We bring God glory through divine human encounter in the wilderness because we are making disciples for Christ. But what happens after you have stepped off the mountain top and back onto concrete?

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Transform Yourself with a Christian Wilderness Program

August 24th, 2017

39The process of transformation is a basic tenet of Christianity. When we become Christians we commit to turn from our old lives of sin and the pursuits of man and turn towards the grace and mercy of God, choosing to live a more spiritually-renewed life. These transformations require followers of Christ to throw off their earthly robes of comfort and ease and turn towards righteousness for the promised glory of eternal life. Hence the belief in being “Born Again” through the blood and sacrifice of our savior, Christ Jesus.

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