Summary: This is a message on getting a Real Life in Jesus A salvation message and a message of encourgement to Christains

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A Montana cowboy was overseeing his herd in a remote mountainous pasture

when suddenly a brand-new BMW advanced out of a dust cloud towards him.

The driver, a young man in a Brioni suit, Gucci shoes, Ray Ban

sunglasses and YSL tie, leans out the window and asks the cowboy, If I

tell you exactly how many cows and calves you have in your herd, will

you give me a calf?"

The cowboy looks at the man, obviously a yuppie, then looks at his

peacefully grazing herd and calmly answers,

"Sure, Why not?"

The yuppie parks his car, whips out his Dell notebook computer, connects it to his Cingular RAZR V3 cell phone, and surfs to a NASA page on the Internet where he calls up a GPS satellite navigation system to get an exact fix on his location which he then feeds to another NASA satellite that scans the area in an ultra-high-resolution photo. The young man then opens the digital photo in Adobe Photoshop and exports it to an image processing facility in Hamburg, Germany. Within seconds, he receives an email on his Palm Pilot that the image has been processed and the data stored.

He then accesses a MS-SQL database through an ODBC connected Excel spreadsheet with email on his Blackberry and, after a few minutes, receives a response.

Finally, he prints out a full-color, 150-page report on his hi-tech, a miniaturized HP LaserJet printer and finally turns to the cowboy and says, "You have exactly 1,586 cows and calves."

"That’s right. Well, I guess you can take one of my calves," says the cowboy

He watches the young man select one of the animals and looks on amused

as the young man stuffs it into the trunk of his car.

Then the cowboy says to the young man, "Hey, if I can tell you exactly what your business is, will you give my back my calf?"

The young man thinks about it for a second and then says,"Okay, why

not?" You’re a Congressman for the U.S. Government", says the cowboy.

"Wow! That’s correct," says the yuppie, "but how did you guess that?"

"No guessing required." answered the cowboy.

"You showed up here even though nobody called you; you want to get paid

for an answer I already knew, to a question I never asked. You tried to

show me how much smarter than me you are; and you don’t know a thing

about cows.. this is a herd of sheep.

Now give me back my dog!

II Peter 1:1-11

1. Every message should have at least 3 points.

2. That’s the law of preaching that you learn in your studies for ministry.

3. You just heard my first point. Laughter is good for the soul.

4. As your pastor I have love having a good laugh. Sometimes they are at the expense of a comment to others and sometimes they are the results of having to laugh at myself.

My message today is titled the Secret to Real Life.

Have you ever had this thought or said this to someone:

“I am a Christian... I am faced with a great problem in my life

and I don’t know what to do... I cannot solve it.

I know the power of prayer is great and faith in God works

miracles... O God please help me... I need a miracle.”

Peter gives us the secret to real life in his second letter.

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