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The Lady Buffalo Hunter!

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The Lady Buffalo Hunter!

Since the 1800’s, buffalo hunters have always been a special breed, and in a class by themselves. They are independent folks, tough and capable. Such is the story of a real lady whose respectable and proper breeding did not quench her desire to hunt buffalo.

It was common knowledge that she was a better shot than anyone in her family, including her husband and her grown son. One Shot, One Kill was her hunting record.

She had already killed several deer. No one even faintly knew about her considering to hunting buffalo. She never confided that wish to her husband, her friends, her sisters or her children. They only found out about it later when officials published the news of a drawing.

This aspiring lady buffalo hunter was born on the west coast so the climate in Utah where she currently resided was much harsher. She lived in Salt Lake City and braved the winter snows like a trooper.

She was 52, when she went down to the Department of Natural Resources and placed her name in the buffalo hunt drawing. The State of Utah had authorized ten buffalo tags to be issued to control the herd, and over 1,000,000 hunters applied.


The Henry Mountains, Utah. Elevation 11,522 ft.

Her name was one of the ten drawn, and she was ecstatic! She was told that the special license only permitted her to hunt for buffalo in the Henry Mountains. She was the only lady hunter to apply.

The day of the hunt found her over 10,000 feet high on the mountain in a blinding snowstorm. This was to be only a one-day hunt. It would not be canceled because of bad weather. She put on warm boots, gloves and her hunter orange coat. She was serious. She not only was going to hunt for her buffalo, she was going to eat it too. That would be her winter meat.

Forgotten now were her trademark lacy handkerchiefs, her beautiful hairdo and her dressy dresses. She allowed her ‘earthy other side’ to surface… And surface it did.

In the blinding snow at dusk, she stood on the mountainside and finally saw in her scope what made her heart pound. She saw the shadowy forms of buffalo. They were moving rapidly, she made her choice and squeezed the trigger on her Browning Automatic 300 Winchester Mag. One shot was all it took. The buffalo cow went down.

The next morning, her husband loaded her prize buffalo into the bed of their pickup and they headed home. She affectionately named her buffalo cow, “Henrietta” in honor of the Henry Mountains.

Does the lady buffalo hunter have a name? Absolutely!

Some of her close friends like Bro. Verbal Bean, Bro. Roger Evans, and Bro. Robert Cavaness Sr. referred to her as “Buffalo Hunter, Connie.” And now, you can too.

(BTW, the buffalo meat was delicious, and it lasted our whole family for a whole year!)

Lord, What A Lady!!

(Thanks Mom for the memories!)


Content Faith (Connie) Ballestero with her Buffalo ‘Henrietta’

Written by Martyn Ballestero

February 12, 2013 at 2:43 am

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Goodbye John!

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Goodbye John!


Just the title seems inappropriate this close to Valentine’s Day.

Most of us are familiar with the term “Dear John letter,” by the time we have reached the season of courtship in our lives. For the recipient, it may mean devastation. For the sender it may feel like liberation.

Saying goodbye is easier for some than others. More often than not, I have seen tears in the eyes of family and dear friends even when we just said a temporary ‘goodbye.’

Imagine then what a permanent goodbye is like! Imagine what it would be like to put someone’s memory out of your mind while they yet live!


Behold the Lamb of God - William HatherellIt Happened In The Gospel Of John.

John 1:35    Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples;

John 1:36    And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God!

John 1:37    And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus.


Every devout Jew knew the meaning of offering a yearly sacrifice for the atoning of his or her sins. It was a major relief for them to feel the guilt and condemnation removed. Yet, they knew they would have to do it all over again next year.


These tender-hearted men stood on a river bank that day and listened to a rugged looking and unorthodox preacher. He never played favorites or minced words. His preaching didn’t beat around the bush nor was it sugar-coated. Yet, multitudes came to hear him.


Today, in the middle of his sermon, John the Baptist saw his cousin Jesus passing by the crowd. John stopped preaching and pointed at Jesus. The crowd turned and looked. Every ounce of John’s voice reverberated with Divine revelation and authority.


“Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” he said.

Immediately, Two Of John’s Disciples Turned And Followed Jesus.

  • They never came up to John and explained why they were leaving.
  • They never waved goodbye to John.
  • They didn’t, ask for John’s email address.
  • They didn’t ask for his business card.
  • They didn’t ask for his cell phone number in case things didn’t work out between them and Jesus.
  • They didn’t try to ‘Friend’ John the Baptist on Facebook to stay in touch.
  • They didn’t follow him on Twitter.
  • They didn’t tell him they would test him later.
  • They simply turned, without a word or a regret, and followed Jesus.
  • This is a beautiful type of how we should  follow Jesus.


Of men born of women there was none greater than John the Baptist. No one in his or her right mind would trash the ministry of John. After all, he was the one that brought them all to a place where he could introduce Jesus as the Christ, the Messiah.

I don’t feel the need to trash whatever denomination or experience has brought you to this point in your life either.

When You Are Introduced To Him Through The…

  • Cleansing of his blood in baptism in Jesus name,
  • And the in filling of His Spirit… evidenced by speaking in tongues…


Then Saying ‘Goodbye John’ Should Seem So Easy!

It Should Seem Easy To Say Goodbye To Your Past:

  • When you meet the one who transforms your life,
  • Delivers you from addiction,
  • Forgives your past,
  • Washes you clean in the Pentecostal experience of Acts 2:38, and
  • Gives you the hope of heaven…
  • Why would you want to go back to John?


I am always amazed how some wannabe ‘Disciples’ keep trying hanging on to their old life. For your eternity’s sake, let it go. Say goodbye to everything that’s not of Jesus.

Thank God for whatever brought you to this point in your life. But, John MUST decrease so that HE can increase in your life.

Your walk with Jesus will never be what it is meant to be if you keep running back and forth between the two crowds.


I’m Asking You With All Sincerity.


Have you said, “Goodbye John,” yet or are you still in love with the old life you had before you met Jesus?

I Will Never Regret The Day I Said My Goodbyes, And Neither Will You!




Written by Martyn Ballestero

February 11, 2013 at 1:17 am

The Form Of A Servant

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The Form Of A Servant

washftJesus Christ could have entered into our world in whatever form or fashion He chose. What He did choose is puzzlement to our carnal thinking. He came as a servant.

Phil 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

Phil 2:6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

Phil 2:7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:


Why Would He Come To Earth In That Form?

We are not entirely comfortable with this idea. We have been taught that we are Kings and Priests. We expect others to bow down and recognize our high position. The egos of God-fearing creatures suffer quiet a shock when we read that Godly and esteemed men in the New Testament did not think of themselves as someone of high degree or importance.


These Men Plainly Said They Were Servants.

  • James 1:1, James a servant
  • 2 Pet. 1:1, Simon Peter a servant
  • Jude 1, Jude a servant
  • Rev. 1:1, His servant John
  • Psa. 36:0, David the servant of the Lord
  • Job 1:8, My servant Job
  • Deut. 34:5, Moses the servant of the Lord
  • 1 Cor. 9:19, Paul – I made myself a servant


The Attitude Of A Servant Is Everything,  Don’t Serve The Master Begrudgingly, Or It Will Show.

Psalm 100:2 Serve the LORD with gladness:


How Will We Be Remembered As A Servant?

A. In The Bible There Are Faithful Servants

  1. Elisha – Known for pouring water on Elijah’s hands
  2. Naaman’s Maid – Known for being a faithful witness in captivity.
  3. Phebe – Romans 16:1 I commend unto you Phebe our sister, which is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea:

B. In The Bible There Are Also Unfaithful Servants

  1. Gehazi – The greedy servant
  2. The ‘slothful servant’

The whole idea of being a servant goes against every goal and dream of our flesh. We desire to be served and waited on, not the other way around.


There’s A Difference Between Wearing A Bib Or Wearing An Apron.

A baby wears a bib. The wearing of the bib says, serve me, I can’t serve myself. Only mature people wear aprons. An apron signifies that its wearer is ready and competent to serve. God is looking for us to mature into apron wearers, not stay a bib wearer all our life.

What Do We Have On?

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Our Servant-Hood

As servants, we are not allowed to sit on the sidelines and watch. There is ALWAYS work to do, and we must do what He asks.

Being A Servant Is All About:

  • Submission
  • Obedience
  • Service

The Language Of Servant-hood

  1. “Not my will, but thine be done.”
  2. “Yes Lord.”
  3. “I must decrease, so that He might increase.”

As Servants, We Must:

  • Never expect riches
  • Never expect to be bragged on.
  • Never expect earthly rewards
  • Work so that only the Master receives the Glory


Bible Servants Who Are Never Mentioned By Name. 

They gave themselves to the master and worked without any recognition or applause.

Building Solomon’s Temple, There Were:

Laborers And Lumberjacks

  • 70,000 that just carried burdens
  • 80,000 that chopped down trees and hauled them to Jerusalem

2 Chronicles 2:18 And he set threescore and ten thousand of them to be bearers of burdens, and fourscore thousand to be hewers in the mountain…


They slept in the bushes will doing work for the King. They never got to eat or drink from the vessels they produced. They were servants.

1 Chronicles 4:23 These were the potters, and those that dwelt among plants and hedges: there they dwelt with the king for his work.


In the lower deck or hold of the ships worked men who spent their time at sea below deck. Theirs was the worst job at sea. They were the caulkers. Their job was to stop any leak in the ship.

If water began to seep in anywhere, it was the job of the caulker to soak hemp or rope in pitch and wedge it into the crack to stop the leak. Pitch or tar is sticky and discoloring at best.

  • The caulkers didn’t have solvents to clean their hand or clothes.
  • No doubt their hands were constantly stained or sticky.
  • The caulkers didn’t know how to read a sextant and pilot the ship.
  • Their job was to keep the boat afloat while the Captain received all the praise.
  • Yet, if it wasn’t for their faithful labor, they boat might well sink.

Ezekiel 27:9 The ancients of Gebal and the wise men thereof were in thee thy calkers: all the ships of the sea with their mariners were in thee to occupy thy merchandise.


The Master Always Has A Problem When His Servant Become…

  • Puffed Up
  • Arrogant
  • Rebellious
  • Un-teachable
  • Un-responsive
  • Unproductive


Servants Never Stop

Servants Never Retire

Servants Work Till They Die

Servants Work Where The Master Tells Them

Servants Work When The Master Tells Them

Servants Are Not Their Own

Servants Don’t Wait To Be Told Twice


Some Servants Are:

  • Kings
  • Prophets
  • Apostles
  • In Leadership – Moses
  • Pastors
  • Evangelists
  • Saints
  • Old
  • Young
  • No Exemptions From His Service Are Allowed Because Of Our ‘Importance or Position.”


Servants Are Expected To Serve Willingly

  • Jesus simply said, “Follow Me.”


The Most Wonderful Words A Servant Will Ever Hear.

Mt 25:23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

Written by Martyn Ballestero

February 7, 2013 at 10:03 pm

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