DALLAS COUNTY COWBOY CHURCH

DALLAS COUNTY COWBOY CHURCH 4627 Pioneer Road Balch Springs, Texas 75180 SUNDAY SERVICE: 10:30 AM PASTOR BILLY REED

Dallas County Cowboy Church was founded first and foremost to lead folks to a closer walk with God. Our purpose at Cowboy Church is to provide great country gospel music, exceptional fellowship, and inspiring messages, with a western heritage approach. Come on in and feel at ease, Dallas County Cowboy Church aim is to please! Everyone is welcome here, come as you are. Don't feel like you have to put on the right clothes, the right face, or know the right people. You'll be accepted and blessed in ways beyond measure. Smiles, handshakes and howdy’s welcome you many times before you even reach the front door. Oh, enjoy coffee and a donut when you arrive too!

Field of dreams . . .

Each day as I continue the training of my new dog Wyatt . . . or should I say, that he continues to train me. I realize one important thing, you can have a dog that is “height challenged”. As we head, or should I say, as he heads out to the back pasture . . . he always stops for one last look.

I refer to this as the “are you watching” look . . . before he totally disappears into the tall grass. Now some might say, mow the grass . . . problem solved. However, as I watch him disappear slowly into the tall grass . . . like a scene from the movie Field of Dreams, I find myself longing for that tall dog, once again.

In reality, the height is not the problem . . . the lack of obedience is the concern. His sense of adventure overrides his brain and he loses his mind. After tromping through the wet and often nasty grass . . . alas, he always returns to the porch. Then, as if he is a conquering hero, parading back from war . . . he expects a reward.

It reminds me of our relationship to the Big Man upstairs. We are often looking to see if He is watching as we disappear into the abyss of a dismal and sinful life. Then we trudge slowly back to the porch of His house expecting to be welcomed as a hero deserving a reward.

I am thankful I serve a God of “Second Chances” and that he welcomes me back with open arms.

Before you head off into the back pasture of life . . . won’t you take a moment and consider the cost? He did . . . and sent His Son during Passover Week many years ago so that you might have eternal life.

Just thinking . . . Pastor Billy

“As He (Jesus) rode along, the crowds spread out their garments on the road ahead of him.

When He reached the place where the road started down the Mount of Olives, all of his followers began to shout and sing as they walked along, praising God for all the wonderful miracles they had seen.”

“Blessings on the King who comes in the name of the Lord!

Peace in heaven, and glory in highest heaven!”
‭‭Luke‬ ‭19:36-38‬ ‭NLT‬‬

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Jesus' Last Week April 5th

It’s time to grab those kiddos and your bible and learn of Jesus’ last week!!

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[04/05/20]   Youth Bible Study
at 11:00 this morning, April 5th,
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Missed a spot . . .

That is what most folks would say . . . unless they knew the intention of the rancher or farmer who left the pasture unmowed for a reason. With that said, I know that I need to burn the pieces of wood that I have picked up and thrown into the low spot prior to mowing and then fill the hole with dirt to level off the pasture. I also am aware that until I get that done, whenever I mow . . . that is a place to avoid.

I wonder if all the pitfalls in life . . . whether self-induced or a part of normal life, would be easier to overcome if we could see them before we encountered them. The pitfalls I encounter in my pasture come in two sizes, ones I can just mow over and hope I don’t hit them the next time, and ones that will completely engulf a mower or tractor. In life, they seem to be the same way, ones we can easily overcome and say Wahoo. The others seems to stop us from moving forward and make us recalculate how to get out of the mess we have gotten ourselves into without added pain.

Don’t get me wrong . . . we have all experiences or messes in our lives that have caused us to recalculate or redirect. The question may be . . . at what rate of speed did you encounter that hole in the pasture and were you able to survive it with minimal damage? I know that the obstacles I encounter are much easier to overcome if my equipment is not running at a high rate of speed. When I proceed in this fashion, it saves on the wear and tear of the equipment and most of all . . . it saves on the wear and tear on me.

Stay focused . . . slow-down . . . it may save you some misery!

“Lord, help!” they cried in their trouble,
and he saved them from their distress.

He sent out his word and healed them,
snatching them from the door of death.

Let them praise the Lord for his great love
and for the wonderful things he has done for them.

Let them offer sacrifices of thanksgiving
and sing joyfully about his glorious acts.
Psalm 107:19-22 NLT

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“All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort.

He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others.

When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.”

‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭1:3-4‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Appreciation . . .

Limitations . . .

Recently I was out mowing the pasture around our tank and came to a realization . . . everything and everyone has limitations. In my endeavors to clean all the underbrush and desire to provide a safe area for both humans and livestock . . . I pushed my mower to the edge.

Literally the edge of the tank . . . the edge of the marshy . . . boggy area often referred to as the water’s edge. That was just fine for a moment—but then it happened. The subsurface saturated with large amounts of rain gave way to the extreme weight of the mower and its owner who had not missed a meal recently . . . or ever, for that matter.

There is a certain feeling you get when you venture too close to the edge of the stock tank. It can be a feeling of hopelessness as you feel yourself losing control. That moment when you say, “Oh no!” It can also be a moment of exhilaration as you observe the beauty and tranquility of water . . . any body of water can have this effect.

In life there seems to be a fine line between exhilaration and extreme fear. One moment can bring excitement . . . enthusiasm and eagerness while the next can incite indifference and fear. In life we often choose to live on the water’s edge and how you view it is a choice.

The troubles that may come our way are only temporary, the possibility of Hope is eternal. When the encounters of life cause you to get stuck . . . and your feet are covered with the muck and mire of life . . . stand confident knowing there is one who can pull you up and out of that despair . . . Jesus Christ.

Are you going to let go . . . and let the Big Man upstairs take control? There is nothing you get yourself into . . . that He cannot help you overcome.

Trust Him today . . .

“Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him.

He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will not be shaken.

My victory and honor come from God alone.

He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me.

O my people, trust in him at all times.

Pour out your heart to him, for God is our refuge.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭62:5-8‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Prayer Focus . . .

With all the uncertainty that we are feeling in the world at this time, what should be our main focus . . . prayer! It does not cost us anything but time. It’s rewards can be our greatest gift and it’s purpose can change the world.

Too often, we find folks living in the past . . . longing for the way it used to be. Instead of being excited about today and the future . . . they are wallowing in days gone by, yearning for the mundane measures of yesterday. Each new day, with its trepidation and uncertainty can still yield new opportunities in which joy can be found.

Living in the past is easy, because it is known. Living in the future is difficult, because it is uncertain. Living in the present becomes a conscious effort of survival to overcome the fear of the future and constant reminder of the past . . . both good and bad.

Live life for today . . . for this is the one you have been given. Pray for tomorrow . . . for it has not been promised. Recall yesterday for its wisdom . . . for sound is its lesson.

Life is ever changing . . . do not be left behind because you are enamored by the past or fearful of the future. Each day is a chance given to make things better in this world. Will you be a part of the solution. . . or an ever present pot hole in the road to a better life.

It’s your choice . . .

“Then, accompanied by the disciples, Jesus left the upstairs room and went as usual to the Mount of Olives. There he told them, “Pray that you will not give in to temptation.” He walked away, about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed, “Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” Then an angel from heaven appeared and strengthened him. He prayed more fervently, and he was in such agony of spirit that his sweat fell to the ground like great drops of blood.”
‭‭Luke‬ ‭22:39-44‬ ‭NLT‬‬

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Session 12 - March 29

Hey there Dallas County Cowboy Church followers!! Grab your bible and your kiddos, click the link and share His word today!!

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D3C Missions 2020

The following is a report we received from our Missions Team today regarding delivery of supplies and donations to Forever Families!

Wahoo!

From Mary Harrison (Team Leader):

What a blessing Thursday was. Tammy Pinkston, Larry and myself took all your gifts for Forever Families to them.

Our truck was full and so was Tammy’s car. We had 318 rolls of toilet paper, 145 rolls of paper towels, 51 boxes of tissues, 15 sheet sets, 3 boxes of diapers, 5 packs of baby wipes, 5 household items, 3 OTC meds, 1 throw, 71 toiletries, shampoo etc. 19 towel sets, 41 washcloths, 17 hand towels, 13 beach towels, 5 pot holders, and 5 kitchen towels.

They were amazed at your generosity. Tammy then presented them with a check for $3000 which was donated by one of our church family.

Jane the administrator said they were going to be overdrawn at the bank if something didn’t happen soon.

What a wonderful testimony of Gods faithfulness. Our hearts were filled to overflowing. What a blessing our church is and a wonderful example of the hands and feet of Jesus at work.

Please keep Forever Families in your prayers. They operate solely on donations and a few grants they can get.

Thank you for allowing me the privilege of being able to see God at work.

There it was . . .

As I worked around Soggy Bottoms Ranch yesterday I encountered quite an array of different creations from the Big Man above. At one point I inadvertently got too close to a birds nest on the ground and was subsequently warned. Killdeer birds are everywhere on our place and their tenacity to protect their unborn eggs could serve as an example for us all. I wisely chose to mow around that area and wait to see what the future might bring.

I also encountered wild flowers of many kinds and bees dancing from flower to flower. The number of bees and their consistent determination was fascinating to watch.

There were new baby chicks to set up and roosts to put in place while monitoring their food and water. The squawking and chirping kept the barn alive with the sound of new life.

After four hours spent manicuring the areas around the house and pasture, I came in to a wonderfully prepared meal set in place by my beautiful wife. We sat out on the porch and share some good time in the nice wind.

All in all . . . it was a good day. No worries . . . no fear . . . no concern about tomorrow . . . only focus on the moment. At one point, I encountered this bluebonnet . . . which I believe was a result of seeds thrown lazily into the pasture last year.

I saw it as Hope . . . as a sign that even while waiting God is in control and His plan for our future will be secure. It may come a little at a time however, it will be beautiful and beyond our wildest imagination.

See Hope . . . share Love and continue to pray!

Pastor Billy
Soggy Bottoms Ranch

“Rejoice in our confident hope.

Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.

When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them.

Always be eager to practice hospitality.”
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Romans‬ ‭12:12-13‬ ‭NLT‬‬

A Message to our Leaders . . .

A lot of us have been taught over the years that we should always be respectful of our leaders . . . on all levels. We have been taught to know that they have our best interests at heart and are working for the American people. During this time of turmoil and despair . . . we, the American people, need our leaders to be unified in order to help render calm among the masses.

This is not a time for petty politics . . . this is a time for action. I am confident that none of your staff are getting laid off . . . I am confident that you and yours are able to get medical attention if needed and most of all, I am sure your paychecks are not shortened, or your hours cut.

Maybe for the first time in a long time . . . it is a chance for you to do the right thing. America needs encouragement. America needs to know that you are acting on the authority of God’s Word and doing your best to resolve and repair any damage that might have occurred as a result of this current outbreak.

Don’t be a horse’s butt . . . do the right thing for America and its people.

We are waiting . . . and praying!

"Everyone must submit to governing authorities.

For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God.

So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished.

For the authorities do not strike fear in people who are doing right, but in those who are doing wrong.

Would you like to live without fear of the authorities?

Do what is right, and they will honor you.

The authorities are God’s servants, sent for your good.

But if you are doing wrong, of course you should be afraid, for they have the power to punish you.

They are God’s servants, sent for the very purpose of punishing those who do what is wrong.

So you must submit to them, not only to avoid punishment, but also to keep a clear conscience."

Romans 13:1-5 NLT

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DCCC Children's Program

Thanks to our Children’s Team . . .

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Thought for the moment . . .

“And we know that the Son of God has come, and he has given us understanding so that we can know the true God.

And now we live in fellowship with the true God because we live in fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ.

He is the only true God, and he is eternal life.

Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts.”
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1 John‬ ‭5:20-21‬ ‭NLT‬‬

If the Good Lord’s willing and the Creek Don’t Rise . . .

The interesting thing about an abundance of rain is that it has an affect on everything. The stock tank is full . . . the creek is flowing . . . the ground is getting all it needs and eventually . . . the water will recede.

I spent the majority of last night looking out the window and surveying the magnificent majesty of lighting accompanied by loud . . . cracking booms of thunder. All in all . . . it was incredible. Although it brings all we need in rain . . . it also conjures up thoughts of danger . . . flooding and concern over so many of our friends and family.

It takes effort to overcome fear . . . to not wallow in concern for things you cannot control. It takes fortitude to stand fast even when those around you are fleeing in panic. There is confidence in knowing that God is in control and when He is willing . . . all will subside.

Until that time . . . maybe we can enjoy knowing there is hope . . . there is a time when all will be well again.

If you run out of things to do . . . prayer would be a good way to pass the time.

The Creek in this world has risen . . . but panic is not the answer. You might just want to stand on the bank and pray for the waters to recede.

“When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior . . . "
Isaiah 43:2-3 NLT

Our Story

We want to welcome you on behalf of the folks at Dallas County Cowboy Church! It does not matter what your background may be, everyone is invited to be a part of a unique style of worship we refer to as Cowboy Church. If you are a Rodeo cowboy, ranch hand, or if you are just a cowboy at heart . . . you will always be welcome. There are no pews, stained glass, and the roof does not have a tall steeple. What you will find is a group of folks who care and come together to help encourage each other and the folks who stop by each week. Come hear one of the best Cowboy Church bands around and hear the Good News! What are you waiting for . . . come see what all the fuss is about!

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4627 Pioneer Rd
Balch Springs, TX
75180

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Sunday Service - 10:30 am

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Sunday 10:30 - 11:30
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