May Ranch Family Fun Day

I want to welcome you to the May Ranch Family Fun Day (RFFD). God has been so good this last month and has blessed us more than we deserve that’s for sure. Take a look at the new building and all that’s been accomplished! We’re hoping to occupy that building SOON! Please be in prayer about it that it can happen if God’s willing! We can always use a helping hand if you want to lend it, or money if you’d like to donate to the cause. When it comes to prayer, helping and money, I always figure the more the merrier.
Well the weather’s starting to warm up. In a couple of months the rains will be here and we will be able to start the cycle of life all over again, at least for the ranchers. Everyone should be getting all of their branding done and hopefully everyone has enough water to take them through the dry part of the year. It’s like this every year and the cowman should be used to it but I guess he’ll still worry about the weather and the market prices. That’s just the way it is I suppose!
But have you ever stopped and wondered to yourself, “Why do we worry?” I mean Jesus told us our Heavenly Father is going to take good care of us just like He does the sparrow! He says that all of the worrying in the world won’t add a fraction of an inch to your height or make you live longer! I received a text from a beautiful young mommy this last week and she quoted Colossians 3:15, “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful.” See, Jesus said that if we trust Him, He will give us perfect peace! And we can have this peace as a church body! All of us working toward one thing. All of us pulling in the races toward a common goal.
This common goal is achievable folks. No matter what it looks like on the outside this common goal can be ours.
Are you wondering why Paul writes in this verse to be thankful? Because if we really truly believe that God is in control of our circumstances and that He’s working all things out for His glory and for our good then we can be thankful for everything that comes our way. We can learn, as Paul did, to be content in every situation (Philippians 4:12). Lord, hasten the day!
God Bless You! Let us know if we can do anything for you. Naomi and I sure love all y’all!

10th Resurrection Day Sunrise Service!

This is Canelo Cowboy Church’s 10th Resurrection Day Sunrise Service! We feel blessed that you have come to join us so early in the morning! 10 years! That’s a decade folks! I wonder how many of us were at the first service we held in Canelo? Y’all been putting up with me for a long time!
As you look around at the new property you can see that the building project at is moving forward! The new building is progressing and things are changing all around us materially. But greater than that I hope you see change on the inside of you and I. What I mean is, that we as followers of Jesus Christ should see Him at work in us every day and I hope that we are growing Spiritually. As that old black preacher once said, “If you is what you was, then you ain’t!!” What he was saying is that as a Christian we should be changing and daily growing in the Lord. Things that used to bother us no longer bother us. Temptations we once gave into we no longer give into them. We don’t need to kick our wives and yell at the dog. Why? Because our lives are being filled by the Holy Spirit and we are being renewed daily!
At Canelo Cowboy Church, we don’t “do” religion. We believe that having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ is the only way to Heaven. We also know there is an abundance of churches out there that you could have attended today, so we are glad you chose to attend here! God may have something special that He wants to speak to your heart about. My prayer is that you will allow Him to speak to you and you will listen to His prompting. If you need to talk to a person please find me or someone that knows what a personal relationship with God is and share with them. We’d love to hear from you!
We have great music, fellowship, and food! If you hang around with us for very long, you’ll learn that’s how we roll! Please let me know if you need anything. Naomi and I love you all!

Great is Thy faithfulness

I’ve been thinking about the old hymn, “Great Is Thy Faithfulness.” The lyrics say, “Great is Thy faithfulness, oh God my Father. There is no shadow of turning with Thee. Thou changest not, Thy compassions they fail not. As Thou hast been, Thou for ever will be! Great is Thy faithfulness, great is Thy faithfulness, morning by morning new mercies I see. All I have needed Thy hand hath provided, great is Thy faithfulness Lord unto me!” You could google the song when you have a chance and read the rest of the lyrics. I think they will bless you and maybe you can relate to the writer and his relationship with his Father. This is what we are talking about when we say that we at Canelo Cowboy Church don’t have a religion, we have a relationship with Jesus.

You might be thinking, “What’s the difference between religion and a relationship?” If you look in the Gospel books in the Bible, you’ll read about how the Pharisees and the Sadducees took issue with Jesus. They weren’t impressed at all with how He raised the dead, healed the sick, made the lame walk, made the deaf hear, made the blind see and all the other wonderful things He did. They weren’t interested in why He did it, they were interested in if He messed with their religion when He did it. Did He heal on the Sabbath Day, did he do all the things He did in accordance with their interpretation of the law, their religion!

We don’t want to be religious here at Canelo Cowboy Church folks! We want to be free to allow the Spirit to work in our lives and allow God to use us as He sees fit. God doesn’t need to do things the way we think He should. We cannot put God in a box and tell Him He needs to do things the way we think He should. We want to be able to have that relationship with Him and to say “Great is thy faithfulness” no matter what He decides needs to happen in our lives! He desires a relationship with us and it’s really quite simple if we just trust in Him to lead us.

Pray for that kind of relationship, would you? I want to be like Jesus and only do what I see the Father do and only say what I hear the father say. Now that’s a relationship!

Please let me know if you need anything.  Pray for me and I’ll pray for you. Naomi and I love you all.

Be kind to one another!

I was reading in chapter 4 verse 32 of Ephesians. It says, “And be kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another even as God in Christ has forgiven you.” There are a few things to look at here. First, it’s a great reminder that we need to be kind to each other. We need to be kind to everyone we come in contact with actually. If we are to “Love others as we love ourselves,” and “Love our neighbor as ourselves,” then we need to learn to show kindness to whomever we come in contact with.
You ever had a bad day? Or maybe you’ve had a bad week or a bad month. Some folks seem to have bad lives, where nothing ever seems to go right for them. I think that we as Christians need to keep this in mind when we are dealing with people. We never know what someone is going through. Look at the writer of this Epistle, the Apostle Paul. He had been imprisoned, shipwrecked, beaten, stoned and attacked from every side but yet he knew that God was on the throne and He was looking out for him. He wrote these words, “Be kind to one another.” We need to keep in mind that we don’t know what everyone is going through when we’re dealing with them. If we knew what they were going through, we might just understand why they’re a big ‘ole grouch!
So maybe instead of being mad about their attitude we should try and encourage them and show them the same love Jesus shows us even when we don’t deserve it. Which in my case is all of the time!
Then Paul writes, “Forgiving one another even as God in Christ has forgiven you.” Each one of us that knows Christ as our personal Savior knows that we do not deserve this kind of forgiveness! We deserve death, but Christ died on the cross for us so we don’t have to die and spend an eternity separated from Him! What a deal! He did it all and forgave us so we need to show the same to everyone, especially our brother’s and sister’s in Christ. I know it sounds simple and in reality it’s hard, but with enough prayer we can get it done! We can become like our Savior, Jesus! Pray for me and I’ll pray for you that we can get this done!
Please let me know if you need anything. Naomi and I love you all.
-Pastor Steve

What’s God doing in your life?

What’s God doing in your life folks? Is He changing you from the inside out or do you figure He’s done all the work in you that He’s ever going to do? I think He’s constantly changing and growing us no matter how old we get!
God puts us through all kinds of things to help and/or make us grow up in Him. All the things that go on in your life are allowed so we must start depending on God and on His sovereign will for our lives. We need to lay down our lives daily and allow Him to work His will in our hearts. That way we become more Christ like and are willing to allow God to work in our hearts until we are able to say, “Not my will but Yours Father. Whatever is best for me is what I want! I am willing to go through it because You know what’s best for me.” We can really start believing Romans 8:28-“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them that are called according to His purpose.”
There’s an old song by Dan Burgess titled, “Thank You Lord.” It’s a great song and it speaks to my heart because it speaks truly how I feel. Here’s some of it:

Thank you, Lord, for the trials that come my way. In that way I can grow each day; as I let you lead, and thank you, Lord, for the patience those trials bring. In that process of growing, I can learn to care.
But it goes against the way I am to put my human nature down
and let the Spirit take control of all I do. ‘Cause when those trials come, my human nature shouts the thing to do; and God’s soft prompting can be easily ignored.
I thank you, Lord, with each trial I feel inside, that you’re there to help, lead and guide me away from wrong. ‘Cause you promised, Lord, that with every testing, that your way of escaping is easier to bear.

“But it goes against the way I am to put my human nature down and let the Spirit take control of all I do!” Wow! Human nature raising its ugly head once again. I really like where he writes that “God’s soft prompting can be easily ignored.” He’ll never force us to do anything. He wants it to be our decision. You pray for me that I can let Him do that, please.
Please let me know if you need anything. Naomi and I love you all.

-Pastor Steve