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Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

August Newsletter

Dear Partner,

You are very special to God!  God wants to show up in your life!  He wants to reveal His heart to you and do great and mighty things!  You may be going through the toughest time in your life, or it might be the greatest time in your life.  But either way God desires to reveal even more of Himself to you.  You might be asking, how?  How will God show up?  How will He reveal Himself to me?  How can I know God more?  One way is, through your Praise!

God will show up in your lift through a lifestyle of Praise! Praise is a powerful gift that God has given us to invite His presence into our life.  Remember what we talked about in the last letter we sent out?  “Through prayer and praise, comes powerful purpose”!  Prayer is a part of our relationship with God.  It is a way that God’s will, will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Praise is also something God uses to strengthen our relationship with Him. Praise attracts God’s presence!  Praise magnifies who God is compared to your circumstances!  Praise creates an environment for us to change and for us to know God!

Psalms 76:1 says “In Judah God is known”

The word Judah comes from the Hebrew word “Yadah” which means to revere or worship with extended hands; to make confession; to praise; or to give thanks, thankful, thanksgiving.

So you could say in Psalms 76:1 “In Praise, God is known”.  If you want to know God more than you do right now start to live a lifestyle of Praise.  You might not think that you have anything to praise God for, but in reality you do.  Look around and begin to praise and thank God for your health, your clothes, your house, your friends, your money, that you are still breathing, that you’re going to heaven and not hell if you have a personal relationship with Jesus!  We all have something to praise God for, don’t we?  “In your Praise God is Known”!

Psalms 114:2 says “Judah became His sanctuary”…

The word sanctuary means a sacred place or thing, consecrated, dedicated, Holy.  Psalms 114:2 could read “Your praise becomes His sanctuary”!  Wow!  In your praise, God hangs out.  Your praise attracts God and when He shows up that place is sacred, consecrated, dedicated and Holy.  When you began to praise God for who He is, and thank Him for what you do have instead of looking at what you don’t have, things begin to change.

That’s another thing that praise does.  It helps you Focus!  It helps you focus on the answer and not the problem.  It helps you focus on God’s ability and not your own.  In the Old testament the Israelites were going to battle and they asked the Lord who should go first “and the Lord said, Judah shall go first” or “your Praises should go first” (Judges 20:18).  Did you see that?  Your praises should go first!  Whatever you are facing today, I want to encourage you to send your praises first.

Instead of focusing on the problem, praise God for the answer.  Instead of focusing on what you don’t have, praise Him for what you do have.  Instead of focusing on the part of your body that is hurting, praise Him for the parts of your body that work correctly.  Instead of focusing on the things that have gone wrong in your life, praise Him for what has gone right in your life.  Praise is life changing.  A person of praise can’t be stopped.  A person of praise will know God, and will come out of whatever mess they are in. They will overcome, advance, grow and become the person God has created them to be!  Why is this so?  Because through your praise God is known, God show’s up, we are changed and our focus is corrected!

We are thankful for each of you, we know God is doing great things in you. Keep praising!

Trey Johnson

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Powerful Purpose

For several months now I’ve been hearing the Lord say “through Prayer and Praise comes powerful Purpose.” God wants each of us to fulfill His purpose for our lives.  He is a good God and desires for us to be who He has created us to be.  I know that you are like me and deep down inside you want God’s will for your life.  You want to be all you are supposed to be; you want to live with that sense of fulfillment, knowing that you are achieving God’s plan for your life and being all that you are supposed to be.  Well, God is saying “through Prayer and Praise comes powerful Purpose.”  Our part is prayer and praise, with which we will live with powerful purpose.

You might be saying, “Why do I have to pray and praise for God’s will to come to pass in my life?  Can’t God do whatever He wants?  Why does He need me to do these things (He’s God, after all)?  To answer these questions, let’s look at God’s relationship with man from the beginning.

Genesis 1:26 “Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”`

Right here, God lets us know that His relationship with man and through man is how He is going to affect the earth.  He made man as a spirit being, just like He is, so he could fellowship with Him.  Then He gave him a physical body so he could operate here on the earth.  God’s desire was that He would rule heaven and that His will would be done on earth as it is in heaven, through man.  That man, from a place of relationship with Him, would get His heart, His mind, His will and then carry it out on earth.  “Let us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion…”  God wants to show up in all of our lives but we must remember that the way He set up the structure is through our cooperation and agreement with His will.  You are the connection between God and His will being done on earth as it is in heaven.  Man has to cooperate with God in order for us to experience  God’s will for our lives!  Lets look at some of these scriptures that make the connection between God, us and His will being done on the earth.

2 Chronicles 7:14 “If My people, who are called by My name, shall humble themselves, pray, seek, crave, and require of necessity My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.”

Ephesians 6:18  “Pray at all times (on every occasion, in every season) in the Spirit, with all [manner of] prayer and entreaty.  To that end, keep alert and watch with strong purpose and perseverance, interceding on behalf of all the saints (God’s consecrated people).

Matthew 16:19 “And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.

These are just a few of the many scriptures that show us that there is a connection between heaven, earth and us.  God is looking for us to get into agreement with Him and allow Him to operate in our lives.  The reason I say “allow Him to operate” is because God is a God of integrity and He will not violate His word.  When He said “Let them have dominion,” He showed us the way He was going to operate on this earth and that is through us.  God has always looked for a person who would cooperate with Him.  In the flood, He needed Noah.  To create a nation, He needed Abraham.  To lead Israel, He needed Moses.  To defeat Jericho, He needed Joshua.  To save mankind, He needed Jesus!

I want to encourage you to become a person of prayer today.  Prayer is a privilege.  It is our responsibility, and it’s designed to bring great fulfillment into our lives.  Your prayers give God the legal right to show up in your life and the lives of others.  Prayer touches God’s heart and changes yours.  Remember –  “Out of Prayer and Praise comes powerful Purpose!”

Trey Johnson

Friday, April 15th, 2011

How has your focus been?

How has your focus been?  The last time we talked, it was about the importance of Focus. God is wanting to do great things in our lives, but it’s going to take Focus on our part. Here are some great things to Focus on:

  1. Identify your priorities.  Matthew 22:35-40; Matthew 6:33
  2. Identify your gifts, strengths and abilities. Romans 11:29
  3. Identify and discover the dream, plan and vision that God has for your life.  Proverbs 29:18

Today, I would like us to answer the question “How do we Focus?” Learning to focus is very important in any area of life if we’re to become all that God has called us to become. Focus in itself is not really natural for most people, so here are some things we can do to learn how to focus:

REMOVE DISTRACTIONS: This is very important because all of us have plenty of things to do and can spend a lot of time doing things that aren’t really important or don’t give us the return in life that God desires for us.

Luke 10:38-42 Amplified –  “Now while they were on their way, it occurred that Jesus entered a certain village, and a woman named Martha received and welcomed Him into her house.  And she had a sister named Mary, who seated herself at the Lord’s feet and was listening to His teaching.  But Martha [overly occupied and too busy] was distracted with much serving; and she came up to Him and said, Lord, is it nothing to You that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me [to lend a hand and do her part along with me]! But the Lord replied to her by

saying, Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things; There is need of only one or but a few things. Mary has chosen the good portion [that which is to her advantage], which shall not be taken away from her.

Are you too busy and overly occupied?  Are you going a lot of different directions and not getting much accomplished?  Maybe you’re like that octopus on roller skates –  there’s a lot of motion but you’re not going anywhere!  Today I want to encourage you to be like Mary and choose to keep your focus in the right place and remove distractions.  To remove distractions, do first things first.  Not easy things first or hard things first, but first things first.  Once you locate your priorities, then keep practicing them and you will be able to see the distractions disappear.  Jesus Himself said that when we remove distractions and focus on the right things, it would be to our advantage.  Removing distractions gives you the advantage!

MAKE TIME TO FOCUS: Ephesians 5:15-17 Amplified — “Look carefully then how you walk! Live purposefully and worthily and accurately, not as the unwise and witless, but as wise (sensible, intelligent people), Making the very most of the time [buying up each opportunity], because the days are evil.  Therefore do not be vague and thoughtless and foolish, but understanding and firmly grasping what the will of the Lord is.”

We must make time to focus.  Studies show that we can lose up to 40% efficiency jumping from one thing to the next.  If we don’t make time to focus we can spend the whole day doing things that just steal our time and our time is the currency of life.  What you do with your time will determine what you become.  To protect your time, try not returning emails or phone calls before a certain time of the day.  Don’t allow things to rob you of your time.  Learn to set up boundaries for yourself and you will be thankful for all the things you will be able to get done when you make time to focus.

LEARN TO SET GOALS: Paul shares this important truth with us in Philippians 3:13,14 — “I do not consider, brethren, that I have captured and made it my own [yet]; but one thing I do [it is my one aspiration]: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the [supreme and heavenly] prize to which God in Christ Jesus is calling us upward.”

These are things that can change our lives if we will focus on them.  Today, make the decision to forget the bad things that have happened to you in the past because when you really think about it, you can’t change it anyway, so let it go and move forward.  Everything that God has for you is in your future, not behind you, so go forward, strain, keep stepping, and press toward the goals that will help you become who God desires you to be.  A goal simply gives you something to focus on.  A goal is not a final destination, it’s just something that gives you direction.  So even if your goals are small they will be helpful if they keep you going in the right direction.  So please learn to set goals, then focus on them.

Each of us here at Forever Cowboys wants to see you be all that God has called you to be and we want to see God show up in your life more than ever before.  Stay Focused!

 

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

Don’t Lose Your Focus!

We are so excited about what God has in store for you this year!  God wants to reveal Himself to you more than ever before.  Coming into this year, the Lord kept bringing Isaiah 41:10 up in my heart and this is what it says:

“Fear not [there is nothing to fear], for I am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties, yes I will help you; yes, I will hold you up and retain you with My [victorious] right hand of rightness and justice.”  (Isaiah 41:10 amplified)

No matter where you are in life or what you’re going through, God wants to help you.  The verse above is good all the way through, but the part that keeps jumping out at me is where it says “do not look around you in terror and be dismayed.”  One of the things He’s saying right there is, “Do Not Lose Focus!”

For God to do His part of strengthening us, helping us, and holding us up with His victorious right hand, we must do our part.  Which is to “Not Lose Focus!”

As you’re reading this you might be saying to yourself, “That’s nice, but you don’t have any idea how many things I have going on in my life right now.”  Or maybe you’re asking the question, “What do I focus on?”  Well, first know that we all have a lot going on in our lives and we always will.  But in order for God to show up and for us to know Him more than ever before, we must learn to Focus.

Focus can lift every area of your life to new heights.  It can bring energy and power to almost anything you do.  It can help us develop within our relationship with God, with people, in sports, business, family, school, financially and the list could go on and on.  But let me ask you this question:  “Does everything you’re involved in deserve your focus?”  The answer, of course, is NO! We must choose carefully the target of our focus. Let me share some things that can help you decide what to focus on.

IDENTIFY YOUR PRIORITIES

The bible lets us know who and what should be our first priorities.

“… You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind (intellect).” This is the great (and most important) first commandment.  And a second like it is:  “You shall love your neighbor as [you do] yourself.” (Matthew 22:37-39, Amplified)

Our first place of focus should be on loving God and loving people!  From this place of relationship with God and with the correct people, we can determine the other places that deserve our focus.  We want to focus on the areas that give us the greatest return and our relationship with God and the right people will always give us the greatest return.

Remember:  God wants to strengthen us, to help us, and to hold us up with His victorious right hand, but it will take focus on our part!

DISCOVER YOUR GIFTS AND STRENGTHS

“For God’s gifts and His call are irrevocable [He never withdraws them when once they are given, and He does not change His mind about those to whom He gives His grace or to whom He sends His call].” (Romans 11:29, Amplified)

From your relationship with God, discover your gifts, strengths, abilities and talents and then focus to develop them.  If you don’t know these things in your life, first of all ask God but also ask the people that are closest to you; people who love you and have watched your life for some period of time.  Another thing you can do is take a personality test.  There are several out there online to help you with this.  Also, look back at the areas where you have shined or succeeded in the past.  Once you begin to locate some of these, then begin to focus your energies in these areas.

Once again, remember:  God wants to show up and reveal Himself in every area of our life but it will take focus!

DISCOVER AND DEVELOP YOUR DREAM

Once your relationship with God is your number-one priority and you begin to discover the gifts and abilities that God Himself has placed in you, then start to focus on the dream and vision that He has for you.

“Where there is no vision, people perish…” (Proverbs 29:18)

God has a dream and a plan for your life and He wants you to discover it. How do you do this? First, of course, is to focus on the one who created you and knows the plan, vision and dream He has for you — God!  While you are spending time with God or even just living life and your mind continues to return to a certain area, then that might be part of God’s dream for you.  Another principle is to help other people fulfill the vision that they have received from God, which can set you up to receive the vision that God has for you, too.  But once again, this will take focus on your part.

Today I want to encourage you to make a decision to focus.  Focus on your relationship with God and the right people.  Take time to focus on discovering your gifts, strengths and abilities and as you are focusing on these things, I believe that God’s vision for your life will start to unfold for you!

Let’s focus like we never have before and let’s watch God do things in our lives and in the lives of others like we’ve never seen before!  Let’s Focus!

We want you to know that we love each and every one of you.  We believe in you and want to be a part of helping you be the best you that you can be!  Not only have we been a part of your life but you’ve also been a part of ours and we know together we can accomplish God’s will on Earth.  We appreciate the part you play in helping us fulfill God’s plan, whether it’s by being a friend to those in your sphere of influence, through prayer, by financial support or by helping us at some of the upcoming events.  You are important to us and we appreciate you very much.  We are praying for you and are expecting great things for your life!

 

Sunday, January 2nd, 2011

A Look Back at 2010

Happy New Year! We hope your Christmas season was great and you’re ready for a new year of living in God’s plan.

“Maximizing the Cowboys influence to impact the world” was Allen Bach’s vision when he founded Forever Cowboy’s Ministries in 2006. After winning the World Championship in 1979, Allen realized there were more important things in life than fame and gold buckles. Since then, he has devoted himself to spreading his faith in Christ in all walks of life. Whether it’s a roping school, a rodeo or a plane, he knows people’s faith in Christ and their eternal salvation is the most important thing.

Last year a dream came true for Allen. For more than 20 years, Allen searched and prayed for a way to host ministry camps, and in 2010, God made this goal possible. Last year, Forever Cowboys hosted seven, five day camps. There were two family camps, two men over-30 camps, two young men’s camps, and an all-girl camp. The people who attended the camps made each one special and unique. Of the 348 people who attended, 38 accepted Jesus as their Lord for the first time.

It was exciting to see God change so many lives at every camp. We saw people saved, marriages restored and people were empowered to move forward in their relationship with God. Forever Cowboys would like to thank all the pastors, pro-team and volunteers that made the camps possible. We would also like to thank all those who believe enough in this ministry to give financially. We could not do this without you.

Many of the Forever Cowboys Pastors have made their messages available for you at http://www.forevercowboys.com/connect/get-help/.
Go there to watch and listen to life changing messages.

It is your financial contributions that make Forever Cowboys possible and now giving is now available online. Go to www.forevercowboys.com to give your one-time or monthly gifts.

Be on the lookout for your 2010 contribution statement in the mail.