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THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE FELLOWSHIP OF CHRISTIAN COWBOYS, INC. CAÑON CITY, CO  VOLUME 24  NUMBER 8

Looking at our hearts

“For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.”

“God be gracious to us and hear us, God make His face shine upon us, that His ways, may be known on Earth and His saving power among all the nations.” Psalm 67:1,2 New English Bible

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A Western Woman's Heart

We are taking a look at the condition of our hearts. August is a busy month whether you are hauling family members here and there or are running up and down the rodeo trail, it is easy to let our hearts become entangled in “busyness” instead of “godliness.” A Godly attitude brings order to "busyness."

“What you are seeing is a mirror with hair on it!”

Straight Paths by Davalynn Spencer

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Registered Chapters of the Fellowship of Christian Cowboys

Testimony

Each curve of the ... road shot my headlights out into nothingness...

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Kid's Corral

STEER, Inc.

Bible Study

Down the Road

When You Thought I Wasn't Looking

“Steering youth toward the truth” impacting lives for eternity....

FCC Rodeo Bible Camps

I saw you hang my first painting on the refrigerator...

"let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds."

Hebrews 10:24

Tune into our RBC review in our September issue...

Rodeo Desire – God Desire by Mike Shields, Sr. What desire drives a person to get on the back of a raging bull?

Just Do It by John Kissel Whatever He says to you, do it

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BUBBA FOWLER y n o m i t Tes No, don’t get me wrong; there’s not a thing wrong with rodeoing, but it had sorta become a “god” in my life. Let me back up; Gerry and I were both saved when we met. We were very active in our local church. We taught Sunday School; worked with the youth and I was ordained as a deacon when I was 27 years old. I would preach if called upon, some folks would tell me, "You ought to be a preacher." As I look back, I know God was calling me to be a preacher back when I was a boy, but I just couldn't think that was for me. After seven years of teaching and only one income and a few cows and always too many horses and dogs to feed, I just burned out. I quit teaching (didn’t ask God); just quit. I worked construction three months and had a friend talk me into teaching a “career orientation” and shop class in Jr. High in a neighboring town. This did not last but six weeks; but I had discovered through studying their career orientation curriculum that I was sure suited to be a ranch manager. I took a job welding and prayed that God would hook me up with a wealthy rancher. Six months later, doors had opened. I wasn’t even looking! I was hired to manage a very exquisite game ranch with a small cow herd of which I bought into. We eventually grew the herd to over 500 head. We were not making a lot of money but

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Bubba and Gerry Fowler have been married 44 years this August. They met in Corsicana, Texas in 1968 and were married the following year prior to both transferring to Sam Houston State University in the fall of 1969. Bubba graduated in 1971 with a BS in Vocational Ag with a teaching certificate and they moved back to his home town where he taught Ag for seven years. Bubba says, “If only I’d have listened to Jesus…‘a profit is not without except in his home town.’” They had their first child, Susan Tara, in 1972 and a son, Matthew Shaye, in 1975, but Bubba was always restless. Bubba began rodeoing when he started college; his coaches in high school had always frowned on rodeoing. He would get on anything that was free, but tried to make a bareback rider. He said he was never very good, but got most of em’ rode and would usually place just out of the money. After nine years on July 3, 1976, he got on his last bareback horse. No, he didn’t get hurt and he didn’t place, but his grandmother had just got out of the hospital that day and instead of visiting with her (he felt like he should have); she died that night... heart's regret.

were living higher than I had ever dreamed and had our part of the cattle all paid off. After 12 years, the boss bought us out. We had a good living, but it wasn’t the same, that hollow place was back in my gut. Oh, we were still active in church, teaching, etc. I had even been licensed to preach. THE LINE RIDER

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I WAS HAVING “BUBBA” PROBLEMS; I WAS STILL RUNNING FROM GOD. We lasted six more years at the ranch and I was having personnel problem; actually I was having “Bubba” problems; I was still running from God.

It was during this time that a friend invited us to see Paul Daily’s, “Wild Horse Ministry”. He took a 2 year old colt that had never been saddled and in two hours was riding and handling the colt real well; he preached a thousand sermons in this two hours. Example: “What you are seeing is a mirror with hair on it!”

I got fired, the only time in my life. I was relieved at first, then devastated, angry, hurt, broken. I felt like Job; I loathed being born. This was June 1997. We went to Colorado where we had a small cabin near Cripple Creek, that we and a bunch of friends had built about six years earlier. I wrangled dudes for tips at a horse stable our friends owned. We came back to Texas in the fall and I worked construction (pipefitter). The next summer we partnered with our friends in Colorado at the stable and we also had Christian kid Camps; I loved it! We did this seven summers but had to come back to Texas because of some decisions I made (again without seeking God’s advice). We found ourselves in a business that neither of us wanted in and it about drove me crazy. I finally had to let go and step away.

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This particular night his 18 year old daughter, Lenora, was doing everything and he was doing the talking. At last he had Lenora lay the colt down; said the colt had done well, but had not totally submitted. When she laid that colt down, I saw me, 57 years old. God even had a pretty good handle on me, but I was like that colt, I had never totally surrendered. I told God if He could use this old man, He could have him. About six months later Gerry and I started a Cowboy Church in Smithville, Texas. It has exceeded all my expectations. We are running about 200 each Sunday. That’s a long way from a handful under an oak tree. Yeah, God still has to spur me now and then, but Gerry helps Him get me back on track.

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Step 1- God offers eternal life to all who come to Him through His son, Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10b).

POSTSCRIPT This has to be told. The reason for my testimony is because Lynne Schricker, wife of Mark (one of the founding members of Fellowship of Christian Cowboys) called me and ask me to do it; but this postscript is strictly on my own. In January or February of 2012, we were at Church early, as is our practice, and my wife found me and wanted me to meet some visitors; said they seemed like nice folks. It was early and they were the only visitors there and we talked. They said they were from South Dakota and we talked a little about their walk with Christ. I noticed a surgical scar on Mark’s neck. My mind kept trying to go back forty years to a “special” I’d seen on TV one Sunday after church; we only had two channels, I’ll never forget it. This big pro-rodeo bull dogger was talking about a battle with cancer. It kept showing a saddled horse; focusing on that empty saddle and he said “who will take care of my family?” I’ll never forget it. I said to Mark, “you were on a TV program 40 years ago and you were fighting cancer and had found salvation through Jesus and you were sharing your testimony but were in Colorado then. I said you’ll never know how much that has replayed in my mind in forty years and how many times I’ve told folks about it.” Mark, in his humble way acknowledged it was him. Time will not allow us to tell of the bond that God has allowed to grow between us. Thank you and God’s blessings on you both; Lynne and Mark Schricker. Keep the faith and keep pointing and leading others to Jesus!

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Step 2- Sinful man has chosen to reject God's offer, choosing instead a way that leads to judgment and destruction. "There is no one righteous, not even one... for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:10, 23). Step 3- God sent His Son to this world to pay the penalty for our sin and to take away our judgment by dying on the cross in our place. "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that who so ever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16). Step 4- To receive eternal life, you must repent of your sin, turn to Christ for forgiveness, and then surrender your entire life to Him. "If you confess with your mouth, Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." (Romans 10:9). If you have accepted Christ as your Savior, email us at info@christiancowboys.com or call the FCC national office at 719-275-7636. AUGUST 2013 | 5


A Woman's Heart

B y Dava ly n n Spencer

Straight Paths

For the ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord, and He ponders all his paths. Proverbs 5:21 Oh God, please don’t let this road be crooked! I breathed the prayer between teeth clenched only a little tighter than my hands on the steering wheel of our Ford pickup.

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It was my turn to drive. It was always my turn to drive at night, I thought resentfully. Ahead of me lay the winding downhill side of the mountain over which I’d just pulled our camper and horse trailer, and through a clearing in the trees I saw the lights of a distant valley town blinking like grounded stars. I reminded myself not to ride the brakes and continued at a steady pace—not too slow, not too fast. Each curve of the descending two-lane road shot my headlights out into nothingness as the pavement snaked away to the right or left. Fear reached out with each turn of the wheel and whispered “what-if” scenarios into my heart. That first year my bullfighting husband and I set out on the rodeo circuit, I learned a lot of things by trial and error. I learned how to back up a bumper-hitch trailer, how to make wide turns at intersections, and how to potty-train a toddler in an eleven-foot camper. I also learned that highways didn’t just snap out straight as a taut rope simply because I wanted them to. On the downhill side of that dark mountain I realized that I had been praying the wrong prayer. Oh God, please help me make it down this winding road! My first prayer had been one of panic, an oh-God-no prayer that rose up from despair and dread. It focused on what I was afraid of, not on what God could do. It hinted that God might not know what I was facing; it insinuated that something was happening beyond His control. The second prayer asked for what I really needed—not a straight-road perfect situation, but help to maneuver the turns and twists that were definitely going to be there. I needed His steady hand, His perfect vision, His sound judgment. I did make it safely down the mountain that night while husband and son snoozed in the back seat of the pickup. But I also learned how to pray realistically, knowing that God wouldn’t always deliver me from a problem, but sometimes through it. Over the years I’ve come upon many winding roads. Some of them have twisted through emotional landscapes of disappointment and death; others have climbed mountains of doubt and despair or cut through floodwaters of grief and pain. But the Lord has guided me around every curve, over each summit, and across every desert. His faithfulness has abounded in every situation.

Thank You, Lord, for getting me down the winding roads of my life, both literally and spiritually.

A man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps. Proverbs 16:9 © Davalynn Spencer, 2013 Author of Always Before Me and As You Are at Christmas From Pelican Book Group, Christian Book Distributors, and Amazon. Davalynn can be reached through the contact page on her website: www.davalynnspencer.com or davalynnspencer@hotmail.com blog: www.davalynnspencer.blogspot.com

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Registered Chapters of the Fellowship of Christian Cowboys "let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds." Hebrews 10:24 Chapter listings contact: jocelyn@christiancowboys.com

California RIDERS AND ROPERS FOR CHRIST (UKIAH) Call for Info – David Summit 707.743.1177 RIDING ON FAITH (SEBASTOPOL) When 1st & 3rd Monday of Each Month 6:00 pm Where Sonoma County Driving & Riding Club Contact Bill Nielson 707.490.2229

Colorado DELTA COUNTY (DELTA) When 3rd Saturday of the Month 7:00pm Where 10211 Tongue Creek Road Austin CO 81410 Contact Shane Kier 970.835.3897 or 970.216.7455 FLAT TOPS (RIFLE) When Every Monday 7:00pm Where Garfield County Fairgrounds Contact Jeff & Sheri Kehr 970.878.3286 HIS OUTFIT (KIOWA) When 3rd Monday of the Month 6:30 pm Where Kent Garrett’s Red Barn 34723 Kiowa Bennett Road Kiowa CO 80117 Contact Buddy Strachan 719.492.7098 bkstrachan@myedl.com NORTHERN FRONT RANGE (KERSEY) When 2nd Sunday of the Month 1:30pm Contact Justin Decker 719.688.1945 PLATTE VALLEY (JULESBURG) When 3rd Sunday of the Month 6:00 p.m. Where: Holyoke Christian Church Contact Michael Smith 970-580-2560

Kansas

JOURNEY TO THE CROSS (GARDEN CITY) When Last Tuesday of the Month 7:00pm Where 1205 W Maple Garden City KS Contact Eddie Labrier 620.290.0670 oversat35@hotmail.com

Minnesota HEADWATERS HORSEMEN (SOLWAY) When 4th Sunday of the Month 4:00pm Where Lazy J Ranch 41872 Jack pine Rd Begley MN 56621 Contact Kelly & Lola Julin 218.785.2089 www.headwatershorsemen.homestead.com

Missouri CHARITON HILLS (OMAHA) When 2nd Thursday of the Month 6:30 p.m. Where Omaha Baptist Church Contact Sara Sevits 660.341.5774 S755s@aol.com SHOW ME THE WAY (COLUMBIA) When 4th Tuesday of the Month 7:00pm Where Grandview Baptist Church Contact John Gray 573.682.5962 johngray65240@yahoo.com TRAIL TO THE CROSS (SALEM) When 4th Monday of the Month 7:00pm Where First Baptist Church Salem, MO Contact Wes Clancy 573.265.1516 Shane Taylor 573.341.9420

Montana GALLATIN (BOZEMAN) Contact Clark Mueller 406.388.4807

New Mexico SANGRE DE CHRISTO (QUESTA) When Every Sunday 1:30pm Where C Diamond C Ranch Contact Nona Gimson  575-377-3432 Tom Reed 575.586.0602

Oregon

ROSEBURG (ROSEBURG) When 1st & 3rd Mondays of the Month 6:00pm Where Winston Dillard Senior Center Contact Patricia Barron 541.957.9315

South Dakota BADLANDS COWBOYS FOR CHRIST (KADOKA) Contact John Kaiser 605.837.2376 Robyn Jones 605.837.2917 WILLOW CREEK (SIOUX FALLS) When Once a Month on Sunday at 1:00 pm Call For Dates Where Abiding Savior Church Contact Pam Winter 605.743.5659 win4health@msn.com

Utah RIDING FOR “THE BRAND” (NEW HARMONY) Contact Gary Laswell 202.275.8018

Washington KLICKITAT VALLEY (GOLDENDALE) Contact Dave Siebert 360-823-9200 CLARK COUNTY (VANCOUVER) When Every Sunday 10:00 am Where 2702 NE 78th St. Vancouver WA 98665 Contact Larry Cutler 541-274-9944

Don't see your area listed? Start up your own chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Cowboys in your neck of the woods.Contact the FCC national office today!

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When You Thought I Wasn’t Looking * When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you hang my first painting on the refrigerator and I immediately wanted to paint another. * When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you make my favorite cake for me and I learned that the little things can be the special things in life. * When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you make a meal & take it to a friend who was sick and I learned what it means to serve one another in brotherly love. *When you thought I wasn’t looking, I heard you pray over me and kiss me goodnight and I felt loved & safe. * When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw how you handled your responsibilities even when you didn’t feel good and I learned what it means to glorify God in all things. *When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you give of your time & money to the church and people in need and I learned that God loves a cheerful giver. *When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw tears come to your eyes and I learned that sometimes things hurt, but it’s all right to cry. *When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw that you cared and I wanted to be everything that I could be. *When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you praying and reading God’s Word and I learned to depend on & trust in Him, too. *When you thought I wasn’t looking, I looked at you & wanted to say, “Thanks for all the things I saw… when you thought I wasn’t looking.” Unknown “KEEP ON PRAYING” FELLOWSHIP OF CHRISTIAN COWBOYS

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Help the Fellowship of Christian Cowboys Ministry Programs by getting involved with STEER, INC. WHAT IS STEER, INC. ?

STEER, INC. Offers Other Projects

STEER, INC. is a non-profit evangelical, interdenominational, agricultural, mission fund-raising program. STEER, INC. is a service arm to missions, dedicated to help financially strengthen and under gird all aspects of ministry work through its member mission organizations. The FELLOWSHIP of CHRISTIAN COWBOYS (FCC) is a qualified member and approved ministry of Steer Inc. and its fund-raising programs. STEER, INC. is a three way stewardship program involving the DONOR, PRODUCER (Farmer/ Rancher), and The FELLOWSHIP of CHRISTIAN COWBOYS. STEER INC. COW/CALF PROGRAM The cow/calf program is the heart beat of the STEER program, as currently around 83% of all Producers that are involved in the STEER Ministry have cow/calf projects. STEER Inc.’s investment in the cow/ calf program for missions is around $1.5 million. In the cow/calf program, the Rancher's responsibility is his labor, feed and care. There is no risk as all investments are covered by an insurance and depreciation fund. This includes vet fees, death loss and depreciation losses on the investment.

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STEER, INC. has other types of agricultural projects for the support of FCC. Contact us if you are interested in participating in these projects, which include: Feeder Steer Projects Dairy Projects To begin your involvement, STEER, INC. will purchase a cow or cows for your project. STEER would gladly purchase bred cows or heifers from your herd or from a neighbor’s herd. Then you raise the Cattle on STEER/FCC’s behalf. When it comes time to market your project, sell the livestock in the name of STEER INC. If you are selling some of your own livestock at the same time, you can simply take the overall average and have the marketing agent make the check payable to STEER INC. for the portion, which is designated to The Fellowship of Christian Cowboys. By not involving your personal account you will not have to declare as income or pay Social Security Tax on STEER, INC. Project funds. When the calf is sold, 85% of the gain goes to The Fellowship of Christian Cowboys as designated by the Producer. The remaining portion is used for replacement cost, death and depreciation losses and administration. When a cow is sold, the original investment is always retained to be invested in another project.

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Hogs, Goat and Sheep Projects, and GOD’S ACRES CROP PROGRAM The Farmer receives funds to cover production cost on 5, 10, 20 or more acres of crops. He donates his time and use of his land, and sells the crop during or after harvest. 85% of Gain from sale goes to benefit FCC. The Fellowship of Christian Cowboys has served for over 39 years doing God’s Work. The Lord has opened more doors for us to expand our Western Youth Evangelism, Youth Rodeo Chaplaincy and Youth Mentoring ministry programs. STEER, INC. offers you, the Producer, an opportunity to partner with FCC in our ongoing mission of “Steering youth toward the truth” impacting lives for eternity. For more information, contact the FCC National Office or David Crumrine, FCC/STEER, INC Partner Coordinator, by phone, (719) 685-6464 or email: dccrumrine@msn.com

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RODEO BIBLE CAMPS SOUTH DAKOTA Badlands Cowboys For Christ RBC (Kadoka) August 5-8 John Kaiser 605-837-2376 www.badlandsrodeobiblecamp.com

WASHINGTON Clark County RBC (Vancouver) August 11-15 Contact: Larry Cutler www.clarkcountyrodeobiblecamp.com

Please see the September Line Rider for reports on the Rodeo Bible Camps

PLEASE, for the sake of impacting lives for now and eternity join in the efforts to put on an RBC in your area. CAMP DIRECTORS contact the FCC office so we can spread the word by reviewing your camp in the September issue of The Line Rider.

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With Mike Shields, SR.

Rodeo Desire – God Desire Summertime is Rodeo time. If you want to see a rodeo there is bound to be one near you. If you want to be in a rodeo...now that raises a question. What desire drives a person to get on the back of a raging bull? It takes a lot of courage. It takes a lot of skill and strength to stay on for the ride. And, what desire leads a person to be a rodeo clown who tries to draw the mad bull away from the cowboy who just hit the ground face first? Every participant in the rodeo desires something. Oh, maybe it’s just "in the blood." What heart's desires are there that drive folks to try to win, to train a horse, to pay the bills, to experience the thrill, or maybe to impress a gal or a guy, or just to simply be part of the rodeo community. Some desires are good, some are what we might say are "ok." Some desires are sure to lead into trouble. It isn’t oversimplifying things to say that desire has a lot to do with the shaping of character. So, here is the focal point of this brief Bible Study: those who grow spiritually are those who desire it. There was a king in the Old Testament who desired to follow the LORD with his whole heart. In 2 Chronicles 34:31, we read: “The king [Josiah] . . . made a covenant before the Lord, to follow the Lord, and to keep His commandments and His testimonies and His statutes with all his heart and all his soul.” Desire led Josiah to make the conscious decision to follow the Lord. Another King (Asa) failed to follow the Lord and was rebuked with these powerful words, “For the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His” (2 Chronicles 16:9). Check out some Scriptures that will serve as excellent reference points for a personal check-up of where your heart is in regard to a desire for a growing relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.

Closed Hearts

Open Hearts

“For the wicked boasts of his heart’s desire, and the greedy man curses and spurns the LORD. The wicked, in the haughtiness of his countenance, does not seek Him. All his thoughts are, “There is no God” (Psalm 10:3, 4). “The soul of the wicked desires evil ; His neighbor finds no favor in his eyes” (Proverbs 21:10). “Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you” (Psalm 73:25). “Delight yourself in the LORD ; And He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, and He will do it” (Psalm 37:3, 4). “Who is the man who desires life And loves length of days that he may see good? Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking deceit. Depart from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. The eyes of the LORD are toward the righteous And His ears are open to their cry” (Psalm 34:12-15). “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied” (Matthew 5:6). “Therefore, putting aside all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander, like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation, if you have tasted the kindness of the Lord” (1 Peter 2:1-3).

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Just Do It The “Roaring Twenties”, “Dirty Thirties”, and "War Torn Forties" were all descriptions of the era of my parent’s young lives. But in southwestern Kansas, they knew much more about the dirty thirties than the roaring twenties. Communication with the outside world was limited to an old Zenith tube type radio sitting on the kitchen counter or on a table by the worn easy chair in the tiny living room of the old farmhouse. But the dust bowl years on the farm were certainly a central part of the daily experience of their formative years. Country school and Sunday church were about the only social events in their community. Traveling to town was reserved for the required need of selling eggs and hand milked and hand separated cream at the small “creamery” once a week. They usually crammed that trip in between the morning and evening chores and hoped the old Studebaker pick-up would get them there and back without a hiccup. Each family member worked hard to contribute their expected part in meeting the normal daily needs of life. But all the hardships of growing up during that time in our nation’s history, served to produce responsible, strong, creative and stalwart individuals who everyone could rely on. My mother was that type of person. Though her stature was rather diminutive, she was a bustling dynamo. It makes me tired just thinking back on a routine day’s activities she performed on a regular basis. Dad would bring people home unannounced for lunch or supper any day of the week and Mom would whip out a great meal in short order and always be a gracious hostess. Dad was the talker, but Mom was the worker! Though a quiet worker, she was one of those people that when she did say something, everyone sure stopped and listened. They listened because what she did say was usually wise FELLOWSHIP OF CHRISTIAN COWBOYS

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and spoken in a nonthreatening manner, most often with a dry wit. I think Jesus mother, Mary, must have been that kind of person. Even though not much is recorded of Jesus parents, there were occasions that certainly indicated this to be the case. One of those is recorded in John 2:1-11. The setting here was a wedding feast which in Bible times was a huge social event that may have lasted for several days. Unlike our day where there are untold numbers of different choices of drinks provided at a gathering, there was wine or water available at that event. To run out of wine was no small social gaff. Mary must have been standing in close proximity to the servants who were the wine servers as they discussed the problem. Something in Mary’s heart or mind must have just clicked and she knew that her son, Jesus, needed to know about this. So she called Him over and told Him. Even though He had not even begun a ministry with any advertised name or mission statement, nor performed any of His marquee miracles which were to follow, she knew something was special. And ignoring His reply that she should not involve Him, she turned to the servants and said as recorded in verse 5 “whatever He says to you, do it.” And this may just be the greatest, shortest sermon ever recorded in all of history. Just do it – how simple. Following the story recorded there, Jesus said to the servants to do two things. First, fill the stone pots with water, and secondly, serve it to the Governor of the feast. And they just did it. Simple obedience. I’m sure you know the rest of the story as the Governor of the feast called the bridegroom over and commented that it was a surprise that he had saved the best wine until then. This bears out a side note here – when Jesus tells you to do something, it will be better than you could plan. What does Jesus say to you to do? If you search the scripture, you will find THE LINE RIDER

many things He tells you and me to do. But let’s start with John 3:3, 5, & 7 “You must be born again.” Search it out – if you want to go to heaven, you must be born again. And as you search the scriptures daily, you will begin to find a pretty clear road map of how to please the Heavenly Father. Be obedient – just do it! In John 4:50 we find another great short sermon. A Royal Ruler came to Jesus and asked for healing for his son. After some discussion, Jesus told him to go his way, his son would live, to which it is recorded he “took Jesus at His word.” So to us, He is pleased when we simply take Him at His word and just do it as it says. And yet there are other ways He tells us what He wants us to do. John chapter 10 teaches that we are to recognize and know God’s voice. He wants to speak to you personally. You must learn to know His voice as He speaks clearly to your heart. Be cautious about listening to someone else who would claim to speak to you as God’s voice. He may use someone else to confirm what He has already been telling you in His Word or in your heart, but it must align with His Word and bare testing with that Word. Finally, I do think thoughts and "promptings" in our hearts are often His desire for us to do something. Many times when I think of someone just “out of the blue” with no apparent reason for the second or third time, I have found that a simple call to check up on them has been met with a need for prayer or even just a need to listen to something they need to share. This is the “nudge of the Spirit” rather than a command to do something, but none the less something I need to “Just do it.” Listen to Him as He speaks through His word and in your heart and learn to

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Office Staff

Jocelyn Slattery - Administrative Assistant Lacie Slattery - Reception/Product Manager

Contact Information / Hours

Phone: 719-275-7636 Fax: 719-275-3760 eMail: info@christiancowboys.com Website: www.christiancowboys.com Monday - Friday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm (MST)

Visit us at www.christiancowboys.com Fellowship of Christian Cowboys Our Purpose

To present to cowboys, and all whom they influence, the challenge and adventure of receiving Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord; and to disciple them in their commitment to serve Jesus in their relationships and in the fellowship of the church.

Our Desire

The desire of FCC is to use our rich western heritage to reach across this great nation, using cowboys and cowgirls ministering the gospel of Jesus Christ.

The Fellowship of Christian Cowboys

. . . is a non-profit, interdenominational ministry that operates on the faith-funded support of individuals and companies who share a common desire to further the gospel of Jesus Christ to rural America.

 Yes, I would like to partner with the Fellowship of Christian Cowboys and give regularly to help fund the ministry (includes membership packet).  My monthly commitment is $_________ Name____________________________________________________________ Address__________________________________________________________ City_____________________________State__________ Zip_______________ Phone_________________________________ Cell_______________________ Email____________________________________________________________  I am interested in joining a local chapter. Please send details.  I belong to the ________________________ Chapter. For quicker enrollment by credit card, log onto www.ChristianCowboys.com or call 719-275-7636 (M-F, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. MST).  I am enclosing a check payable to FCC.  I wish to charge my credit/debit card in the amount $___________  Use automatic debit, please charge my credit/debit card $__________

on the ______ (day) of the each month _for my commitment to FCC.  Visa

 Master Card

 Discover

Card No.______________________________________________________

Exp. Date______________Security Code_________

Authorized Signature___________________________________________

_

(digits located on the back of your card)

Mail completed form with donation to: Fellowship of Christian Cowboys P.O. Box 1210  Cañon City, CO 81215 Phone: 719-275-7636  Fax: 719-275-3760 www.christiancowboys.com All donations are tax deductible.


Line Rider August 2013