THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE FELLOWSHIP OF CHRISTIAN COWBOYS, INC. CAÑON CITY, CO VOLUME 24 NUMBER 7
God bless America, land that I love
Remembering our heritage. “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
God Bless America
by David Barton
Spotlight on Youth
America, this land that we love was founded by men such as Benjamin Franklin who based their leadership on the wisdom of God. This July we need to remember our Godly heritage and seek God’s face for His divine intervention in our nation's future as we face this perilous world.
The United States of America may furnish the world with one example of a free and permanent government.
Kiely Maré by Kaylee Moyer Anything can happen mentally, physically and spiritually....
Where I'm Lead
A Western Woman's Heart
Down the Road
july 2013 In this issue...
I was named Bullfighter of the year at age 40...
Going To The Tack Room by Dale Livingston Do you really use all these bridles?
"let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds."
Of Hawks and Hummingbirds by Davalynn Spencer O, what a hummingbird heart I have!
“Steering youth toward the truth” impacting lives for eternity....
Compete With Eternity In View by Mike Shields, Sr. It was just the two of us, thankfully, when he decided it was time to buck.
Sing Out for America... Be willing to bend your knee and pray...
A Simple Reflection by John Kissel This would be the last time this year most of these cowboys and cowgirls would gather to test their skills...
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God bless America, Land that I love... Remembering our heritage.
Editor's Note: David Barton of Wallbuilders is a fine historian who has researched the beginnings of America and how great a role God’s Word played in the writing of our founding documents. He cites example after example. I hope you will research his findings; they will inspire you in today’s world. Following is an excerpt of an article on his website. I hope you will visit his site, http://www.wallbuilders.com, and read the entire article and pass this important information on to others.
here are numerous moments, but I’ll choose the answered prayers attested to by Founding Father Benjamin Franklin. About five weeks into the Constitutional Convention of 1787 when they were attempting to draft the U. S. Constitution; their efforts were a signal failure. As things were beginning to break up and delegates return home to their states, Franklin challenged them and called them to prayer.
the nation. But to return to the Constitutional Convention, Washington recorded that they went to church to hear an address. At the church, the Rev. William Rogers had a special prayer for the Constitutional Convention:
“We fervently recommend to thy fatherly notice . . . our federal convention. . . . Favor them, from day to day, with thy immediate presence; be Thou their wisdom and their strength! Enable them to devise such measures as may prove happily instrumental for healing all divisions and promoting the good of the great whole; . . . that the United States of America may furnish the world with one example of a free and permanent government. . . . May we . . . continue, under the influence of republican virtue, to partake of all the blessings of cultivated and civilized society.”
He told them:
"In this situation of this Assembly, groping as it were in the dark to find political truth, and scarce able to distinguish it when presented to us, how has it happened, sir, that we have not hitherto once thought of humbly applying to the Father of Lights to illuminate our understanding? In the beginning of the contest with Great Britain, when we were sensible of danger, we had daily prayer in this room for the Divine protection. Our prayers, sir, were heard, and they were graciously answered. All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of a superintending Providence in our favor. . . . And have we now forgotten that powerful Friend? Or do we imagine we no longer need His assistance?
Franklin believed their prayers over the Convention had been answered. After five weeks of failure, following the recess and time of prayer, they reconvened and in only ten weeks produced the document that has become the longest on-going constitution in the history of the world.
I have lived, sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth – that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? We have been assured, sir, in the Sacred Writings, that “except the Lord build the House, they labor in vain that build it.” I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without His concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel. . . . I therefore beg leave to move that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessings on our deliberations, be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed to business."
Franklin definitely saw a difference after the recess and prayer. While he was not willing to say that the finished Constitution was inspired in the same sense as the Bible, he nevertheless believed that it was the product of God’s direct intervention, explaining:
Notice that Franklin openly acknowledged that their frequent prayers throughout the Revolution had been answered. Hence, America became an independent nation rather than remain a subjugated British colony. That is just one example of how answered prayer changed the course of
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“I beg I may not be understood to infer that our general Convention was Divinely inspired when it formed the new federal Constitution . . . [yet] I can hardly conceive a transaction of such momentous importance to the welfare of millions now existing (and to exist in the posterity of a great nation) should be suffered to pass without being in some degree influenced, guided, and governed by that omnipotent, omnipresent, and beneficent Ruler in Whom all inferior spirits live and move and have their being."
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Spotlight on Youth By Kaylee Moyer
Kiely Mare' Age: 12 Parents: Hawk & Skye Location: Elk City, OK Hobbies: Riding Horses Favorite Color: Blue Favorite Animal: Horses Birthday: July 2 Rodeo Events: Breakaway Roping & Goat Tying KM: Tell me a little about how you came to know Christ? KM: I have always had a strong relationship with Christ. In just about every Christian house, both parents believe in the Lord, the child is baptized and is accepted to the Lord. But I truly have not felt like I really knew the Father until just a couple years ago. I was at a Rodeo Bible Camp and I thought it was just about me. We had a small gathering and a couple of people were baptized. That night was when I started to come closer to the Father and to know why I was here. KM: What is your favorite Bible verse? KM: Job 39:19-25 KM: What person in your life has had the greatest impact on your walk with the Lord? How? KM: I have so many people that I do look up to, I can't just talk about one person. My parents, Keely and Bret Tatum and my church family have all helped me. KM: What are your goals for the future? KM: I really want to become closer to the Father and I want to use my gifts for others and not just myself. KM: What has Christ been teaching you lately? KM: To give Him my all and to share what He has given me and use it for good. KM: What part of heaven are you looking forward to most? Psalm 84:10, "A single day in your courts is better than a thousand anywhere else." 4 | JULY 2013
KM: Everbody says, "Oh, I can't wait to see the golden streets and see God," but I want to see my horses and everyone who has passed away. KM: Many people have a skewed idea of what worship is; it is not just merely singing songs but rather, “Bringing all of you, before all of who He is.” In what ways do you show true worship to Christ? KM: I worship the Lord in just about everything I do, whether I am riding or I am at school. KM: Have you ever attended an FCC Rodeo Bible Camp or other event? If so, how has it impacted your walk with God? KM: I've never attended FCC camp, but I truly want to. I have attended a camp in Sayre, OK. It is called Camp of Champions and I do recommend it. It is where I really started to understand why I was here. KM: Song lyrics can really hit home with me. Is there a particular song that is stuck on “replay” in your mind and heart? KM: I usually listen to hard rock. I know some people think that you have to listen to Christian music to be a good Christian, but Natalie Grant's song "Your Great Name" and many of Toby Mac's songs really hit a soft spot in my heart. I also like Five Finger Death Punch, which if you really listen to the lyrics, you can hear the Father in them.
KM: What are your goals right now? KM: To be stronger in the Father. To use my gifts properly and to let the Father shine through me in everything I do. KM: What do you want to be when you grow up? KM: I would like to be a vet. I have always had a gift and a soft spot in my heart for animals. KM: If you could give someone one piece of advice about anything what would it be? KM: Listen to the Father and not to people. It doesn't matter what people think about you, but it matters what the Lord does. KM: Isaiah 40:31 says “those who trust in the Lord will find new strength; they will soar high on wings like eagles...” Where in your life have you trusted in the Lord? KM: I try to trust in the Lord in everything I do. I have to when I'm in the arena or playing softball. KM: How can we pray for you? KM: Just keep my family in your prayers. My dad is having a harder time with his brain injury. Keep my animals in your prayers please. KM: Anyone you would like to thank? KM: I would like to thank my mom and my dad, for always being there, and my sisters, Hadley and Ruthie, for supporting me.
KM: What are some things you do to keep God first in your rodeo lifestyle?
KM: How has your relationship with Christ affected how you rodeo?
KM: Well, of course, I pray everyday with my mom, Skye, and my dad, Hawk. We also do a devotional almost everyday.
KM: My relationship with my Father has allowed me to compete with a sound mind. My favorite scripture says that God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and of a sound mind. This scripture gives me the “Christ-like confidence” I need to compete to the best of my ability.
KM: Who do you look up to most and why? How have they impacted your life? KM: That has to be my mom. She was the one who really got me into rodeo and the horse show business. She is so strong in the Father. One prime example of this is when my dad fell 25 feet on to concrete. The doctors said he would not survive, but my mom prayed over and over again. It was a complete miracle that he survived. THE LINE RIDER
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Cory Wall testimony
Editor's note: Just wanted to share Cory Wall's Testimony from the July 2010 Edition of The Line Rider
I was born and raised in Burlington, CO. My testimony may not fill a church up with people to hear it, but I believe it is a powerful testimony. I have known Jesus since I was seven years old. I have walked with Him my whole life. By no means have I been perfect. No one is. But I just didn’t go down those roads that a lot of other people went down. I feel like God got a hold of me at a young age. Even when I tried to go down other roads I couldn’t. That is something that has been encouraging to pass on to other young people. You don’t have to do things Satan’s way before you appreciate God’s way. I talk to older people who always say if they could do it all over again, they would have served Jesus a lot sooner. I believe as we grow in Him, God will take us from glory to glory. By that I mean I get to know Him at a different level, then another level, and then another one. An example of that is marriage. Nikki and I got married a little over a year ago. I found out about love in a different way than I have ever known. Then we had a little girl and I found out another different way of love. It was unimaginable. It is kind of like the Word of God. You can hear about it your whole life, you can talk about it and even see it work in other peoples lives. But until you experience it, you really have no idea. It is just like having a child. You can hear about it your whole life. People will say, “A baby will change your life.” And you can see it change other people’s lives, but until you have your own child and it actually happens to your life, you have no idea. The Bible is the living Word. If it wasn’t alive then it would only probably do us good only one time. But it is alive and continues to make us alive. The last couple of years have been incredible. 2009 was especially incredible for me. We got married in May. Then at the Finals I was named Bullfighter of the year at age 40 after fighting bulls for 20 years. Just before the year ended we found out we were going to have a baby. It will be pretty hard to ever top 2009! But we will see what God has in store. On July 12th, our daughter Sayler Kai was born. Every time I look at her it is just amazing. It is so cool that there is someone else taking on my likeness. That is what God asks of us, to take on His likeness. I am believing and trusting and will raise her in the way she should go. I see all that in a different light now. I know one of the big keys is keeping her around the right people and the right friends as she grows up. Fighting bulls is not who I am, it's simply what I do. People would ask what I wanted to do 10 years ago, and God knew exactly what I would be doing. I didn’t think ten years ago that I would still be fighting bulls at age 41. God has the plan and I just want to be obedient to what He wants of me. I just know I am doing exactly what He wants me to do right now. You can’t read very far through Hebrews before you see a picture painted of what God requires. Just trust. Psalm 91 says, "those who trust in His name." When nothing else works His name is trustworthy. Too bad sometimes we have to go through so many things in life before we trust. It is just too easy to rely on ourselves. We need to just trust Him. Say "no" to our own ways and say "yes" to His. I wrote a song about needs of people. Everyone has needs. I was looking at people on the sidewalks. Everyone’s ultimate need is Jesus Christ. If you see a need and meet a need, that can open a door to share Jesus. When I look at what Jesus did, He would see needs and meet them. If a person was sick, He healed them and they became followers of Him. It has been a real easy type of ministry for me to get into… just meeting the needs of people that God brings to me. I don’t have to spend hours and hours praying for what to do. Instead of getting all stressed out about what God wants me to do, I just look for a need to meet, and let God open the door. It is pretty much summed up in what Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13 6 | JULY 2013
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Residence: Burlington, Colorado Education: BHS, Burlington, CO; NJC, Sterling, CO; Chadron State College, Chadron, NE; Rhema Bible Training Center Joined PRCA: 1997
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: • 2009 PRCA Bullfighter of the Year • 2007 Wrangler National Finals Bullfighter Alternate - 2007, 2008, 2009 PRCA Bullfighter of the Year nominee - 2007 Dodge National Circuit Finals Bullfighter - 2005-2008 PRCA Pro Rodeo Tour Finales Bullfighter - 2000, 20052007 Texas Circuit Finals Bullfighter • Record holder for most performances (234) worked at Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo
PERSONAL: Cory enjoys snow skiing/boarding, wakeboarding, golf and is a big fan of the UFC. Cory also instructs Bullfighting at several Sankey Rodeo Schools. Cory is an ordained minister and loves working with young people.
Wife - Nikki (Vice President of "Hot Iron Branding", Owner of "A Little Ranchy") Daughter - Sayler Kai
Where I 'm Led
By Dale Livingston
Going To The Tack Room I was standing in the hallway of the barn showing some people my stallion, Kay Cee Leaguer, and one of these people looked into the tack room. The walls of my tack room are filled with different bridles, different sizes, shapes and contraptions. Some of these bridles are for young horses; some for old horses; some for spoiled horses; and some for everything in between . Everyone of these bridles has a specific purpose for a specific problem. These people asked me,"Do you really use all these bridles?" I said,"Yes, at some time or another I do." But how do you know which one to use, they asked? "By experience," I answered. I began to explain how each bridle has a different function and what its function was.
A snaffle is used in the beginning of training; it helps you lead a horse and show him what direction you want him to go. It's reasonably mild and has very little severity to it. It's kind of like John 3:16 "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting Life." The colt on which I use the snaffle is not ready for a leverage bridle - a curb strap under his chin, like Rev. 20:15 "Whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire." He's just starting to guide and would get confused if I put too much bridle on him too soon. He's still a green colt and needs to be shown and encouraged in what he's doing and where he's going. If you go to, too much bridle too soon, this colt may become scared and run away in fear because he doesn't understand what you're trying to convey to him. These people asked me, "When will you use the curb bridle on him?" FELLOWSHIP OF CHRISTIAN COWBOYS
I answered," When he's ready; he'll show me when he needs more bridle to improve." When he becomes dull on the snaffle and ignores it, I will go to more bridle. If all you ever read was John 3:16, it might not seem as precious a passage as it truly is; it would become ordinary to you; you might not respond to it. It doesn't become dull, you become dull. I have had horses that are so light in the mouth you could virtually teach them everything in a snaffle. I've known some Christians that when they heard,"For God so loved the World, He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life," they would smile, or nod in approval and the really light ones would even have a tear in their eye. They weren't dull to the snaffle. This doesn't mean that the horse who gets a little dull on the snaffle is no good; you just have to go to a little more bridle on him for him to respond. One of the greatest show horses I've ever had was really dull in the mouth in a snaffle and his mouth had to be developed. I had to use different leverage bridles on him to develop his mouth to where he would respond with very light pressure. He eventually became a World Champion. If I had just kept pulling on him in a snaffle, he wouldn't have become a World Champion. With a different bridle, he began to respond like Luke 6:37: "Judge not, and ye shall not be judged; condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven." When he gave to the pressure of the bridle, the pressure was released; he was forgiven. The very next verse says, "Give and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over" This horse, when he gave to the bridle, began to improve and was rewarded greatly. This particular horse, I purchased at an auction for a modest amount of money; and 2 years later he became a World Champion, because he gave his head and was developed. But first I had to get the right bridle on him; THE LINE RIDER
then he started making progress towards being a Champion. When he was fully trained, he would ride in anything and respond to the snaffle. Sometimes circumstances occur that will make a horse become confused in the learning process and you back up a little and put the snaffle on him to reassure him of what you're asking. Sometimes under a lot of pressure, we get confused and think we can't do it, but we go back to John 3:16: "then we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us." God has given us His word, His tack room is full of bridles that will help us overcome any resistance we encounter. But if I don't use the bridles, or try them in different situations, then what good are they to me. If I let them hang on the walls and collect dust, I might as well not have them. They won't benefit me, or my horses, if they are just ornaments hanging on the wall. If all I do is jerk when I do use them, they still won't work. If I use them to intimidate rather than teach, they may respond, but they will not cooperate. You can't scare a horse into winning consistently, but you can ride him and develop him into a Champion.
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A Woman's Heart
B y Dava ly n n Spencer
Of Hawks and Hummingbirds But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles … Isaiah 40:31 O, what a hummingbird heart I have! I’m always rushing, doing, squeezing more into my day than the Lord intends. I am not good at waiting; I am better at doing, even if it is the wrong thing. God reminds me that there is one way to mount the circumstantial skies of my life–and that is to wait on Him. The multi-numbered to-do list can wait on me; it will still be there in ten minutes. But if I can stop flapping my spiritual wings long enough to feel the lift of God’s patient presence, maybe I too will mount up with wings as eagles and hawks.
Most summer mornings I spend a few minutes on our front porch. It overlooks eastern Frazier Valley, and a section of the Sierra Nevada foothills in central California. My mental to-do list always vies for attention, but with effort I ignore it and search instead for the brown sweep of silent wing announcing a pair of red-tailed hawks that nest nearby. They rise with outstretched wings on elevators of warm air and I think how I usually struggle just to catch up, much less mount up like these broad-winged birds of prey. Effortlessly they climb on spiraling thermals, piercing the air with their cry. I almost sense their delight in gliding, tilting their wings to ride higher on the currents, or dipping, shooting like rockets to unsuspecting squirrels below. Rarely do they flap their wings like the crows, woodpeckers and finches. I wonder, do they ever hurry or fret or doubt their divinely appointed ability to soar? Inevitably, a black-chinned hummingbird bursts into my reverie, rushing to the feeder where it jealously threatens to spear a rival hummer already sipping breakfast. How furiously he and his diminutive cousins flap their tiny wings, hovering and swooping, like miniature swash-bucklers amid ship’s riggings. They rest just long enough to take a drink, and then they’re at it again. In the high-pitched whir of the humming birds’ wings, God whispers, “But those who wait upon the Lord … shall mount up with wings like eagles.” 8 | JULY 2013
O Lord, thank You for not asking me to be a spiritual hummingbird–beating myself silly in an attempt to stay above it all. Help me spread my wings of faith and trust Your Holy Spirit who does the real work in my life. Thank You, Jesus, for knowing I’d never survive as a hummingbird. Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him … do not fret–it only causes harm. Psalm 37:7, 8 Contact Davalynn at www.davalynnspencer.com
The hawks and humming bird illustration in this month’s “Western Woman’s Heart” plays a pivotal part in Davalynn’s upcoming inspirational romance, The Rancher’s Second Chance from Heartsong Presents, available August 2013.
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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 email@example.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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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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.
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: 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.
Feeder Steer Projects Dairy Projects 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: email@example.com
Upcoming National Events National High School Finals Rodeo July 13-20, 2013 Rock Springs, WY
Cheyenne Frontier Days July 19-28, 2013 PRCA Rodeo, Cheyenne, WY
July 21st – Cowboy Church Service 9:00AM B Stand (Main Arena) July 28th – Cowboy Church Service 9:00AM B Stand (Main Arena)
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Delta County RBC (Delta) July 11 – 14 Horsemanship Camp
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Contact: Shane Kier 970-835-3897 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.deltarbc.com Find us on
Contact: Clark Mueller 406-388-4807 Deb McLaughlin 406-579-0973 Website: www.rodeobiblecamp.com
Northern Front Range RBC (Greeley) July 10 - 13 Contact: Justin Decker -719-688-1945 Email: email@example.com Katey & Sean Memorial RBC
SOUTH DAKOTA Badlands Cowboys For Christ RBC (Kadoka) August 5-8 John Kaiser 605-837-2376 www.badlandsrodeobiblecamp.com
Klickitat Valley RBC (Goldendale) Sr Camp (9th – 12th) July 21 - 24 Jr Camp (5th-8th) July 25 - 27 Contact: Kristi Seibert 509-773-4268 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.goldendalerodeobiblecamp.com
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
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With Mike Shields, SR.
My closest encounter with actually being in a rodeo didn’t involve competition with anyone but myself and my paint horse. It was just the two of us, thankfully, when he decided it was time to buck. At his first good hop I landed just in front of the saddle horn. With his second hop I landed just behind the saddle, and with his third hop I landed back in the saddle. There is no argument from me about where I am best suited for the rodeo experience – in the stands as a spectator. But I am not a stranger to competition in other things. Give me a basketball and a game of "horse" for my competitive juices to wake up. Or, a good game of "horse shoes" will ignite my drive to win. My downfall is competing with my grandkids. When little they always won at "checkers" or "battleship" because I let them. Anymore, they win fair and square.
Chance Smart -10th round WNFR 2008 Credit: PRCA ProRodeo Photo/Mike Copeman Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. (Galatians 6:7-10)
Is it wrong to strive to win? I sure don’t think so. There are, however, some important Biblical principles to consider that will help keep eternity in view when in the heat of competition. Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for his wrong, and there is no favoritism. (Colossians 3:23-25) •
Do the very best you can. Seek to honor Jesus. Guard against the temptation of finding fulfillment in the applause of people. Treat other competitors with loving respect. Remember that God knows your limitations and will bless your efforts which are committed to Him. Remember that there is more at stake than an earthly prize – how a Christian takes winning or losing will either be a good or a poor testimony.
For many, rodeo competition is more than a hobby, it is livelihood. There can be a lot at stake. It is tough. It requires the best of skill and the best of athletic ability. There will always be the temptation to go for the gold at all costs. Just remember, the greatest reward comes from God not the world. He always honors those who honor Him.
So, give it your best. Compete hard, but with eternity in view. It will be worth it all.
Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. (Romans 12:16-18) •
Pride, that ugly superior attitude, is a monster. The follower of Christ will need to guard against it with tenacity because this monster is in us and if let out will nullify any talk of love for Christ. At the same time we must react to the pride of another competitor with peacefulness.
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A Simple Reflection (reprinted from July 2010 Line Rider) There just isn’t any time of the year comparable to autumn in the high country! The brilliant green succulent grass has matured and frosted to a golden wheat color. Translucent green quaky leaves that fluttered with the thermal drafts of summer breezes now rustle with a radiant gold or red with crispness on fall breezes. Towering, craggy peaks of twelve thousand feet have been dusted in the pristine white of an early snowfall that gives way to the rich deep green of the conifer forests covering the flanks of ridges dropping off toward the valleys below. The bottom of those valleys, maybe a broad meandering floor or a narrow squeezed chute are cut by crystal clear, icy cold river or streams carrying life from somewhere above downward to somewhere beyond. And it was in one of those broad, almost "Great American Desert" plains smashed in between several ranges of mountains that this particular little mountain town sat quietly surrounded by the above described beauty. The Big Valley Fair and Rodeo held about the third weekend of September, was the culmination of all the hustle and bustle of a short summer’s hard work of growing, guarding, and harvesting the lands bounty. The fair provided all the usual displays of crafts, wares, personal projects, hobbies, and career identities along with livestock projects of both young and old. Tantalizing aromas of exquisite concessions fostered lazy conversations of old friends. The rodeo was sort of the culmination of the past rodeo season as well. For many of the contestants, this would be the last time this year most of these cowboys and cowgirls would gather to test their skills against one of the four legged athletes. Following tradition, the rodeo began with the grand entry. The stock contractor led the mounted contestants, local hands who spent their time horseback, rodeo queens, fair dignitaries, and many others who sometimes FELLOWSHIP OF CHRISTIAN COWBOYS
could barely stay on top of a horse as they rode slowly around the huge arena. When all had cleared the gate on their way out, the local veterans group stood in sharp salute as the stars and stripes was raised to the very top of the pole and pick up men presented their flags in cowboy fashion. A heartfelt invocation completed the opening exercises. Following the rodeo was the annual livestock auction which often helped fund 4-H and FFA kid’s future endeavors. And there were other events as well – logger’s contests and a draft horse pulling contest to name a couple. Then, in the open air of the grandstand, many would gather for “cowboy church.” Quiet reflection seemed to beg one’s attention. In this shifting of gears from the business of summer with all its demands of work, to the slower quietness of winter and school came the time to look back. And I invite you now in this busy summer season to pause for a moment and reflect with me. Indulge with me as we stop and turn our thoughts to what that flag, raised over arenas all across this great nation, represents. The “bounty” we enjoy in our lifestyle is freedom - freedom to live as we want, how we want, where we want and freedom to go where we want when we want. And freedom to worship our Heavenly Father openly even in a grandstand with fellow believers without fear of persecution. At least here and now, we can revel in this freedom and pause to raise our worship for this blessed opportunity. Thank You Heavenly Father for the freedom this great nation has given us. Thank You for allowing us to live here and enjoy this bounty. Forgive us for busily taking this nation and its freedoms for granted. Somehow, Father, guide our leaders to protect the foundation of this nation, and somehow bring her back to yourself. Thanks for sharing a few thoughts with this ole cowboy. THE LINE RIDER
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). 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 email@example.com or call the FCC national office at 719-275-7636. JULY 2013 | 13
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