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Greetings everyone! A thought for the day.

I was just thinking about my time at Sunset. There are two of our teachers at Sunset who have said that retireing from teaching and ministry is not an option for them. They both have said they want to die with their boots on.

There is a graduate I know of who had a heart condition. He loved mission work and wanted to take one more trip before he addressed his condition. He told his wife if he died there, he wanted to be buried there. This man did pass away on the mission field.

But yet this is another example of someone who didn’t want to remove his boots.

I hope to always have this mind set. I want to die with my boots on.

Your thoughts please.

God bless. Grace and Peace.

Zack

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Greetings everyone! Over the weekend I finised reading The Gospel Of Yes by Mike Glenn. I thought the book was excellent!

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus tells His followers they were to let their “yes be yes and their no be no”. We typically say this doesn’t allow cursing. But Glenn attests this has a much deeper meaning. He says God has a plan for us and when we pursue God’s plan, we’ll turn away from whatever else would seek to deter us from God’s will, God’s plan for our lives.

Each of the chapters addresses God’s “yes” for us from a different aspect. Even when God says no, He’s trying to direct us in the right way we should go that will help us serve Him more, that will bring us the most joy in serving Him.

Then Glenn talks about “yes” from different aspects. For example, the creation account shows God made man to have dominion over the earth. Man was abled to name every animal and cared for the earth. When Adam and Eve sinned and messed everything up, God still found a way to say “yes” again.

In the cross, God was setting everything right between mankind and Himself. Even when man hears “no”from the world, God finds a way to say “yes”.

The resurrection shows death doesn’t have the last word. Even with this “no” God finds a way to say “yes”.

Even when we mess our lives up, God’s plan for us can still be achieved in Him.

No doubt we’ll need to learn to forgive others (and ourselves) at times. As Jesus said if we forgive, God will forgive us. But if we don’t, He won’t.

God has wired all of us certain ways. He has a plan for each of us. Things we each can do that is unique to us individually.

At times He’ll give us the courage to rise up to meet certain challenges in our lives and work. This will set us to meet our destiny.

We need to have the right relationships in our lives to help us achieve what God wants us to do in our lives. Relationships that will help us, encourage us, but not hurt us, or dissuade us.

God has specific works for each of us that only we can do. My work is not the same as yours. And yours isn’t the same as mine. We each need to find what it is God wants for us.

And finallly when bad things happen, death takes those closest to us, discouragment comes, etc we can trust God’s “yes” to us. We can trust some how, some way this is going to get done.

As I said earlier, this is an excellent book. Very well written and articulated. I recieved this book from blogging for books and Waterbrook Press.

To purchase this book go to waterbrookmultnomah.com to get yours.

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

God bless you all. Grace and Peace.

Zack

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Greetings everyone!

This weekend my parents are celebrating their 37th year of marriage. I am so incredibly blessed to have them as my parents. I am so incredibly blessed to have a wonderful brother and two wonderful sisters. I am incredibly blessed they each chose a great spouse. I am incredibly blessed by two wonderful nieces and two wonderful nephews. Of course we are blessed by our grandparents, uncles, aunts, and cousins also.

One set of my grandparents have celebrated 60 years of marriage and still going strong. Our second set of grandparents celebrated 51 years of marriage when our grandfather passed away. They have all set a great example of marriage, faith, faithfulness and service to all who know and love them. Now my parents are carrying on that legacy and in turn setting their own legacy.

And now all three of my siblings and their spouses are carrying these legacies and also creating their own.

A special thank you goes to Nana and Grandaddy, Meme, and Mom and Dad for being such great examples for all us! Happy Ann’y Mom and Dad! May there be many, many more!

Comments and such are always welcomed and encouraged.

God bless us all. Grace and Peace.

Zack

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Greetings everyone! Some thoughts for the day.

As a sports fan, I know of coaches who can take a team and make them a good team. I have always thought that was really cool.

And then there are coaches who can take a good team and make them a great team. Even a championship level team. That is something I truely like and admire.

Is there a differene between the two? If there is, what is that difference?

Yes, there is a difference. That difference is the IT factor. That IT factor is the want, desire, and action to get better day after day. Growing as a person. Developing leadership skills. Knowing the people on your team or in your ministry. Knowing how to help them grow and develop as a team to achieve the most. How to win and how to grow.

I want to be someone who can be trusted to take the good and make it great.

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

God bless. Grace and Peace.

Zack

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Greetings everyone! I have some thoughts for the day.

Every Christian is a servant of God, of Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. Every Christian is a minister. Every church has men and women who paid by the church (either full-time or part-time) to equip the church body and serve the community. It seems obvious that too many in the church body expects the church leadership (elders, deacons, and ministry staff) to do most of, if not all, the work of the church.

It should not be that way. Ministry is for everyone in the church. No matter what you do, or wherever you go, you are involved in ministry. Your job (whether full-time or part-time) is your ministry. Do it as if you were working for the Lord and not for men (as the apostle Paul told the Corinthian brethren and Collosian brethren in 1 Corinthians and Collosians).

All Christians are ministers, and all ministers are missionaries. I acknowledge I have not done all I could have or should have done myself. I have applied for many church ministry positions since graduating from college, the AIM program, and Sunset and been turned down for lack of experience. I have no one to blame for this but myself.  Besides that, not every Christian can serve the whole church in a staff position.

All Christians should be ministers. All Christians are gifted by God to serve Him and the whole church body. All Christians can equip others in their own way.

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

God bless you all. Grace and Peace.

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Lost And Found

Greetings everyone! Some thoughts for today.

One of my favorite stories Jesus told in the Gospels is the parable of the lost sheep. In this story, the parable of the lost coin, and the parable of the lost sons something was lost. And then that something got found.

What I like most about the parable of the lost sheep is the shepherd will leave the ninety-nine to go out to find and bring back the one.  He’ll search all over the place until he finds the one lost sheep.

While my siblings and I were growing up we had two dogs. When we first got the first one, she ran away. We all got in the car and went out looking for her. We found her and brought her home. She never ran away again.

The second dog we had run away several times. But we always searched for her and brought her back when we found her. One time I ran after her and caught her.  Every time we found the dogs we were so happy.

As an animal lover I appreciate this parable. I don’t believe Jesus is an animal rights activist or anything, but believe He cares about animals too.

If we can be so happy when we find our lost pets, lost coins, lost children how much more happy Jesus is when He finds anyone who is lost.

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

God bless you all. Grace and Peace.

Zack

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Greetings everyone! When I was enrolled at Sunset International Bible Institute the school had a Friday-Saturday seminar. The title of this seminar was Are You A Folgers Church Or A Starbucks Church?

A Folgers church is a traditional church. Meets in a church building Sunday morning Bible class then worship, Sunday evening worship, and Wendsday evening Bible class. They do this because that’s the way their parents did. That was good enough for them, therefor its good enough for me.

A Starbucks church is a more progressive church. They might meet in a church building for worship, but have classes in a Starbucks coffee shop for Bible class sometimes. They do some church things traditional style, and some other things progressive style.

What is really interesting and cool is when a Folgers church plants a Starbucks church. I have somewhat firsthad knowledge of a few of such instances.

I personally believe both Folgers churches and Starbucks churches are personally blessed by God.

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

God bless. Grace and Peace.

Zack

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