We have to be willing to ask for help so others can answer God’s call

Part 2 of 2 

By Scott Hilgendorff / Cowboys of the Cross

One of the strengths of the rodeo and bull riding industries is how willing a contestant is to help another.

A bull dogger unloading his horse at a rodeo discovers it injured it’s leg somehow and can’t run. Another bull dogger loans him his horse, loses to the guy he helped who in turn splits his check. A bull rider’s truck breaks down and someone else backtracks 30 miles to go get him.

Jesus, the disciples and throughout Old and New Testament, we’re given countless examples of helping others and the importance of doing it.

Our hope is that we can all agree it isn’t weak to ask for help whether it’s because no matter how hard you try, you can’t control the diameter of your loop while turning the rope or that you feel like God has completely abandoned you and you’re ready to take your own life.

While there is a lot of meat throughout the verses, Galatians 6: 1-10 stresses the importance of doing good to everyone.

9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

We’re cautioned not to get tired of doing good. If we let ourselves feel unappreciated or if we see the examples of others living for themselves, it can be tempting to give up and live more selfishly but we have to hold on to God’s call for us to help each other.

Jim Bull is a horseman from Kentucky who writes, The Bull Pen for the Cowboys of the Cross website, devotions meant to teach and encourage through illustrations from life.

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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. 

The plans to prosper you. A message to take us into this new year.

A fruitless season is not without hope

By Jesse Horton / Cowboys of the Cross

This morning, I looked out my back door to see an empty field; nothing but 10″ stalks where corn used to grow. It was once productive, but today there is only a vague remembrance of the life that once was there.

But soon, the sun will provide warmth, and the farmer will sow the seed, and new life will spring up. This field will again be fruitful.

Just because you’re in a season that feels fruitless and seems hopeless, this is not the end of your story! Get yourself exposed to God’s word as often as possible – the seed being sown is the word of God. Soon, the warmth of the Son will cause fruit to grow. You just be faithful to prepare your heart to receive the seed!

Mark 4:13-20 13 Then Jesus said to them, “Don’t you understand this parable? How then will you understand any parable? 14 The farmer sows the word. 15 Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them. 16 Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy. 17 But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. 18 Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; 19 but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful. 20 Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop—some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times what was sown.”

Where to find us

Saturdays, Cowboys of the Cross, Celina, OH. This will be many Saturdays now through spring.

 

Feb. 15, Blountville, TN for Triple T Bucking Bulls bull riding, cowboy church with Scott

Feb. 15 and 16, Owensboro, KY, for SEBRA bull riding, cowboy church with Keith.

Feb. 29, Blountville, TN for Triple T Bucking Bulls bull riding, cowboy church with Scott

 

Scott/Cowboys of the Cross can be found at Spur’n S Rodeos with the National Cowboy Association and he serves as the Chaplain for the Southern Extreme Bull Riding Association, often found at their sanctioned events.  He can also be found at PBR Velocity Tour events, International Professional Rodeo Association events  and others.

New devotions every other Thursday

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

Keith Miller

Keith Miller grew up in a strict Amish home in Indiana until discovering the freedom of an independent relationship with Jesus Christ. As a bull rider, he met his wife Natalie and together, they have a daughter Gracelyn and have settled in Westport, Indiana. Keith...

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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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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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