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Greetings everyone!

I just watched something that was absolutely amazing! A missionary family my home church is supporting captured a baptism on video and emailed it to several at our church. The baptism video was awesome too! Praise God for our new sister in Jesus.

There was a song they had on the video that gave me goose bumps. I google searched for it and watched a couple of music videos for it. Again, I got goose bumps listening to it. I encourage you to check out a video or two of the song.

The author of the song is Carlos Whittiker. He also operates his own personal website. You can find it at ragamuffinsoul.com. He’s got some really cool stuff on there too. Check it out and be blessed.

Comments, thoughts, questions, etc are always welcomed and encouraged.

God bless you all. Grace and Peace.

Zack

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Jesus and Politics

Greetings everyone! I find politics to be a sticky, controversial, and funny topic. I believe God is involved in politics. The Apostle Paul told Timothy (in 1 Timothy) to pray for our leaders that followers of His may move about and freely preach the word.

I certainly don’t believe God is a Democrat. And I don’t believe God is a Republican either. I believe there are folks in both parties trying their best to turn our country toward God again.

I need to do more research about the political candidates so I can be a more educated voter. I used to vote a particular way, because my parents and grandparents voted that way. With the encouragement of one of my sisters, I am making sure I research the candidates and be more educated about politics.

There are no perfect parties or perfect candidates. There are things I like about certain parties and candidates. There are also other things I don’t like about certain candidates. I just need to find the causes that mean the most to me personally and go with that.

I’ll close with that. Any and all comments, thoughts, questions, etc are always welcomed and encouraged.

God bless you all. Grace and Peace.

Zack

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Greetings everyone! I hope and pray everyone had a good weekend and a good President’s Day.

I apologize for not writing on the Jesus On Campus series in such a long while. Got sidetracked I guess. Anyhow, here we are again.

The next miracle Jesus does is in Mark 8. Jesus and His disciples have been spending time with a large group of people. No doubt all of them are hungry. Jesus of course knows this, but doesn’t want to send any of them away, because they might pass out along the way. In other Gospel accounts Andrew (the brother of Simon Peter) tells Jesus there’s a small lad there with seven loaves of bread and small fish. Jesus instructs the disciples to have the people sit down. When they do, Jesus takes the food, gives thanks to God for it, and gives the food to the disciples who in turn disperse to the people.

Each person had enough to eat, and the disciples filled seven baskets full of the leftovers. The text says there were four thousand men there. If each of them had a wife and children, the total number of people there could have been six or seven thousand at least. Another of the Gospels says the people tried to make Him their king.

After all, if Jesus could multiply food like that, He could multiply swords. They could build an army large enough to take over and defeat Rome. But that’s absolutely not what Jesus is about. (That thought was said by one of my teachers at Sunset.)

These miracles show us that this Jesus is Lord over all nature, the physical, the spiritual, and even over death. If Jesus can heal storms, the physically and spiritually sick, defeat death, and multiply food then this proves Jesus is Lord over all of that.

And if Jesus can do all of that, He wants to be Lord of our lives too. Will you make Jesus Lord of your life? If so, please make a comment and I’ll be glad to get in contact with you.

Of course, all comments, thoughts, questions, etc are always welcomed and encouraged.

God bless you all. Grace and Peace.

Zack

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Josh Hamilton

Greetings everyone! I hope and pray everyone is doing well today.

Most of you know my favorite Major League Baseball team is the Texas Rangers. My favorite player on the team is Josh Hamilton. I don’t know if Josh is a true Brother in Jesus or not, but I love and respect his openness of his faith and talking about Jesus.

I am sure most of the sports world knows about Josh and what happened a week or two ago. I don’t intend to rehash that here.

We all have things in our lives where we are weak in. Josh has his, I have mine, you have yours. We all have places we shouldn’t ever enter in. We all have websites we should never check out.

Josh is seeking ways to handle his moments of weakness, including someone to hold him accountable. We all need that in our lives.

As I’ve said in another post, God loves the weak. All of the body of Jesus (ie. the church) should seek ways to help each other overcome our weaknesses.

God bless us all. Comments, thoughts, questions, etc are always welcome. Grace and Peace.

Zack

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Whitney Houston

Greetings everyone! Yesterday I heard Whitney Houston passed away the day before.

I’m not a fan of her music. ABC News played an interview someone on their station had with Houston some years ago. This lady asked Houston what her biggest demon was in her life. And Houston said it was herself.

I thought it was absolutely correct. She said no one or nothing forced her to do anything. If she did something, it was because she made the choice to do it.

I see that in myself. I have done (or didn’t do) some things I regret. And I’ve said (or didn’t say) some things I regret. Those things were done or said (or not done or said) because I chose to.

The Apostle Paul wrote in Romans he does things he hates to do and doesn’t do what he wants to do. We are all sinful people in deep and desperate need of a Savior to save us from ourselves.

We can’t change the past. We can change in the future. May God give us all the grace and courage to do that.

Comments, thoughts, questions, etc are always welcomed and encouraged.

God bless. Grace and Peace.

Zack

 

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Some time ago I read some from a book called Like A Shepherd Lead Us. It was a book on spiritual growth and the elders.

I have thought about spiritual growth. All of God’s children should be growing spiritually. It is the church leadership’s job to help the church to do that.

But where do church leaders go to grow spiritually themselves?

I like reading my Bibles and try to keep a prayer journal. I also have some books I like to read.

What resources out there do you find useful to grow spiritually? I would love to have dialogue about this. Spiritual growth is so important.

Comments, thoughts, questions, etc are always welcomed and encouraged.

God bless you all. Grace and Peace.

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About Charles Siburt

Greetings everyone!

Does anyone know how Dr Charles Siburt is doing now? All the stories I’ve heard and read about him sound like he is a great Godly man.

I hope and pray God will bring him healing and more time here on earth with his family and those who love him.

I hope and pray we all will love and respect our loved ones, friends, and mentors in our lives.

God bless us all. Grace and Peace.

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