Joshua Crossroads Fellowship SDA Church

"Unconditional Love and Acceptance through the Gift of the Holy Spirit"

The "Cowboy Church"

One of the earliest Cowboys was a character in the Scriptures called Abram, later named Abraham (meaning father of a great multitude). "He was called the Friend of YAHUWAH." James 2:23. Scripture states that "Abram was very rich in cattle." Gen. 13:2. Jacob, later called Israel, after wrestling all night with YAHUSHUA was also a shepherd and cowboy, while working with Laban for Leah and Rachael. His 12 sons Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Yahudah, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, Yahuseph and Benyamin. They were all shepherds and cowboys.
This was a trade where you had to be out in the country, which helps folks to come in contact with nature and thus natures Creator.
Texas is famous for its cattle drives, where Cowboys herded cattle up the Chisholm Trail to Dodge City and the Shawnee Trail to Kansas city, where bulls and cattle were put on trains and shipped to Chicago and various parts of America. In view of this, throughout America steak houses are often called "Texas Steak-house" or "Lone Star Steakhouse". Back in those days cattle were somewhat healthy to eat. Of course you would be healthy too if you walked all the way to Kansas City and ate grass along the way.  Cattle was the economy of Texas, like the lamb/ram was to Israel.
An article came out in the Southwestern Record [a publication of the Seventh-day Adventist Church] that attributed the success of the Dallas Cowboys winning two Super Bowls back to back in the 1990’s because of a special diet that coach Jimmy Johnson put them. Evidently he did some research. That special diet consisted of SOY BEANS as their source of protein instead of flesh from dead animals.
A vegetarian diet gave them an advantage, as a team they were more in tune with each other, higher alertness, less animal passions, and best of all longer endurance.
A lion (a meat eater) would fall on his face in the first hour if you hooked him up to the plow. But an ox or steer (a vegetarian) can plow all day long. Amazing!
Cowboys are known for their toughness. One of the reasons was simply bouncing up and down in the saddle, which stimulates the lymphatic system, and kept them from getting sick. if you get sick try jumping up and down on a small trampoline, you'll feel better.
Cowboys generally believed in the Creator, but their religious knowledge wasn't what you would call scholarly. They simply read the Scriptures for themselves without someone telling them what it meant. Cowboys simply searched the Scriptures and depended on the Holy Spirit to give them a right understanding.
Samuel Houston studied law at Nashville. Do you suppose he ever studied the laws of Scripture? Of course he did!
Sam Houston (called the Raven by the Cherokee), in his departmental orders from Nacodoches, October 8, 1835, said: "Our only ambition is the attainment of rational liberty - the freedom of religious opinions and just laws. To acquire these blessings we solemnly pledge our persons, our property, and our lives." Texas &Texans II, p. 135
Texas is a word that came from Tejanos meaning “friend or friendly”.  That's why Cowboys especially like the song "What a Friend We Have in Jesus ."


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