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Cowboys of the Cross is your source for Christian cowboy content
Cowboys of the Cross is your source for Christian cowboy content

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Friends, I remember when I first became a Christian in the Christ-following, evangelical context and how excited I was to add reading the "Christmas Story" to the Christmas 'holiday' almost 20 years ago now. 

And as I set aside time by myself Christmas Eve to read, I remember thinking, that was it?!? It only took me a few minutes. What about all those Christmas specials as a kid like The Little Drummer Boy and it's sequel, Nestor the Long-eared Donkey and on and on? All those school plays as a kid when we could still tell the nativity story? 

That was it? Just a chapter here and a verse there through the Gospels and I was done. I had expected pages of text, rich with story and meaning to pass the quiet evening.

But in time digging into the word, a new believer matures and comes to realize that just a single verse of Scripture can provide hours to meditate on, dig into to truly understand just the richness of God's word and how much he has given us to learn from and grow with.

That simple "Christmas story" is neither the beginning or the end, just one of countless significant moments in Scripture, Old Testament and new that all lead to the sacrifice of Christ and our ability to be saved through Him. Then, through Christ, our own journey's begin and become part of the story God is writing through our lives. Whether you find yourself mustering up the courage to 'intrude in a neighbor's life to try show the love of Christ, struggling to teach yourself the words to communicate the Gospel to someone you know, or being launched into full time ministry with all its challenges, struggles and wonderful moments of knowing God has used you to reach someone, what joy there is in knowing as believers, those who have given their lives to Christ, the very fact we're doing any of that is a real extension of the story that began that day with the birth of our Savior in a stable 2,000 years ago. We're living out that story now as it races toward it's conclusion as described in Revelation.

Thanks for letting me share these stories of ministry with you. Whether you've been reading some of them throughout the course of the ministry that started more than six years ago now, or you've come on board more recently, I hope these stories have given you honest examples of the challenges in ministry to cowboys while other times encouraging you to realize that if this 'nothing' of a person can be used by God, we all can if we just follow His call in our lives.

Most of all, thanks for being a part of 'my' story as we all find where we fit into God's plan for our lives and those whose paths He lets us cross.

Merry Christmas everyone and please, those who have time to share, I always enjoy hearing back on what is happening with you, whether you've known me a long time or just a little while or even if you are someone who has simply subscribed to the newsletter but we haven't had the chance to meet--tell me something from YOUR story.

With sincere thanks and true joy for what this Christmas season means for us all,
Scott and Cowboys of the Cross  www.cowboysofthecross.com
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We had a little fun last time at www.cowboysofthecross.com with our 'pranks' story but now it's time to get really serious about our faith. When you read this week's simple Center Gate Story, we encourage you to pray and be willing to be challenged but don't forget to check out our other new content this week and be encouraged as well. Cowboys of the Cross, like it, share it, LIVE IT.
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If you're a cowboy of the cross, keep sharing this graphic please and make it your profile photo to help promote the new website, www.cowboysofthecross.com The site is meant to be a resource for you for devotions, encouragement and feature stories like this month's feature on Jason Thompson and the Christian legacy he has left behind since passing on a few years ago.
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