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    Watch Out 2014 Here Comes Pastor Pete… Watch Out 2014 Here Comes Pastor Pete…

    Watch Out 2014 Here Comes Pastor Pete…

Watch Out 2014 Here Comes Pastor Pete…

Well 2014 is here and for my first post of the year I thought I would let you guys know what I have decided to commit to for the coming year. Rather than doing really specific goals this year I have created some broader guidelines for my life so here goes… I am committed to challenging myself in 2014. This includes  my education and ongoing studies for my doctorate, my physical fitness, and my effectiveness as a disciple.  I am going to push the limits and go further than I ever have before! I am committed to allowing God to change me. As I consider my walk with Christ over the last two decades so much has changed and I have come a really long way.  But there is more to do and I have to be open to the changes I know God wants to make in my life.  Some are going to hurt but it’s now or never. I am committed to counting my blessings each and everyday. This helps me slow down and enjoy life. I don’t want to rush through 2014, instead I want to  embrace every blessing and enjoy every moment.  So I have decided to set aside time at the end of each day to consider the blessings I received over that 24 hour period. That’s it, those are my plans and goals for the next 365 days.  What do you have in mind for 2014? Put your comments below…

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    When Leaders Resign When Leaders Resign

    When Leaders Resign

When Leaders Resign

It seems to happen all the time in churches.  About the time you find a wonderful volunteer leader, get them trained and their ministry really starts taking off, they resign.  This happens for all kinds of reasons.  Some people are forced to relocate for work, others just find themselves in a busy season of life, and a few will get mad about one thing or another and leave.  So what should you do when leaders resign and leaves you and the church in a bind? Pray for them, and pray with them – The vast majority of the time your leader has struggled in making their decision to resign.  Their resignation can make them feel guilty, and bring a sense of letting the church and even God down.  So make sure you shower this leader with an extra dose of prayer during your time with God.  Don’t forget to pray with them as well.  Find a time when you can have a short time of prayer together, it reminds them of God’s love, and also your love for them. Communicate with them- Many times in today’s culture the resignation comes in the form of an email, Facebook message, or text.  Be sure to let the leader know you received the message.  Let them know that you will be praying for them, and would like to schedule a time to pray with them.  If they don’t hear directly from you they will assume you are mad or upset because they stepped down.  This will make coming back to the church even more difficult for them. Assure them- When a leader resigns there is always a feeling of uncertainty that accompanies their decision. Take some time when […]

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    Great Verses About Salvation Great Verses About Salvation

    Great Verses About Salvation

Great Verses About Salvation

During the months of May-July I preached a series of sermons on the topic of salvation.  This sermon series did not really look at why or who or how to be saved, but rather the mystery of salvation itself.  We attempted to understand salvation from God’s point of view rather than our own and it was very enlightening.  In my study as we made this journey I came across many wonderful verses concerning salvation.  For this post I decided to simply allow the word of God to speak to you as you read these powerful verses concerning your salvation.  Be blessed! Matthew 19:25–30 (NET) —25The disciples were greatly astonished when they heard this and said, “Then who can be saved?”26Jesus looked at them and replied, “This is impossible for mere humans, but for God all things are possible.” 27Then Peter said to him, “Look, we have left everything to follow you! What then will there be for us?” 28Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth: In the age when all things are renewed, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29And whoever has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life. 30But many who are first will be last, and the last first.[1] Romans 8:37–39 (NET) —37No, in all these things we have complete victory through him who loved us! 38For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor heavenly rulers, nor things that are present, nor things to […]

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    The Purpose Of The Church Pt. 3 The Purpose Of The Church Pt. 3

    The Purpose Of The Church Pt. 3

The Purpose Of The Church Pt. 3

Over the last three weeks I have been presenting some of the main purposes of God’s church.  As I travel around and speak about the Uncommon Church I am always surprised to learn how many churches don’t understand what the most basic and fundamental purposes of God’s church are. So these posts have been my effort to share nine of them.  In my first post I talked about the purpose of producing disciple, providing resources, and proclaiming the gospel. In my second post I talked about the church’s responsibility to propel missionaries, present proof, and practice holiness.  Today I would like to briefly discuss the last three. To Pray- Every Christian knows that they are suppose to pray, and most of us do.  But I am talking about focused corporate prayer here in this post.  I believe that God hears all of our prayers but He does something special when a church practices uncommon prayer together. In my book The Uncommon Church I talk in detail about the power of uncommon prayer.  When the body of Christ unites together in prayer many wonderful things happen.  We see this in scripture in places like 1 Thessalonians 5:25 when Paul urged the church to pray for him and his companions.  In Acts 12 we see an amazing miracle in the form of a prison escape for Peter and we learn that the church was gathered in prayer for him during his captivity. As individuals we must pray, and as a church body we must pray as well.  Churches should make it a priority to unite their minds and hearts in prayer! To Protect- 1 Peter 5:8 tells us that our enemy is a predator on the prowl!  Like […]

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    The Purpose Of The Church Pt. 1 The Purpose Of The Church Pt. 1

    The Purpose Of The Church Pt. 1

The Purpose Of The Church Pt. 1

What is the purpose of the church?  This is an interesting and complex question that I believe deserves some attention.  So over the next few weeks I am going to post some thoughts about this here on the blog.  If you agree, disagree, or have other things you would like to add to the list along the way please feel free to comment. Rather than discussing all of these in one post I want to spread them out so we have time to consider each point and cover it thoroughly.   The points below and in upcoming posts are in no particular order.  So what is the purpose of the church? To produce disciples: God has always intended that His church would produce disciples.  This evolves the eternal transformation of one’s soul though the blood of Christ.  As well as the daily sanctification that comes when we walk in the Spirit.  Perhaps the most well-known verse on the subject is Matthew 28:19 when Jesus says “go and make disciples of all nations.”  Most believers and church leaders know that we are supposed to make disciples but many churches have ceased to even attempt to make disciples.  Why? To put it simply, because making disciples is hard work.  It takes lots of time, resources, and patience along with many other things.  As a result many simply go about making other things.  They put their focus into making good people, polite people, or politically correct people. Instead of making disciples they are more into making friends, nice church programs, a comfortable atmosphere, or just making excuses as to why they can’t make disciples.  These things are not bad things until they become the central focus in a church, […]

SOMETHING NEW!

OK. We promised change and here it is… What we have done is determine a goal to create a sort of cyber scrapbook within the blog . In the early years of our church our friend and fellow member, Brianna, kept an extentive hardcopy scrapbook. It is so much fun to go back and look at the progress the Lord has made with this group! But, over time we all became so busy that we allowed our scrapbook to fall by the wayside and unfortunately we have probably lost memory of a good bit of our history. My name is Phyllis and Pastor Pete has asked me to help him maintain this site. I would like to ask that anyone who has materials or information about goings on within Cowboy Fellowship at anytime to please feel free to let me know. If you would like to put your information in story form, that’s great. If you are more comfortable just supplying dates and number of lives touched, and/or photographs that’s fine too. We’ll take that information and turn it into an entry for our scrapbook. Our objective with this project is not to brag, or just “publish the numbers”, but to offer a reminder of what God can and will accomplish through His people. The devil would love nothing more than for us to live with defeat and the idea that we can do little. This scrapbook should be a reminder to us all the we “Can do All Things Through Christ Who Strengthens” Philippians 4:13. He is the source of all power and the author of love. It’s God’s work we want to boast about, remember, and record! So if you are a leader […]

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