Monthly Archives: September 2010

it makes a differance

Hey everyone I have not posted in a while. I found a something of value to share today. It is a testimony about of a survivor of Abortion. You may ask how can that be, and i would say click and see! http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=158348990848143 This is also a reminder to you during this time of the year. Your vote makes a difference. The person you are voting for have your same values.I encourage you don’t just trust the good guy/girl will win. You need to get out and vote it truly makes a difference in what our future can be. Scotty

What a weekend…

    WOW, this past weekend at Cowboy Fellowship was something else!  God is really moving in our church and great things are happening.  I believe that many more great things are in store for us as we finish out 2010 as well.  I have been overwhelmed and somewhat surprised at the response from this weekend’s sermon.  I talk about this topic some in the discipleship work book I wrote called The Absolute Basics of Christianity. The lessons in the workbook on heaven and hell always generate a great deal of discussion.  But this week’s sermon focused specifically on what happens when we die and it really spoke to many people. After church on Sunday I went to San Antonio to celebrate my grandmother’s birthday and when I returned home my email box was already filled with messages about the sermon.  I posted it online, and within an hour emails from around the world started to come in as well, from people who subscribe to the podcast or download the messages.  Everyone wants to know what happens when you die, and it seems this message really helped people better understand that process.   If you missed it and you would like to listen to the sermon you can download it for free here.     I have also posted the transcripts from the first twelve messages from this series on the letter that was written to the Thessalonian church.  These transcripts are not really “publish ready” but I feel I should post them in case you want to go back and read the messages again or look at the scriptures one more time.  I hope to have the rest of the messages up within a week.  For now they […]

The Absolute Basics of Christianity

Hey everyone I wanted to let you know that the first volume of my discipleship book The Absolute Basics of Christianity is now available for purchase.  You can use the link below, or find it at amazon or barnesandnoble.com.  In the coming weeks it will slowly make its way onto other sites and into some stores.  Volume two will be out in 2-3 weeks sometime around the first of October.  A few weeks after that both volumes will be released in one super volume as well.  So feel free to purchase a copy of volume one (13 Lessons), or you can wait till the book with both volumes and all 26 lessons comes out in a few weeks.  If you enjoy the study please tell others about it and help me spread the word. Pete PS. we will have some copies for sale at the church but we will not have very many until the end of October due to the large size of our 101 class this fall.  http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=cowboyfellows-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=0982937202&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr

Top 10 Reasons To Be INVOLVED In Church

Top 10 Reasons To Be INVOLVED In ChurchPastor Pete Real Connection-The friendships and fellowship at a Christ centered church can’t be found any other place in the world. Renewal-Being in God’s house with God’s people will renew you and help you prepare for another week. Equipping-A biblically centered church will help train and equip you to fulfill your God given purpose. Accountability-Its a good thing I promise! Perspective-Your earthly and eternal perspective is positively impacted when you are involved in your church. Worship-There is just something special about singing and learning with other believers.  It can’t be replicated any other way other than being in church. Significance-Your life makes a greater impact when you share your talents and gifts with the church. We accomplish more together. Strength-The devil prowls around looking for someone to devour. When you join other belivers you become a much harder target to destroy. Encouragement-Life will naturally bring difficult seasons to everyone. When you are a part of the body of Christ having other believers help you through those rough times is priceless. Stability-Church involvement has been proven to decrease stress, worry, and fear.  In general those who are active in church tend to live more stable lives.

Sex Education

As promised we wanted to give all of the parents in our congregation some tools to help you deal with your children regarding the issue of sex. The staff at Cowboy Fellowship realizes that this is a difficult subject for both parents and children to discuss.  However, this is one of the most important topics for families today.  With the endless temptations and sexual myths that have invaded our society, we desperately need to help protect our children.  It is tempting to lock them in their rooms and seclude them from the world for 20-30 years (LOL) but of course that is not practical.  So instead the best way to protect them is to educate them on all the important issues of life including sex. This blog contains some helpful information, but don’t forget that we (the staff) are always available and willing to help in any way we can.  Call on us if you need us. My children are currently ages 2 years, and 6 weeks.  So needless to say we have not had to talk about sex much.  However, my two year old has started asking questions about his body parts, and why “daddy kisses momma” etc.  Research is showing that sex education needs to begin sooner, rather than later.  So here are some helpful hints that can be used at all ages with both boys and girls. Use the Bible- The Bible speaks God’s truth into our lives on all subject matters including sex.  Talk about sex with your children in the context of what God’s word says on the subject, not what mom or dad say.  There are both positive and negative sexual examples in God’s word and many teachable moments […]

Sex in the church…

From the beginning of the Christian faith, sex has been a major issue in the church.  Many either fail to, or refuse to, recognize that this uncomfortable subject has great consequences when it comes to our faith and our effectiveness with the gospel.  In the history of the church there have been several major world wide church councils.  The council of Jerusalem which met around 50 AD was forced to deal with the issue of sex because sexual immorality had become an issue for the believers of the early church. While this was not the main focus of the council of Jerusalem they did say the following. Acts 15:20 NIV Instead we should write to them, telling them to abstain from food polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from the meat of strangled animals and from blood. Sexual immorality like it or not has been a part of the church since it’s origin.  This constant battle rages in the flesh of both men and women who must “learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable” (1 Thessalonians 4:4 NIV).  When we pretend that sexual sins are not a temptation that the devil uses against Christians, we open ourselves and our churches to an even grater extent and become more vulnerable to such attacks.  However, when we deal with the issue openly, biblically, and honestly, we find freedom, grace, mercy, forgiveness, and hope of a better future in the arms of our loving savior.  May God give each believer and each church the boldness necessary to confront the sexual sins of our day as the Apostles did in theirs. Below are some verses that show not only how prevalent sexual […]

Sex, Sanctification, & Salvation…1 Thessalonians 4:3–8

   Yesterday in church we discussed 1 Thess. 4:3-8 which deals with the moral standards that God sets forth for His people regarding sex.  As promised I wanted to give you a little more background on the sexual climate that the people of Thessalonica found themselves in as they read this letter from Paul.  We did not have time yesterday to discuss the context of these words as much as I would have preferred so below I have included an excerpt from John MacArthur’s commentary on the subject.  I would also encourage you to read the sermon transcripts from two messages he preached on this same passage if you have the time.  They are entitled Abstaining from Sexual Sin–Part 1 and Part 2.  In the coming days additional information will be posted to this blog on how to talk to your children about sex. The following observations come from The MacArthur New Testament Commentary                    Since the 1960s, when the modern sexual revolution really accelerated, Western society has had fewer and fewer rules governing sexual attitudes and behaviors. Freedom of sexual expression has in many ways become the cultural god that rules over all the other idolatrous gods of postmodern culture. People want the right, for themselves and others, to express their sexual desires at any cost, even if that means aborting the unwanted child resulting from a sexual union or risking a sexually transmitted disease.                   Several obvious tenets constitute the world’s immoral, unscriptural outlook regarding sex. First, people are basically good and all but the most heinous activities should be tolerated. Therefore, virtually any kind of consensual sexual activity is good (except for child molestation), especially if one views sex as merely […]

So you want to grow…

Several people have recently asked me to recommend websites and other free resources that can assist them in growing and going deeper in God’s word.  Like most ministers, I use Bible software for my personal study.  However, such software can be very expensive, and while a great investment for full time ministers who use it for hours each day, it is really not practical or needed for most Christians.  With that said, here are some resources that you might find useful. Paid Software: Bible Navigator–  For under $20 you get a very good Bible software program.  The problem is that you will have to buy many of the translations, commentaries, and other resources that you want.  Basically they sell you the program and then you get to build your own personal library by purchasing books and Bible translations.  This is great because you don’t have to pay for a bunch of stuff you won’t use, and  you can buy additional resources over time.  Before I started using MAC’s this was the program I had on my windows computer.  This program will only work on the window’s platform.  Accordance– If you own a MAC this is for you.  Personally this is the program I am currently using.  They have many different pricing levels ranging from $99 to $600 for your primary package.  Of course the more you pay the more you get in the way of commentaries, Bible translations, and other resources.  Like most other software programs you can add additional resources to build your custom library over time.  They also have a FREE trial version, if you would like to test drive it before you buy.   Logos– Logos has primarily been for windows users although […]

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