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Greetings everyone! I just read something I really liked and wanted to pass it on to all of you.

My friend Steven Gaines (stevengaines.wordpress.com) just wrote a blog about the prophet Ezekiel (chapters 1 through 4). Jehovah God tells Ezekiel He (God) will harden his (Ezekiel’s) forehead like a rock just like the people’s heads are hard. And He told Ezekiel to take in Jehovah’s words, let them sink in, and then go tell the people.

My friend tells of a friend of his that discipleship has to start with me and you before we can call others to it.

I think that’s right on.

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

God bless. Grace and Peace.

Zack

 

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Something to read.

Greetings everyone! I read something today I thought was outstanding, thought-provoking, and excellent.

It is on the website faithoncampus.com. It is about wheather college students are prepared to leave the college campus and our college ministries for the summer or not. It is about whether college ministry leaders are spoon feeding their students, or training them to feed themselves.

After reading this, I was thinking not just about wheather they are ready to leave for the summer, but wheather they are ready to graduate from college, for the real world.

Pretty soon, our students will need to be ready to stand on their own two feet spiritually. To feed themselves spiritually.

To be gone for a summer is hard enough. Who knows when college friends will be able meet again. It will take some work to coordinate meeting times for that.

Are the students ready? For the summer? For graduation?

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

God bless you all. Grace and Peace.

Zack

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Greetings everyone! Last night I received the opportunity to attend the Missions Resource Network benefit dinner. Had a blast! I saw and visited with some friends I had not seen in a while.

It was an encouraging evening seeing a couple I knew from my days as a student at Harding recieving an award for their life-long missions efforts in Asia. This couple is an example of living and walking by faith.

It was encouraging seeing a church get recognized for it’s own outreach and missions efforts in it’s own region of the world. This church lives missions. It teaches everyone in their church to reach out to their friends and neighbors. This church is a true missional church.

This couple and church truely show missions isn’t what we do. It’s the DNA of Jesus’ disciples, followers.

I was blessed by the evening.

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

God bless you all. Grace and Peace.

Zack

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Greetings everyone! I just read something I absolutely loved.

As I’ve said before, I love campus ministry. Campus ministry is my biggest  ministry passion. After reading this article about campus ministry on Bob Russell’s blog (at bobrussell.org) I love campus ministry and grown more passionate about it even more.

Please check it out at bobrussell.org. It is very insightful and personal.

Any and all comments, thoughts, questions, ect are always welcomed and encouraged.

God bess you all. Grace and Peace.

Zack

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Spectacles

Greetings everyone! Here is something I was thinking about today.

In his letter to the Corinthian brethren, the Apostle Paul tells them (1 Corinthians 4:9) “For it seems to me that God has put us Apostles on display at the end of the procession, like men condemned to die in the arena. We have been made a spectacle (Greek: theatron) to the whole universe, to angles as well as to men” (emphasis mine).

The NIV Archeologicial Study Bible note on this verse says this: “When a Roman general returned home victorious, he led his army in a triumphal procession, at the end of which trailed the captives who were condemned to fight with beasts. Paul felt that, in contrast to the proud Corinthians, the apostles had been put ‘on displayat the end of the procession, like men condemned to die in the arena’. God had made them a spectacle to be gazed at and made sport of in the arena of the world. …” (p 1867 in the NIV Archeological Study Bible).

Paul, all the apostles, and all of our brethren in the New Testament age were well aware of their influence.  in the world. They always made sure they lived a life worthy of their calling in God (as Paul told the Ephesian brethren in Ephesians 4:1). They obviously took seriously their charge of being a theatron, a spectacle, put on display for all the world to see. They lived to glorify God and make an impact on the world they lived in.

We all need to be careful of how we live, like our brethren so long ago did. We need to take following Jesus seriously.

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

God bless. Grace and Peace.

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Why Ministry?

Greetings everyone! A few thoughts for the day.

I know some time ago I wrote a blog on my own personal philosophy of ministry. In it, I wrote about why I wanted to be in fulltime ministry. There I wrote I wanted to be in ministry, because that’s all I wanted to do.

Three times I have been to Cameroon, Central Africa. I have been there to teach the Bible to people in Cameroon with World Bible School materials. Whenever anyone goes to Cameroon some of the preachers from Douala (the capital of Cameroon) go with us to translate into either Pigeon (a form of English) or French (the national language). One of the Brothers who has gone with us several times said people should go into ministry because they want to serve God and help people know Him.

Now my personal philosophy of ministry is because I want to serve God, to teach people about Jesus, to help them know Him, and serve people in Jesus’ name.

I want to work in campus ministry because so many people typically leave the church in high school and college. So many college students fall through the cracks in the church. I think that’s sad. I want to help college students come to know Jesus. I want to see them come alive in Him. I want to help them see themselves as missionaries on campus and in their vocations when they leave campus.

I don’t know if any of this makes since, or if this is all nonsince.

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

God bless you all. Grace and Peace.

Zack

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Greetings everyone. Here are a few thoughts.

I just read a blog post from Phillip Yancey’s blog from back in March. It was refering back to a tsunami that hit Japan in March, 2011. A major earthquake had just hit Japan and a few moments later the tsunami swept in with devastating results. Possibly hundreds or thousands of people lost their lives, or families, or houses, or businesses.

The tornados that hit Alabama, Georgia, Missippie, and Missouri last year were also extremely devestating. Lives lost and homes destroyed. So much devestation it took my breath away.

And now, just this week the tornados that hit several places in the Dallas area. Thankfully there were no lives lost, but a lot of devesation as well.

I hope and pray Christians are in each of these places that will effectively reach out to those who are suffering because of these disasters. I hope and pray there are those who are open to hearing God’s word  and willing to do what is necessary to become children of God.

I will conclude now.

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

God bless. Grace and Peace.

Zack

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