Cowboys of the Cross
By Jim Bull / Cowboys of the Cross
I finally worked up the nerve to talk to my now wife, Laura, on September 22, 1999. Just over three months
later was New Years Eve and we, along with her roommate, were hosting an End of the Millennium
party. Some of the girls’ closest friends were there and I had come to know and respect them. During this
party, one of their friends pulled me to the side to tell me how happy she was for Laura and me; how
great we were for each other and how great I was to her.
I remember the feeling of the grin that spread across my face. The assurance, from a woman I barely
knew, was a great boost to my ego but, more importantly, made me want to do better. A little
encouragement goes a long way to building relationships, your own, as well as people you know or
Hebrews 10:24-25 says “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good
deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another-
and all the more as you see the day approaching.”
My wife and I have been married for 16 years. In that time, we have had great moments of expressing
our love for each other. We have also had times of complacency, when we knew we loved each other
but failed to make the effort to show it unashamedly. I have had times when I felt I was a failure as a
husband because I knew my wife was feeling lonely and abandoned because I was wrapped up in work
and not putting forth the effort to show how much I needed her; how much I loved her. I have also felt
lonely, like a hired worker or a servant. It is in these times we were lacking communication and the
expression of our love, not that we were ever lacking the love itself.
Proverbs 31:28 says “Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her”
Hurry up and wait, but what are we really waiting for?
Romans 8:25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
The hope being referred to here is not the hope of a 90-point ride and first place win, but the hope found in Jesus Christ. In this case, hope isn’t like wishing something great is going to happen; it’s the assurance we have of our salvation in Jesus Christ, for those who have chosen to believe even though we cannot see Christ. To place our hope in Jesus means to place our trust because we can have confidence in it. We know that through understanding he is the Son of God who died for our sins and rose again, that through repentance of our sins and seeking forgiveness through Jesus, that we can be seen as perfect before God despite our sins, mistakes and flaws, and be assured we have a place in Heaven where there is no more sin or sorrow. Hope comes from knowing and believing this as true which gives us the ability to wait patiently for what we know is still to come
Using good judgement isn't the same as judging someone unfairly
By Jesse Horton / Cowboys of the Cross
Don’t touch it! You’ll get burned!
You know that “judge not” verse in the Bible (Matt. 7:1)? Every day we make judgments about situations and people based on experiences. Matt. 10:16 says we should be wise as serpents and harmless as doves. To go through life without making judgments is foolish, but what you can’t do is make an unfair judgment, and what you should do is always strain your judgments of people through the lens of grace. Don’t let known thieves alone with your checkbook. Don’t let known addicts have access to your medicine cabinet. But show them grace and let them have opportunities to rebuild trust. If you think Matt. 7 means you should never judge another person, you should probably read the rest of the Bible…there are 66 books…not just a single verse.
New stories and devotions every other Thursday
TESTIMONY – Nate Camper, Genoa, Ohio – Nate was saved at Cowtown Rodeo, the longest running weekly deal in the country
I found a link to a video of us team roping the other day at Cowtown (the oldest weekly rodeo in the United States in New Jersey) and it made me think a lot about this rodeo. I first showed up there as a 21-year-old bull rider, 21 years ago. My traveling partner,...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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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