Bull Rider Dixon Holland from Virginia pauses to pray during the opening of a recent bull riding in Wise, VA sanctioned by SEBRA (Southern Extreme Bull Riding Association) .

Glorifying God is a key to the pursuit of our dreams

Chasing Gold Buckle Dreams Part 3

By Scott Hilgendorff / Cowboys of the Cross

How do we know if we’re chasing our God-given dreams or we’re chasing our heart in the wrong direction?

We know that the heart is not to be trusted—that our emotions can mislead us and that can get in the way of God’s plan for us. We also know that as we grow in our faith and put it first, our goals can change to line up with what God wants for us. Sometimes that’s the same as what our original dreams were and sometimes it’s not. If our dreams are changed but our focus is on our relationship with Jesus, we’re going to be happy with the new dream in front of us.

In Matthew 5, Jesus tells us that we should live in a way that our faith shows through and that when others see us living it out, it gives God glory, comparing us to a city on a hill that can be seen from all around or a light stand that is put in place to shine throughout a home.

Matthew 5:16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

Jesus wants us to live like him but in a way that it can be seen by others, not for us to get attention but so that God is honored by our actions and choices.

Be strong and courageous? A cowboy can do that

What a simple encouragement from Paul that we receive in his letter to the church at Corinth. All of these words speak to the heart of a cowboy.

The church he was writing to was facing division in a city filled with corruption and part of his letter was to encourage them in the middle of the struggles.

No one wants to come up against a buffalo. They are strong and aren’t going to back down in a confrontation. Paul encourages the church at Corinth to be strong and courageous as they face numerous troubles.

We can take that encouragement and apply it to our own situations but it’s important to remember, this is isn’t about being courageous by not turning out a headhunter or coming back after a serious injury; this is about standing firm and being courageous in our faith. When we practice this thinking, it can spill over into all aspects of our lives but we have to strive to put God first and see the other benefits as secondary to Him.

Cowboys of the Cross

Welcome to Cowboys of the Cross: your resource for Christian cowboys. Cowboys of the Cross has been providing cowboy church for the rodeo and cowboy community for more than 15 years. The website is your source for stories of faith and encouragement as well as devotions and news and information affecting cowboys of faith. Cowboys of the Cross leads cowboy church at rodeos and bull ridings in both Ontario, Canada and across the north and southeastern United States.   MORE ABOUT US HERE

Psalm 55:22 Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.

David is the author of many of the Psalms and in them, we often find words of comfort and words of worship and praise, as well as sometimes, like in this Psalm, cries to God to destroy his enemies. Through David and the other writers of the Psalms, we can see what it looks like to have a close relationship with God, willing to share with Him what’s in our hearts in both times of great joy and suffering.

Here, bull rider Thomas Tindell prays on the back of the bucking chutes before the SEBRA- sanctioned Super Bull in Johnson City, TN on Feb. 22. The event was put on by EC Hunt and Kyle Rector

PBR Bull Fighter Lucas Teodoro always reads Psalm 91 before each bull riding

PBR Velocity Bull Fighter Lucas Teodoro always reads Psalm 91 before the start of each performance and then prays over it. The Brazilian has an English/Portuguese translation he uses. Had the pleasure of meeting Lucas for the first time last year in South Carolina. He currently lives in Texas while working for the PBR. Got to catch up a little in Knoxville this past Saturday at the Velocity there.
Psalm 91:1-2 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.2 
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.

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In all your ways...

In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make straight your paths — Proverbs 3:6
A Cowboy of the Cross believes God comes first and strive to follow His leading from a desire that comes from the knowledge of the cost of our salvation, paid for by Jesus Christ through is death on the cross. Through a saving and repentant faith in Jesus and the knowledge of his resurrection, we know God has forgiven our sins and will take us home to Heaven when our time here is done. Through God’s grace, we’ll get through the mistakes we make and grow more like Christ with study of Scripture, time in prayer and learning to hear God and following the leading of the Holy Spirit.

Meet our Teachers / Preachers and Site Contributors

Scott Hilgendorff

Scott heads up Cowboys of the Cross, a ministry dedicated to bringing cowboy church to rodeos and bull ridings across North America but with a focus on discipleship. The ministry evolved out of Riding for Christ Ministries, the name which Scott operated under for more...

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James and Jenn Douma

Hey everyone, my name is James Douma. I have been involved with the rodeo for the past several years. I am a full time firefighter in Ontario during the week and ride bucking horses on the weekend. I am married to an amazing woman named Jenn and together we have a...

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Michael Damien Moore

Michael Damien Moore is a bareback rider from Athens, TN and the nephew of rodeo producer Mike Moore. Originally from Alaska, Michael has started leading cowboy church, largely at rodeos in the 'south'.  The hat he is wearing in the photo was his father's. You'll see...

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Josh McCarthy

Howdy! My name’s Josh McCarthy and I compete in saddle bronc riding in the PRCA and I’m the youngest of five from northeastern Wisconsin.  I grew up in a Christian home and went to church every Sunday. I accepted Christ into my life when I was little but I didn’t...

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Jim Bull

I grew up always praying before meals and hearing that our friends that passed were in heaven. However, I never felt I knew who God was and definitely didn't have a relationship with Him. I lived my life thinking if I seemed like a good person, then I must be a good...

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Jesse Horton

I was 'raised Christian.' I can't remember a time before I was 10 years old that I wasn't a church-goer, though I remember several years of my teens where my family didn't attend church. I confessed my sin and my need for Christ when I was eight years old, but I do...

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