JavaDonut Offline73 • Male •
A cowboy trapped in a bean-counter's body, I enjoy trail riding, TCU football, TCU equestrian, cowboy church. And chicken fried steak!
Okay...I dare you to listen to this and just sit there, all still, with no feet tapping, no hands clapping, no eyes gettin' all watery...
JavaDonut: Sometimes I wish God would give me just the simple tasks, the ones I'm confident I could carry out myself. But if He did that, He'd be left out of the picture...and the whole point of having a relationship with God is that He very much wants to be IN the picture.
JavaDonut: "The reality is, my prayers don't change God. But, I am convinced prayer changes me. Praying boldly boots me out of that stale place of religious habit into authentic connection with God Himself."
- Lysa TerKeurs
JavaDonut: In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!
-- Philippians 2:5-8 NIV
JavaDonut: For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
-- 1 Corinthians 1:18 NASB
JavaDonut: The young are always ready to give to those who are older than themselves the full benefit of their inexperience.
JavaDonut: These words I speak to you are not incidental additions to your life, homeowner improvements to your standard of living. They are foundational words, words to build a life on. If you work these words into your life, you are like a smart carpenter who built his house on solid rock. Rain poured down, the river flooded, a tornado hit—but nothing moved that house. It was fixed to the rock.
But if you just use my words in Bible studies and don’t work them into your life, you are like a stupid carpenter who built his house on the sandy beach. When a storm rolled in and the waves came up, it collapsed like a house of cards.
Matthew 7:24-27, The Message
JavaDonut: ‘Our Father in heaven, we pray that your name will always be kept holy.
We pray that your kingdom will come— that what you want will be done here on earth, the same as in heaven.
Give us the food we need for today.
Forgive our sins, just as we have forgiven those who did wrong to us.
Don’t let us be tempted, but save us from the Evil One.'
--Matthew 6:9-13, ERV
JavaDonut: I'm back in Texas. I miss my long-time home in Guatemala, and I miss my cowboy church brothers and sisters. But, I'm back in Texas and I reckon I'm sort of re-discovering and re-establishing my cowboy roots. Life could be a whole bunch worse than that. 🤠
True cowboy culture is simple and honest, it honors God and country, it believes in helping those who need help while expecting those who can help themselves to do it. It believes in giving a man space and freedom enough to build a loop with his rope and swing it as long as he respects the other man's space and freedom as well.
I can't imagine being happy as anything but a cowboy on the inside, whatever the outside may look like.
My biggest regret is being born about 100 years too late.
JavaDonut: “When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.”
– Helen Keller
JavaDonut: “By all means, study God’s Word. But don’t do so to collect knowledge. Do so to know Him. When we are in relationship with God, His Word becomes more than a book; it becomes alive. It becomes personal.”
-- Barnabas Piper
JavaDonut: I love people thinking about apologetics. I just think that we have to be careful. We need to realize that we can argue about evolution or the existence of God or any number of things, but until we tell people the message of the cross, we have not evangelized them.
-- Mark Dever
JavaDonut: I was at this time of living, like so many Atheists or Anti-theists, in a whirl of contradictions. I maintained that God did not exist. I was also very angry with God for not existing. I was equally angry with Him for creating a world.
~ C.S. Lewis
JavaDonut: No matter what has happened to you in the past or what is going on in your life right now, it has no power to keep you from having an amazingly good future if you will walk by faith in God. God loves you! He wants you to live with victory over sin so you can possess His promises for your life today!
-- Joyce Meyer
JavaDonut: “I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”
― C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
“It is not great faith, but true faith, that saves; and the salvation lies not in the faith, but in the Christ in whom faith trusts...It is not the measure of faith, but the sincerity of faith, which is the point to be considered.”
― Charles H. Spurgeon, All of Grace
JavaDonut: Where the plow does not go and the seed is not sown, the weeds are sure to multiply. And if children are left untrained, all sorts of evil will spring up in their hearts and lives. -- Spurgeon