One of my favorites that we did yesterday. Love the talent that we have at this church!!!


Words from the Pastor
Welcome to the August RFFD of 2019! It’s wonderful to have you with us here today. I am excited to see you here and I hope that God speaks to your heart and you allow Him to change you from the inside out. Remember what Max Lucado said, “God takes us just like we are but He loves us too much to leave us there.” And praise the Lord that He doesn’t. He works on us and molds us and makes us into the people He can use right where we’re at. I hope that you can remember this. He (God) wants to use you right where you’re at! You may be the only Bible someone is ever going to see. Oh my! I know that for me at least, that can be scary!
I was reading this morning (Tuesday) in Proverbs. What a great book and since there is 31 chapters in the Book of Proverbs, I can start in the book on the 1st of the month and read a chapter a day and be done with the book by the end of the month. That way I can claim to read 12 books a year! What a deal! And even though I have been reading the Book of Proverbs for a long time, I always seem to come across something new, or at least something that convicts me and makes me think. Like today I read, “The heart of the righteous studies how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours forth evil.” (Proverbs 15:28 NKJV) Does that convict you like it does me? A modern-day proverb that I read the other day said, “Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; They listen with the intent to reply.” Yep, ain’t that the truth? Have you ever noticed how some people always have an answer or a comment even when you’re not really needing an answer, all you need is a listening ear? Have you ever been that person? I have. I have an opinion and I will give it to you even if you don’t want to hear it!
Interesting isn’t it that God gave us two ears and one mouth. Do you think He may have done that for a reason? I think that I mentioned James 1:19 a few weeks ago, “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry (NIV),” but for me anyways I feel it bears repeating. Quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry! That is so important folks. It is very important in our churches, in our work places, where we shop, where we play and most importantly, in our homes. That’s the relationships with those that are closest to us. You know, the ones that you are constantly hanging out with and the ones that you don’t mind them seeing all your faults.
So next time someone is pouring their heart out to us, can we just listen? And listen intently? Are we able to allow others a chance to share their true feelings with us or a burden with us or a doubt with us without us trying to fix it? You pray for me and I’ll pray for you.
Please let me know if you need anything. Naomi and I love you! -Pastor Steve

This Sunday we have Ranch Family Fun Day! Come and join us and bring a friend or two!

Also, could you please bring a can or two of non-perishable food to church this Sunday? (20oz beef stew and 15 oz canned vegetables are needed)

Our food collection has fallen short:
We have no extra food to stock the mini food pantry next to the Sonoita library.
We have no extra food to bring to the Patagonia Food Bank where they feed mostly single senior citizens.

If each of us bring two cans of food to church each month we will be in good shape to help our community in need.

Thank you!!

Words from the Pastor
Who likes change? Someone (And it wasn’t Mark Twain!) said, “Politicians and dirty diapers need to be changed often and for the same reason.” Now that’s not the same reason that we change things in the church, but change is inevitable. Why? Because the church, which is made up of people like you and me change. Someone said that we go through “life stages,” and I like that. The church is not a building but a living, breathing organism that grows and changes shapes. Now the message is always the same because Jesus never changes, but the church must change or it becomes stagnant.
The early church realized this early on. In the Book of the Acts of the Apostle, in the second chapter and verse 41 Luke writes, “Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.” Can you imagine that? In one day, the church went from 120 to 3,000 people! Talk about change and in a quick hurry! Hoorah for God and His message about Jesus. And, as I stated, God never changes so the church today needs to be growing also. And I believe that here at Canelo Cowboy Church we are growing. Not 3,000 in one day, but we are growing numerically, and that is because of people like you that are sharing your faith and bringing people to church.
I have heard people say that it’s not about church numbers but it’s about an individual growing in Christ, and I do agree with that. But if that individual is growing in Christ and has a healthy relationship with Him, then that individual should be reproducing. I am talking about reproducing Christians as Jesus told us to in Matthew 28:19-20, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen” Reproducing by making disciples!
If a rancher has 100 head of cows and 10 bulls and there is no calf crop then he better figure out why. If he doesn’t he will be out of business in a quick hurry. And I believe it should be the same way in the church, we need to be making baby Christians or the church is going to be out of business. We need to be making disciples like Jesus commanded us to!
Here at Canelo Cowboy Church we have been doing great job of that. We have been reproducing amazingly well and now we have a problem. A good problem mind you, but it is a problem none-the-less. We are running out of room to fit everyone. If you would have told me that we were going to have this problem when I planted this church 13+ years ago I am not sure I would have believed you, but here we are Praise the Lord!
So, that’s where we need the change. The leadership has decided that we are going to need to go to two services starting in October so you can have a choice of when you want to come to church. That will free up some seats and the church can keep growing!
I am looking forward to this Brothers and Sisters! I think that God is going to bless and who knows, maybe down the road a few years we’ll need three services! We will talk about this more, but I did want to give you a heads up. So, thank you for reproducing! It’s a great problem to have. And if you want to talk about it just let me know and we can get together. In the meantime, let’s keep sharing our faith and reproducing!
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 am not sure how many of you read the front of the bulletin (Or how many of you read any of the bulletin for that matter!), but as I was praying about and inserting a new scripture on the front page, I read this quote:
The church of Jesus Christ is to minister to people at the point of their need. It’s not a sacred society for snubbing sinners. It’s not a hotel for saints. It’s a hospital for sinners. It exists to help the hurting and aid the broken. Be the church God intends by inviting all people to know Christ and receiving them into fellowship when they express faith! Now even though I put the quote there, I am not sure where this quote came from or who wrote it, but I really do like it. We, you and I, are the church of Jesus Christ brothers and sister! We are His bride; we are His body! We represent Him on this earth. We are what people see when they think of a Christian. We are His ambassadors the Bible calls us. An ambassador represents something. Where ever the United States has an embassy in a foreign country, that land where that embassy is located on is considered sovereign land of the United States and the people that live and work in that embassy represent the United States, just like you and I represent the Kingdom of Heaven. In II Corinthians 5:20 Paul tells the church at Corinth this: “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us. We implore you on Christs behalf: Be reconciled to God.” We, as Christians are Christ’s ambassadors, as through God were making His appeal through us it says. If you read this passage of Scripture in context it is talking about Christ being made sin for us so that we could share eternal life with Him in Heaven. That is suppose to be our message to the world around us. That is what we are to share with people on a daily basis. We, as Christians, are to be sharing our faith with the lost and dying world around us. Verse 21 reads this way: “God made Him (Jesus) who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” That really does thrill me brothers and sisters! That is what we, as true Christians, are supposed to be sharing with the world around us! We should be sharing our hope that we have in Jesus Christ with others as true ambassadors of Him.
“Okay preacher,” you may be saying, “how am I supposed to share my faith with people that don’t want anything to do with church or the Bible?” Well, we share our faith through our actions. We share our faith through our love for those that are hard to love. We become the body of Christ here on earth. We always must preach, and sometimes we even have to open our mouths. Father, help me to be Your ambassador.
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
Where does you confidence lie? Where do you put your trust? Are your feet firmly planted on the Rock and is your anchor holding there? Do you realize that if we are Jesus Christ’s, we have given Him permission to do whatever He deems necessary to do to make us His disciples? And He wants disciples that will never falter! His desire is that as we go through things that we are able to say, “Not my will but Yours Father,” like Jesus did the night before He was betrayed.
This isn’t anything new. Isaiah wrote way back in Isaiah 29:16, “You turn things upside down, as if the potter were thought to be like the clay! Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, “You did not make me”? Can the pot say to the potter, “You know nothing”?” Even way back then Isaiah thought of God as the potter and himself as the clay.
And, as Isaiah wrote, “You turn things upside down…” Have you ever felt that way? Like your whole world has turned upside down? That the way you had planned it out wasn’t even close to the way that God was leading you and you were a million miles away from the goals that you had set? That’s the key word here. The goals YOU had set.
As Christians we need to seek Him and ask Him to lead us and show us which way he wants us to go. Seems rather crazy doesn’t it? I mean, didn’t He give us a brain and shouldn’t we use it? Shouldn’t we use our own smarts to work out our problems and our issues? No, we shouldn’t. You see, God has the ability to see the end from the beginning. He knows what is best for our lives. And if we will just trust Him in all of our circumstances, life would be so much more enjoyable! Like it says in Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all of you heart and don’t lean on your own understanding. In all of your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.”
That’s how the Apostle Paul could trust Jesus and rejoice even when he was in prison. Paul had such a close relationship with God that he knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that God had it all under control! That no matter what happened that it was all going to work together for his good and he was safe in the palm of his Master’s hand. Same way that Daniel knew that the lions weren’t going to have him for dinner. And so many more! Think about it! 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
Welcome to the July RFFD of 2019! It is so wonderful to have you with us here today. I am excited to see you all here and I hope that God speaks to your heart and you allow Him to change you from the inside out.
Did you know that God is in the business of changing lives? Max Lucado said, “God takes us just like we are but He loves us to much to leave us that way!” In other words, He is going to work on us as much as we will allow Him to so we can live that abundant life that He offers us in John 10:10, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” Do you know who the “they” are in that verse? The “they” are you and me. We can have a full life because Jesus came and died for us! Some versions have translated the word “full” as “abundant”. Life more abundant. That sounds great to me, life to the full, or life more abundant! But does that mean He is going to change our circumstances or take away all of the issues that are clouding our way right now? No, it sure does not. Even though our Heavenly Father loves us more than we could ever imagine, He will not remove our troubles, but He will help us through them. Not to say that God will not preform miracles and that He can’t remove our problems, but most of the time He allows us to go through them so we can learn from them and learn to be more like Jesus.
In Hebrews 5 verse 8 the writer tells us, “Son though He was, He learned obedience from what He suffered…” Jesus, who was God in the flesh learned obedience through the things He suffered! Sounds pretty wild, doesn’t it? Why Jesus? He was perfect! He was from Heaven for crying out loud! But even Jesus needed to learn to follow God. To allow God to have His will done in Him because Jesus was just as human as you and me, yet without sin. I believe that Jesus had to show you and me that it could be done. He was obedient in everything because He led the way for you and me! We know that He was perfect and we know that we can never be perfect here on earth, but we can strive for that! Isn’t that beautiful?
You see, Jesus is the 2nd person of the Trinity. God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. And being that He is God and that He laid down all of the glory of His heavenly home and came to earth so that He could become a sacrifice for you and me and allow us to have the chance of having eternal life causes my heart to sing. No other person has done that. Buddha went to the grave and is still there. Mohamud went to the grave and is still there. Any other person that people worship died and is still dead! But not our Savior Jesus. And He did it for you and me. He looked at you and me and He said, “They’re worth all of the pain and suffering that I will have to go through. I will be obedient to My Heavenly Father so they can have a way into eternal glory. Yes sir, they are worth it!” And I Praise the Lord that He did it!
Please let me know if you need anything. Naomi and I love you! -Pastor Steve

Words from the Pastor
I think that there are times in all of our lives that we feel low aren’t there? Times when we hurt and feel the pain and the weight of the world bearing down on us and it feels like we are just not going to be able to go on. Maybe a relationship has fallen apart or there are financial burdens or health issues have crept in and taken your peace. And remember, Jesus said there would be days like this for sure. Jesus tells us in John 16:33 this, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Isn’t that the best thing you’ve read in a really long time? Jesus said that we were going to have bad days but then He says, “Don’t worry about it!” in so many words. Why? Why not worry? Because we have King Jesus looking after us!
Do you remember the old hymn “For His Eye Is on The Sparrow?” The first verse and chorus went like this: “Why should I feel discouraged? And why should the shadows come? Why should my heart feel lonely and long for my heavenly home? When Jesus is my portion? And my constant friend is He! His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me. Oh His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me. I sing because I’m happy I sing because I’m free, For His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.” That hymn is taken from Matthew 10. In verses 28-31 Jesus tells us, “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” Essentially, what Jesus is saying here is that even if you’re going to die, don’t worry about it! Easier said then done that’s for sure but non-the-less so very true. Remember the disciples trying to row across the lake in Mark 4:35-41 and a furious storm blew up and Jesus was asleep on a cushion in the back of the boat? They woke Him up and said, “Lord, don’t you care that we’re about to die?” And after He had calmed the sea Jesus asks them, “Why were you so afraid? Where’s your faith?” And it’s the same thing in all of our lives. “Lord, did you see that doctor’s report??” “Lord, I don’t have any way of paying these bills!!” “Lord, this relationship is hurting me so bad!!” On and on it goes and Jesus is saying to us, “Where’s your faith? Is it in the doctors or Me? Is your faith in your money or Me? If you trust Me, I will make you content in this relationship. But you have to trust Me!”
So, trust Him today. Give Him your burden today and don’t pick it up again. Allow Him to calm the stormy sea in your life. Then take His hand and step out of the boat into the sea and watch what He does. He is in the business of changing lives.
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

Hello, a friendly reminder that the 2nd Sunday food collection is this Sunday July 14.

We are especially in need of canned beef stew (Dinty Moore/Kroger/Amour brands) and canned veggies.
Please place your kind donations in the red collection boxes located near the doors at church.

Because of your generosity:
A mini food bank has been opened outside of the Sonoita library whereby people who need food can have 24 hour access to healthy food. (thank you to Santa Cruz County Supervisor Bruce Bracker for his support of this effort)
The mini food pantry outside the Patagonia food bank is being stocked with healthy food.
Over 70 families/individuals (mostly single senior citizens) who use the food bank located in Patagonia are being supplemented with food from our church
Families in need in our area are receiving delivered food.
Thank you for being the Church and for serving others in our community who need our help = Christ in action in and through you!

Words from the Pastor
I am not sure if anyone notices this or not but I try to have a new scripture on the front of the bulletin every month and this month is no different. I read this month’s Scripture early Wednesday morning and it spoke to my heart. Here it is, “At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by His grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone (Titus 3:3-8).”
“At one time Paul” writes to Titus in verse 3. I don’t know about you, but I am feeling that that one time is still happening and I am still messing up quite often. That as a pastor and someone that has been a Christian for over 50 years I should be on top of all those things that Paul is telling Titus was “At one time…” Now please notice what Paul writes next, “But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy.” I heard a definition of mercy and grace that went like this: “Mercy is not getting what we deserve and grace is getting what we don’t deserve.” I know that I sure didn’t deserve mercy. I am a sinner that deserves the utmost punishment. I deserve to be on that cross, but my Savior Jesus took my place because of His love for me. And by His grace (Getting what I don’t deserve), He saved me from that death and from my sin.
Do I still sin? Oh yes, indeed I do (And so do you I would presume), but because of His death on the cross those sins are under His blood and I am free! I John 1:9 tells us, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” So, when I sin, I must confess it and it is forgiven right then and there and I am free from that sin. All because of the blood of Jesus and His mercy! And then, as Paul tells Titus, “…so that, having been justified by His grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.” The hope of eternal life!! I do hope that you have that hope. That you know that you will have eternal life. That beyond a shadow of a doubt you know that you have been forgiven and that He no longer looks on your sin. If you don’t know those things please let me know. I can help you understand that He wants you in His family. And if you do know than I pray that you are living the victorious Christian life that only a born again believer can live!
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