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     I spent a lot of my rodeo career having fun and cutting up like a lot of young Cowboys do.

     I was fortunate enough to make the NFR and even win a world title and I was greatfull to the Lord for blessing me with that.

     But after all his blessings, I didn't slow down and run it like a business. I continue to cut up and God tried to get my attention by showing me that was I not as bullet proof as I thought I was.      He allowed a horse in Guymon, Ok to flip over and break my arm. That put me out for a little while but it was perfectly planned because while I was at home on the mend, my oldest son was born far earlier than we expected. If I hadn't broke my arm, I would have been a long way from home with my wife having to do it all on her own. Once I healed up I hit the trail again.

     Trying to play catch up by entering everything in the Pro Rodeo Sports News, I was never home. I lost sight of my family and once again God got my attention. In Huntsville, Tx a horse flipped over in the chute and broke my arm again. So I'm back home trying to heal up but I was with my wife and son which is

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Eric Mouton,

Corpus Christi, TX

1997 NFR World Champion Bareback Rider


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By Scott Hilgendorff/Cowboys of the Cross

James 1:22-25-- But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. ut the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.

If there's kiwi in a bag of trail mix, I pick it out. I don't like how it tastes or mixes with the other pieces. A mild allergy to cashews means I pick out them out too because too many of them and it gets a little hard to catch my breath.

There's a problem in our culture right now where we want to treat the verses of the Bible like a bag of trail mix, picking out the things that cause a bad reaction in our society or just discarding the verses we want to reject that make it easier to live the way we want to live. We sometimes find a way to use Scripture to justify the sins we want to commit like using pot or having sex with our girlfriend by either rejecting certain verses like I might a dried up foul-tasting piece of kiwi or ignoring the ones that would cause us to change our lives in a way we don't want to change.

James is pretty direct throughout his book of the Bible and it's one of the easiest to understand. If he was talking to cowboys today, he might say it like this: to ignore something you just learned from the Bible is as dumb as going to a rodeo or bull riding school or clinic and sitting on a bull or bronc backwards in the chute at your first rodeo.

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By Jesse Horton/Cowboys of the Cross

Building a house is not a simple chore.  It takes more than a good carpenter nowadays…it takes permits and months if not years of planning to get the building inspector’s approval before you can even pour footers and lay the foundation.  

And everyone knows the most important part of any house is the foundation.  The building inspector actually has to see the foundation reinforcement before you can pour concrete; they have to verify that the foundation is built to code and that the framing is of correct size and spacing to support the wind and snow loads that the home will be subjected to as determined by a licensed professional engineer.

As with a home, the foundation of our faith is of utmost importance.  Jesus illustrates this in Matthew 7:24-27  “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice  is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.  The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.  But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.  The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

All buildings will see storms; all people will experience strife – if your foundation is strong, your work may stand.

Jesus is the cornerstone – the foundation – on which we should build our faith and our lives.  As simply as it can be put, our faith is based on this ideology: Jesus is God who came in the flesh to earth, born of the virgin, Mary; He lived a sinless life and so deserved no punishment for sin (the wages of which is death); He submitted himself to the punishment of a just God and to death on the cross and separation from God, the Father – the punishment all sinners deserve; He rose from the grave, victorious over death (both physical and spiritual); and the best part is that we can trade places with him.  

Think of it as a bank account.  Yours is in the red…WAY in the red!  Jesus has enough to cover your debt, regardless of how huge it is, and enough to give you an endless supply of funds beyond your wildest dreams.  To complete the analogy, you complete the transaction by writing a check to God with the amount left blank…just sign your name and hand it over.  You have nothing to lose because you have everything to gain…literally!  That’s the foundation of the Christian faith, and regardless of how well your home is built or how fantastic the materials are, if the foundation shifts your building falls!

As important as the foundation of a home is, what you build on top of that foundation is also very important.  If you use 2x4’s instead of 2x6’s, or if your frame spacing is 2’ instead of 1’-4” the house may not withstand the forces of nature that are typical of the location.  Or improper electrical equipment may cause a fire and burn the home down to the foundation.  Yes, the foundation will remain, but the building process will have been for naught.  

This is exactly the Apostle Paul’s point in 1 Corinthians 3:10-15 By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work.  If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward.  If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames.

It is noteworthy that Paul spoke to believers in 1 Corinthians 3.  The foundation had already been laid at the time he penned this letter; these folks had accepted Christ as LORD and Savior.  He’s not persuading them to accept Christ; he’s persuading them to build wisely on the foundation that is Christ.  He makes the statement that “the Day will bring to light” that which the builders used to build.  Did they build quickly and cheaply?  Or did they make an investment in the strength and beauty of their building?  The Day Paul refers to is the Day all Christians will face – the judgment of Christ.  Not judgment for our sin – that was judged and paid for by Jesus’ death on the cross; but judgment for the work we did after the foundation was laid.  

Yes, we Christians will be judged for our works of righteousness.  We won’t earn salvation with our works, but we will advance the kingdom of God and prove ourselves worthy servants…or not.  I’m sure there will be many people who meet Jesus with regret in their heart when they see from that side of eternity how many folks might have come to know their Savior had they only been obedient.  Yes, they will spend eternity in heaven, but they will have nothing to show for their time on earth as Christians; just like a home that burns to the foundation – though the family inside may escape, everything they have will be ashes.

I want to make this very clear: you cannot earn your salvation by being good or doing good things!  However, you can and should have an impact for the kingdom of God through the righteous actions of obeying God’s call on your life.  If you have accepted Jesus, you have been called to get your hands dirty for God!  Ephesians 2:10For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.  In light of what Jesus has done for you, how could your response to that be any less than total submission to His will for your life?  Without this submission, in my humble opinion, you should very seriously question your salvation.  Let us all examine ourselves to see that we are in the faith and be persistent in offering our minds, our hearts, and our bodies to God’s service.