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Summary: This has been a very successful lesson through the years. It requires foot work to gather the material but it well worth it. We search the two different strategies of life styles of a COWBOY vs a SHEPHERD... O, LORD I WANT TO BE A COWBOY. (not a shepherd)

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GOD I WANT TO BE A COWBOY ---I AM SO SORRY, BUT I MUST TO BE A COWBOY...

LOOK AT TWO STRATEGIES OF DAILY LIVING...

By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr.

O, GOD, I WANT TO BE A COWBOY... I start out singing, HOME, HOME ON THE RANGE

STRATEGY: game plan, a careful plan, approach, method to achieve goals to accomplish.

STRATAGEM: a trick on plan to deceive and enemy to hinder his goal.

NO PLAN IS A PLAN...No one plans to fail, they fail to plan and thus become doomed for failure!

WE FIND THE COWBOY SPIRIT ALL THROUGH THE BIBLE...

Matthew 20:20 Then came to him the mother of Zebedee's children with her sons, worshipping him, and desiring a certain thing of him. 21 And he said unto her, What wilt thou? She saith unto him, Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on the left, in thy kingdom. 22 But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, We are able. 23 And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father. 24 And when the ten heard it, they were moved with indignation against the two brethren. 25 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. 26 But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; 27 And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: 28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

TOOLS OF THE TRADE OF A REAL COWBOY! (I am dressed like a cowboy in western gear)

I have each of the items listed below...)

1. COWBOY BOOTS: pointed toe, to kick and step on roaches in the corner.

2. COWBOY HAT: Keeps dust away, protects eyes, can be used to hold water to give horse drink.

3. HORSE: HE RIDES.

4. SPURS: POKE THE HORSE INTO OBEDIENCE.

5. BRIDLE: GEE, HAW, WOE, GIDDY-UP, MILD WHIP.

6. COWS: HE DRIVES THE CATTLE FROM THE BACK AND SIDES.

7. PRODDER -STICK: TO HIT THEM WITH

8. HE HAS A PISTOL (short distance) AND A RIFLE (long distance), knife...

9. NOSE RING: TO CONTROL

10. BEANS: common quick food.

11. WHIP: a long piece leather, to make gun like sound, or hit the cow.

12. BRAND: burn his mark in the side of the cow. (Mine)

13. DECK OF CARDS: gamble at night.

14. COWBELL: on lead cow to hear where the cows are.

15. NOOSE: JUSTICE: 13 rings and hang horse/cow thief.

16. CHUCK WAGON: cook

JESUS BRINGS TO US A NEW ATTITUDE! A NEW STATEGY LIKE THE WORLD HAS NEVER KNOWN.

Blessed are the poor in spirit...

Blessed are those that mourn...

Blessed are the meek...

Blessed are the hungry...

Blessed are the merciful...

Blessed are the pure in heart...

Blessed are the PEACE MAKERS... ( not peace keepers)

Blessed are the PERSECUTED...

NO TEACHER HAD EVER TAUGHT LIKE JESUS TAUGHT...

WHILE WE DESIRE TO BE COWBOYS --- GOD DESIRES US TO OPERATE WITH A DIFFERENT STRATEDGY.

Matthew 5:28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

Matthew 5:38 Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: 39 But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.

Matthew 5:41 And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.

Matthew 20:25 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them.

26 But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;

27 And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:

28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

GOD NEVER CALLS COWBOYS --- GOD CALLS SHEPHERDS ---

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