You are invited to join us this Saturday at 6 pm at Canelo Cowboy Church for a Worship Night. We have members from 4 different church’s coming together for this night of worship (Canelo Cowboy Church, Vail Valley Baptist, Corona Worship Center and Mountain View Assembly of God). We are also having a time of fellowship afterwards so please bring a snack or dessert to share. Oh and spread the word! See y’all Saturday Night!!!
I want to welcome you to the July Ranch Family Fun Day (RFFD). I can’t believe it’s been a month already! It’s so great to see you all out here!
What’s God doing in your life? Is He able to lead you and guide you? Do you allow Him to lead you and guide you daily as you go out into the cold cruel world and face the trials, tests and temptations? Did you notice that I said daily? See, this walk with the Savior shouldn’t be a once a week, “I’ll get my “religion” in on Sunday and live for the Devil” type of thing!
Remember the great song, “Just a Closer Walk With Thee?” What a wonderful song! The 1st verse says, “I am weak, but Thou art strong; Jesus, keep me from all wrong; I’ll be satisfied as long As I walk, let me walk close to Thee.” And then the chorus, “Just a closer walk with Thee, Grant it, Jesus, is my plea, Daily walking close to Thee, Let it be, dear Lord, let it be.”
I love the song, but I’m thinking, “If I am not walking close to the Lord, it for sure isn’t His fault!” I mean sure, He is going to help us get through anything! He’s our provider and our strength and He is our life, but when we can’t seem to find Him and we’re in a dark place, whose fault do you think it is? “Just a closer walk with Thee, grant it Jesus is my plea!” And I can hear Jesus saying to me, “Hey, I’m right here where you left Me! You got all caught up in “stuff” that really doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of eternity and left Me standing here just waiting for you to get done with all of the things that you’re doing and realize you miss Me.” And all of those things could be great things we’re doing. We could be rodeoing with our kids, we could be camping with the family we could…you fill in the blank. Does it take you away from your time with the Lord and with His people?
As I’ve said before, your Heavenly Father wants a relationship with you so bad that He allowed His only Son to die for you! And once He has that kind of relationship with you He doesn’t want to let you go! He’ll do everything that He can to keep you around, but He will not force you to love Him. So if you’re not feelin’ it today, go back to that place where you last felt it. To the place where He’s still waiting for you!
God Bless You! Let us know if we can do anything for you. Naomi and I sure love all y’all!
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.