Archive for November, 2011

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

It’s a Big Deal!

Coming out of the season of Thanksgiving and into the season of Christmas we have so much to be thankful for and to celebrate.  If you look around and think about it, God has done some great things in all of our lives.  From the family and friends we have, to the clothes, finances, gifts, talents and the list could go on and on.  The bottom line is that what God has done in our lives is a big deal.

Sometimes we discount all of the things that God has done and forget that even the small things are big deals to the Lord and at one time they probably were big deals to us as well.  Remember that time God answered that prayer.  That is a big deal!  Remember that time He healed your body.  That is a big deal!  How about that time that you might have died in that car wreck but you didn’t.  That’s a big deal!  God loves us so much and wants to do even greater things in our lives than we’ve ever seen before but one of the key things is not forgetting where you came from and what God has done because what He’s done in your life is a big deal!  The little things in our lives are a big deal to God and should be a big deal to us.

Remember the story in Matthew 14:13-21 where Jesus wanted the disciples to feed the crowd that they had been ministering to, which was around 15,000 people but all they had were 5 loaves and 2 fish.  To the disciples what they had seemed small and insignificant but to God it was a big deal.  They brought the fish and bread to Jesus and the bible says that He looked up to heaven and blessed, and thanked God, then divided the fish and bread up to feed the people and had 12 baskets left over.  Now think about this with me.  Do you think that all those people were glad that the disciples brought what they thought was small and insignificant to the Lord?  I do.  I think they were thankful that someone was willing to bring something that seemed small to them, to the Lord, because the Lord took the small thing and made it a big deal.  Maybe there are some things in your life that seem small that are a big deal to the Lord and to other people if you would just be willing to bring it to Him.  That idea that seems so small is a big deal.  That dream that’s on the inside of you is a big deal.  That plan or strategy to turn your business around is a big deal.  Better than that, is the fact that you may feel small and insignificant but you are a big deal to God.  Such a big deal that God sent his one and only son, Jesus to die on the cross for your sins and mine.

At the time, that little baby seemed so small and insignificant to so many people but to our Heavenly Father, He was a big deal.  What we celebrate during this Holiday season is such a big deal.  We all receive presents during this time of year and some are big and some are small but the gift of God’s son, Jesus, is a big deal and is the best gift we could ever receive.  So take some time and celebrate the big deal that Christmas really is.  Realize that there are certain things in your life that are a big deal and one of those things that can’t be compared to anything else is Jesus.  His birth is a big deal!

Have a very blessed Christmas and realize that Jesus is a big deal to God and so are you.  We are praying for you and are thankful that you are in our lives!

Forever Cowboys – Trey Johnson

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

November Newsletter

Dear Partner,

This is such a nice time of year – the leaves are changing; the temperature is changing; even the time is changing. But it’s also the time of year that we get together with friends and family to thank the Lord for all that He has done in our lives. Really, we should take the time every day to be thankful for all that God has done and is doing in our lives.

Psalms 145:2 says, “Every day [with its new reasons] will I bless You [affectionately and gratefully praise You]; yes, I will praise your name forever and ever.”

It’s important to spend time on a daily basis giving thanks and praise to God. You can do this on your way to work; while getting dressed; during your prayer time. We all have the time to praise and thank God for His goodness!

Ephesians 5:20 says, “At all times and for everything, giving thanks in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father.”

Thanksgiving can be such a powerful force in our lives. No matter what you are going through, learn to give God thanks and praise. Thank Him that you are saved, alive, delivered; that your eyes, ears, mouth, and body work. Thank him that you have food to eat and clothes to wear. Thank Him for your family members, for bosses, employees, and the leaders in your life. Thank Him that He never leaves you or forsakes you. Thank Him for the fact that He is always faithful! No matter where you are in life or what you’re going through, be thankful that God is with you and that He will help you.

Psalms 34:1 says, “I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.”

David wrote this when he was on the run from King Saul. He was at a very low point in His life, but he still made the decision to praise the Lord. You might be in a difficult time right now in your life, but please make the decision to praise and be thankful for what God has done in your life. When we thank and praise God for what He has done, it causes our faith to rise up on the inside of us and it gives God something to work with.

A while back I had this phrase come up in my heart from the Lord:  “If you will remember where you’ve come from and what I’ve done in your life and be thankful, I will build upon on it and begin to turn things around.” I really believe that it’s time for things to turn around for people in the body of Christ – and one of the things the Lord is going to use is your thankfulness for what He’s already done. Be thankful!

So let’s don’t wait until Thanksgiving Day to be thankful. Let’s start today! Take a moment right now to praise and thank God for His goodness!

We are thankful for each of you! We appreciate the prayers, the love and the support that you show this organization.

Trey Johnson