Words from the Pastor

Here we are heading towards Christmas day a very rapid pace! I am never really ready but I always look forward to Christmas day. Family and friends. Food and fellowship. It’s a wonderful time of year for me and my family! But some of folks aren’t as ready or as blessed as I am. I read that the suicide rate really increases this time of year. And that is because people have lost all hope. There is nothing for them, they think, left here. But I hope that you and I know different. Our hope is built on nothing less than Jesus blood and righteousness! But that doesn’t negate the fact that there are people that need hope, need a friend and they need someone to share the love of Jesus with them. And I don’t mean preaching at them, I mean being a friend to them and loving on them and being a shoulder for them to lean on. It seems that people are more open to the gospel of Christ during this Christmas season then any other season.

Depression is real though brothers and sisters. I have seen how it can affect people first hand. I have seen how it destroys family’s and takes away hope. I read the other day that if you rearrange the letters in the word depression you can spell “I Pressed On.” Paul mentions pressing on in his letter to the Church at Philippi. Philippians 3:14 says, “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” And if anyone had the right to suffer from depression it would be the Apostle Paul. He was writing this Epistle from prison, he had been shipwrecked, he had been stoned and left for dead and on and on. But he was still pressing on. Still had his eye on the prize.

I think the best way to stand firm and to stand is found in Ephesians 6:10-18: “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Did you read that part? “…so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” Paul is saying that if you want to overcome your fear, overcome your depression, over come your anxiety, then put on the full armor of God and STAND! Acknowledge that God can do anything and that He loves you and He wants you to be an overcomer and He wants you to stand. Pray this prayer every morning and allow God to do a work in you. Go through every verse and put on the armor that He has given you to wear as a child of God. I think you will be amazed at what happens!

Please let me know if you need anything. You pray for me and I’ll pray for you. Naomi and I love you all. -Pastor Steve

Canelo Cowboy Church

Here are a couple things happening this week.

Tomorrow, Tuesday, December 3rd at 3pm we will be decorating the church for Christmas. Come join us for a fun time of decorating. Bring a snack to share, and any Christmas decorations you want to donate. See Naomi Lindsey for more details: naomi@canelocowboychurch.com

Saturday is our ladies Christmas ornament and cookie exchange. If you haven’t rsvp’d please email, call or text either Nancy or Jennie. Click Here To Like Page

Words from the Pastor
How do you view things in your life? When a hard thing comes along in your life, what is your first reaction? When something happens in my life, I don’t always think of rejoicing about it immediately. There are all kinds of things that, if I allow it, would bring me down. Health, wealth and relationships just to name a few. Why do you think that happens, that we don’t immediately rejoice? Why is it that the first thing we do when there is a hardship in our lives we worry or lash out at whoever brings on the hardship? Most likely it’s because we forget that it is God (Who allows these hard things in our lives for a reason) in control. If you read Psalm 139 you will see that God has our lives planed out even before we are conceived. He knows us better than we know ourselves. Here is what Psalms 139:1-2 says: “You have searched me, LORD, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.”
So, if God has searched me and knows me, knows even when I stand up or sit down, why do I worry and fret? Because I forget that the Creator of the universe has my best interest in mind and wants what is best for me here on earth. You see, God can see the end from the beginning and knows what it will take to get us from point a to point b in our life here on earth. And remember, He wants us to live a victorious Christian life and victorious doesn’t always mean that things are going right. Victorious means that even when things aren’t going as planned, we can rejoice and thank God for them. Remember what Paul tells us in I Thessalonians 5:16-18? “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” This is how you and I can both have and live a victorious Christian life! Always rejoicing, praying continually and constantly giving Him thanks for all of our circumstances.
And did you read that? The phrase, “for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” Have you ever wondered what God’s will was for you? Have you ever agonized over not knowing which way to turn and wondering what God wanted you to do? Paul makes it pretty plain here in this passage. #1 Rejoice. #2 Pray. #3 Give thanks. We need to only trust God that He knows what He is doing and that He cares enough about you that He is going to make whatever is happening in your life work together for your good, somehow, someway.
So, as we head into this Thanksgiving Season let’s try and remember this. God’s desire is for us to #1 Rejoice. #2 Pray. #3 Give thanks. Maybe I should put that on our refrigerator as a reminder that God is in control. We do not need to worry or fret, we just need to trust God with a childlike faith.
God is good. Happy Thanksgiving.
Please let me know if you need anything. You pray for me and I’ll pray for you. Naomi and I love you all. -Pastor Steve