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Revolution part 7

Yo, yo, and hello from the Great Chickenfried nation! How is everyone doing today? I hope and pray all is well. It is really cold down here in the Dallas area. Sleet. No good. I bet that means we’ve got ice coming too. Ice is not good. Anyhow, I hope and pray the weather is good wherever you are today.
Anyhow, there are several things to talk about today. First off, I just finished reading chapter 11 of Revolution. In this chapter Barna talks about the marks of a Revolutionary. There are seven of them he lists and he gives each one great detail into each. These seven things are pivital (spelling error?) to the Revolutionary lifestyle. Paul talks about these things in Romans (where Barna talks a lot about in this chapter).
Secondly, I was reading in Matthew 4 today. Right after Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist He was lead by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness. There He fasted for 40 days and nights. After those days, it says, He was hungry. Then the devil tempts Jesus in several areas, one of them being turning stones into bread. I remember in a class I took at Harding. It was a Christian Counseling class. He was talking about this and he said that the devil plays dirty. But even when Jesus was at His physically lowest point He was (and still is) more powerful then Saten was at his best. Is that cool or what?! Even when He was physically weak from the fasting, He was spiritually stronger then Saten was. That amazes me.
Nextly, here is another favorite worship song of mine. Into Your Courts We Come.
Into Your courts we come!
Into Your courts we long to be!
Near to the thrown (spelling error?) of Your glory!
As we draw near to You,
Know that we’re here to do Your will.
God, how we long to be near to You!
We all need to be in God’s Holy presence everyday.
Singing. Praying. Humblying ourselves. That’s what God wants from us. Is it not?
I guess that’s all for now. God bless you all in Jesus’ name! Thank you for reading.
Zack
ps. The Mavs won their 11th in a row last night! Next game we play Ron Artest and the Kings. Should be tough, but I am confident we will prevail. God bless you all.

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Yo, yo, and hello from the great Chickenfried nation (as quoted from Randy Galloway of ESPN radio in Dallas)! I hope and pray everyone is having a great day today.
In the chapter I just read in The Master’s Plan for Making Disciples Arn talks about how to reach out to the members of your extended family. We need to do things like establishing and strengthening relationships. We need to develop a way to talk to them about our faith in God. And so forth. This is a very practicle book. Excellent! As I know I’ve said before, this book is required reading for the class Evangelistic Methods at SIBI. I hope to develop my public speaking skills (if I have any skill there) to where I can teach these principles on the mission field wherever that may be.
On another note, I love devotional songs. I’ve written a couple of blogs on some before. Here’s a song I learned during AIM called Arms Of Love:
I sing a simple song of love,
To my Jesus!
To my Savior!
I’m thankful for the things You’ve done!
My loving Savior!
My precious Jesus!
My heart is glad that You’ve called me Your own!
And there’s no place I’d rather be!
Then in Your arms of love!
Then in Your arms of love!
Holding me still!
Holding me near!
In Your arms of love!
I love that song, don’t you? It gives me chills just thinking about it.
What are some of your favorite devotional songs? Comments?
love,
Zack
pss. I’ve made a HUGE blunder this time. The Mavs have won 10 in a row. Not 3. Ten! Ya baby!
We’ll have eleven by the end of the night. God bless!
And please say a prayer for the AIMers today. Those on the mission field right now and those preparing to do in Lubbock. And my friends Elijah and Kristan Peters who are preparing to be missionaries in Auckland, New Zealand and for Rob and Denyce Hindman who are preparing to be missionaries in Moscow, Russia. Thank you all! God bless!

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Revolution part 6

Yo, yo, and hello from the great Chickenfried nation (a quote from one of my favorite sports radio talk show hosts). I hope all of you reading this today are having a blessed day today.
There are several things I need to say. First of all, I hope and pray all of you had a great Thanksgiving and great weekend. Secondly, I’m sorry I havn’t written a blog in such a long time.
Thirdly, lets talk about chapter 10 of Revolution. In this chapter Barna shows how the revolution shapes the Revolutionary. Every one who has ever taken part in a revolution (what ever the cause) through out history has been forever changed by that revolution. So it must be with the Revolution that this book is about. This Revolution changes who we are as the people of God. It changes the way we live. How we act. How we talk and so forth. It changes us. And he lists four ways that the Revolution changes us. As I’ve said before, please buy this book and read it and practice it. This book will change the way we do church.
Going on with what I want to say, my dad preached a really good sermon this past Sunday. I even asked him for permission to write about it in a blog. He graciously gave it. He talked about The Sacrifice of Thanksgiving from Psalm 116. Firstly we see the Psalmist’s reason for Thanksgiving: God’s love. Because God heard him. Because God delivered and rescued him. And because God richly blessed him. Second thing, we see the Psalmist’s response to God. He expresses his thanks. And he dedicates his life to God. Thanksgiving equals thanks-living. And lastly, we see three ways to develop thanksgiving in our own lives. We must remember everything we have belongs to God. We should avoid complaining. And we must develop a habit of giving thanks everyday. Thank you Dad for this inspiring lesson!
Which leads me to my last thing. I deeply desire to be a missionary here in the US (or elsewhere) and planting churches in the New England area. I hope to stay with those churches to help them develop an outreach program and a way to integrate the new disciples to continue making new disciples. Ultimatley, that’s what God desires us to do no matter where we are.
Thank you all for reading. God bless you in Jesus’ name!
Zack
pss. How about the Mavs! We’ve won three in a row baby! And lastly, it’s come in my attention I made a type error in the blog before this. In my topic in The Master’s Plan for Disciple Making, that was supposed to be part 4. Thanks and God bless.

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Yo, yo, and hello to all of my readers! I hope and pray all is well with everyone of you today.
I’ll get to the book in a minute. But first there’s this really funny story my dad told me. Here it goes.
Two sisters, one blonde and one burnette, inherit the family ranch. Unfortionately, after just a few years, they are in financial trouble. In order to keep the bank from re-possesing the ranch they need to purchase a bull from a stockyard in a far-away town so that they can breed their own stock. They only have $600 left.
Upon leaving, the burnette tells her sister, “When I get there, if I decide to buy the bull, I’ll contact you to drive out after me and haul it home”>
The burnette arrives at the stockyard, inspects the bull, and decides to buy it. The man tells her that he will sell it for $599, no less. After paying for him, she drives to the nearest town to send her sister a telegram to tell her the news.
She walks into the telegraph office, and says, “I want to send a telegram to my sister telling her that I’ve bought a bull for our ranch. I need her to hitch the trailer to our pickup truck and drive out here so we can haul it home”.
The telegraph operator explains that he’ll be glad to help her, then adds, “It’s just 99 cents a word”. Well, after paying for the bull, the burnette only has $1 left. She realizes that she’ll only be able to send her sister one word. after a few minutes of thinking, she nods and says, “I want you to send her the word ‘comfortable’.”
The operator shakes his head. “How is she ever going to know that you her to hitch the trailer to your pickup truck and drive out here to haul the bull back to your ranch if you send her just the word ‘comfortable’?”
The burnette explains, “My sister’s blonde. The word’s big. She’ll read it very slowly… com-for-da-bull”. (pretty funny don’t you think?)
Alright. Now let’s talk about the book. In the last chapter in The Master’s Plan for Making Disciples Arn shows us the seven steps to disciple making. He shows us how identify people in our extended family and how to witness to them. We need to get involved in other people’s lives and talk about things pretaining to them. He talks about a Christian man who has a friend who has a daughter that’s having problems. The Christian then says that his daughter was having problems as well, but she got involved in the church youth group and is going great. And his non-Christian friends got involved in the church’s counseling program and involved in the church.
I guess that is all for now. God bless you in Jesus’ name! Have a great Thanksgiving tomorrow. Eat lot’s of turkey, stuffiing, peacan pie, and so forth! Great stuff!
Zack
ps. On a side note, the Mavs are doing great now! I must be a prophet or something (now I know that’s not true). GO MAVS!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Revolution part 5

Yo yo and hello to all my reader! I hope and pray all who are reading this are having a great day.
There are three things I wanted to write about today.
First thing, I did some reading from Revolution. In chapter nine Barna encourages Christians to look at the life of Christ and His Revolutionary lifestyle and glean from Him about how we should live as Revolutionaries today.
Personally, I like the thought of having more of a house church concept in the the church today. I believe in having the whole church togther on Sundays and then the rest of the week be in house churches. Too much of one thing can be hazardous (spelling error?).
Secondly, I watched a video series by Jeff Walling on the Gospel of Matthew. It is a drama presentation. Jeff plays Matthew. The series is called My Messy Messiah (an absolutely brillant title!). In the videos Jeff talks about how Matthew had trived in his buisness ventures. Then Jesus calls him and says, “what do ya think? Are you ready for a new buiness opportunity?” Then he talked about Jesus’ messy family leignage (spelling error?). There are four women. Tamar dresses like a hooker to seduce her father in law. Rahab was a hooker. Ruth is a Moabitise who came from a sinful relationship. And finally Bathsheba (who’s name conjurgers up bad images already right there), Uriah’s wife. If we want to come to the Messiah we have to identify our mess! He also talks about Jesus touching, healing, and befriending lepers, tax collectors, and others that the society back then would have nothing to do with. Jesus touched them in their messes and He can do the same with us. And lastly, he calls us to go tell the world “let me tell you about my mess so I can tell you about the Messiah”. An absolutly brillant video!
Funny and thought provoking (if those two things can be together at the same time).
And lastly, I just want to ask for prayers for the SIBI students and especially the AIMers on the mission field and AIMers still in Lubbock. Those still in Lubbock will most likely hear where they’re going and who with before Thanksgiving break or Christmas break. I was just looking at SIBI’s website and there are a lot of mission fields out there who need lots of prayers. I’m really looking forward to attending SIBI in 2008 and getting involved in missions ministry again (Lord-willing of course). And, Lord-willing, going off to New England or elsewhere, to plant churches and helping them to mature in Christ.
Thank you all for reading today. God bless you all in Jesus’ name!
Zack
ps. Please pray also, that the Lord of the harvest will prepare more harvesters for the harvest fields (including me)! Thank you! Blessings to you!

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Yo, yo, and hello to all of my readers! I hope and pray everyone is doing well and that God is blessing you today.
I’ve also been reading The Master’s Plan For Making Disciples here lately. This is also a great book! The last chapter I read out of this book talks about the nine key principles for making disciples. We all know the Great Commission, “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; and teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you, and lo I am with you always to the very end of the ages”. But the secret is how do we do that. Thus, we have these nine key principles of disciple-making. But the first thing we’ve got to know is that God loves everyone in the whole world (John 3 :16 “For God so loved the world, …”) and we’ve got to love them too, and express that love loud and clear to those we talk to.
Now, these nine principles are called “The Master’s Plan”for making disciples. These principles will transform us into who God calls us to be to bring people to Him. And of course these go along with teaching those in our oikos (household, those in our realm of influence).
To get these principles please go and buy this book. If you can’t find it in a Christian book store get it at Church Growth network’s website (churchgrowth.net or google Church Growth Inc. on google.com). I guess it wouldn’t be a good idea to give the book’s content on here and thus break copywrite (most people frown on that).
I know this book is required reading for the Evangelistic Methods Bible class at SIBI. I’m very excited to be going to school there and getting involved in missions ministry with a mission team in the Northeast US.
God bless you all in Jesus’ name!
Zack
ps. There’s a lot of great football today (Saterday) and tomorrow (Sunday). Have fun!

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Revolution part 4

Yo yo and hello everyone who’s reading this. I hope and pray each of you feel God’s love and blessings today.
I’ve been reading George Barna’s Revolution. It is a book suggesting we change the way we do “church” in our society. One of the chapters I read today calls for a new way for us to do “church”. In this chapter Barna says our society is all about one-size-fits-all worship services, when in actuality it’s one size fits no one. So many churches have a routine every Sunday and Wendsday. Bible class at 9am, llam worship, 6 pm worship on Sundays and 7pm worship on Wendsdays. Just about every church I’ve seen goes by that basic schedual. It’s like those times are the only scriptural times to have Bible classes and worship on Sundays and Wendsdays. Then Barna discusses two variations on a theme. Lastly he talks about models in the future. The next chapter I read tonight is about Jesus the Revoltionary. Jesus’ life and ministry transformed everyone one He came in contact with and transformed everywhere He went to. To see this, Barna suggests, we look at Jesus’ perspective. Then we need to see how He followed through. Then we see His identity. Next we see His priorities in life. And lastly we see His character and demeanor.
This is a really good book. All who read it and want to put the book’s principles into practice will be changed by it.

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