Tale of Two Gardens

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Tale of Two Gardens by Pastor Steve Stafford Risen Ranch Cowboy ChurchMost people have understood the importance of the Garden of Eden to Judeo-Christian believers.  But many have not clearly understood the importance of the SECOND garden, and how the two relate.  Join us as Pastor Steve Stafford takes us on a walk through both of these gardens!

Genesis 2:7-8 NASB Then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.  The Lord God planted a garden toward the east, in Eden; and there He placed the man whom He had formed.”

A New Home, A New Service

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Risen Ranch Cowboy Church First Service in our new permanent home was standing room only!Our “Soft Opening” / First Service of Risen Ranch Cowboy Church’s new home went off as a huge success, with over 180 folks joining in the celebration!

Listen now, and become a part of the family!    

Joplin Stockyards- Thanks for the memories

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Steve Stafford is pastor of Risen Ranch Cowboy Church and Rodeo Arena of JoplinAlmost two years ago to the day, Risen Ranch Cowboy Church and Rodeo Arena was extended the warm hand of fellowship from Joplin Regional Stockyards and Cattle Auction to utilize their Auction Room to hold our weekly Sunday Services and Tuesday Bible studies in.  JRS has been extremely accommodating to us, in more ways than one can count, yet asked nothing in return.  The Auction room has seen a lot of people praising and songs being lifted to the Lord, and in each of them was thanks for our being able to be there.

Joplin Regional Stockyards has been a gracious and endearing host to Risen Ranch Cowboy Church and Rodeo Arena for two years, and we thank them in this episode!Sure, there were the “interesting” characteristics;  the fresh country air, the occasional fly, and a telephone loudspeaker that seemed to know just the moment to join in the praise;  Some folks even wondered how we could manage to do what we did, with the constant lowing of cattle in the background and some of the trophies left behind.  But our time spent in worship in those walls was no worse than the circumstances our Lord, Jesus, had to stay in for his entry into this world.  If nothing else, we have been blessed to have that experience to complement our walk in Him through life.  He gave up glory to come to just such circumstances, and beyond the stable, the world wasn’t in a much better state.

Kelly Lee James, worship leader at Risen Ranch Cowboy ChurchJoin us in this moment, thankful of what we’ve had, what we have been given, and where we are going- And in thanking Joplin Regional Stockyards- in this edition of Risen Ranch Cowboy Church and Rodeo Arena’s Sunday Service!

 

Praying over the people and the service before every service of Risen Ranch Cowboy Church!

 

Paul and Silas: European Convert Tour

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Acts 16:

14A woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple fabrics, a worshiper of God, was listening; and the Lord opened her heart to respond to the things spoken by Paul. 15And when she and her household had been baptized, she urged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house and stay.” And she prevailed upon us.Paul and Silas Singing Songs, Hymns and Spiritual Songs while in prison

16It happened that as we were going to the place of prayer, a slave-girl having a spirit of divination met us, who was bringing her masters much profit by fortune-telling. 17Following after Paul and us, she kept crying out, saying, “These men are bond-servants of the Most High God, who are proclaiming to you the way of salvation.” 18She continued doing this for many days. But Paul was greatly annoyed, and turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her!” And it came out at that very moment.

19But when her masters saw that their hope of profit was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the market place before the authorities, 20and when they had brought them to the chief magistrates, they said, “These men are throwing our city into confusion, being Jews,21and are proclaiming customs which it is not lawful for us to accept or to observe, being Romans.” 

 Paul and Silas Imprisoned

      22The crowd rose up together against them, and the chief magistrates tore their robes off them and proceeded to order them to be beaten with rods. 23When they had struck them with many blows, they threw them into prison, commanding the jailer to guard them securely; 24and he, having received such a command, threw them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks.

25But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them; 26and suddenly there came a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison house were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were unfastened. 27When the jailer awoke and saw the prison doors opened, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, supposing that the prisoners had escaped. 28But Paul cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Do not harm yourself, for we are all here!” 29And he called for lights and rushed in, and trembling with fear he fell down before Paul and Silas, 30and after he brought them out, he said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 

The Jailer Converted

      31They said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” 32And they spoke the word of the Lord to him together with all who were in his house. 33And he took them that very hour of the night and washed their wounds, and immediately he was baptized, he and all his household. 34And he brought them into his house and set food before them, and rejoiced greatly, having believed in God with his whole household.

Heroes Of The Faith, Part II: Jairus

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Jairus knew the only source, the only hope, the only healing that could come in his life would come through Jesus. Join us as we look deeper into the life and the mindset of this Hero of the Faith.

Luke 8
40 Now when Jesus returned, a crowd welcomed him, for they were all expecting him. 41 Then a man named Jairus, a synagogue leader, came and fell at Jesus’ feet, pleading with him to come to his house 42 because his only daughter, a girl of about twelve, was dying.

49 While Jesus was still speaking, someone came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” he said. “Don’t bother the teacher anymore.”

50 Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.”

51 When he arrived at the house of Jairus, he did not let anyone go in with him except Peter, John and James, and the child’s father and mother. 52 Meanwhile, all the people were wailing and mourning for her. “Stop wailing,” Jesus said. “She is not dead but asleep.”

53 They laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. 54 But he took her by the hand and said, “My child, get up!” 55 Her spirit returned, and at once she stood up. Then Jesus told them to give her something to eat. 56 Her parents were astonished, but he ordered them not to tell anyone what had happened.

We have all had hard moments in our lives, but not many as severe as that experienced by Jairus.  Yet Jairus knew the only source, the only hope, the only healing that could come in his life would come through Jesus.  Join us as we look deeper into the life and the mindset of this Hero of the Faith.

This is part 2 of this series.  Be sure to listen in on part one, “Get To Know Epaphras” from Colossians 4, and check back for next week’s continuation in this series!

Be Ready To Receive Your Mission!

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Risen Ranch Cowboy Church Study in Exodus - ready yourself for your missionWhat an awesome time of worship and praise, along with a powerful sermon by Pastor Steve Stafford!
Joyce and Bobby Copeland head to texas for cancer treatment options,
Bobby Copeland sings “He Still Looks Over Me!”

Great Music from the Risen Ranch Cowboy Church Praise Team, this week, with Amy Carver, Kathy Butler and Kelly Lee James (Frank Howell’s out of town and Kenny Gordon was off visiting)
Worship songs include:
He Set Me Free
He’s All I Need
Come
Dwelling Places

Join us as we dive into Exodus 1, with the story of Moses;  His birth, the horrible political practices of the times, and how the jealousy of one man created hardship and slavery for the Israelites.
..We may hear these words and wonder how a nation can allow that to happen, yet in our own history there remains examples, such as Hitler’s Nazi Germany

Exodus 1

 Joseph died, and all his brothers and all that generation.But the sons of Israel were fruitful and increased greatly, and multiplied, and became exceedingly mighty, so that the land was filled with them.

Now a new king arose over Egypt, who did not know Joseph.  He said to his people, “Behold, the people of the sons of Israel are more and mightier than we. 10 Come, let us deal wisely with them, or else they will multiply and in the event of war, they will also join themselves to those who hate us, and fight against us and depart from the land.” 11 So they appointed taskmasters over them to afflict them with hard labor. And they built for Pharaoh storage cities, Pithom and Raamses. 12 But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and the more they spread out, so that they were in dread of the sons of Israel. 13 The Egyptians compelled the sons of Israel to labor rigorously;14 and they made their lives bitter with hard labor in mortar and bricks and at all kinds of labor in the field, all their labors which they rigorously imposed on them.

15 Then the king of Egypt spoke to the Hebrew midwives, one of whom was named Shiphrah and the other  was named Puah; 16 and he said, “When you are helping the Hebrew women to give birth and see them upon the birthstool, if it is a son, then you shall put him to death; but if it is a daughter, then she shall live.” 17 But the midwives  feared God, and did not do as the king of Egypt had commanded them, but let the boys live. 18 So the king of Egypt called for the midwives and said to them, “Why have you done this thing, and let the boys live?” 19 The midwives said to Pharaoh, “Because the Hebrew women are not as the Egyptian women; for they are vigorous and give birth before the midwife can get to them.” 20 So God was good to the midwives, and the people multiplied, and became very ]mighty. 21 Because the midwives  feared God, He established households for them. 22 Then Pharaoh commanded all his people, saying, “ Every son who is born ]you are to cast into the Nile, and every daughter you are to keep alive.”

Joseph’s brothers had sold him into slavery;  Specifically, to the Midianites, who, in turn traded him to Potiphar,  ultimately becoming Pharoah’s “Right-hand man.”  In charge of all the Pharoah’s business.
In Egypt, 400 years later, comes a Pharoah who “knew not Joseph” nor the fear of the Lord.

The Isrealites’ population was growing- and Pharoah set out to stop it by killing all Hebrew infant boys.  But, the faith of the Israelites was strong and not to be moved;  The parents of Moses were standing for what was right in the sight of God, when Miriam placed baby Moses into that basket in the Nile, and ultimately God’s plan prevailed.

God always has His witnesses- ready to be mobilized to testify to the world by standing up for what is right; Not to disobey our rulers, but to stand against what goes against the nature of God. “29 Peter and the other apostles replied: “We must obey God rather than human beings!” (acts 5:29) What Heroes!
Moses was a great man of faith because his parents were people of great faith, fearing God more than Kings. How about US? Do we STAND for CHRIST, or just ‘go along?’
When God has a mission in mind for us to accomplish, and he puts you in that mission…it is designed and ordained by God, Himself! He is not going to set us up for failure!  God is always ready to move on our behalf, but we need to be willing to put ourselves in a position to receive those missions.

You Are Chosen For A Reason

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Chosen FOr A Reason Acts 9 Risen Ranch Cowboy Church And Rodeo Arena Joplin Missouri 8-5-2012

Acts 9

New American Standard Bible (NASB)

The Conversion of Saul

9  Now Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest, and asked for letters from him to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, both men and women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. As he was traveling, it happened that he was approaching Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him; and he fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” And He said, “I am Jesus whom you are persecuting, but get up and enter the city, and it will be told you what you must do.” The men who traveled with him stood speechless, hearing the voice but seeing no one. Saul got up from the ground, and though his eyes were open, he could see nothing; and leading him by the hand, they brought him into Damascus. And he was three days without sight, and neither ate nor drank.

10 Now there was a disciple at Damascus named Ananias; and the Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” And he said, “Here I am, Lord.” 11 And the Lord said to him, “Get up and go to the street called Straight, and inquire at the house of Judas for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying,12 and he has seen ]in a vision a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him, so that he might regain his sight.” 13 But Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much harm he did to Your saints at Jerusalem; 14 and here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on Your name.” 15 But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of Mine, to bear My name before the Gentiles and kings and the sons of Israel; 16 for I will show him how much he must suffer for My name’s sake.” 17 So Ananias departed and entered the house, and after laying his hands on him said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road by which you were coming, has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.”18 And immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he regained his sight, and he got up and was baptized; 19 and he took food and was strengthened.

 

Sometimes,  God will lead us through challenges and life-changing events in order to increase our awareness of the calling He has placed before us.  What may seem to be a monumental task may be just what is needed to spread the word and encourage the saints.

Our finite minds tend to try to use its own logic to reason out circumstances in light of all the evidence, but God sees far beyond the horizon, including His ultimate goal for us,. If you are consciously ignoring the call that He has placed on you, don’t be surprised at some of the fallout and awakenings.  Rise up and Go.

Brock Cummins Visits The Ranch

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John 14:1-6, NASB

“ Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you.If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am,there you may be also. And you know the way where I am going.”  Thomas *said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?” Jesus *said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.”

Brock Cummins of ForeBrock Cummins Forest Park Baptist Joplin Missouri Campus Missionsst Park Baptist Church, Joplin‘s Missions department Joined us today for a deeper look into the “Whys” of the Mission Field.  Obviously, most of us are aware of the fact that Christianity is not well-received everywhere in this world, and along with many other worthy organizations, Forest Park Baptist has a big heart for those people who have not yet had the opportunity to meet Jesus our Lord!

Jesus commanded us, “Go into ALL nations…” yet many nations have closed their ears to the Gospel.  It is those areas that missionaries like Brock and others with him work to change that, literally one life at a time.  

Please take the time to listen to this timely and inspirational message, and join with us in worship, as well, at Risen Ranch Cowboy Church!

 

How Big Is Your God

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How great is your God?
1 Chronicles 29:11-13 NASB

“Yours, O LORD , is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, indeed everything that is in the heavens and the earth; Yours is the dominion, O LORD , and You exalt Yourself as head over all. Both riches and honor come from You, and You rule over all, and in Your hand is power and might; and it lies in Your hand to make great and to strengthen everyone. Now therefore, our God, we thank You, and praise Your glorious name.”

Risen_Ranch_Cowboy_Church_praise_team_7082012Joshua 22:5 NASB

“Only be very careful to observe the commandment and the law which Moses the servant of the LORD commanded you, to love the LORD your God and walk in all His ways and keep His commandments and hold fast to Him and serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul.”

Join us in worship as pastor Steve Stafford demonstrates the power, the magnitude and the Glory of our great big God!

Gayla Earlene and Gene Crain

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Gayla Earlene and Gene Crain bring solid Christian Country Music and words of Faith and Love to Risen Ranch Cowboy Church of Joplin MissouriThis Sunday, Risen Ranch Cowboy Church was blessed to have Gayla Earlene and Gene Crain bringing us special Christian Country Music for us to join in praise with at the Joplin Regional Stockyards.

Gayla and her husband, Gene have received multiple awards and acknowledgments, But in her own testimony, her highest award is her life in Jesus Christ.

Gayla’s recordings have produced fifteen number 1 songs to date on the Country Gospel charts, including Billboard Magazine, a coveted industry publication.  Yet years ago, together with her husband Gene, they made the spirit-moved decision to turn their music, ALL of it, over to Christ.

Both Gayla Earlene and Gene Crain are Oklahoma natives, with Gayla Earlene being born and raised in Inola, Oklahoma, and Gene Crain being originally from Skiatook, Oklahoma.  This of course tickles the fancy of Pastor Steve Stafford and his wife Debbie, also from Oklahoma.  Indeed, the pair brought awesome sounds, great Christian Country Music and the warm fellowship or the family of God to our church, and we, in turn, gave them a great Missouri welcome, and showed them what kind of fun Risen Ranch Cowboy Church loves to share as a family in the Lord.  If you would like to learn more about this incredible couple, visit their site, http://www.gaylaearlene.com/.  Be sure to visit their  Music Page to help support their ministry, as well!

Listen to the program, enjoy the sounds and fellowship right along with us.  You can even download the entire show to CD and listen to it over and over in your car- or share it with others who need to know Jesus!