And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full (1 John 1:4).

Thursday, February 26, 2009

First Horsemanship Event of 2009

This Sunday, March 1st will be the first TFTC horsemanship event for 2009. Wade will teach the "Foundation for Perfection - Learning to Eliminate Resistance When Doing a Job" program for working with horses. The program will begin at 6 pm at Kountz Arena on Stucky Road in Bozeman, MT. Afterwards there will be time for fellowship and to hear a brief introduction to the "40 Days to the Trainer" bible study program. Bring your horse for a great experience! We'd love to see you there!


Monday, February 23, 2009

Outside boys! Open the gate.....

Turn us loose and hang on for the ride!

Nine years ago the Lord roped me around the neck and began choking me down trying to get me to turn and face for relief, to give Him my entire life. Finally after a couple of years of striking, rearing, falling down and trying to jump the pen, I decided He was not going to let up so I said, "Alright Lord, here I am, take ALL of me, use me, teach me, guide me."

The Lord then gave me Ezekiel 2, "I am sending you to....a rebellious nation that has rebelled against me; they and their fathers have been in revolt against me to this very day. The people to whom I am sending you are obstinate and stubborn. Say to them, 'This is what the Sovereign Lord says.' And whether they listen or fail to listen - for they are a rebellious house - they will know that a prophet has been among them."

He showed me a vision of me talking to some cowboys and I said, "Lord I do not know what to tell them, what will I say?" I immediately heard Exodus 4:11, "Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say."

Within a few days the Lord showed me another vision. I saw myself riding out underneath the archway of one of the ranches I grew up on, the Wine Cup ranch in Nevada. Jesus was leading me and I couldn't have been more than about 2 or 3 years old. I was riding a little kid's saddle with stirrups that didn't even clear the saddle pad, on a big, old, gentle horse. I was not big enough to direct my horse so Jesus was leading me, to ensure that I kept following Him. As I rode out under the archway with Jesus leading me, I couldn't have been any happier. I remembered being an excited little kid thinking it doesn't get any better than this, riding with my Dad!

Jesus led me out under the archway and onto a map of the United States and then across the map. While He was leading me, I was bursting with excitement to be with my Father. I couldn't help but to point at Jesus and try to get everyone to look at Him. I was so proud to be with my Father. As He led me across the map, I began to get people to look at Jesus and other little kids started falling in behind us. The further He led me, I began to grow and mature in size, and more kids started following. The further we went, the older I got, and the older the kids got behind me, and the more little kids started following the string of people led by Jesus. Jesus was eventually leading a huge string of people on horses.

Over the past seven years the Lord has given me a message to deliver to cowboys and horse people. If you are interested in sharing in this vision, to use the teachings of Tom Dorrance and Ray Hunt to bring people to a personal and intimate relationship with our heavenly Father, to help people see with new eyes (Mat 13:16) and follow Jesus (John 8:12), I would love to share with you the message that the Lord has given me, that together we may use horses to make disciples of men (Mat 4:19).

If you are interested in the message that the Lord has given me, we will come and start the "40 Days to the Trainer" program with you, teach you the "Foundation for Perfection" and apply it to your horses and your life. Training for the Cross will then be committed to lifting you up with prayer and support, that God may continue to guide you and direct you, that you may be equipped to take the message the Lord has given me, add to it as the Lord leads you and teach others around you (2 Timothy 2:2).

In my prayers lately I have been thinking that there would be no greater joy in this life than to have my business be about my Father's business (Luke 2:49). To be fully submitted and supple through every area of my life that the Lord could move me at any moment in any direction; to work as a true disciple of Christ. I prayed to the Lord asking Him if this was possible, if I could do this. He then had me write down what He had given me to let this happen and what I was still lacking.

This is what I wrote down:

What I Have
1) A calling/mission
2) Like Ezekiel, a specific message to deliver to a specific group of people

3) Gifts to deliver the message
4) Desire/passion to deliver the message
5) Like Paul, credibility and a platform to speak from
6) Support of brothers and sisters in Christ to deliver the message
7) A wife/partner who shares the same compassion
8) Interest/hunger of the people to hear the message
9) Promise that He will provide me with everything I need

Didn't Have
1) Faith to step out of the boat, to take the first step

The Lord has also been giving me another scripture, Luke 10:7, "The laborer is worthy of his wages." This has been a real struggle for me. I feel much more comfortable providing for myself and working for the Lord at the same time. However, the Lord has been showing me that He wants me full time and He will provide for me. I have no idea what this looks like; all I can say is that I am taking the first step.

I have a message. If there is an interest, through the power of our Lord Jesus Christ I will teach, comfort, and council who ever is interested in hearing it. As far as money goes, I thank the Lord that He promises He will take care of us (Luke 12:22-34).

I have prior responsibilities I must finish in February, March, and April. However, starting in May I will be free to go where ever the Lord would lead me. If you feel like the Lord is calling us to you, spend a little more time praying about it. Then feel free to contact us, so we can work out the details.

God Bless,
Wade Black

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Sunday, February 22, 2009

Glory to God

Our God is so incredibly amazing, and worthy of praise and worship, to Him be ALL the glory. James 4:6 says, "God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble." Please help keep Training for the Cross (TFTC) in God's grace and help us give the praise and glory where the praise and glory are due.

Zechariah 6:12 says, "Behold the man whose name is The Branch (Jesus); and he shall grow up out of His place, and He shall build the temple of the Lord. Even He shall build the temple of the Lord; and He shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon his throne."

Join with us in giving Glory to Jesus. The goal of TFTC is that Jesus will rise out of this ministry and He will bear ALL the glory! Help us in making sure that He receives all the praise and glory from the ministry. If God is able to use us to help you in anyway, it came from Him not us. Let's give praise to the Potter and not the clay.

Pride is something that I struggle with. Before the Lord got hold of me I always wanted to do something great with my life. After God got hold of me I wanted to do something great with my life for the Lord. However, through all that the focus was always on "me" and what "I" could do. This is just my self-preservation rising up and it has to go. Please help me in this area. Help me to stay out of my self-preservation. Please give ALL the glory to God. If I start stealing His praise and glory, it starts distancing us from Him, it builds pride in me and puts me in my self-preservation (thoughts involving; I, me, we, us).

I've worked with enough horses in their self-preservation to know that it is not fun. When I fall into my self-preservation, God has to hobble me, put me on three legs and I have to work twice as hard decreasing the energy fueling my self-preservation. Finally, when I have nothing left, He tells me, "Wade quit seeking the praise and approval from man, I have ordained you." Ordained: to place, in a passive and horizontal posture, different from an active and vertical posture, utterly prostrate (Greek definition). Meaning, I am nothing and He is everything.

God tells me, "Quit rising up in the temple and stealing my praise and worship" (2 Thessalonians 2:4). Paul tells us he had to die daily (1 Corinthians 15:31) and as he got rid of his self-preservation Christ was able to live in and through him (Galatians 2:20). I am sorry I am so weak and childish, but praise puffs me up (Colossians 2:18) and puts me in my self-preservation. Pride is one of the main things I have to try to kill off daily. Please help me in this area and give ALL the praise to God; in doing so we will both draw closer to Him. If you are appreciative of anything you receive from TFTC, let's praise God together, that we may both enter into His presence.

Thank you and God Bless,
Wade Black

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

I Want a Nap!

We've spent the past week "doctoring" and feeding "Poco" round the clock. He's recovering from colic surgery and we're trying to transition him from very small, very frequent meals, to larger, less frequent feedings. Three weeks ago a large lipoma (fatty tumor) strangulated part of his small intestine, and surgery was necessary to remove the tumor and approximately 12 feet of intestine. He spent 2 weeks at Montana Equine vet clinc recovering in their "ICU," but now seems to be doing well at home. He has quite an appetite, is bright and alert, and his GI tract is working again! His incision seems to be the only problem area now. It's been swollen, still has quite a bit of inflammation, is sensitive, and has started to drain a little. Hopefully the oral antibiotics that he's getting twice a day will keep the infection under control.

Post-surgical equine care is a new skill that we're learning. It involves lots of work! We're still soaking the majority of the hay that he's eating for about 10 minutes. Even though the hay we're feeding is good quality, we've been trying to sort most of the alfalfa stems out. It's amazing that once you start handling every mouthful, how sharp and "scary" alfalfa stems become!

Poco's recovery so far is definitely an answer to prayer. It makes me realize how God cares for all of his creatures. "Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight" (Heb 4:13).

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Thursday, February 5, 2009

New Web Site Launched!

We are happy to announce that we have launched our new website, and we invite you to peruse through what we offer. Hopefully you will find something today that will help you find direction in your lives. If you like what you see, please feel free to contact us and tell us about it.