Words from the Pastor
Have you read Psalms 46 lately? This is what it says; “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells. God is within her; she will not fall; God will help her at break of day. Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts. The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Come and see what the LORD has done, the desolations he has brought on the earth. He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth. He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the shields with fire. He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.’ The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.”
Isn’t that beautiful? Essentially, what the Psalmists (The sons of Korah) are saying here is that no matter what is going on around us, no matter how rough our situation looks, God’s got this! He is an Ever-present help in times of trouble! So, we don’t need to worry about anything. Even though it looks as if the whole world is crumbling around you (Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea), God is bigger than all of that! It doesn’t always feel that way does it? But He is. He has proven over and over and over again that He can handle any situation! And the Psalm says, “Therefore we will not fear.” It doesn’t say “Therefore you don’t have to fear,” or “Therefore it’ll be alright if you don’t fear.” Oh no, it says, “Therefore we will not fear.” Will NOT fear! That’s easier said then done isn’t it?
Usually when I am having troubles of any sort I am busy trying to figure out how to fix it and thinking about what I can do next. But see what it says there towards the end of this passage of Scripture? “He says ‘Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” He says! God Himself says that so you and I need to be still and know and trust Him. In other words, “sit-stay” and know that I am God. When we tell that to our doggies (Remember, man’s best friend before you think I am calling you a dog!!), what are we doing? We are trying to teach them something aren’t we? And do you think that maybe that is what God is doing with us?
I believe that in each and every situation that our Heavenly Father brings us into and allows in our lives, it is there to teach us one thing, and that is to completely trust Him for the outcome. Completely rely on Him and to be still and know that He really truly is God. What sweet peace there will be in our lives if we are able to step out of the boat, take His hand and walk through the storm knowing that He is in perfect control. But, just like Peter, do I take my eyes off of Jesus and look at the waves around me and cry out to Him, “Lord save me! I am drowning!” and guess what? He does, over and over again. He is good like that.
So, let’s just trust Him. He’s got this! “Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full I His wonderful face. And the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace!” That’s a promise!!
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

The Christian Church is free.
Wiersbe’s Commentary on Galatians 4:22 & 23- For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the slave woman and the other by the free woman. His son by the slave woman was born according to the flesh, but his son by the free woman was born as the result of a divine promise.
“Legalism does not mean the setting of spiritual standards; it means worshipping these standards and thinking we are spiritual because we obey them. It also means judging other believers on the basis of these standards.” (Wiersbe)

3G Event

This Saturday, June 8th beginning at 8 AM. Breakfast will be
provided. There will be a brief message/ discussion, then we will be
shooting bow’s. NOTE: We are going to shoot bow’s only; no firearms
this time. (Only the little kids with supervision will shoot BB guns
and maybe a .22.) Please bring your bow and if you have a target,
bring that as well. Typically this event runs till about noon.

Words from the Pastor
What a wonderful week at CCMA Rodeo Bible Camp! There was so much given this week, there was time, effort and money given that is going to have eternal rewards and I know God was glorified in everything. I would like to ask you to please be in prayer for all of the young people who were in camp. We are dealing with souls here and as young people they need all of the help that they can get. And prayer does change things! Every prayer and every dime given to the effort of reaching the lost is so important and God sees everything brothers and sisters, so please don’t think that what you are doing is not being used in His Kingdom. It is and it is important for reaching the lost. and as I write this, I know there were 4 decisions to accept Christ as Lord and Savior! Hallelujah!
So often I believe we allow worry in our lives to dictate what we do and how we do it. I read this some where the other day: “You may not know what will happen if you try, but if you do not try nothing will happen!” It’s not a Bible scripture but it is a Biblical principle. Jesus says in Matthew 5:27-34, “Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Isn’t that great? I think we should stop worrying about what might happen. Stop being afraid of what could go wrong. Start being excited about what could go right! Can we trust God to lead us and guide us as we move forward in what He has called us to do? I do understand that the unknown can sometimes be scary, but God knows. Can we trust God to give us wisdom Brothers and Sisters? He tells us in Proverbs 3:5 & 6 this: Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him and He will make your paths straight.” So, no matter what it looks like on the outside we can trust God to work it out not matter how crazy it seems like to the world. Is God calling you to start a work or join a Bible study? Is He calling you to maybe teach a Sunday school class? Or maybe just to start attending a Sunday school class. Maybe He is prompting your heart to share the Gospel with someone at school or at work. Or scarier yet, to a family member! Trust Him to lead you with what to do or what to say. And remember, He loves you and wants what is best for you here on earth and eternally. Trust Him and He’s going to lead you! His Word promises this.
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

Words from the Pastor
This week the Rodeo Bible Camp starts, on Tuesday to be exact. Kids from 12-18 years of age will come from all over Arizona to participate in camp and receive top-notch instruction from world renowned champions! These kids start early in the morning and finish late at night and are instructed in their various rodeo events (Team roping, breakaway roping, pole bending, barrel racing, beginning ropers, goat tying and horsemanship) on how to be a better contestant and win at the sport of rodeo. But even more than that, these top notch, world renowned instructors will pour Jesus into each of these students and help them become winners in life and as a child of God. And that my friends is instruction that will be eternal. I have taken part in this camp every year and each year it just gets better and better. The instructors, counselors and all of the staff just ooze the love of Jesus into these campers and they work on changing their lives from the inside out.
And isn’t that what it’s all about? Jesus tells us in Matthew 28:18-22 this, “Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” He said to make disciples of all nations in this verse. We could translate that word nations as cultures. We need to share Jesus with every culture, and as you know, cowboy is a culture. Agriculture is a culture that produces food for others. So, according to what Jesus tells us, we are supposed to preach Christ to them and this is why we spend so much time, effort and money on this camp! And that is also the reason that we hold an RFFD every month. We are putting action to our faith!
And how about you? Are you sharing Jesus with the people in your world? “But preacher, I’m not out in the jungles of Africa as a missionary, what are you talking about “my world?”” Your world is where ever you are at. Where you work, where you study, where you shop. It’s all those places. We are constantly rubbing shoulders with people outside of church, do they know that you serve a risen Savior? Do you know if they know Jesus? And we don’t have to preach to them. We need to show Jesus in our actions. Allow Jesus to speak through you. Just see what happens! You’ll be eternally grateful!
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

Words from the Pastor
I want to welcome you to the May Ranch Family Fun Day (RFFD). It’s so great to see you all here! And I hope that you have brought a friend with you. Everybody needs to know Jesus and what’s a better way to find Him than in a rodeo arena?
Fred Keys made a statement last week and I thought it was very profound. He said, “Death is a door, you decide what’s on the other side.” Isn’t that great? In other words, it is in your power to know where you will spend eternity. Because no matter what people say, you are going to live forever! You will live forever in either heaven or you will live forever in hell. It is your choice. We are all immortal and we are all going to live forever either in Heaven with our Savior Jesus or in hell with the enemy of our souls.
Paul writes in the 3rd chapter of Philippians about what he did to get ready for Heaven. In the first 3 verses he is talking about the religious Jews of the day that are working their way to Heaven by doing all sorts of stuff on the outside. Then in verses 4-6 Paul writes about how much confidence he could have in the flesh just because of his past. Then, in verses 7-14 he talks about what he actually does. Here’s what he said: “But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
See, everything that Paul did from the time that he met Jesus on the road to Damascus until the moment when he was writing this letter to the church at Philippi was for God’s glory! On that day when Paul met Jesus he saw that door and he decided that he was going to live forever in the presence of Jesus and that he was going to take as many people with him as possible! And that’s the same choice you and I have brothers and sisters! We can serve Jesus with all of our hearts and make Him Lord of our lives, we can barely squeak by with our “fire insurance” or we can go to hell. It’s our choice. I personally want to strive to serve Jesus with all of my heart and share the Gospel with as many people as I can so that they know the truth about my Savior Jesus and have the chance to make Heaven their home too! But no matter what we choose it is our choice. Jesus gives it to us but He also gives us our own free will to make that choice or not.
I pray that if you don’t know Jesus that you will find Him. And if you do know Him that you, like Paul, can serve Him with all of your heart and press on. If you don’t know Him and you want to, just take a moment and tell Him you want to know Him. Just tell Him that you know that you are a sinner and that you know that He died for your sins. Ask Him to forgive you of your sins and come into your heart and live. Easy as that. Then please, let someone know of your decision. We want to rejoice with you!
God Bless You! Let us know if we can do anything for you. Naomi and I sure love all y’all! -Pastor Steve

Words from the Pastor

Today marks that special day when all across the United States of America (And the day has been adopted by many other countries) people are celebrating their mothers. The 2nd Sunday of the month of May is a special day that was set aside in 1914 as Mother’s Day. It is a day in which mothers are celebrated for being just that, mothers, moms, mommies or whatever you call her. Each one of us feel that their mother is the very best and that no matter how old we get we can always count on our mother’s love. Some of us have lost our mothers but we can still remember the love that she showed us even when we weren’t deserving of it. I sure remember my mom showing me that type of love. Even when I was so underserving, she still loved me unconditionally. Kind of like God does to us every day. He shows us that unconditional love and forgives us our wrongs, just like momma.
Now don’t get me wrong, there is discipline, both with our moms and with our Heavenly Father. I mean by the time we reach the age when we should know better, and can legally be on our own, our moms quit whipping on us, but how many of you still get the look from your mom and know that it is time to straighten up? I know that Naomi can still give the look and the kids understand just exactly what she is saying with her eyes! And you know what? God has eyes also. He sees what we are doing and even more than mom, God knows our thoughts and our intentions. He knows when we lie, cheat or even think things that we shouldn’t. So, as we grow in Christ we should be more sensitive to His Spirit nudging us towards doing what is right because Gods “look” can be even more severe then moms!
Colossians 3:1-3 says, “If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” In other words, you aren’t the same as you were in the past. If you know Christ as your Savior you need to be seeking things in Gods Kingdom, not things on this earth. I am not saying that we need to quit our jobs and sit around and pray all the time! No, we need to go to work and share His love with our co-workers. We need to get involved in our community and show the love of Jesus there. We need to show His love in our homes, to our spouses and our children and our children’s children. We need to show our love in the same way our mothers show their love to us. Like Jesus does. Not based on what we do, but because we are the Kings kids!
Happy Mother’s Day!
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

Words from the Pastor
Here it is, May 2019 already. Praise the Lord that we are that much closer to His return! We were studying the other day in Men’s Bible Study Hebrew’s 1:1-2, “In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe.” Did you read verse 2? It says “but in these last days…” Now scholars believe that the Book of Hebrews was written before the destruction of the Temple in A.D. 70 or the author probably would have mentioned the temple. But none-the-less if it was or was not written before or after, it was written around 2,000 years ago, and the author stills says, “in these last days…” Have you ever wondered why the author wrote the words, “in these last days…?” I think it was because the author was looking forward to Christ return. It was in the forefront of his mind and he was hoping it would be that day, that moment or at least in his life time! But here it is 2,000 years later and Christ hasn’t yet returned and caught His bride away. But it is closer brothers and sisters! “Duh pastor” I can hear some of you saying.
Or have we, like some people think, “Is He really coming back? Are we believing a lie?” Seems to me that He should have come back a long time ago. I mean, just look around. The whole world seems to have gone completely mad! What is right is now considered wrong and what is wrong is now considered right. Every where we turn it seems that God has turned His back on the world and left us to fend for ourselves. But has He? Not in the least my brothers and sisters. Not in the least! He is working just like He always has!
Remember what Philippians 1:6 tells us? “ Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ:” He started this whole thing and He knows when it is going to end. He’s got the whole world in His hand! He’s got you and me brother and sister in His hand! And do you know how I know this? Because I have the great privilege of watching each of you grow in the Lord. I see changes in your lives. I see the things that you are going through and yet you keep on keeping on because you know beyond a shadow of a doubt that Christ is going to work all things together for your good. I am so encouraged by all of you and how you allow God to work in your lives. It is amazing to me.
So, let’s all keep it going. Let’s all pull together and shoulder each other’s burdens. God is so good to us brothers and sisters! And we are in the last days. It may go on for a long, long time, but it is still the last days. And I can’t wait to hear these words, “Well done, good and faithful servant!”
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

There seems to be some confusion about church services and time for this weekend, May 5th. So let me clarify. We will be having our normal church services this weekend at Canelo Cowboy Church. 9 am Sunday School followed by 10:30 Church Service. Pastor Steve is back this week and will be preaching.

Also, at the Fairgrounds, Chaplin Tom Day will be hosting a church service for the races. It will be at Pioneer hall at 10:30 am as well. You can contact Tom Day at (915) 588-9281 if you have questions about that service.

Hopefully, this clarifies any confusion. We’ll see you guys on Sunday!

Words from the Pastor
Isn’t it great to know that we serve a risen Savior and that He loves us unconditionally? What does that mean? It means that if we mess up, which we will, He still loves us and still desires a relationship with us. We as humans aren’t like that usually are we? At least I’m not. When someone offends me, I hold them at arm’s length and don’t let them into my life again until I say it’s okay. And at times I have done that with our children. They aren’t doing what I want them to do so I am going to be sore at them and upset that they aren’t! Praise the Lord that He isn’t that way! He loves us no matter what. But I am getting better at not doing that, by God’s grace.
You see, when we are offended, that’s all we can see. All we can feel is the pain of the offense and we can’t see the big picture. We can’t see the fact that everything is working for our good like it says in Romans 8:28. God is going to use these things in our lives to help us mature in Jesus. Paul even goes so far as to say that our afflictions are light and momentary! Read what Paul tells us in II Corinthians 4:17: “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” I know what you’re thinking I bet! “Light and momentary troubles! For crying out loud I just buried my son!” Or, “Do you realize that I was just diagnosed with cancer?” Or, “I hurt my back and I can’t work. How am I going to provide for my family?” All of these things are real in so many of our lives and they hurt and worry us so much, but Paul calls them “light and momentary troubles.” And here on Earth they aren’t. Our struggles are real and they hurt. They take a toll on us. But Paul wants us to look at it from an eternal stand point. Everything that goes on down here, even if we live to be 100 years old, is just a small blip when you compare it to eternity. It is just a blink of an eye and it is causing you to become better or bitter. It is causing you to become more like Jesus or more like the world that has no hope. It’s your choice.
Okay pastor, how do we get over it? Well, Paul tells us in the next verse, “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” Don’t be looking at what’s around you, look up and ask God to show you what He wants you to learn from this. Ask Him how He wants to you to grow and become more like Jesus!
This is what Paul told the church in Colossae to do in Colossians 3:1-3, “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.” It is all about our attitudes brothers and sisters. Where is your heart set? If it’s set on things that are around us, we are not going to have peace. But if it is set on Heavenly things God can do wonderful things through us. Look up!
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