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Archive for January, 2009

Greetings one and all. Recently on Facebook I was “tagged” by a good friend of mine from back home. My friend wrote 25 totally random things/ facts about himself, and now I am too. Then I am supposed to “tag” 25 people (including my friend who tagged me first). I don’t have a clue how to do it on Facebook. I am definetly going to do it here on this blog. OK? Here it goes:
1. It took me a grand total of six years to graduate from college (1 year and a half at a community college and 4 and a half years at Harding).
2. I have had 3 jobs in my life time ( at a movie theater, Mardel Christian Bookstore, and Tom Thumb grocery store).
3. I love cereal/ oat meal for breakfast.
4. While in college I ate one hamburger for lunch and super everyday.
5. I also enjoyed eating Frosted Flakes with chocolate milk (which a lot of people seemed to get grossed out by).
6. I am a HUGE sports fan (college and professional). I am as passionate about the teams I like (Texas Rangers, Buffalo Bills/ Pittsburg Steelers/ OU Sooners, Dallas Mavericks/ KU Jayhawks/ Duke Blue Devils, Dallas Stars) as the teams I dislike (New York Yankees, Dallas Cowboys/ Miami Hurricans/ USC Trojans, LA Lakers, Detroit Red Wings).
7. I decided I was going to start watching hockey after getting home from Scotland five years ago. Only they went on strike when I got home. That was really disappointing, but decided to start watching it when they started playing it again. It’s really fun to watch. Really intense, especially over-time playoff hockey.
8. My favorite sports to watch are (in no particular order): baseball, basketball, football, and hockey (both college and profession).
9. I love collecting sports memorabilia.
10. Currently I am attending preaching school.
11. My future goals after school are to go to the Northeast and work with churches in college towns and develop a ministry presence in a college community.
12. I am almost constantly on ESPN; either on TV, radio, or internet.
13. I don’t like popcorn. Haven’t liked it ever sence I worked at the movie theater.
14. I am known to wear long sleave clothing on hot days and short sleave clothing on cold days. Don’t know why. It’s just the way I roll.
15. I find a weird scence of joy annoying people (especially family members).
16. I enjoy watching Judge shows (I get drawn into it when they start talking about the cases- I can’t help it).
17. I go to sleep early (10pm most of the time) and early riser (6:30 am mostly).
18. I like to get to places early.
19. I love to read (biblical, theological, and ministerial materials; and the comics in the newspaper).
20. I have been on four continents in my lifetime (North America, South America, Africa, and Europe).
21. Colorado is my favorite vacation place I’ve ever been with my family (I also really enjoyed the Great Smokies in TN and the beaches in FL).
22. I love reading blogs. My favorites are: Tim Spivey’s (timspivey.com), Trey Morgan’s (treymorgan.net), James Glascocks’s (thetimehascome.wordpress.com), and Matthew Morine’s (matthewmorine.com).
23. I also like to look up different church websites.
24. When I was little I used to walk in my sleep and talk in my sleep.
25. Don’t know what else to say here. What would you like to know?
Any one know how to put this on facebook?
Thank you all. God bless.

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Grades/ Sunset Lectureship

Greetings everyone! I hope and pray everyone is having a wonderful day! The past couple of days have been absolutely beautiful! Today it has been really windy and chilly. The weather in Texas can be so strange.
The first thing I need to say is we got our grades. Actually we got them a long time ago, but didn’t take the opportunity to put them on the blog until just now. I passed everything. It feels like I barely made it. Here are my final grade from the last term: Christian Home: 97
Evangelistic Message: 86
Interpretive Reading: 96
Introduction to Homiletics: 82
Old Testament History 2: 78
Greek: 88
All the classes were very good. I studied really hard for them. Really studying hard this term. Hopefully I’ll pass everything this term too.
Today we completed the Sunset Lectureship. It started Wednesday evening and went through Saturday afternoon. The theme was 2020 Vision (a play on words for perfect vision {20/20 vision} and the decade in 11 years). The theme lectures were The Power of Constant Prayer; Balancing Grace, Love, and the Pattern of Sound Words; The Impact of a Christ Focus on Our Mission to the Lost; Passing the Torch of Leadership to the Next Generation; Building Our Future on a Solid Foundation; How Servants Deal with Error and Opposition; The Value of God’s Word and Godly Living; How to Finish Well; and Does Biblical Preaching Still Work. It was all excellent! They said today that the theme lectures will be made available off the school website (www.sibi.cc). I attended several classes too. They were all very good as well. I’ll write more about them on the next newsletter. I met many lovely brethren from around the country and around the world as well. I also got to meet a lot of brethren from the Northeast and got to eat lunch with them today for an informative meeting about the Northeast. That is the region I am most interested in moving to after finishing Sunset.
In closing, thank you all so much for all the love, prayers, financial support, and everything else that each of you have given to me over the years. I love and miss you all so much! You all are in my thoughts and prayers. God bless. Grace and Peace.

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December Newsletter

Greetings one and all! Sorry I haven’t written this until just now. Let’s talk about what happened in December. I got back to Lubbock after a great time at home for Thanksgiving. The weekend after we got back some of my classmates and instructors went up to Bushland, TX (just south of Amarillo) and helped the church advertise a gospel meeting to the community. The church there was probably no more then five years old. They had just completed construction on their first church building just four months prior. They decided to have a gospel meeting on creation versus evolution. They invited a speaker who has a PH.D in science with a specialization in creation versus evolution. They wanted help advertising it to their community, so a group of us from Sunset went out there to help. It was a lot of fun! We finished up assignments to be turned in for our classes. We had a celebration for three guys and one lady who were finishing up their studies at Sunset. Those four completed their studies and most of them are pursuing ministry opportunities elsewhere now. We had two school wide Christmas parties. We final exams. (I found out recently I passed two of my classes, but haven’t found out about all of them.) Then we all got to go home for Christmas and New Year break.

My time at home has been way too short. I have to go back to Lubbock on Saturday, January 10th and start back to school on Monday, January 12. I’m looking forward to getting back to school and work. But not looking forward to leaving everyone again. Lord willing I’ll be back home in March during Spring Break and definetly during the summer time as well.

Being at home with my family and friends has been awesome! I have enjoyed every second of it. Getting to be see my grandparents, aunts, cousins and their children, everyone at church has been great too. Most of all I’ve loved spending time with my parents, brother and sisters and their spouses and nieces.

Thank you all for all the support, both financial and spiritual. Thank you all who have loved me and prayed for me. I couldn’t be here with out you all. Thank you so much! I love and miss you all.

Before I go, the Apostle Paul asked the Ephesian church to “pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel …”. I really love that verse! Please especially be praying that for me. Thank you all!

God bless! Grace and Peace.
Zack
Philippians 1:6

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