30 Jun


RMCNews with Rick Mautz – Denver, Colorado … Dr. Timothy Arnott will be joining the Rocky Mountain Lifestyle Center staff in mid-July.

A board-certified family practice physician and a founding member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, Arnott is licensed to practice in Colorado and Wyoming and will soon be licensed in New Mexico.

With the addition of Arnott to the staff, individuals will have the option of lifestyle medicine advice from a certified physician. In-person appointments will be available as well as telemedicine appointments.

Arnott is passionate about helping individuals regain health through nutrition, exercise, and other lifestyle changes.

He obtained his medical degree at Loma Linda School of Medicine in Loma Linda, California after which he completed his residency training in family practice at Hinsdale Hospital in Illinois. During that time, he also presented health lectures in Poland, Russia, and Serbia.

Most recently, he was practicing at an Adventist clinic in Tamuning, Guam, having moved to Guam after a wildfire destroyed his home in Paradise, California.

​​Arnott’s hobbies include exploring the outdoors and writing. He authored the book Dr. Arnott’s 24 Realistic Ways to Improve Your Health which is available in both Spanish and English.

He and his wife have three daughters and the family enjoys going on mission trips together.

Rick Mautz, director of the Rocky Mountain Lifestyle Center is looking forward to working alongside Arnott. “Most of today’s chronic diseases,” says Mautz, “have lifestyle as their cause, so lifestyle is also their cure.” Let Dr. Arnott review your medical history, labs, and medication, and work with you to design a lifestyle that will bring you the health you deserve. Although he will not take the place of your primary health care provider, he will serve as a specialist to complement your current medical care.”

For more information on how to schedule an appointment with Dr Arnott call the Rocky Mountain Lifestyle Center at 303-282-3676.

— RMCNews with Rick Mautz who is director of Rocky Mountain Lifestyle Center; photo supplied

30 Jun


By‌ ‌Rachel‌ ‌Williams‌ ‌–‌ ‌Grand‌ ‌Junction,‌ ‌Colorado…‌ ‌“This‌ ‌last‌ ‌lay pastor‌ ‌training‌ ‌session‌ ‌was‌ ‌a‌ ‌very‌ ‌rich‌ ‌experience,”‌ ‌Patrick‌ ‌Williams,‌ ‌lay‌ ‌pastor‌ ‌training‌ ‌attendee‌ ‌said.‌ ‌

‌Evangelism‌ ‌and‌ ‌the‌ ‌Sabbath‌ ‌were‌ ‌the‌ ‌main‌ ‌topics‌ ‌at‌ ‌the‌ ‌Western‌ ‌Slope‌ ‌lay‌ ‌pastor‌ ‌training‌ ‌held‌ in‌ ‌May.‌ ‌

‌Twenty-two ‌individuals,‌ ‌including‌ ‌a‌ ‌new‌ ‌attendee,‌ ‌gathered‌ ‌at‌ ‌the‌ ‌Grand‌ ‌Junction‌ ‌Adventist‌ ‌Church‌ ‌to‌ continue‌ ‌their‌ ‌training‌ ‌to‌ ‌become‌ ‌lay‌ ‌pastors.‌ ‌

The‌ ‌weekend‌ ‌of‌ ‌training‌ ‌began‌ ‌with‌ ‌Matt‌ ‌Hasty,‌ ‌RMC‌ ‌literature‌ ‌ministries‌ ‌director,‌ ‌and‌ ‌Robert‌ ‌Koorenny,‌ ‌associate‌ ‌director‌ ‌of‌ ‌public‌ ‌relations‌ ‌at‌ ‌the‌ ‌Voice‌ ‌of‌ ‌Prophecy,‌ ‌leading‌ ‌out‌ ‌in‌ ‌discussions‌ ‌on‌ ‌how‌ ‌to‌ ‌conduct‌ ‌successful‌ ‌literature‌ ‌evangelism.‌ ‌

Hasty’s‌ ‌presentation‌ ‌was‌ ‌on‌ ‌how‌ ‌literature‌ ‌evangelism‌ ‌was‌ ‌a‌ ‌huge‌ ‌part‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌rapid‌ ‌growth‌ ‌in‌ the‌ ‌early‌ ‌Seventh‌-day‌ ‌Adventist‌ ‌Church,‌ ‌and‌ ‌how‌ ‌it‌ ‌is‌ ‌still‌ ‌being‌ ‌used‌ ‌today.‌ ‌The‌ ‌group‌ ‌also‌ ‌learned‌ ‌that‌ ‌literature‌ ‌would‌ ‌be‌ ‌a‌ ‌big‌ ‌factor‌ ‌in‌ ‌finishing‌ ‌the‌ ‌end‌-‌time‌ ‌work.‌ ‌

‌Following‌  ‌Hasty’s‌ ‌presentation,‌ ‌Koorenny‌ talked about GLOW ‌Ministries‌ ‌and‌ ‌shared several‌ ‌inspiring‌ ‌stories‌ ‌of‌ ‌people‌ who ‌had‌ ‌been‌ ‌led‌ ‌to‌ ‌Jesus‌ ‌and‌ ‌given‌ ‌hope‌ ‌after‌ ‌reading‌ ‌a‌ ‌Glow‌ ‌tract.‌ ‌

‌The‌ ‌training‌ ‌on‌ ‌literature‌ ‌evangelism‌ ‌ended‌ ‌with‌ ‌Hasty‌ ‌and‌ ‌Koorenny‌ ‌sharing‌‌ ‌practical‌ ‌ways‌ ‌to‌ ‌be‌ ‌non-intrusive‌ ‌and‌ ‌friendly‌ ‌while‌ ‌handing‌ ‌out‌ ‌literature.‌ ‌

‌The‌ ‌gathering‌ ‌continued‌ ‌on‌ ‌Sabbath‌ ‌and‌ ‌Sunday‌ ‌morning‌ ‌with‌ ‌Nate‌ ‌Skaife,‌ ‌pastor‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌Grand‌ ‌Junction‌ ‌church,‌ ‌leading‌ ‌an‌ ‌in-depth‌ ‌study‌ ‌and‌ ‌discussion‌ ‌on‌ ‌the‌ ‌Sabbath,‌ ‌which‌ ‌began‌ ‌with‌ ‌reviewing‌ ‌the‌ ‌creation‌ ‌account‌ ‌and‌ ‌how‌ ‌the‌ ‌Sabbath‌ ‌was‌ ‌instituted.‌ ‌

‌The‌ ‌discussion‌ ‌continued‌ by discussing‌ ‌how‌ ‌different‌ ‌churches‌ ‌view‌ ‌the‌ ‌Sabbath‌ ‌and‌ ‌how‌ ‌those‌ ‌views‌ ‌either‌ ‌do ‌or‌ ‌do not‌ ‌match‌ ‌the‌ ‌Bible‌ ‌view.‌ ‌

‌The‌ ‌group‌ ‌concluded‌ ‌their‌ ‌study‌ ‌on‌ ‌the‌ ‌Sabbath‌ ‌examining‌ ‌how‌ ‌the‌ ‌Bible‌ ‌shows‌ ‌the‌ ‌Sabbath‌ ‌to‌ ‌be‌ ‌a‌ ‌day‌ ‌of‌ ‌relationship‌ ‌and‌ ‌the‌ ‌importance‌ ‌of‌ ‌keeping‌ ‌the‌ ‌Sabbath‌ ‌the‌ ‌way‌ ‌it‌ ‌was‌ ‌meant‌ ‌to‌ ‌be kept.‌ ‌ ‌

‌Recalling‌ ‌the‌ ‌weekend,‌ ‌Williams‌ ‌commented‌ ‌“We‌ ‌were‌ ‌blessed‌ ‌with‌ ‌the‌ ‌enthusiastic‌ ‌presentation‌ on the‌ ‌potential‌ ‌for‌ ‌the‌ ‌literature‌ ‌ministry‌ ‌to‌ ‌play‌ ‌a‌ ‌significant‌ ‌part‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌closing‌ ‌work;‌ ‌emphasis‌ ‌was‌ ‌placed especially‌ ‌on‌ ‌the‌ ‌Glow‌ ‌tract‌ ‌ministry.‌ ‌We‌ ‌then‌ ‌dove‌ ‌very,‌ ‌very‌ ‌deeply‌ into‌ ‌the‌ ‌Sabbath‌ ‌and‌ ‌we‌ ‌learned‌ ‌that‌ ‌the‌ ‌Lord’s‌ ‌Day‌ ‌is‌ ‌far‌ ‌more‌ ‌beautiful‌ ‌and‌ ‌special‌ ‌than‌ ‌we‌ realize.‌ ‌It‌ ‌really‌ ‌got‌ ‌us‌ ‌thinking‌ ‌about‌ ‌and‌ ‌sharing‌ ‌how‌ ‌we‌ ‌can‌ ‌keep‌ ‌it‌ ‌truly‌ ‌holy.”‌ ‌

‌The‌ ‌Denver‌ ‌cohort‌ ‌training‌ ‌was‌ ‌held‌ ‌earlier‌ ‌in‌ ‌June‌ ‌where‌ ‌17‌ ‌individuals‌ ‌were‌ ‌trained‌ ‌on‌ ‌the‌ ‌same‌ ‌topics.‌ ‌The‌ ‌next‌ ‌session‌ ‌will‌ ‌be‌ ‌held‌ ‌in‌ ‌September.‌ ‌

–Rachel Williams is member of the Cedaredge Adventist Church; photos supplied

30 Jun

Love People into Your Church

By David B. Franklin … Bruce was missing for several weeks. Given the volatile nature of living on the streets of Baltimore, we were concerned but prayed for the best. After we had searched for him for a few months, one Saturday morning, Bruce returned to our hot-meal program. However, this time he was not looking to receive a meal; he had a story to tell. To our delight, Bruce had not become a victim of the harsh realities of homelessness in Baltimore. He was working hard to pull the pieces of his life together. In just a few short months, Bruce had managed to find a job and secure transitional housing. He was preparing to move into his own apartment a few days after we reconnected. It was such a joy to see such a quick transition. He was excited about his future and motivated to keep reaching for his goals.

Bruce, however, was not satisfied with his progress. He said, “It’s not enough for me to succeed; I want everyone down here to succeed.” He continued, “Pastor, they appreciate you, but they really listen to me.” That day, Bruce did not return for food; he returned for friendship. He was committed to his friends and wanted to do everything in his power to help them experience the progress he experienced.

Bruce exemplified the message Jesus shares in the parable of the lost sheep (Matthew 18:12–14; Luke 15:3–7). In the parable, Jesus illustrates the value of an individual. The shepherd leaves the fold to search for one sheep who is lost. In a similar manner, Bruce left the comforts of his new life to find his friends and show them how to experience a new reality. He was willing to make sacrifices, forgo comfort, and spend time reaching his friends. We learned several lessons from Bruce that day. However, the most important was that real relationships require active responsibility. This simple lesson has shaped the way we do ministry at Miracle City Church.

100K Touches campaign

In 2016, Miracle City Church embarked on a campaign called 100K Touches. We committed to reaching our community with 100,000 acts of service within a year. We divided our projects into six categories: homelessness, education, food, insecurity, economic development, and temporary crisis. Beginning in January, we invited members to serve. They could either sign up to serve for projects throughout the week or join us on Saturday mornings for our Big Serve Days. On Big Serve Days, members gathered at eight o’clock in the morning for a simple breakfast and a brief time of prayer and worship. Afterward, project teams huddled together for instructions and then deployed to locations all over the city. Some packed food for sick patients, others entered laundromats to surprise patrons with free loads of laundry, others visited local schools to refresh libraries and hallways, and still others participated in our hot meals for the homeless program.

During this year, through partnership with local nonprofit organizations and the creativity of members in our congregation, we hosted job fairs, painted schools, cleaned up parks, launched an after-school program, provided fresh produce from Whole Foods to residents, supported literacy programs, started a community garden, visited nursing homes, and so much more. As a result, by the grace of God, we completed 127,569 touches, exceeding our goal in only eight months.

The importance of this initiative for our congregation is hard to overstate. Our congregation began to view church less as an event and more as a community. We began to see our worship experience as a place to share stories of victory, pray with one another, and “refuel” to go out and serve others. We also learned that making a sustainable impact would require a different approach. In many ways, Bruce had shared all we needed to know, but it took some time to unpack the lessons his example provided. However, after several conversations and some sincere prayer, we discovered a better way forward. The rest of this section will be devoted to sharing some principles we learned on how to engage effectively in community outreach through developing loving relationships.


All effective community outreach begins with relationships built upon mutual love and respect. The word mutual is important. Relationships are meant to be a two-way street, to maintain a balance of give-and-take that is fueled by mutual responsibility. As a church family, Miracle City did not always take this approach to community outreach; however, Bruce showed us a better way.

Bruce returned to the hot-meal program to find his friends because of the relationships he had established with them. His friends were there with him during tough times, and now he felt a responsibility to help them during their rough times. He loved his friends, and they loved him as well. Their mutual love gave Bruce the unique ability to reach them in ways that we could not. In fact, their mutuality was the key ingredient that allowed Bruce’s friends to listen, learn, and, ultimately, change. One of the greatest barriers to effective community outreach is that we fail to develop relationships built upon mutuality.

Let us return for a moment to the parable of the lost sheep. If we consider our place in that story, we must acknowledge we have all been the lost sheep. However, sometimes in our genuine effort to follow the example of the Chief Shepherd, we can forget that we are all sheep. This thinking can inadvertently produce a superior-inferior relational construct between the church members and the community members. When this happens, church members often see community members as a project and not as partners. In addition, community members could see church members as manipulative, invaders, or, even worse, destructive. All of this works against effective ministry to those in our communities.

If we are going to minister to our communities effectively, we must build relationships full of mutual love and respect. It will require us to accept that we not only have something to give but also have much we need to receive. Churches must learn to listen to community members in order to understand not only their needs but also their strengths. Every community has strengths that can be empowered to assist community members in identifying solutions to the challenges that exist in their community. However, churches never learn of these strengths without entering into balanced relationships in which both the church and the community see that they have something to give and something to receive. When we have relationships built upon our mutuality, we open the door to engaging effectively in community outreach in a way that grows our churches and strengthens the community at the same time. Maybe even more important, our church members will begin to see that baptism and community building all qualify as kingdom building.

It is important to build relationships with various groups in our communities:

• Residents
• Students
• Community association members and leaders
• School principals
• Community center directors and staff
• After-school program directors
• Local business owners
• City council members


Initially, the 100K Touches campaign helped our church develop a good reputation in the community. However, it fell short of building deep relationships with the community members, primarily because we unintentionally structured our outreach for people to receive assistance but not to build relationships.

So, was all of the effort wasted? Not at all. During the 100K Touches campaign, we realized we had stumbled upon a formula for building relationships within communities. When a church is unknown to the surrounding neighborhood, it must build a reputation that allows the community to begin trusting the church. Service projects that meet temporary needs are one way to build the reputation of the church, which in turn opens the door to establishing relationships with community members. However, members of the church must be keenly aware that the goal of the service project is not to give out the most sandwiches, blankets, coats, or other items. The goal is to create space for relationships to grow. Members of the congregation must give attention to more than packing bags and filling baskets. Instead, members must take a genuine interest in the lives of those who are coming to receive assistance. Service projects are just one way to build the reputation of the church. Other programs could provide the same level of interest or visibility. The goal is to create space for church members and community members to connect.

To assist our church members with understanding this principle of out- reach, we adopted a term as our guiding philosophy—disinterested benevolence. In our use of the term, disinterested benevolence simply means to do good for the sake of doing good without expecting anything in return. We rehearsed this term and its meaning at every outreach meeting. Before every Big Serve Day, we posted it on the Serve page of our website and shared it during our worship experiences. We wanted to prioritize the people over the projects and ensure that members of the community did not feel that our outreach was just a tool to rope them into attending a Bible study or church service. We knew that to build trust, there must be no strings attached so that genuine love could drive all of our trust-building work.

–David B. Franklin is the lead pastor of Miracle City Seventh-day Adventist Church in Baltimore, Maryland; photo by UnSplash

This article is an excerpt from the newly available book Multiply and was originally published on the NAD ministerial association website.

29 Jun


By Ron Price — On occasion, I have had the privilege of coaching couples through difficult stretches in their marriage. After a recent coaching session, I received an email containing what you are about to read. I was impressed with it and asked permission to share it with you. Obviously, permission was granted. I took the liberty to change the name of the husband, but little else. By the way, I do not personally know anyone named Buford, but it has long been my favorite substitute name for a person I do not wish to identify.

When Buford and I first got together, he had a plant that his last partner had abused. So, I took the plant and nursed it back to life. Like our relationship, it was growing and producing new leaves and vines. But, after a while, it started not to look so good and was droopy. So, I clipped some of the dead leaves and vines – the stuff on the surface that I could see.

It continued to die. I then decided I needed to check it out further to get to the root of the problem (pun intended). I soon discovered the plant was waterlogged. The pot was not allowing for the old water to drain.

Buford suggested that we get a bigger pot and replant it. So, we moved the sickly plant from the little pot to a new, larger one. But we had not addressed the previous damage from having been waterlogged. The plant continued to die.

Buford said, “it’s dead; throw it away.” I told him I based our marriage on how the plant is doing and that I was determined to save it. He said the plant had nothing to do with our marriage, that it was dead, and we should just throw it away.

I looked him in the eyes and told him, “I am going to save that plant, and you are going to see what I mean.” So, I took what was left of the very sickly vines and put them in a mason jar. Little by little, it started to grow roots. It was sitting on the window sill, neglected and pretty much forgotten. It was not getting any attention, and the water was almost gone.

At this point, Buford and I separated, and it brought me back to the plant. I clipped it and added some freshwater. I started babying it – giving it the attention it needed. Buford and I started marriage counseling. We started working on our “root” problems and let the old water (bad feelings) drain out of our pot. Our plant had good roots now and was ready to repot. Buford wanted us to put the plant in the big pot immediately, but I explained to him that it needed to grow and strengthen before it was ready for the big pot.

You see, this plant needed to be nursed to a point where it was able to withstand another shock to its root system. So, I repotted the plant back into a smaller pot where it was contained and held close so that it was comfortable and able to produce more roots.

If we forget about this plant or only look at the surface, we could risk losing it once and for all. Right now, the little plant looks amazing. It is bright and growing new leaves.

You see, this plant had problems of its own before it became mine, as did my husband and myself. If we work together to fix our marriage as we fix this plant, we too will grow new roots and leaves. One day we will be ready and comfortable to move into a larger pot. Some things take time, patience, love, and attention. God is helping us grow new roots and reminding us to let the old water drain and not hold onto the things that will continue to cause harm.

 I hope you enjoyed the sentiment expressed in this message. While not all marriages can, or should be, saved, I do believe many could succeed with some effort, attention, and help. What say you?

— Ron Price MA writes a regular column on www.RonPrice.com.  He is the owner/operator of Productive Outcomes, Inc., and has spent the last 30+ years as a mediator, helping people resolve their differences with others. He provides in-person and virtual training on a variety of life skills. He is a member of Piñon Hills Seventh-day Adventist Church in Farmington, New Mexico and a member of the RMC Executive Committee. For more information, visit www.RonPrice.com. To add your name to his weekly mailing list, please send him an email at [email protected]. Photo by Unsplash

This article was reprinted with permission

29 Jun


RMCNews with John Boone – Ward, Colorado … Explore campers ended their June 20-25 week at Glacier View Ranch with memories of an abundance of fun.

The camp staff hosted 75 Explore campers (ages 8-10) and will long remember providing a ministry to one of the campers for which GVR is known. Ashley Halvorson, girls’ counselor and Arts & Crafts director, enthused, “I taught one of my campers how to pray for the first time.”

But not all news is positive.

Late on Saturday, June 26, camp organizers received a report that an Explore camper had tested positive for COVID-19 after arriving home.

“Our hearts ache for the affected camper and their family. You are in our prayers,” said John Boone, GVR’s camp PR and marketing intern. Following the report, the COVID-19 Protocol Action Plan from Boulder County Public Health was enacted. It put several staff members on a seven-day quarantine.

The impact the quarantined staff would have on the program was reviewed and after taking into consideration the poor weather forecast for the following week, with temperatures in the 40s and 50s coupled with rain every day, the staff decided, according to Boone, that “it was in the best interest of our campers to cancel Adventure week for ages 10-12. Unfortunately, the GVR facility is not equipped to facilitate a “best summer ever” experience indoors while also upholding the COVID policy.

Parents were notified of the cancellation of Adventure Camp early Sunday morning. “Thank you for all the thoughtful decisions you have made,” said one parent. Rachel New, mother of one of the disappointed campers commented, “Prayers for the exposed, sick, fearful, and all the children who miss out on camp this summer.”

The organizers are grateful to camper families for understanding the difficulty of this decision and to our staff for taking it in stride. Ignite camp for ages 12-14, starting July 4, is still on and the staff is excited to see GVR camp become Fully Alive again on that date!

To learn more about the spots available in future weeks of camp, check out our website at: RMCYouth.org/camp

–RMCNews with John Boone who is GVR’s camp PR and marketing intern; photo supplied

29 Jun


By MHA News – Highlands Ranch, Colorado … Even though the corridors and classrooms of Mile High Academy are quiet for the summer, the sports fields and gymnasium aren’t.  Creating ways for families and students to connect during the break is in full swing.

MHA administrators and teachers know how important fellowship and normalcy is to youth and young adult lives post-pandemic.

“Our kids really suffered due to all the COVID restrictions,” Walter Weber, middle school teacher said. “It’s fun seeing our students and [their] families laughing and enjoying events and evenings together. It feels more ‘normal,’ and [is] another example of the resiliency of our community.”

For the elementary school students, the weekly pick-up baseball games are a great way to connect and fellowship. For the middle-school students, two recent events provided the togetherness that many students have been longing for.

The first event was a week-long basketball clinic for the middle-school girls. They were coached through various skill drills, including general basketball etiquette, dribbling, passing, and learning how to work together as a team. Both current and former Mustang basketball players came together to help the 22 girls improve their skills on the court.

Why hold a basketball clinic? For Weber, the answer was simple. They are trying to give the girls what they missed during the school year–sports.

“The middle schoolers really felt the effects of the pandemic, which included not being able to have a basketball season last year. I wanted to give the girls an opportunity to come together for a few days to have fun, get refreshed on their basketball skills so they’re ready for the upcoming season, and just enjoy some time with their friends,” Walter commented.

The other opportunity for the students to grow together had to be adjusted because of the weather, but the students were still happy to be with their friends. The initial plan was to converge at the Chatfield Reservoir swim beach on Friday, June 25 for paddle boarding, swimming, a scavenger hunt, hot dog supper and vespers. However, since the event was postponed to Sunday because of rainy weather, and the weather was still not cooperating, the gathering transitioned into an open-gym night with volleyball, basketball and pizza for the 60 who had assembled.

“It was fun to see everyone. While I was bummed, we couldn’t be at the lake, Mr. Weber and Mrs. Hernández still made it a fun evening to be with my friends,” Logen, seventh-grader said.

Besides the weekly Monday baseball pick-up games for third through fifth-grades, the next event will be an high school evening at the MHA soccer field on July 12.

–MHA News; photos supplied

24 Jun


By Alise Weber … I like to pray as I walk. Two years ago, I was keeping a brisk pace on one of the nature trails by our home and praying to God about a particularly troubling situation my husband and I were dealing with. It had been a long week and there didn’t seem to be a respite from the hardship we were facing. In desperation, I prayed, “God, please have someone call me that will cheer me up.”  I continued my walk, almost forgetting about my prayer.

Suddenly my phone rang and I had one of those perfect moments when I knew that God had answered my prayer. The person calling was a good friend who normally didn’t call on a Saturday afternoon. We spoke and my friend offered just the right encouragement for my troubled heart. Before we hung up, I said, “You know, right before you called, I prayed that someone would call to cheer me up.”  Without missing a beat, my friend replied, “Every day I pray that God will use me to bless someone else.”

My friend’s response may seem simple enough, but how many of us actually take time to pray that God will use us to minister to others, to share Christ’s love, or further the Kingdom of God each day? When I think about the motivation behind my friend’s prayer, I can’t help but think of all the opportunities that exist if we simply open ourselves up to be used by God daily.

Summertime is upon us, which means summer vacations, pool days, backyard barbecues, and road trips. While we are all relishing in a more normal summer, we are also emerging from a pandemic where people have experienced loss by the handfuls and have gotten used to being apart from one another. Perhaps there is no better time to pray the prayer my friend requests daily, “God please use me to bless someone today.” I think people are hungry to reconnect, to be prayed for, and to hear the good news of Jesus Christ. Your church may have members you haven’t seen since the pandemic started. It’s time to let them know they are missed and that their church family wants to see them again.

Jesus often sought out people who were on the fringes–Zacchaeus, the Samaritan woman at the well, Matthew, the tax collector, and the cripple at the pool of Bethesda. It would have been easy to ignore them, as everyone else did, but Jesus knew how important they were to our heavenly Father. Precious.

It says in Matthew 5:13-16 “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”

I would like to challenge all of us to begin each day praying that simple prayer, “God please use me to bless someone today.”  This may be your best summer yet!

–Alise Weber is pastor of families and children at Littleton Adventist church; photo by UnSplash

24 Jun


By RMCNews – Arvada, Colorado … On June 22, an Arvada police officer was shot and killed in the line of duty.

The church sign, expressing support and prayer for the officer, the officer’s family, the Arvada police, and the community said simply, “Praying for the Arvada PD.”

Pastor Gordon Anic recounts an interaction with a community member while he was putting up the sign. “Some guy [who] was jogging by [the church], stopped and said, ‘Thank you for putting that up, I work for the Arvada police department as a cop.’”

A church member attending the Arvada congregation described the tragedy as not only affecting the community, but the church also. “Our hearts are joined with the grieving families who lost their loved ones in the shooting at Olde Towne Arvada. Our community has suffered a great blow in the loss of innocent people,” Patricia Armijo, said. According to media reports, the shooting took lives of three people, the officer, a passer-by, and the shooter.

Members of the Arvada church continue to pray for healing in the community after this tragic event.

–RMCNews; photo by Miloš Tomic

24 Jun


RMCNews with Agape Hammond – Parker, Colorado … Newday Adventist church has a four part mission that includes inviting, connecting, growing, and serving. By strongly focusing on family and our youth we are creating connections that will grow into eternity.

Preschool through 5th grade students at Newday meet on the first Sabbath of every month for a special service called KIDVENTURE. Guided by middle and high school students, the groups, divided by age, go through interactive stations learning about Jesus and His love for them.

In the month of May, Newday saw the return of the NXTGEN teen ministry to morning worship. Every Sabbath at 10, they meet in groups on what is known as “The Hill,” which is a grassy area located on the church campus. The youth participate in discussions that include their spiritual walk and life’s important issues that affect them now.

However, it’s not only Sabbath mornings that keep families of Newday engaged. Every month, Kid’s and NEXTGEN ministries host a family day. Recently, families gathered at Top Golf for two hours of golfing and brunching.

“The church and the family have an opportunity to create a network of spaces for our children to grow in their faith,” commented Anika Engelkemeir, kids’ and students’ pastor.

This focus on families aims to instill a Christian lifestyle as church members connect with the community, advancing the work of discipleship outside of weekly church gatherings.

–RMCNews with Agape Hammond is director of social media and communication at Newday; photos supplied

23 Jun


By Doug Inglish … Okay, I’m human. We all have things in common, and competition is certainly a big one. It doesn’t have to be in sports or games, either. It could be school, business, even yardwork (“Did you see the new landscaping across the street? We better put up that pergola we’ve been talking about before everyone starts talking!”) can become a competition.

In fact, it’s almost hard not to get competitive. Back in ancient times when we did door-to-door Ingathering (ask someone who’s been in the church for fifty years; they remember), we always knew at the end of the evening who brought in how much. If we had just emptied our collection cans into a big pile and counted up a single total, not one less dime would have gone to disaster relief work, but I’ll bet none of you can think of a church that did it that way. No, everybody counted up their own collections, and it got recorded by your name, and then we added them all together. So yes, competition is practically built into even noble endeavors.

Competition can bring out our worst characteristics if we don’t keep an eye on ourselves. A win-at-all-costs attitude can lead you to cheat, lose perspective on what matters, or do other things that you later regret.

So, here’s an idea for how to avoid being competitive in situations that should not be a contest: Rejoice when someone else is doing well, no matter how you are doing. If your neighbor’s flower garden is doing well, be happy for them, and fix up your yard for your own reasons rather than trying to keep up with them.

I make a lot of calls to leaders in other conferences, and one topic of frequent comment among us is how tithe is doing. Well, as you are no doubt aware, it’s going well in RMC. Five months in and we have double digit increases. That’s reason to rejoice! When I am on the phone with another conference and tithe comes up, I’m happy to share, because it’s good news.

You know what else is good news? Brace yourselves: When it comes to tithe increases in 2021, comparatively the Rocky Mountain Conference is about in the middle of the pack. And very often I find myself rejoicing over the gains in another conference, as they rejoice with me over our good news.

In fact, if the increase that we have right now was dead last in the division, that would still be cause for rejoicing. It would mean that we wouldn’t have any less because of the gains elsewhere, and that people in other places were also being faithful. I would be happier still if we had double or triple our current increase and still came in behind every other conference.

I love the fact that, at present, a 14% gain is not the best in the North American Division–I’ve seen times when no conference had as much as a 5% increase–because I know the Lord doesn’t have a money problem, but numbers like we see right now indicate that our people don’t have a selfishness problem. And why would it make me happy if other places were struggling? That response would only make sense if tithe increase was a competition among the conferences.

But it isn’t. Thank the Lord for that. And thank Him that we have faithful people, as there are in other places.

–Doug Inglish is RMC vice president for administration and stewardship director.

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