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Seeing The Unseen

Howdy howdy everybody! I hope everyone is doing good. Lord-willing my parents and Jim Corner will arrive at DFW airport at 3:22 pm or so today. Can’t wait to see them!
I know it’s still Febuary, but thought I would start a new reading project to blog about. It’s Seeing The Unseen by Joe Beam. I’ve already read the Intro and chapter one. The Intro just introduced the book, what he talks about in the book, and how it will help the reader. There are four sections in the book. The first section is Seeing The Unseen. The second section is Forces At Work Against Us. The third one is Forces At Work With In Us. And the forth section is Forces At Work For Us.
The first chapter in section one is What Is Spiritual Vision?. There are spiritual forces all around us all the time. When we want to do something good or bad, we need to ask ourselves, why do I want to do this?, and what forces are there around me that stirring me this direction?. We need to be careful though. The answers could surprise us. Sometimes we feel that God is leading us to do something even though what we are doing is biblically wrong. Yet, we still feel it is what God wants us to do. Again, we need to ask ourselves “if I could seen the unseen spiritual forces around me right now, what would I see?”. The answers could surprise and shock (spelling error?) us.
This is Wenesday, so please pray for the AIM students around the world on their mission fields and for the AIMers in Lubbock preparing for the mission field. And pray for the Sunset students too. Many of them are preparing for internships and graduation and whatnot. And lastly please pray for my friends Elijah and Kristan and Rob and Denyce and their respective mission teams as they prepare to be missionaries in different parts of the world.
Thank you all! God bless you in Jesus’ name today and every day.
Zack

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Greetings one and all! I pray everyone is having a blessed day. Lord-willing my parents and Jim Corner are in Paris. In a little while, they will be flying over the Atlantic Ocean. Lord-willing they will all return to DFW airport a little after 3pm on Wenesday. Thank you all for praying for them while they were away.
I love the song There’s a Stirring Deep With In Me! It’s by far my favorite worship song. It reminds me God has something for me to do and it really pumps me up to get about doing it.
There’s a stirring deep with in me!
Could it be my time has come?
When I see my precious Savior face to face when all is done.
Is that His voice I am hearing,
“Come away My precious one?”
Is He calling me? Is He calling me?
I will rise up! I rise up,
Then I’ll bow down.
And lay my crown.
At His precious wounded feet!
There’s a stirring deep with in me!
It makes me think about the AIM students. Please be praying for them, those on their mission fields and those in Lubbock preparing for their mission fields. And for Sunset students who are finishing up their studies and preparing to leave for their mission fields. It is a mighty thing they are preparing to do, engaging themselves in God’s mission in the world. Some of them will stay in the US and some will go across the globe.
Thankfully God has brought (spelling error?) a lot of the world to us. The Great Commission (in Matthew 28) says, “Therefor go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, teaching them all things I have commanded you, and lo I will be with you until the end of the age”. The word here translated “nations” in the Greek is ethne, meaning people groups. God has brought a lot of people to the US. We can teach them here in this country, and maybe they will back to their countries and tell their families and friends about the gospel. For more about this please read The Master’s Plan For Making Disciples by Charles Arn. A facinating book! Well, this is a lot longer then I intended. Sorry for the e-book this has turned into. Thank you all for reading. God bless you all in Jesus’ name!
Zack

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Listening

Howdy everybody! I hope everyone is having a great day today! I have finished reading and blogging about The Journey of Desire and Risk now. I’ll start two new reading projects in March. That leaves two days wondering what to blog about.
Last night at BRCC the 5th and 6th grade boys lead the service. They are part of the Timothy and Tabitha class at our church. The boys prepare mini sermons and song leading to do on a particular Sunday night and the girls prepare to teach one of the children’s classes on a Wenesday night (which they will do this Wenesday night). One of the boys did a talk about listening to God and asked the obvious question, “do we really listen to God?”. In 1 Samuel 3, Samuel is living with the priest Eli . Samuel hears his name being called, and thinks it’s Eli calling him, so he runs to him and says, “hear I am, you called me”. Eli says, “I did not call; go back and lie down”. This happens 2 or 3 times. I think I would have been awefully annoyed after 2 or 3 times of that. How about you? Anyhow, finally Eli senses what’s going on and told Samuel, “… if you he calls you say, ‘Speak Lord, for Your servant is listening'”. And he does. The Lord calls Samuel again and he says, “Speak, for Your servant is listening”. The rest there, as they say, is history. But sometimes we make excuses. Jeremiah was called by the Lord to do a great work, and he said, “But sovereign Lord, I am only a child”. But the Lord said, “Do not say ‘I am only a child’ but you must speak to who ever I send you to …” (Jeremiah 1). Of course I did do it and did a marvelous job!
I must ask my self “how well do I listen to God?”. How about you? Your thoughts.
God bless you all in Jesus’ name today and everyday.
Zack

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Risk: chapters 16 & 17

Yo, yo, and hello everyone! I hope and pray everyone had a great Sunday morning of worship to our Heavenly Father today! Thank you to all of you for praying for my parents and Jim Corner the past three weeks. They’re done with the church leaders’ seminar and they will leave Kumba today to go back to Douala. Monday is market day and Tuesday they leave to come home. Lord-willing they will arrive at DFW airport on Wenesday. Can’t wait!
Now, let’s talk about Risk. The sixtenth chapter is called Yes, You. This talks about taking a big breath and taking a leap of faith to tell someone about the gospel. It means taking a step of faith to do something God wants you to do: being a missionary in a part of the world where the gospel hasn’t been spread much; telling a family member, friend, or co-worker about Jesus; or perhaps becoming a minister. In the book Kenny wrote about a guy who he met in Russia on a mission trip. He told him the gospel and helped him pray Jesus into his heart (I don’t believe in praying Jesus into your heart, but that baptism is the only way to obtain salvation- just talking about what he wrote about in the book). He wrote about how exhillerating that was for him and Sasah (the Russian man he was talking about). The Lord wants us to ignite our faith to share it, to take a leap of faith.
And chapter seventeen is Bet It All. God’s man risks it all for Him. He wants us and calls to be aggressive with our faith and beliefs in Him. He wants us to step out in faith to tell others about Him. Jesus certainly took the biggest step to redeem (spelling error?) us. He has the scars to prove it. “Scars prove your story. Scars remind. Scars show the cost. Scars motivate. Scars inspire. And scars are beautiful! Scars tell you that a Man was not playing it safe. And that Man lives in you”.
That’s all for Risk. Please don’t take my word for it. Go out and buy this book this week. Read it! You’ll love it. This book reminds me of AIM (Adventures in Missions). Those who go through the AIM program are typically fresh out of high school though some are a little bit older. They are true Risk takers. The life of a missionary is an “adventure” of a life time. Lord-willing I am going to be a missionary again and go off somewhere here in the US or Mexico and tell others about Jesus. In the future I hope and pray to be an Outreach Minister or a Spiritual Formation Minister at some point in the future. I want to be a Risk taker! How about you?
Your thoughts.
God bless you all in Jesus’ name today and always!
Zack

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Risk: chapters 14 & 15

Greetings in the name of the Lord! I hope and pray everyone is having a great day today.
I read chapters 14 & 15 in Risk today. Chapter 14 talks about The First Two Seconds. That means men usually take action in the first two seconds when faced with certain cituations. Jesus was certainly that way. Especially in the Gospel of Mark. In Mark we’re always seeing that Jesus is doing something “immediatley …” when He was confronted with people. He was always on the move. That is what we must do. Always having an ear open to the Spirit’s moving in our lives.
Chapter 15 talks about Suit Up And Show Up. This talks about facing crisis in your life. When trouble and termoil creep into your life and the lives of your family members, someone needs to stand up to the plate and take on leadership. And that would be God’s man! It has to be you and me who take a stand and be the leader. We must suit up and show up.
Risk is a great book y’all! Please don’t take my word on it. Please go buy and read this book.
I hope and pray all of you have a great Lord’s day tomorrow. God bless you all in Jesus’ name!
Zack

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Well hello there! How’s everyone doing today? I hope all of you are doing well.
Sorry I didn’t blog yesterday. I was totally wiped out by 10 last night, so I just went up stairs and crashed. So, sorry!
So, let’s talk about Risk- shall we? Chapter 11 talks about The Ruthless Way. That means taking a hard core approach (spelling error?) to getting sin out of our lives. Like what Mark 9:43 talks about, “If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed then with two hands to go into hell, where the fire never goes out”. That verse means do whatever it takes to eliminate sin from your life. We must be hard core in doing it. We must invite the Lord into our lives and reveal any and all sin in our lives and help us rid ourselves from it (Psalms 139:23-24).
Chapter 12 talks about The Highest Vision, The Noblest Goal. This chapter talks about going futher then just being a Christian. It talks about being a spiritually disciplined. Like when Paul told Timothy that no soldier gets involved in civilian affairs, but is always striving to fullfill his commander’s orders. The athlete must always keep his mind on abiding by the rules of the game, lest he do something to disqualify himself and his team. And finally the farmer who diligently works day in and day out cultivating and growing crops that he can share in it (2 Timothy 2:1-7).
And chapter 13 is Spiritual Ebola, which is about infecting others with the gospel of Jesus Christ and growing people to take on leadership in the Church. This is about teaching people how to teach others. It’s like Paul taking Timothy along with him on his missionary journeies. No telling how many meals they ate together, prayed together, studied together, taught (spelling error?) together, and so on. Then in 2 Timothy, Paul hands the baton of leadership over to Timothy with these words, “What you heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus. Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you- guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in in us (1:13-14). Paul invested himself in Timothy and countless others. Timothy toke what he learned from Paul and taught others, who taught others- and on and on it goes. We must be in the habit of teaching others too. And investing ourselves in a hand full of others who will take leadership in the Church to carry on it’s herritage.
More on Risk tomorrow. God bless you all in Jesus’ name!
Zack

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Well hello there everyone! I hope and pray this has been a good day for everyone. Today I’ve read chapters 8, 9, and 10 in Risk. Let me tell you about them.
Chapter eight is entitled Same Is Not The Enemy. This chapter is all about being content with what you have and not being so consumed with getting what you don’t have. That seems to be a big problem in our society. We always want the new big thing. We need to learn to be thankful what we do have and that will cure that problem.
In chapter nine we read about our Achilles Heals. Here we read about our weeknesses and how to overcome them. Espcially this talks about sins that take a cost out of us and those we love. For example, if we accumulate (spelling error?) a huge debt because of gambling that could be one thing that could tear at a relationship. Even more so a sexual sin will cut at everything we have worked for.
This leads perfectly into chapter ten, which asks the question, Do You Have A Space Invader?
This is talking about finding spiritual accountability. One man needs at least one other man to hold him accountable for himself. Everyone needs someone to ask him how he’s doing in his spiritual life, in his relationships at home, at work, and so forth. It gets us thinking about it and forces us to do something about it. That’s the goal of accountability. More on Risk tomorrow.
My parents and Jim come home a week from today. Please continue to lift them up in prayer to our Father. Please continue to pray for all the AIM students in Lubbock and around the world.
And please continue to pray for my friends Elijah and Kristan and for Rob and Denyce and their respective teams. Thank you all so much! God bless you all in Jesus’ name today and always.
Zack

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