Cowboys of the Cross
By Scott Hilgendorff / Cowboys of the Cross
What do we really mean when we say we’re “blessed” or use the #Blessed hashtag?
For most of us, we actually mean we’re thankful for what we have.
When we use the word, “blessed” the wrong way, our intentions are absolutely good, but we run the risk of confusing people about the love God has for them.
If you just won the bull riding, barrel race or team roping, the first instinct of most cowboy and cowgirls is to acknowledge how blessed they are to say what a blessing it was. We say that about most anything that impacts us positively, not realizing that someone who is struggling and going through one of the trials God can let us experience can be left wondering what they’ve done wrong, why God doesn’t seem them as worthy of a break or wonder if they have any faith.
For someone who doesn’t already believe in God or is struggling to understand the Christian faith, it can leave them very confused about whether or not God loves or even cares about that.
We want them to come to a saving faith in Jesus, so we do have to take the confusion this can cause very seriously.
Some of us overlook the verses about finding joy in trials or the sermon on the mount that tells us we’re blessed when we struggle and most of us don’t understand that the struggles we face are opportunities to experience God’s blessing because at their root is an opportunity to seek God’s strength and wisdom and ultimately grow closer to Him. That is a true blessing.read more
Cowboy Church Services:
July 21 Lindsay, ON–Rawhide Rodeo with James and Jenn 6 p.m.
July 22 Sidney, Ohio–SEBRA Bull Riding with Scott.
July 24 Imlay City, MI–SEBRA Bull Riding with Scott
July 29 Woodstock, ON–Rawhide Rodeo with James and Jenn 11 a.m.
Aug 5 Leamington, ON–Rawhide Rodeo with James and Jenn 11 am.
Aug 11 Bruno DeGuides, QC–Rawhide Rodeo with James and Jenn 5 p.m.
New stories and devotions every other Thursday
May 1, 2016 was the life changing day, having a six-year-old boy, a one-year-old baby girl and a beautiful wife and a string of horses that we finally got to perfection. I was big into ranch rodeo, riding broncs and team roping along with a wife who barrel races and...read more
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.
Bible Reading Tips
* Use a study Bible–They can be a little more expensive but a good study Bible has notes that will help you understand the text. Note, there is a difference between a ‘life application’ Bible and a study Bible. Our recommendation is starting with a study Bible to help understand the full context of what you are reading and how it relates to other parts of the Bible
*With a study Bible, be sure to read the introduction to each book before you start one to help understand who wrote it and who it was written to and why. This helps from taking it out of context
* Reading randomly is fine because you can always learn something. The Bible is not structured like a regular book that has to be read from cover to cover. We suggest starting with John to understand who Jesus is more fully but if you also want to get used to ready Scripture, the Book of James is quite direct and can be easier to understand what he is teaching.
*Take your time! Don’t feel like you have to read an entire book or chapter in one setting. It is better to read smaller sections at a time until you feel like you’ve understood it the best you can.
*It takes time! Learning to ride a bull or bronc or learning to rope a calf doesn’t happen with the first try. It takes time to get used to the language of the Bible and to learn how all the pieces fit together. The more you read, the easier it will become but you have to stick with it. Don’t give up!
*Ask for help. Scott is here to help you try to understand what you’re reading and what he doesn’t know, he will help find the answers. He’s a phone call or email away. 865 239 2668 email@example.com
Meet our Teachers / Preachers and Site Contributors
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more