Cowboy Fellowship

  • painting of Jesus with a lion, on beautiful colorful background with hint of space feeling, lion profile portrait
    The Day Of Zeal (Monday) The Day Of Zeal (Monday)

    The Day Of Zeal (Monday)

The Day Of Zeal (Monday)

It’s Monday, just three short days until Jesus’s crucifixion. What happened on this day in the life of Christ, and what can we learn from it? According to Matthew 21, Mark 11, and Luke 19, Jesus made his triumphal entry into Jerusalem to the cheers and excitement of the entire city on Palm Sunday. The following day, upon his return, he visited the Temple area. This was a place that was suppose to be dedicated to God. A place that was suppose to be holy, pure, and a shining example of what the Kingdom of God is like. Instead, it had become full of worldly, deceitful, greedy, and power hungry people. Jesus was not impressed Matthew 21:12–13 (HCSB) —12Jesus went into the temple complex and drove out all those buying and selling in the temple. He overturned the money changers’ tables and the chairs of those selling doves. 13And He said to them, “It is written, My house will be called a house of prayer. But you are making it a den of thieves!” Jesus is zealous for his people and his church. After causing a real commotion in the temple, Matthew records that “the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple complex, and He healed them.”  The children in the temple area praised Jesus  shouting “Hosanna to the Son of David!” causing the chief priests and scribes to become more indignant. And when the time came, Jesus returned to the town of Bethany (about a two-mile walk over the Mount of Olives).  He most likely spent the night in the home of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus. So what can we learn from this day in the life of Christ? We see […]

  • February 29 is the Leap Day that occurs every fourth year
    What will you do with your extra day? What will you do with your extra day?

    What will you do with your extra day?

What will you do with your extra day?

“O LORD, help me understand my mortality and the brevity of life! Let me realize how quickly my life will pass!   Psalm 39:4 (NET) Have you ever wished for more time? Have you ever said “if I only had an extra day I would…” Well 2016 is a leap year and today February 29th is the leap day, so what will you do with it? For those who may not know, a leap year happens every four years to keep the calendar we use coordinated with the astronomical calendar. So you get an extra day this year, instead of 365 days you get 366 days in 2016. So what will you do with your extra day? The average person will only get about seventeen extra days like this over the course of a lifetime. So, shouldn’t we make the most of it? Here are some ideas I have about what could be done with this extra day… 1. Forgive that person you have been meaning to forgive. 2. Write that note you have been meaning to write. 3. Make that phone call you have been meaning to make. 4. Take that nap you have been meaning to take. 5. Share the gospel with that person you have been meaning to share with. 6. Go see that movie you have been meaning to see. 7. Start that book you have been meaning to start. 8. Clean that room you have been meaning to clean. 9. Go see that friend you have been meaning to see. 10. Take that day off you have been meaning to take. 11. Say those words you have been meaning to say. 12. Start chasing that dream you have been meaning to […]

  • beating burnout
    Beating Burnout Beating Burnout

    Beating Burnout

Beating Burnout

Have you ever felt like the guy in the picture?  Do you feel like that right now?  If so you could be in a phase of life we call burnout.  The good news is burnout does not always have to lead to fallout!  I hear it so frequently in ministry ” I’m burned out!”  Sometimes its a trusted lay leader,  from fellow ministers, or a friend that is just totally zapped from the stress of ministry, work, life or all of the above.  If given the chance to run its course burnout always leads to fallout.  Fallout is when those who are burned out disappear.  In ministry fallout frequently is seen most clearly when a person stops attending church functions.  In other areas of life fallout is expressed when an individual stops showing up for coffee, the weekly staff lunch, or other things they once enjoyed.  Perhaps the most tragic thing about burnout and fallout is that they are totally avoidable.  Doing a few simple things can save the day. Step One: Publicly proclaim your call.  Why did you start this ministry in the first place?  Why did you come to work here twenty years ago?  Why did you pass up other opportunities and chose this path for your life?  Take time to remember the purpose and passion you have for what you are doing.  Then find an appropriate forum to recount you calling to others publicly. Thinking about it is great, saying it verbally to others will do wonders! Step Two: Privately pray! Before, during, and after you do step one you should be in prayer.  Confess your weariness to God.  Ask for help, guidance, comfort, encouragement, and energy.  God already knows whats in […]

  • bigstock-Missing-the-target-7478874
    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 […]

  • bigstock-Missing-the-target-7478874
    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, […]

  • bigstock-Man-Fustrated-and-ashamed-with-27249041
    Why Leaders Fail…Part 2 Why Leaders Fail…Part 2

    Why Leaders Fail…Part 2

Why Leaders Fail…Part 2

I recently posted part 1 of Why Leaders Fail.  Below you will find the final five reasons many leaders experience failure. They fail to prioritize– This is one I have seen destroy leaders from all walks of life.  When I say they fail to prioritize I am speaking of a failure with their families.  Many leaders both inside and outside the church lead at the expense of their children and spouses.  They miss sporting events, cut vacations short, leave before breakfast, and arrive home after dinner.  Failing on the home front leads to more than just leadership failure, it can lead to the collapse of your family as well. Every leader’s family will suffer in some ways, but no family should have to sacrifice their father, mother, or loving spouse for the sake of leadership. Learn to say no to things, so you can say yes to those who love and need you the most.  Make your family a top priority or face the fate of many failed leaders. They fail to communicate– After you have been a leader for some time, it is easy to start to think that everyone knows what you think.  This is especially true when you lead a single organization, company, or department for an extended period of time.  When a leader assumes everyone understands, they tend to start cutting corners when it comes to communication.  The results of poor communication in this scenario are very slow to mature into real problems, but they always do. Eventually things start to breakdown.  People become frustrated, ill informed, and unaware of the leaders expectations.  Clear, constant, communication is essential for any leader who desires to avoid failure. They fail to acknowledge– When […]

  • dry drought mouth skin taken by katie tegtmeyer fliker commons
    Surviving the Drought Surviving the Drought

    Surviving the Drought

Surviving the Drought

It’s dry again!  It seems like it’s always dry here in South Texas.  Dry times bring about many hardships for those who depend on the rain for their livelihood.  When the rain fails to fall from the sky it seems like everyone suffers.  For some the struggle is keeping the animals feed or crops alive.  While others deal with water restrictions that effect business, and personal comfort.  The bottom line is when its dry things are harder. Many have experienced what we might call a spiritual drought as well.  Maybe you are even in one of those times right now.  These times are marked by our difficulty to hear and understand God.  They may be marked by personal, financial, or moral failures we bring on ourselves. Sometimes we simply lose step with God and as a result we find ourselves in a dry place spiritually, longing once again to live in the oasis of God’s grace.  If you are not in a spiritual drought today, you will likely experience a time like this before you life is over.  I don’t think I have ever known a single honest Christian that had never been through a rough, dry, hard time spiritually.  But the good news is you can survive a spiritual drought.  I have been there, and while in the spiritual desert I learned some valuable lessons that perhaps will help you during your own dry time.  Here are a few of the lessons I learned, when it come to surviving a spiritual drought. Seek the right source– When things get hard spiritually it is critical that you continue to seek Christ.  Resist the temptation to allow your flesh to rule.  When we become spiritually dry […]

The Uncommon Mindset At Work

 Do not be conformed to this present world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may test and approve what is the will of God—what is good and well-pleasing and perfect.  Romans 12:2 NET I have been so blessed over the years to see many of the Disciples at Cowboy Fellowship display an uncommon mindset when it comes to serving Christ.  I have seen it at work, in schools, on ranches and farms, in restaurants, the grocery store, and on our church campus.  In fact I caught a church member in the act just today!  While I don’t have time to elaborate on all of these living illustrations of the uncommon mindset at work in this blog; instead I thought I might share a few of the common characteristics I have found in believers who consistently have this uncommon mindset. They are in the word- People with this uncommon mindset are readers of the Word.  They are people who know what the Bible says and they follow God’s written directions. They are in fellowship- They are connected to other believers.  These men and women make time to develop relationships with other believers.  They are open to accountability as well. They are in prayer- Disciples with this uncommon mindset are people of prayer. They are in God’s will- These people live right; they don’t play around with sin, or operate in the grey areas of life.  The men and women I have seen over the years who consistently possess the uncommon mindset of Christ do everything possible to stay in tune with God, and remain inside of His will. They are in Church-There is no doubt in my mind that church […]

From Church Planter To Church Pastor

The Cowboy Fellowship of Atascosa County is a high impact, soul winning, church starting congregation. It was a decade ago when I first joined the core team and we set out to plant a successful church.  God moved in amazing ways in the early years of our church plant and He continues His amazing work to this very day.  As a result I have personally taken part in helping start a dozen other churches over the past ten years.  One of the major problems many church planters face is knowing when they are no longer a church planter.  There comes a time in the life of every church plant when you are no longer a church plant, but instead you are viewed simply as being a church.  This transition can be difficult to spot because it has little to do with attendance, tithes, or the size of your staff.  Generally, the only way to know when this transition takes place is to watch and listen for cues from the community that surrounds your church.  When the community at large no longer views you as being the new church in town, then the transition has probably taken place. As the leader of a church plant if you fail to recognize this transition and adjust your leadership you will find nothing but frustration and disappointment as you try to lead like a church planter, when in reality you are now a church pastor.  Below are a few of the differences I noticed as I made the transition from planter to pastor. Planters evangelize future disciples, pastors disciple future evangelists. When you first plant a church as the leader you are the main, and in many cases the […]

Day 23 ~ Acts 27-Romans 4

And here is the map of Paul’s journey across the stormy ocean!

Facebook Iconfacebook like buttonTwitter Icontwitter follow button