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Half the Old Testament is the word Remember. No, that’s not true. It’s 48%. I just rounded up. As Israel forgot, so do we. Today’s insert is a simple reminder of some of the standards we work to maintain as we sing for the Lord. My prayer is that you […]

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Welcome To Our “Round-Up Sunday!”

September 10th, 2013

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Buffalo Roundup Wranglers

A western flavor may be noticeable today. I like the West. When I think of the West, I think of wide open spaces, big mountains, and big skies. I may never have gotten west if my grandfather hadn’t left Michigan during the Depression years to find work on a cattle ranch north of what was then the sleepy desert town called Tucson. I’ll probably visit New York someday. I’d like to see its sights and hear the sounds, but I’m sure I’ll be thanking the Lord He let me be raised and live in the West.

Out on the ranches across the west, the tradition of the round-up involves the work of bringing the cattle in from the range to the corrals, so new calves can be branded and some of the herd readied for market. Thankfully, our Round-up Sunday does not include those last two objectives! The first work of the gathering together into one place under the eye of the Rancher is our desire for Round-up Sunday. Yet again you may recognize that cowboy’s other 2 purposes as illustrating 2 more purposes we should be working on too. One is branding. The apostle Paul said “I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.” The word there means “a mark of ownership.” Our life should be marked with indications that we belong to God. The other purpose the cowboy had in the round-up was to prepare the cattle for market. When we are consistent in our gathering together for worship, fellowship and the teaching and preaching of God’s Word, we are being prepared to face the great marketplace of the world. It’s not to be eaten up by the world, but to be salt and light and to point people to the Bread of life. Welcome to the Round-up!

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