We just got in from a 21 day trip having had fifteen Cowboy Church services rodeos and speaking at one church when we got home in Texas. We also attended two more churches to sit and soak in the word and worship. We went to PRCA Rodeos in Monte Vista, Colorado; Dodge City, Kansas; Loveland, Colorado; and Lovington, New Mexico. There was much ministry on different topics to help disciple the believers. There are a lot of Christian cowboys now. And they travel from town to town so much they don’t always have the opportunity to sit under good biblical teachers and pastors. We all need the Word to instruct us and sustain in life. Some of the subjects I taught on are: “Filter everything through the Word” Get the mind of God on today’s current events. The Holy Spirit is the best teacher and instructor. So read the Bible and ask God for understanding. If the world says,” Don’t forgive; look what they did. I wouldn’t forgive. Filter it through Jesus teachings which says,”…if you do not forgive others, God will not forgive you”. If the world says that homosexual marriage is okay. Filter it through the Word that tells us the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God; this includes idolaters, homosexuals, drunkards, thieves. (Read Corinthians 6:9-10 and other places for more.) Remember the Supreme Court is not the Supreme Judge; they will answer the Supreme Judge one day for their decisions and actions. At the next rodeo I taught on how we become “citizens of heaven” when we receive Jesus as Savior and Lord. He is now our King. (Phil 3:20). As citizens we also become “ambassadors for Christ”. We represent Jesus. We are to reconcile people to God through Jesus. Those who know Jesus should introduce others to Him. (See I Cor 5:20). We need to be better examples of children of the Most High God. I reminded those listening that we have an assignment: It is Matthew 5:16 “Let your light so shine before men that they see your good works and glorify the Father in heaven.” At the Loveland, Co. Rodeo I taught on how Jesus is the same today (Heb 13:8), and He is still doing miracles in our lives. We also taught how One encounter with Jesus changes everthing. From there we went to Lovington, NM. Pete Carr is the stock contractor. The horses and bulls bucked outstandingly as is usual at his rodeos. We thank Pete for opening the door at so many of his rodeos for us to minister. We also thank Stace Smith, Benny Beutler and Kirsten Vold who produce outstanding rodeos and welcome us and the Word of God at their events. At Lovington, NM we taught on “Mercy”-we need mercy from God. Mercy means we do not get what we deserve. We should give mercy to others. And finally we should give mercy to ourselves. Don’t condemn yourself. Forgive yourself, learn and do better next time. I taught how ‘Repent” means to change your mind. You must change your heart first, then you will change direction, and change your destiny. We also taught on the protection God gives with angels around us, and the favor and power of God on us. See Psalms 91. We were able to counsel and pray with individuals at the rodeo, the commercial exhibits, the motel owners, and others along the way.
The rodeo world has changed in such a good way since the 1970’s when the Word went forth and cowboys and cowgirls received it and applied it in their lives. The talk is better and the walk is better. The love of God is evident.
One lady who worked in an Organic Café who had Buda dolls for sale, Indian spirit stuff, books on healing through meditation, and other foul spirits was open to listen to me. I taught her on healing through the stripes and blood in the name of Jesus. She had TMJ for over 15 years and said it was very painful to open her mouth or eat. She allowed me to lay hands on her jaws and speak to them to line up with word of God. I called pain out in Jesus Name. She opened her mouth very wide four times and the pain was gone. I led her to pray to receive Jesus. She just listened very carefully. So I left her a Christian Cowboys and Friends Magazine with the same type of prayer in it. I told her to read and pray from her heart to receive eternal life.
The owner of the motel we stayed at in Lovington, NM was from India. He had training as a Buddhist. However he had attended some Bible studies. I told him he needed to get Jesus out of his head and into his heart. He prayed out loud as he looked upward into the sky and asked forgiveness of his sins and received Jesus into his heart to be his Savior and Lord. We gave him some CCF Magazines, and the book I wrote- “Hang On To Your Hope!” to help him in his walk with the Lord. I also left a Cowboy Bible in the motel room.
Back in Texas we went to The Church at Boerne where the presence of God is always so special; Pastor Paul and Robin Tuttle and the people are hungry for the Presence, love and power of God. He is welcome and shows up, then sets the captives free.
We were blessed by several people on this last trip. We stayed with Albert and Katrina Francis in Monte Vista, Co.; Keith and Jane Green Atkinson in Fowler, Co.; Jane has been an intercessor in prayer for this ministry for over 20 years . She prays for cowboy ministers and the cowboys and cowgirls. It takes time and she delights in covering us in prayer. She is a blessing to many. Robert and Kim Winter always have the bunk house ready for us at Cowboy Up With God’s Word in Clyde, Tx (near Abilene). And we get to encourage one another in the Lord. Robert and I went to rodeos together in college days forty years ago. Now it is a joy to serve God together.
We keep presenting Jesus! And He keeps blessing those we minister to.