County Seat: Castle Rock.
This beautiful day in August brought us to the amazing town of Castle Rock, Colorado- the County Seat of Douglas County. This awesome place is comfortably nestled at the foot of the glorious Rocky Mountain Range, between Colorado Springs and Denver. Our place of worship and dedication today was at The Rock Church, where the 400 Gathering meets quarterly. At this 400 Gathering, church leaders and lovers of Jesus come together from around the state, seeking God’s presence in worship and prayer and in expectation for the Holy Spirit move on the Church in unity and boldness. We have been privileged to attend this gathering and once again, were to join faithful intercessors to take ground for the Kingdom of God.
We were again in good company as we gathered here before the Lord under “The Big Tent”. This is not only a beautiful “corner” of Colorado, but there are also some very beautiful people here we have grown to love. Tony, myself and Melody who is our faithful team sister, met with Pastors Mike Polhemus and Marcus Meier, and our Ron Olin who leads us as we work with Colorado Prays. Paster Mike changed his schedule around for this time with us, as he was very excited about claiming this land for the Lord. He also stated that this prayer meeting with us was a confirmation to him from the Lord for all the plans, purposes and ministry that God has shown The Rock Church that He will do on this property. It was an exciting time to be praying over this place!
Lord God, we believe that we are standing on Holy Ground. As we consecrate once again this Church, this county and this state for You, we turn our hearts to the communion table. Oh God, You poured out Your blood for Your bride, that all may come to salvation through knowing You. You took the beatings, the abuse and the pain, and all the blood You poured out was so we could be free. “There is no greater love than this, that a man would give his life for a friend.” (John 15:13). ” I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep.” (John 10:11). Isaiah says that You bore our griefs and carried our sorrows, and it was because of Your sacrifice that we are healed. (Isaiah 53:3-6). Oh God, we do not deserve what You freely give us, but we are so grateful. We remember the sacrifice You made so we could forever belong to You.
As we remember, we place these symbols in the land. Beginning with a small opening in the earth where we place our offerings, we begin with the altar (a small flat stone and 7 small sticks “arranged” on the stone). This reminds us of the story of Elijah and the prophets of Baal. We call down fire from heaven first on our own hearts, then on those of our brothers and sisters here with us, on this Church, on our county and state, and on our great nation. May America once again be “One Nation Under God” with the fire from YOU burning in our hearts! Next, we place on our little “alter” a small chain link as we ask for Your church to be one with You as Jesus prayed for unity. We place our mustard seeds into the ground and ask that faith would grow, and we throw a handful of mustard seeds into the wind, asking that You will carry faith as a mustard seed across our state and our nation! Last before communion, we pour water over the offering as Elijah did, to show Your great power when You sent Your fire from heaven! Thank You for the water of Your Word on our hearts and lives, and the cleansing it brings! As we share the elements of communion and place them symbolically into the ground, Your Word from Jeremiah 10:6-7 rings true in our ears and in our hearts. “There is none like You, Oh Lord; You are great, and great is Your name in might! Who would not fear You, Oh King of the nations? Indeed it is Your due! For among all the wise men of the nations, and in all their kingdoms, THERE IS NONE LIKE YOU.”
After a sweet time of communion and prayer, we anointed the ground with olive oil and sealed our offerings with worship. It was so sweet to do this in a place that is the future location of many ministries and plans of the Lord. It was a joy to be with these ones who are faithful servants and love You with all their hearts. We worshiped under the big tent behind the church, a place of fellowship, unity and power. Thank You, Lord, for this time with these brothers and sisters who share our hearts for worship and being in Your Presence. We just come before You today and claim this land for Your Glory. Thank You for making a way for us!
THERE IS TRULY, TRULY, NONE LIKE YOU!