Ranch Roping Discipleship
Training Disciples through Training Horses
"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you" (Matthew 28:19-20).
In my business and marketing class I teach at TVCC I have my students ask people that they feel have lived a successful life for “Pearls of Wisdom.” These could be ideas, morals, or beliefs that they have chosen to live their life by, and feel have helped them achieve success. I tell my students be sure to ask them not only the “what to do's,” but almost as important are the “what not to do’s.” We’ll call these “Pearls of Wisdom” and many may have been learned through adversity or trials. I don’t think many of us join or enter anything to experience failure, however many times as believers we are not walking in the victory (1 Corinthians 15:57; 1 John 5:4) that the Bible says we are entitled to.
Romans 8:14 says, “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” Something I missed for many years in running my business is what it means to be “led by the Spirit” with a son mentality, or led by the flesh with an orphan mentality, and how extremely important it is to recognize the difference. Romans 8:5-8 says, “Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.” This is something we will be talking about in nearly every post, what it means to be “in” the flesh and “in” the Spirit, and how vitally important it is to know the difference as we are making business decisions and trying to raise a family. Because in every decision we make, we are either minding the things of the flesh that will lead to death and not please God or minding the things of the Spirit that will bring “life and peace.”
I became alive as a son of God in high school, however in making many decisions I have failed to be led by the Spirit and God’s Word. Joshua 1:8 says, “Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth, meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful,” and Psalms 1:1-3 says, “Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he does shall prosper.” There is a lot that I still need to learn about running a successful business as a son of God. However, one thing I have learned is the importance of meditating on God’s Word daily.
My job at TVCC is to water seeds. Some kids come to TVCC with a seed planted in their heart to run a successful equine business, some have a seed for rodeo, or ranching and some have a seed to be a son of God. The purpose of Ranch Roping Discipleship and our Bible Study is to help the students that desire to be a son of God and be successful in the equine, ranching and rodeo industries. I will also be asking many other men and women to share their “Pearls of Wisdom” of how the Holy Spirit has shown them to work, run their business, and live their life with a son mentality instead of an orphan mentality.
I didn’t realize at sixteen years old when I prayed a prayer at a rodeo Bible camp and “FULLY” gave my life to God that I entered into a new reality. I entered into a new reality with a new set of rules and guidelines (the Kingdom of Heaven), which is the exact opposite of the reality I spent most of my life living in up to that point. In the Kingdom of Heaven when you are weak you are strong (2 Cor 12:10) and to become wise we must become a fool (1 Cor 3:18). I guess this is why He let me receive a sickness that affects my physical strength and mental clarity, and then told me to ride broncs, get my masters and run a colt starting business. God wanted to help me learn how to, “Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would” (Gal 5:16-17).
God has basically shown me that trying to run a successful business as a son of God is a lot like being successful ranch roping. Both have five areas (listed to the right) that need continual focus and whenever these get overlooked or out of balance, we have the potential of not only looking really stupid, but possibly hurting ourselves or someone else.
It is my prayer that TFTC's Ranch Roping Discipleship and our Bible Study would create an environment of like-minded men and women coming together to learn more about being successful ranch roping and operating as son of God in our day to day lives. Because anyone who has ever tried either one knows that it takes both individual practice and great teamwork to be successful at both. There are five areas to “Ranch Roping Discipleship”: horsemanship, stockmanship, roping, teamwork, and time. Just like these five areas are crucial to our success in ranch roping, I also find that these five areas are essential to raising a family and running a business with a son, instead of an orphan mentality.
Statement of Faith
- There is one God: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.
- In the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ the Son of God; we believe in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His atoning death, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, in His constant intercession for us, and in His imminent return.
- In the person and work of the Holy Spirit with His fruits and gifts available to the Church.
- The Bible is the living word of God, infallible, authoritative and everlasting, and the foundation of all Christian doctrine.
- In the spiritually lost condition of all people and the essential need for the new birth by faith in Jesus Christ.
- In the sacraments of the Lord's supper and baptism for all believers.
- In the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; the one to everlasting life and the other to everlasting separation from God.
- In the Church being the body of Christ, and each member being an active part, fulfilling the Great Commission.
“Tom Dorrance started a horsemanship movement that has swept the world. My grandpa, Ray Hunt, helped to spread it and my dad, Martin Black, along with many other clinicians, continue to spread it. I am the third generation to practice the principles handed down from Tom Dorrance, and would like to take what I have been given to bring Glory to God. I thank both my grandfather and father for all they have given me, and for the horsemanship foundation that they have given the world. I’m especially thankful that their foundation, when supported by revelation of biblical truth, can help us experience a new reality in Jesus Christ.”
~ Wade Black