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Archive for December, 2011

Greetings everyone! I hope and pray everyone out there had a very Merry Christmas! And will have a Happy New Year.

I was talking with one of my brother-in-laws yesterday about work and ministry. I hope to be more involved in a campus ministry outreach. Start one up at the church I already actively attend, or elsewhere.

I’ve thought off and on about graduate school. Harding University has a Graduate School of Religion located in Memphis, TN (now called Harding School of Theology). Lipscomb University has a Graduate School program on their campus in Nashville, TN (called Hazelip School of Theology).  Both schools offer graduate degrees with an emphasis on campus ministry. Lipscomb’s Graduate School has a Doctorate in Ministry program with an emphasis on Missional and Spiritual Development.

I’ve thought if I could attend Harding’s or Lipscomb’s Graduate Schools and earn the Master of Divinity degree with a major in Campus Ministry (both Memphis and Nashville have a lot of colleges in their cities). And then attend Lipcomb’s Graduate program to work on the Doctorate in Ministry with a major in Missional and Spiritual Development. The doctorate thesis would be evangelism on campus, helping the students to be missionaries on campus, and helping them see themselves as missionaries in the jobs, communities, and churches when they graduate from college and start their new vocations.

Now I should say, this is all thoughts in my head. Whether or not I can do it or no, I hope and pray there is someone in the world today who can and will do it. And do it all to God’s glory.

As always thoughts, comments, questions, etc are welcomed and encouraged.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone! God bless. Grace and Peace.

Zack

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Christmas/New Year

Greetings everyone! I love Fall/Winter holidays. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day are my favorite holidays. They are holidays that invite all of us to step back and reflect on our lives. They are invitations to reflect on how blessed we are. To be thankful for family and friends. To be thankful for a Savior. To be thankful for a fresh start.

I hope and pray everyone had a good Thanksgiving. And I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year also.

I will break from the blog for the rest of 2011 and pick up blogging again at the start of 2012. Finish up the old blog series I’ve been working on. And think of some new ones.

God bless you all. Grace and Peace.

Zack

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Greetings everyone! I hope and pray everyone had a great weekend and a good start to the week.

One of my favorite Christian music groups has a song called Does Anybody Hear Her. Here are some of the songs lyrics.

“Does anybody hear her?

Does anybody see?

Does anybody even know she’s going down today?

Under the shadow of our steeple,

With all the lost and lonely people,

Who are looking for the hope that’s tucked away in you and me?

Does anybody hear her?

Does anybody see?”

I love this song! Every time I hear it, see it, or think about it, I get goose bumps.

It makes me think about myself and all of us. Do we, and do I, truly see those who are hurting in this world? And if we do, what are we going to do with it?

Are we going to help them? Or are we going to feel sorry for them.

I love what one minister friend is doing. This friend and some from the congregation were he preaches are in Honduras right now giving food to people there who eat out of a dump pile.

Another minister friend has written about the church where he grew up that feeds the residents of a nursing home on Thanksgiving. He goes back there every year to help continue that tradition.

All of this reminds me of Jesus and His parable of the good Samaritan.

The story goes like this: a man was traveling from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers who beat him up, and left him half dead.

As the man was lying there, a priest was traveling that way. He saw the man lying there, and passed him by on the other side of the road.

Some time later, a Levite was travelign that way also. He, likewise, saw the man and also passed him by walking the on the other side of the road.

After this, a Samaritan traveled that way. He saw the man and felt compassion for the man. He helped him by cleaning his wounds, and picked him up and placed him on his own donkey. They walked until they found an inn where the Samaritan payed for the man’s needs.

When we see people who are hurting, may we minister to their needs in Jesus’ name also.

God bless us today. Grace and Peace.

Zack

 

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Worship and Singing.

Singing worship hymns and songs during our gathered times on Sundays and other days is a highlight for me. I love the old hymns and the new songs too. I love singing during church, listening to the radio, and CDs.

I love a blend of the old hymns and new songs.

A good friend of mine has said worship on Sundays should be an extension of the life we’ve led throughout the week.

May we all remember to live and sing worship to God all week. God bless. Grace and Peace.

Zack

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Greetings everyone! The following post comes from something I found in a book I’ve been reading. I think this is a really cool story and hope you like it too.

“I love this story! I hope it tugs at your heart too.”

“Come with me to a third grade classroom…

“There is a nine-year-old kid sitting at his desk and all of a sudden, there is a puddle between his feet and the front of his pants are wet.

“He thinks his heart is going to stop because he cannot possibly imagine how this has happened. It’s never happened before, he knows that when the boys find out he will never hear the end of it. When the girls find out, they’ll never speak to him again as long as he lives.

“The boy believes his heart is going to stop; he puts his head down and prays this prayer, ‘Dear God, this is an emergency! I need help now! Five minutes from now I’m dead meat.; He looks up from his prayer and here comes the teacher with a look in her eyes that says he has been discovered.

” As the teacher is walking toward him, a classmate named Susie is carrying a goldfish bowl that is filled with water. Susie trips in front of the teacher and inexplicably dumps the bowl of water in the boy’s lap.

“The boy pretends to be angry, but all the while is saying to himself, ‘Thank You, Lord! Thank You, Lord!’

“Now all of a sudden, instead of being the object of ridicule, the boy is the object of sympathy. The teacher rushes him downstairs and gives him gym shorts to put on while his pants dry out. All the other children are on their hands and knees cleaning up around his desk. The sympathy is wonderful.

“But as life would have it, the ridicule that should have been his has been transferred to someone else- Susie.

“She tries to help, but they tell her to get out. ‘You’ve done enough, you klutz!’

“Finally, at the end of the day, as they are waiting for the bus, the boy walks over to Susie and whispers, ‘you did that on purpose, didn’t you?’ Susie whispers back, ‘I wet my pants once too.’

“May God help us see the opportunities that are always around us to do good.

“Remember… Just going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than standing in the garage makes you  a car.

“I not only love the story– I love this last quote!!

“I only hope in the coming years there will be many people with fish bowls around me!!”

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So, what did you think? As always thoughts, comments, questions, etc are always welcomed and encouraged. God bless you all. Grace and Peace.

Zack

 

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