Monthly Archives: April 2010

What’s Right With the Church?

This has been an absolute incredible year at Cowboy Fellowship and we are just getting warmed up!  We have Ranch Rodeo coming up and a huge 7th Anniversary team roping on May 1st and we are really excited about it. We will NOT be having a Saturday night service on May 1st due to the Ranch Rodeo but we will be holding service on Sunday morning as always. We have a summer full of activities planned for the children and youth, and we have some new and exciting things in the works for this fall as well.  It is an exciting time to be a part of the Body of Christ here at Cowboy Fellowship.  So this month I want to talk about what’s right with the church.  So many focus on what’s wrong with the church, but I believe that we should be talking about all the things that are right instead. Acts 9:31 says “Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee and Samaria enjoyed a time of peace. It was strengthened; and encouraged by the Holy Spirit, it grew in numbers, living in the fear of the Lord.”  I believe that this verse points out some of the main things that are right with the church here at Cowboy Fellowship.            The first thing is the church in Acts enjoyed a climate of peace.  The context of this verse is talking specifically about a decline in the physical persecution of this church from the outside.  However, peace involves much more then just the absence of persecution.  A church of peace is not void of conflict but instead deal with their differences openly, honestly, and as mature believers.  A climate of peace builds unity and places […]

I don’t like it when the Devil does this to me….

Sometimes I feel like I am the tiger and the devil is the Monkey (LOL).  Praise God, Jesus is coming soon!!!!!

Poor Example

Whatever they tell you to observe, that observe and do, but do not do according to their works; for they say, and do not do. —Matthew 23:3      A woman in Oregon was caught driving 103 miles per hour with her 10-year-old grandson in the car. When she was stopped by the police, she told them that she was only trying to teach him never to drive that fast. I suppose she wanted him to do as she said not as she did.    The Pharisees and teachers of the law seemed to have a similar problem. Jesus had a scathing assessment of them: They were spiritually bankrupt. He held these two groups directly responsible for this sad spiritual condition. As the successors of the lawgiver Moses, they were responsible for expounding the law so that people would walk in God’s ways and have a genuine and vibrant relationship with the Lord (Deut. 10:12-13). But their personal interpretation and application of the law became more important than God’s law. They did not practice what they preached. What they did observe was done not to bring glory to God but to honor themselves. Jesus exposed who they were—image managers, posers, and hypocrites.     The test of the effectiveness of following Jesus is not just in what we say but in how we live. Are we telling others God’s Word and doing what it says? Let’s model by words and actions what it means to follow Him.  — Marvin Williams Christians, remember you bear His dear name,Your lives are for others to view;You are living examples—men praise you or blame,And measure your Savior by you. —Anon. A good example preaches a powerful sermon. This was taken from Our Daily Bread […]

God’s Name

In our English language we sometimes lose sight of the more detailed and significant points in scripture because our language simply does not express certain thoughts and ideas the way the Hebrew and Greek languages do. As a result, many Christians are surprised to learn that the word we translate for God many times in the Bible actually comes from many different and more descriptive terms in the original languages. One of the most misunderstood names for God is also one of the most well known and most frequently used words for God in the Bible, Elohim. This word can be found 2,602 times in the Old Testament. It is used thirty-two times in Genesis chapter one alone. When I first started studying Hebrew my professor assigned me the task of translating Genesis chapter one over several weeks. I was stunned when I reached the third word in the Hebrew Bible (Elohim). This word stunned me because it was plural (Gods). After taking a second look and confirming that it was indeed plural, I thought, “How cool is that? God was telling us right here that the trinity took part in creation.” However, as I studied the Hebrew language more, I came to understand that this was not the reason for the name of God being plural. Because it is almost always without exception used in the plural throughout the Bible. To understand this difficult concept we must first remember that there is a difference in all languages between the form and sense of words. For example, think about the English word “put” for a moment. In form it is simply made up of one syllable and three letters. But in sense it can be […]

Castro’s on Mission

Hey everyone I want to encourage you to take a few minutes and use the link below to see what the Castro’s are doing. They are missionaries that we support. Currently they are doing their language training in Costa Rica but will soon be heading off to Ecuador. Please continue to pray for them. Pete

Living A Life Of Purpose

When you look at the lives of the great men and women of the Bible we see lives that were clearly lived on purpose for God. What was their secret? How did they do it? The answer is surprisingly simple. Living a life of purpose comes down to perspective, priorities, and practice.The Apostle Paul said, “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13 NIV). This is a great example of the perspective that comes with a life of purpose. Those who whine, complain, and are constantly negative, seldom find fulfillment and purpose in their lives. Without the right perspective a life of purpose is impossible.Paul also had the right priorities. He made Christ the center of his world. People of purpose awake each day with the desire and hope of pleasing God at the center of their lives. Many places in the New Testament we see that Paul’s only priority was Christ and as a result he lived a life of great purpose. If your goal is pleasing yourself, your boss, your coach, your parents, or any other human, you will find living a purposeful life always on the tips of your fingers but never firmly in the grasp of your hands. Colossians 1:10 (NIV) says: “And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way.” That must be our goal in all we do. We must strive to please God in everyway! That makes life so much simpler and puts a life of purpose in reach for us all. Jesus explained this principle in Matthew 6:33 (NIV), “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all […]

Easier to say…

Have you ever noticed that some things are just easier to say? Or maybe I should state it differently, some things are easier to say than they are to do. For example, it’s relatively easy to say “I love you” but consistently producing the actions that show you love someone is far more difficult. This becomes even more difficult when we attempt to love our enemies as the Lord commands. Or how about saying, “I forgive you?” Have you ever said that but deep down found it impossible to actually do? Some things are easier to say then they are to do for sure.Recently my wife and I found ourselves in such a situation. It was scary, uncomfortable, and challenging, to say the least. All that the entire situation required was trust in God, which should be relatively easy right? We had no other choice but to trust in Him. There was nothing anyone could do, it was all up to God. What I discovered was that it was easy to say but much harder to do. One of the verses I had recently memorized was Matthew 6:33-34. Matthew 6:33-34 (NIV) But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. I cannot count the number of times I said that verse out loud or prayed over it during my alone time with the Lord. While I found it easier to say then to actually do, honestly I was able to do it. Surprisingly, as I studied scripture and prayed to the Lord, I found […]

Since Easter

Hey everyone I know the blog has been empty the last two weeks but to be honest we have just not had the time. With BOOST then Easter it’s just been one of those crazy times. I want to congratulate those of you who stayed with us through the New Testament campaign, it was an amazing experience. Even with Ranch Rodeo coming up expect to see more action here on the blog. Pete

Day 39 ~ Revelation 8-15

These passages seem filled with news of destruction. Yet, John sees a sign in heaven that finally reveals a glimmer of hope. In this sign, the dragon, who is Satan, is described as having incredible might. He is so strong that he is able to sweep stars out of the sky. Yet, Satan’s abilities prove to be worthless against the strength of Jesus. As war breaks out in heaven among the angels and Satan, victory belongs to Christ and His angels. We have hope in this life only through the saving grace of Jesus. Salvation has come to the people of God here in this passage through the crushing of Satan. No longer are they deceived by Satan, because God will ultimately be triumphant. Through Jesus’ blood, Satan is conquered. When Christ returns, Satan will be ultimately defeated. In this life, we must continue to stand firm against the devil. He will tempt us in every way he is able. Yet, what an incredible hope we have in Jesus! We do not have to fear the power of Satan, because we know that Christ will reign victorious! Let us all look forward to that day when Christ returns! Adam Shelburne

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