Good Morning!
Considering all that is going on in our church and community, we are going to have to cancel our RFFD Banquet. Between Covid exposure, people actually having the virus, and a myriad of other complications, the leadership feels this is a regrettable, but necessary decision.
We will hold our regular church service this Sunday, January 17th, at 8:30 am. I hope that you can make it, but, as always, if you have concerns, know you have been exposed to the virus, or are not feeling well, please stay home and join us on Spacebook!
My heart does break because so many have worked so hard this last year and deserve their reward!
Thank you for your understanding. Together, with God, we will get through this!!
We Love You,
Pastor Steve & Naomi.

Words from the Pastor

As I write this, New Years Eve 2020, it looks like we made it to 2021. But we won’t know for sure until we read this in the bulletin Sunday the 3rd of January for sure if we have or not. Jesus could return anytime between now and then you and I won’t care! That will be alright with me for sure. Who knows what 2021 will bring us? All I know is that we better be praying for God’s guidance, and I mean REALLY praying for Him to guide our elected officials in the first week of January. Interesting times we live in isn’t it?
I have been spending a lot of time in Psalms 91. Maybe some of you have been following the daily devotions on my Facebook page and today we just finished up with verse 4. An ancient commentary on some of the Old Testament writings called “The Midrash” claim that Moses wrote Psalms 91. All I know for sure is that it had to be someone who had a special relationship with God and knew about His ability to protect His people.
Here is a short snippet what Spurgeon has written in his commentary about Psalm 91: “In the whole collection there is not a more cheering Psalm, its tone is elevated and sustained throughout, faith is at its best, and speaks nobly. A German physician was wont to speak of it as the best preservative in times of cholera, and in truth, it is a heavenly medicine against plague and pest. He who can live in its spirit will be fearless, even if once again London should become a lazar-house, and the grave be gorged with carcasses.” So, Psalm 91 is a Psalm that can and will give comfort to those of us in trials and testing in our lives.
I wish I had room to paste the whole Psalm here, but I don’t so I will only share a few verses. But I would like you to read and study the whole Psalm.
“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart (Psalms 91:1-4).” Now please, don’t think that God is going to get you out of every predicament that you get into. I mean, look at what the Apostle Paul had to endure because he proclaimed the gospel and I am sure Paul knew this Psalm by heart but he spent so much time in prison and getting stoned and whipped and all of those other trials and troubles. But spiritually, God is all about this! He is our Rock and our Fortress!! He will deliver us…but beware, it just might not be on our terms. Just trust God and He will see you through!
Pray for me and I’ll pray for you! Naomi and I love you all.
– Pastor Steve

Words from the Pastor

Have you ever wondered what was going on in heaven 2,000 years ago a couple weeks before Jesus was born? Do you think that the angels were rehearsing for their glorious Luke 2:13 and 14 proclamation, “Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.””? It had to be a busy time in heaven don’t you think? And just think about our Savior Jesus, the second Person of the trinity and all that He was thinking about as he prepared to come to earth to do only good and then suffer a harsh cruel death at the hands of those that He came to save. Only to rise from the dead in three days, and because of that you and I can have eternal life! Jesus knew what was in store for Him. He knew He would be rejected and that He would have to suffer and that He would be crucified on a cross. He knew that His Father would turn His back on Him and that He would feel total and utter aloneness and separation from God as He went to hell. But He did it anyway. He suffered all of that for you and me so we could have a way to heaven that up until that time was impossible for us as gentiles to obtain. And that we, as sinners, can now walk right into the presence of God and have a relation with Him. All because Jesus chose to come to earth and humble Himself.
But do you know what also is so amazing to me? That is not where Jesus left it. He gave to us the ability to have the fullness of the Jesus. Read what Paul tells us in Colossians 2:9 and 10, “For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, 10 and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority.” For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness! We have been brought to fullness brothers and sisters. We have such a promise in this brothers and sisters. The fullness of what Christ has. We can have the same ability to overcome just like Christ did because we have that same fullness! We can overcome, all we need to do ask Him to fill us and give us the strength to be the disciples He calls us to be.
Pray for me and I’ll pray for you! Naomi and I love you all. – Pastor Steve

Church This Sunday!

Good Morning!
This coming Sunday, May the 10th is Mother’s Day! I don’t know about you but I am so thankful for my mother and I want to celebrate her in a special way even though she’s now in heaven. How about if we have church outside this Sunday? It will be a BYOC & C (Bring Your Own Coffee & Chair) service because the ban on getting together anywhere but Walmart or Home Depot hasn’t been lifted yet. That way we won’t all be touching the same surfaces and we all aren’t inside the building stacking chairs breathing the same air. If we do it this way I feel we will be safe, especially if we don’t hug one another (That’s going to be hard for me) and don’t greet one another with a holy kiss (Romans 16:16)! We shouldn’t shake hands but elbow bumps are still in style.

We will have just 1 service and it will start at 8:30 that morning. After the service we should disperse to our homes as quickly as possible.

Please plan on sitting in family units and six feet apart from other family units. Please wear masks and/or gloves if you feel a need. And, if you’re not feeling well, for goodness sake stay home. Or, if you have a compromised immune system please stay home. The service will be broadcast live on Facebook also. If you feel safer staying in your vehicle and watching the service please do that as well. I am looking forward to seeing your faces.

In His Service,

Pastor Steve
Senior Pastor Canelo Cowboy Church

Words From The Pastor

Well, we’re 12 days into 2020 and so far, so good. I am looking forward to this year because I know that God is going to bring in a harvest of souls and His Kingdom will be expanding in our community and beyond! I know that He will be doing this because we as a church have stepped out in faith and asked Him to touch and save those that we’re praying for.
Remember last week I asked you all to write down a name on a piece of paper and place it in a basket? And I also asked you to commit to pray for that person daily and I will pray over the names daily and we’ll see what God does in those lives. I said that we are going to call this the “My One” prayer. Just one person, one, that you and I will commit to pray for and we will see what God does in the lives of “our one.” Well, there are 40 names that came in on the 1st Sunday and I would like to continue putting names in the baskets throughout the month and continue to pray for them. Won’t it be wonderful to see how God answers our prayers this coming year? And God will get the glory for this Brothers and Sisters! God already has a plan for each and every name that we have written down and it is going to be amazing to see wonderful things happen in their lives.
Do you have the faith for that? Do you believe that God can, through your sincere prayers, change lives and save people from their sins? I believe that He can and that He will if we just ask Him to. James 5:13-16 tells us this, “Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” This is a promise to you directly from the word of God. If you’re in trouble, pray. If you’re happy, sing. If you’re sick, ask others to pray. And confess your sins that you may be healed. What greater healing is there then the healing of “your one’s” soul and the forgiveness of their sins that they can live eternally in the presence of Jesus? Then James says, “ The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” Your prayer is important to God and important to the people you are praying for. Can you imagine getting to heaven and realizing that “your one” is not there simply because you didn’t pray for them? Shouldn’t everyone have that chance?
Maybe you don’t know how to pray for them. “What do I say, how do I ask God to save them?” you may be saying. Well, simply that. Simply ask God to save them and do a work in their lives that they can have eternal life and spend it in heaven with you. Pray for them, sincerely, knowing that God can do a work in their lives and that they will be born again (John 3:3)! Then sit back and watch God do a work in their lives.
Please let me know if you need anything. Naomi and I love you all. -Pastor Steve