Moms, dads, brothers, sisters, and grandparents alike gathered on a beautiful Sunday night at Top Hand Cowboy Church in Valley Mills, Texas for a time of fellowship and to kick off the 132ndTexas Baptists Annual Meeting. The smell of southern barbecue filled the air and laughter and conversation flowed freely throughout the room as the church hosted the annual Cowboy Church Roundup on Nov. 12 in Waco.
Inside the church, a banner with vibrant red letters listed the church's main priorities: “Prayer, Bible study, serving God & others, and missions.” At the bottom of the banner read Matthew 22:37-40, the foundational verses of the Great Commandment. These priorities were made evident from the welcoming message to the closing prayer.
Jason Bryant, Texas Baptists western heritage consultant and church starter, gave the welcoming message, saying, “I just want to say on behalf of Texas Baptists, welcome. It’s an honor to partner together with cowboy churches like you to do more work for the Kingdom.”
Afterward, Pastor Glen Null of Stagecoach Cowboy Church in Ellis County shared his testimony with attendees. He opened by sharing, “I hope that tonight you leave encouraged. God has never left you. You may feel like you’re tired or that He’s not hearing you, but He’s hearing and He’s answering prayers.”
Null experienced the reality of God firsthand. In January of 2016, he had a traumatic accident as he fell off his horse while roping. As his friends rushed over to him, they quickly noticed that he was unconscious. Panicked, they called for help and began performing CPR.
The paramedics arrived to the scene. They rushed Null to the hospital where he was without a pulse for 55 minutes. After fervently working, the doctors were able to restore his pulse, and Null underwent extensive testing and observations. The doctors discovered that he had a broken neck, severe lacerations to his liver and spleen and no brain activity.
Just paces away in the waiting room were dozens of family members and friends from the church who were ready to battle in prayer for Null, and they did all night. They prayed specifically for miraculous healing for Null.
The very next day, the doctors came in with the astounding news that Null’s neck had been completely healed. They were dumbfounded and nothing short of amazed.
However, three days after the accident, Null still remained without brain activity. The doctors were preparing to give Null one last chance to respond. The doctor said to Null’s wife, “Right now would be a good time to continue that praying you’ve been doing all week.” So the army of people in the waiting room continued to do just that.
Moments later, the doctor rushed back in to tell the family members that Null had in fact showed signs of brain activity. Again, the doctors were astounded. In the following days, Null regained his consciousness.
Null said, “Two of my doctors were not believers. But as they saw everything unfold before their eyes, they couldn’t believe what they were seeing. One of those doctors wrote in his medical records that my family’s faith and prayers is what healed me.”
Null is blessed to have no major complications from the accident. Other than minor memory troubles, he is a healed and healthy man. He boldly proclaimed, “God is good.”
Null closed the cowboy rally by reading Psalm 77:14 – “You are the God who performs miracles; you display your power among the people.”
“That’s what He was doing,” Null said. “Showing His power among the people. It was a testament to my church that prayer is powerful and important in their lives.”
He continued, “There is nothing too big for our God. There is nothing we can ask for that he can’t provide. So don’t be scared to pray big.”
The evening’s worship was led by Crossfire Gospel band. Lead singer Randy Reeves said, “Our hearts and souls are on fire for Him. We came to exalt and uplift the name of Jesus Christ.” They led the body of believers in Gospel-centered, country songs with a rock-n-roll twist that ministered to every cowboy church represented in the room.
Top Hand Cowboy Church in Valley Mills is the kind of church that makes you feel right at home, and the Cowboy Church Roundup, including Pastor Null’s testimony, encouraged attendees to live Compelled, pray big prayers and share the Gospel.
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