Wednesday, April 1, 2015

COWBOY CHURCH AND PASSOVER


TUESDAY EVENING I GO TO "COWBOY CHURCH" - YES ITS FOR RANCHERS AND COWBOYS LITERALLY. I'VE JUST BEEN GOING FOR ABOUT 3 MONTHS; I'M PART OF THE WORSHIP BAND [STRUMMING MY GUITAR]. 

THEY'VE BEEN DOING THIS "COWBOY CHURCH" FOR 10 YEARS, ON A TUESDAY EVENING FOR AN HOUR. THEIR MINISTER 55 YEAR OLD "BRYIN" [DIFFERENT FIRST NAME INDEED]. WE HAVE THE TRADITIONAL OLD HYMN BOOK AND THEIR "FOLDER SHEETS" OF SPIRITUAL SONGS WITH A COWBOY FLAVOR. 

TONIGHT BRYIN WAS GOING OVER THE ANCIENT PASSOVER INTO THE PASSOVER LAMB BEING CHRIST. IT WAS INTERESTING AS HE ASKED THE QUESTION, "HOW MANY OF YOU HAVE HEARD THAT JESUS WAS CRUCIFIED ON A WEDNESDAY?" HE BROUGHT OUT A FEW FACTS ABOUT IT FROM THE GOSPELS AND FROM CHURCH HISTORY. HE THEN SAID, "INTERESTING THAT WE CHOSE 10 YEARS AGO TO MEET ON TUESDAY EVENING, SEEING THE VERY FIRST NEW TESTAMENT PASSOVER WAS VERY LIKELY ON TUESDAY EVENING." 

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE MAIN THING WAS JESUS DIED FOR US, NO MATTER WHAT DAY IT WAS; HE DIED, SHED HIS BLOOD, SO WE COULD COME UNDER THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB, HAVE OUR SINS FORGIVEN, AND FIND SALVATION. HE WENT THROUGH A LITTLE OF WHAT CHRIST SUFFERED THAT PASSOVER WEEK...... HE TOOK US BRIEFLY WALKING IN JESUS' FOOT-STEPS AND ALL HE WAS WILLING TO GO THROUGH FOR EACH OF US. 

BRYIN'S LITTLE SERMONS ARE ONLY ABOUT 15 TO 20 MINUTES LONG, BUT THEY ARE GOOD, TO THE POINT, AND HE DOES IT ALL WITH A VERY DOWN-TO-EARTH COWBOY STYLE;  COWBOY LINGO,  BRINGING IN COWBOY  SEASONS  LIKE  CALVING  RIGHT NOW. SOMETIMES HE STARTS OFF WITH A COWBOY POEM THAT HAS ...... WELL THINK OF DAVID OUT TENDING SHEEP AND COMPOSING PSALMS, YOU KNOW LIKE PSALM 23 "THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD, I SHALL NOT WANT; HE MAKES ME TO LIE DOWN IN GREEN PASTURES; HE LEADETH ME BESIDES STILL WATERS....." YOU GET THE PICTURE. 

OVER THE DECADES MANY COWBOYS HAVE WRITTEN COWBOY POEMS. THE OLD ROY ROGERS AND SONS OF THE PIONEERS SONGS WERE REALLY COWBOY POEMS PUT TO MUSIC.

 THIS WEEK IS ONE OF THE TIMES WHEN THE PASSOVER AND THE COMMON "EASTER" WEEK FALL JUST ABOUT TOGETHER. THE FACT IS JESUS CHRIST DID LIVE.... HISTORY WRITINGS PROVE IT. NO PHYSICAL MAN HAS EVER BECOME AS FAMOUS AS JESUS CHRIST; NO PHYSICAL MAN HAS INFLUENCED THE WORLD AS JESUS DID. HE CLAIMED TO COME FROM GOD THE FATHER; CLAIMED TO BE ONE WITH THE FATHER; CLAIMED HE CAME TO DO AND SAY WHAT THE FATHER SENT HIM TO DO AND SAY. 

I BELIEVE IT. LIKE THE YOUNG LAD DAVID TENDING SHEEP, I'VE LOVED NATURE, BEEN AMAZED BY IT, FROM A YOUNG TODDLER BORN IN A SMALL WELSH VILLAGE, WITH NATURE ALL AROUND ME.; SENT TO A CHURCH OF ENGLAND SCHOOL AT AGE 5; GIVEN A BIBLE, TOLD TO OPEN IT AT GENESIS ONE, THE FIRST PAGE, THE TEACHER READING, "IN THE BEGINNING GOD CREATED THE HEAVENS AND THE EARTH....." WOW, IT HIT ME LIKE A BOLD OF LIGHTENING; YES IT HAD TO BE. 

FOR THOSE OF US WHO SEE THAT, AND ALL THE REST OF THE BIBLE, WHICH INCLUDES THE WONDERFUL GOSPELS..... THIS COMING LATTER HALF OF THIS WEEK IS REAL SPECIAL. WELL THAT'S MY LITTLE SERMON. YOU CAN FIND MORE, MUCH MORE, ON MY WEBSITE [keithhunt.com] ABOUT THIS WEEK..... AND THE PASSOVER LAMB OF GOD.  THIS PASSOVER AND FEAST OF UN-LEAVENED BREAD, IS ALL ABOUT SALVATION; LAW, SIN, GRACE, MERCY, HOLINESS, SANCTIFICATION, RIGHTEOUSNESS.....ALL ABOUT THE WAY OF THE LORD TO ETERNAL LIFE; WHO MADE IT POSSIBLE, AND YES EVEN WHY YOU WERE BORN - A CHRISTIAN'S DESTINY.  MANY MANY STUDIES ABOUT ALL THAT TRUTH IS ON MY WEBSITE.
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