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Pray This Over Your Life and Others

February 1st, 2018

By: Andrew Arnold Executive Director SROM

As the Apostle Paul closes out his second letter to followers of Jesus at Corinth he writes these final words.  I have always read these words as a concluding prayer of Paul over the Corinthian church.  These words come at the end of a letter where Paul is often frustrated and harsh with the believers in Corinth. Yet, it is one of the fullest concluding benedictions or blessings of all Paul’s letters. It is almost as though the entire letter he wrote in the preceding chapters is summed up in this one sentence.  Paul is encouraging, declaring, praying over the people that they would experience and enjoy the grace, love and fellowship of the Trinity.  Through the years, I have prayed this verse over my life, family, spiritual family and those in my sphere of influence.  For me this short verse captures the heart and purposes of God for His children.

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. This is the heart of the gospel.   The grace of Jesus empowers us to be like Him.  Without the grace of Jesus we have nothing. We are poor in every way without the grace of Jesus and yet because of His grace we have all things!  “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8,9 The response is to freely receive!  My prayer becomes, I receive your supernatural, all sufficient grace right now that empower me in all things! It is the grace of Jesus that makes a way to receive the love of God.

May the love of God be with you all. It is the love of Abba that leads us to repentance and life.  It is the love of God that sustains all things. I need God’s love on a daily basis.  I need to continually experience and more fully enjoy the love of Abba in an ongoing way.  The love of God is not static or something of the past.  It is dynamic and ever present.  My heart and spirit can interact and commune with the love of God or grow hard and cold and push away God’s love.  I want to be aware of God’s love and open-hearted to receive His love.  In my own life, I am father of three amazing children. Our relationship, interaction and communion is reciprocal.  If I come into the living room or sit down at the table to be with them and spend time together they have a choice to reciprocate my initiative.  They can choose to listen, respond, ask questions, laugh, cry, love and play with me.  I have created a space to be with them but it is still their choice to be with me.  In the same way, the Father has created access and an intimate space to be with Him, through the grace of His Son Jesus.  However, it is still my choice to receive that grace and step toward the Father’s arms and heart to receive His love and attention.  Yet, in choosing to receive grace and experience love the deepest longings and desires of my heart are met in Him. So my prayer is that I would move toward the Father’s presence to freely receive and enjoy His love.
May the fellowship and intimacy of the Holy Spirit be with you all.  Fellowship is a powerful word.  Paul uses the Greek word, koinónia.  It is a word that denotes intimacy, communion, shared life, joint participation and  community.  Paul is praying that God’s people would enjoy a deep and life changing fellowship and communion with the Holy Spirit.  Similar to the love of God, the presence and activity of the Holy Spirit is not static nor historical.  The influence and presence of the Holy Spirit is dynamic, ever present and empowering. Paul’s prayer is that God’s people would enjoy a close intimate fellowship with the Holy Spirit.  So my prayer also is that I experience the communion, shared life, joint participation and intimacy of the Holy Spirit.  It is transformative when I live in deep connection with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the Father and Son’s gift to us while we still live on this earth.  I want to enjoy the gift while I’m here!

Today and in the coming days, weeks and months I want to encourage you to pray this verse over your life, family and sphere of influence.  As you pray, personalize the words and allow the Trinity to strengthen and empower you with Their grace, love and fellowship.

Strengthen your heart with Jesus’ grace…today!

January 15th, 2018
“To go where you’ve never gone,  
you have to do what you’ve never done.”
January 2018

Hello,

Please join us here in a short devotional on how to strengthen your heart with Jesus’ grace. His grace is our free gift and available to you today!
We’re also excited to tell you about a shift in focus for our 20-day Teen Courses. You can read more on that below…
Thank you so much for your support and donations for SROM, SROM’s staff and students in 2017.
Have a blessed New Year,
Andrew Arnold
SROM Executive Director

Let Our Hearts be Strengthened by Grace!

by Andrew Arnold
In the concluding chapter of Hebrews the author writes a series of exhortations to God’s people. It is a beautiful piece of holy writing that sets forth a series of final statements to instruct the author’s audience and the body of Christ as a whole.
If you haven’t read the whole chapter before, pause and spend time reading it and allow the Holy Spirit to highlight Jesus.

What struck me recently was the truth and wisdom that “it is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace.”  
The author is not referring to our actual physical heart but rather the place of our soul and spirit that communes with and exchanges the life and Spirit of Jesus.
It is the same heart Jesus refers to in John 14:27b when the disciples learn He is leaving and Jesus tells them, “Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”
If you are like me, there are times and seasons when my heart can be troubled, fearful, grow weary, become feeble, is tempted, can grow cold or even become hardened.
In these moments or seasons the temptation can often be one of two extremes. The first is to fix myself. If I can only put more effort into changing by stopping a behavior or redirecting my thoughts or adjusting my attitude, my heart will be better.
The second is to do nothing. This response is one of apathy and resignation.  The sentiment is one of “Why try? What will it matter? I can’t do anything.”
Both extremes are dependent on my actions and human willpower.  Neither is good and helpful to strengthen my heart.
The author of Hebrews recognized that human efforts to strengthen our hearts and grow as children of God and disciples of Christ was wasted time, energy and focus.
It is a form of religious duty that replaces the grace of God with external human efforts.
In the whole verse of Hebrews 13:9 we are exhorted: “Do not be led away by all kinds of strange teachings. It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace, not by eating ceremonial foods, which is of no benefit to those who do so.”
It was not uncommon in the early church for false teachings, human traditions or historical religious practices to upstage and lead astray followers of Jesus who were living a radical new way of life that didn’t require human efforts “to get good before you get God.”
The remedy for a troubled, weak, feeble, hurting heart is not my own inadequate efforts but rather a wholly complete and radical grace: the unmerited, undeserved, unearned mercy, kindness, love, compassion and goodness of God expressed in His Son Jesus!
Is your heart troubled, weak, tempted, hurting, broken, anxious, fearful, cold, bitter or hard?
There is a medicine: the love of God, given freely through the grace of Jesus.
 
The amazing reality is that you only have to receive this grace to experience the goodness and strength it gives. I want to encourage you today to simply ask Jesus to strengthen your heart with His grace and then freely receive that grace.
20/20 Teen Courses are Shifting Focus

Our teens are growing up in a culture that has abandoned God and godly values. They’re constantly bombarded with post-modern thinking and distracted by technology. And even those who want to follow Jesus are being pulled in all directions by busy lives.
More than ever before we see the need for teens to not just be discipled, but to be developed as leaders. To be leaders in their schools, in their youth groups, in their jobs and in their families.
We’re shifting the focus of our 20/20 Boys and Girls Teen Courses starting in 2018. We’re committed to help raise up the next generation of Christian leaders, and we believe the wilderness is one of the best places to do that.
Are you a teen? Are you the parent of a teen? Or do you know a teen who is looking for a life-changing, deep wilderness experience? Who longs to be mentored as a leader to impact this generation for God’s Kingdom?
We encourage you to look into the 20/20 Girls Teen Course or the 20/20 Boys Teen Course.
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Solid Rock Outdoor Ministries is a premier Christ-centered deep wilderness ministry. Since 1983, SROM’s mission has been to birth and grow mature Christ-followers: sons and daughters of light who become loving and loyal disciples who make disciples of all nations.

Our programming activities include backpacking, rock climbing, back country cooking, mountaineering, alpine and back country living, and authentic community building.

SROM | Solid Rock Outdoor Ministries | 307-755-0642

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Let Our Hearts Be Strengthened By Grace!

January 11th, 2018

By Andrew Arnold, Executive Director

In the concluding chapter of Hebrews the author writes a series of exhortations to God’s people.  It is a beautiful piece of holy writing that sets forth a series of final statements to instruct the author’s audience and the body of Christ as a whole. If you haven’t read the whole chapter before, pause and spend time reading it and allow the Holy Spirit to highlight Jesus.

What struck me recently was the truth and wisdom that “it is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace”.  The author is not referring to our actual physical heart but rather the place of our soul and spirit that communes with and exchanges the life and Spirit of Jesus. It is the same heart that Jesus refers to in John 14:27b when the disciples learn He is leaving and Jesus tells them “Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”  If you are like me, there are times and seasons when my heart can be troubled, fearful, grow weary, become feeble, is tempted, can grow cold or even become hardened.  In these moments or seasons the temptation can often be one of two extremes. The first is to fix myself. If I can only put more effort into changing by stopping a behavior or redirecting my thoughts or adjusting my attitude, my heart will be better. The second is to do nothing.  This response is one of apathy and resignation.  The sentiment is one of “why try, what will it matter, I can’t do anything.” Both extremes are dependent on my actions and human will power.  Neither is good and helpful to strengthen my heart.

The author of Hebrews recognized that human efforts to strengthen our hearts and grow as children of God and disciples of Christ was wasted time, energy and focus.  It is a form of religious duty that replaces the grace of God with external human efforts.  In the whole verse of Hebrews 13:9 we are exhorted “Do not be led away by all kinds of strange teachings.  It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace, not by eating ceremonials foods, which is of no benefit to those who do so.” It was not uncommon in the early church for false teachings, human traditions or historical religious practices to upstage and lead astray followers of Jesus who were living a radical new way of life that didn’t require human efforts “to get good before you get God”.  The remedy for a troubled, weak, feeble, hurting heart is not my own inadequate efforts but rather a wholly complete and radical grace—the unmerited, undeserved, unearned mercy, kindness, love, compassion and goodness of God expressed in His Son Jesus!

Is your heart troubled, weak, tempted, hurting, broken, anxious, fearful, cold, bitter or hard?  There is a medicine; the love of God, given freely through the grace of Jesus.  The amazing reality is that you only have to receive this grace to experience the goodness and strengthening is gives.  I want to encourage you today to simply ask Jesus to strengthen your heart with His grace and then freely receive that grace.

Choose from our full list of Wilderness Ministry courses and apply today!

Have questions? Contact us! We look forward to speaking with you!

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Experience Spiritual Transformation

December 28th, 2017

Are you looking to deepen your relationship with your heavenly Father, God? If you feel that now is the time to step out in faith and pursue intimacy with God, now is the time to go on SROM course!  We offer premier Wilderness Discipleship courses to those who are seeking something bigger than themselves. If you are on the fence about making this life-changing decision, take a moment to read some of our Alumni’s testimonies and see for yourself the incredible opportunity that stepping into creation really is.

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“Glory to God in the highest” for all He’s done…

December 18th, 2017
“To go where you’ve never gone,  
you have to do what you’ve never done.”
December 2017

Hello,

This is the season of celebration of Christ’s coming down from Heaven to give us the gift of His presence and to be reunited with our heavenly Father.
This year has been incredible as to what God has done! He has blessed SROM abundantly! “Gloria in excelsis Deo” means “Glory to God in the highest.” We give God all the glory!
Here are some highlights of how God has moved mightily this year…

God’s richest blessings to you and your family this Christmas,

Andrew Arnold
SROM Executive Director

Merry Christmas from the SROM staff!
SROM Highlights from 2017
As is our tradition, our full-time staff took time to reflect on this past year and celebrate all Christ has done and is continuing to do at SROM in the office, in our staff and on the courses.

SROM celebrated a number of “firsts” in 2017…(keep reading)

 
2017 Testimonies
 
Here are some of the testimonies we received from students this year:
 
“I was convicted about…love, and how big and important it is. God IS LOVE. That is the definition of who He is! He has called each of us to love unconditionally, and I hope to continue to learn what that looks like. I AM A NEW PERSON. WATCH OUT WORLD!” (Anna, 20/20 Teen Girls)
 
“He made me much more honest and courageous. In many ways He helped me realize I’ve been a horrible sibling and need to do much better.” (Anonymous, Teen Boys)
 
“Love overcomes fear, and there has been a great burden of fear and loss in my life. My time with SROM has helped me to overcome fear and live in the security of the truest love and to be increasingly capable of sharing that love with others. I am so grateful.” (Anonymous, Rock Instructors Course)
 
It’s Donors Like You…

 
God’s blessings and gifts abound! Donors like you help give the gift of Jesus to SROM students.
Please take a few minutes to watch this video testimony of one of SROM’s 2017 Interns, Oleseya Sivyy:
Do you want to impact this next generation of youth and young adults for God’s Kingdom by helping support SROM’s deep wilderness ministry courses?

There are a couple ways you can do that:

  • Choose SROM as your preferred charity through Amazon Smile. Every purchase you make supports SROM’s work.
  • Make a direct donation to SROM.

Thank you so much for your continued support. We could not do this without you!

 

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Solid Rock Outdoor Ministries is a premier Christ-centered deep wilderness ministry. Since 1983, SROM’s mission has been to birth and grow mature Christ-followers: sons and daughters of light who become loving and loyal disciples who make disciples of all nations.

Our programming activities include backpacking, rock climbing, back country cooking, mountaineering, alpine and back country living, and authentic community building.

SROM | Solid Rock Outdoor Ministries | 307-755-0642

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How Your Gracious Donations Support SROM

December 14th, 2017

As a 501(c)3 tax exempt non profit organization, we maintain and are able to grow and cultivate Solid Rock Outdoor Ministries through donations from our supporters. Not only do these donations help us operate day to day tasks, projects and maintaining our gear but it also provides our students with scholarship possibilities!

Whether you are a Solid Rock Outdoor Ministry alum, partnering church, far-away admirer, or a random kind soul, your donation is appreciated.

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Participate & Benefit from It!

December 7th, 2017

2003 Testimonies

In past posts we touched on the benefit of pushing your physical limits to experience
growth and transformation. There are huge benefits to pushing limits and experiencing new activities that can help cultivate and strengthen your relationship with God. We welcome you to check out Solid Rock Outdoor Ministries, where we see amazing transformations happen in the lives of our students on all of our wilderness discipleship programs.

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What Do You Expect?

November 30th, 2017

What do you want out of your time on this spinning ball of blue and green? If you long to live a life devoted to Christ, filled with His affection, and on fire with his mission, then Solid Rock Outdoor Ministries is for you. All of our courses are designed to bring you into the wilderness to experience the love of the Father and to hear His voice and grow your relationship with Him. How will you hear His call during your wilderness ministry course?

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Spiritual Strength Training: In 5 Easy Steps

November 23rd, 2017

Our core focus in bringing students into the wilderness is providing a space set apart to seek the Jesus. Through daily quiet time, group discussions, group worship sessions, prayer, and devotionals, we aspire to cultivate an atmosphere of glorifying God in every part of our courses.

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Will You Help SROM by Sharing Your Story?

November 21st, 2017
“To go where you’ve never gone,  
you have to do what you’ve never done.”
You Can Help SROM by Sharing Your Story
This holiday season, Amazon will be sharing inspirational stories of non-profit organizations like SROM with their millions of Facebook followers.

These stories will focus on the work the organization is doing and how they’re using their AmazonSmile donations to help further their mission.

You can help us get the word out about SROM! Submit your story to us via email about how your life has been impacted by this ministry. We, in turn, will post it on our Facebook page.

The folks at Amazon will review the various social media posts from AmazonSmile charities like us from November 28 through December 31. They’ll choose one a day to post on their Facebook page.

And don’t forget: Select SROM as your preferred charity through AmazonSmile and we’ll receive .5% of your purchase from Amazon.
Click here to set SROM as your preferred charity.
You’re Invited on Our Ministry Leaders Course in the Spring of 2018

Are you a pastor, ministry leader, elder in your church, or a missionary? Then this course is for you!

The Ministry Leaders Course is designed for those who are pouring their lives into their communities. It’s a time to be refreshed and renewed in the wilderness.

Jesus often took himself and his disciples into wild places to meet with God. To be renewed and engage in authentic relationship with each other and with the Father. To teach and raise up leaders of the faith. To just be present.

Get away from distractions. Unplug from the busyness and demands of life. Be refreshed and renewed by the love of God, the grace of Jesus and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit and your fellow ministry leaders.
What is the Ministry Leaders Course like?

Our experienced ministry staff will take you on this 7-day Ministry Leaders Course in iconic Grand Canyon National Park.

The backpacking section will travel the North Rim of the Canyon. Because of its remote and wild setting, the North Rim is ideal for developing backpacking and backcountry leadership skills.

We’ll visit the renowned Thunder River, Tapeats Creek and Deer Creek regions. It’s truly a remarkable place to spend a week. Many outdoor enthusiasts consider this a prime “bucket list” trip.

We’ll hike from the Rim down to the Colorado River and back up to the Rim – an  elevation loss and eventual gain of over 5,000 feet.

You’ll see towering canyons, beautiful creeks and streams, abundant wildflowers, and incredible starlit skies in one of the finest wilderness areas in North America.

You’ll learn technical outdoor skills like campsite selection, backcountry cooking, reading topographic maps, and route finding. These unique wilderness experiences will create opportunities to develop both practical leadership skills and spiritual growth.

Throughout the course you’ll receive fresh perspectives, gain new insights, and grow in your relationship with the Lord. God truly uses His creation to make His invisible qualities known.
Who is the Ministry Leaders Course for?

This course is available to people 21 years and older who work in a leadership role for their church or para-church ministry.

No previous outdoor experience is needed! The only prerequisite is a willing heart and an adventurous spirit.

SROM provides all your technical and group equipment. So come as you are and be transformed and refreshed by your time with the Lord in His wilderness.

The next Ministry Leaders Course is April 26-May 4, 2018
For more details and to register visit the Course page here.
We hope to see you there!
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Solid Rock Outdoor Ministries is a premier Christ-centered deep wilderness ministry. Since 1983, SROM’s mission has been to birth and grow mature Christ-followers: sons and daughters of light who become loving and loyal disciples who make disciples of all nations.

Our programming activities include backpacking, rock climbing, back country cooking, mountaineering, alpine and back country living, and authentic community building.

SROM | Solid Rock Outdoor Ministries | 307-755-0642

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