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The Vow

Greetings everyone! Let me apologize for going MIA for the past few days. On Wednesday last week I left to go to Lubbock, TX to attend the National Campus Ministry conference held at the Broadway church of Christ. It was a great blessing to be there. I plan to write about that and a few other things this week.

In today’s post I wanted to write about a movie I just finished watching earlier today. Has anyone out there seen the movie called The Vow? Just finished watching it. What a great movie. It points to the holiness and commitment of marriage. No matter what happens those who are committed to the marriage stay together.

What happened in the first part of the movie was awful. Channing Tatum’s character and Rachel Mcadams’ character were lucky to live through that terrible wreck. But that Mcadams’ character lost so much memory was shocking.  I was impressed Tatum’s character went to such great lengths to help his wife regain her memory, and help her the way he did throughout the movie. And,  even though the couple divored, the two decided to start dating again and regain their love for eachother again.

This movie also shows the extended family should have encouraged them throughout the way. And any and all old flame relationships should have encouraged the couple aswell.

Above all, this was a great movie.

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

God bless. Grace and Peace.

 

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Ministry

Greetings everyone! Over the past several posts, as my readers know, have been about several different ministry positions. Those posts highlighted what they did, what their uses are, etc. I’ve hit the proverbial wall and can’t think of any other ministry positions.

So, I’ve got a few questions for everyone: 1) what other ministry positions do y’all know of, 2) what are the highlights of those ministries, and 3) what do y’all think about the ministries I’ve already discussed?

Your thoughts please. Comments, thoughts, questions, ect are always welcomed and encouraged.

God bless. Grace and Peace.

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Greetings everyone! My parents and I got back home from visiting my sister and her family last night.

In the past few posts I’ve been writing about several ministry positions and highlighting the strengths and viability of each of them.

In this post I want to highlight the pulpit/senior minister.

Preaching is the primary function of how God communicates His word to the world.

Two words the New Testament uses to describe preaching is “harold” and “proclaim”.  The word for “harold” can be seen in Matthew 3:2. It talks about when John the Baptist came preaching (or harolding) for people to repent because the kingdom of heaven was near. And in Philippians 1:15 where Paul told his readers some came to preach (or harold) Christ with evil intent, but others had pure motives.

The word for “proclaim” can be seen in places like 1 Corinthians 9:14. There, Paul tells them God said those who  proclaimed the gospel should earn their support from the gospel. And in Colossians 1:28. It says “And we proclaim Him admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, that we may present every man complete in Christ” (NASB).

And their are several other words like these. All of them point out the special work of preaching the word. Jesus is the greatest preacher of all time. He trained twelve men who would carry on the work after He returned to heaven. For one, Peter preached the first gospel sermon on the day of Pentecost and nearly three thousand people were baptized that day. Then the church was born. Peter and the other disciples continued on preaching the word and making disciples.

And when Paul became a Christian, he too became a great preacher. He traveled to several places planting churches with his teammates. And later on he would assign Timothy to preach for one of those churches, and Titus at another.

Preaching is one of the greatest privileges one can have. Keep preaching the word guys!

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! As you all may (or may not) know I’ve been highlighting different church ministries to give them validation and whatnot. With this post, we’ll talk about families with children.

Children are a joy to their parents, families, and churches. They give life vigor, courage, and hope.

They give a zest for life and generally make life more happy.  They help make everyone around them more joyful and happy.

They give encouragement to be better people, to set good examples. They encourage creativity to help them learn by being active.

They give hope that their family name will live on. They give hope for the church and faith to live on.

In the past I’ve read some excellent resources on Christian Education (if you want to know what they are, email me at blaisdellzack14@gmail.com and I’ll fill you in). These books talked about helping children and everyone else to learn better by actively learning. They are excellent resources and I would highly recommend them.

Families can be more attentive to their children by engaging their children in discussions about what they are learning both in school and in church. Lots of churches have Bible classes and children’s activities during the sermons in the morning and evening services on Sundays and Wednesdays.

Once, when Jesus’ disciples tried to turn children away, He told them to allow little children to come to Him. Infact it will be only those who recieve heaven like children will ever enter it. Obviously children were important to Jesus, therefore they must be important to the church.

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

Zack

PS. This will be my last post for about a week. Friday my parents and I will go up to Arkansas to visit my sister and her family to help them out. They just relocated to Arkansas a week or two ago.

I’ll write more in about a week. God bless. Grace and Peace.

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Greetings everyone! This week I am writing about the value of ministry. On Monday I wrote about the Executive Minister, and on Tuesday I wrote about Family and Youth Ministry. Today I want to write about Campus and Young Adults Ministry.

College and Young Adults Ministry is my biggest ministry passion. It is during the young adult and college years that we make the biggest life changing decisions. Some people make the decision to follow Jesus during their grade-school years, but it is during young adult years they must make this faith truly their own faith. It is during this time period they must make their own decisions. Mom and Dad aren’t going to be their to make sure they wake up and go to school or church, to help them with their homework, to make their meals, etc. If any of that stuff (and more) gets done, it will get done because the young adult him/her self-made the decision to do it.

This is also when decisions to be faithful to Jesus must be made too. Campus Ministry is my biggest passion because college students are often searching for things that can be ultimately found in God and His church. The church can and must provide wisdom to those who come to them searching for it.

And I hope I can provide guidance to the college students I come across. And help the church provide that guidance as well.

I hope all of this makes sense and I have articulated this well.

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

God bless you all. Grace and Peace.

Zack

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Greetings everyone! On the heels of yesterday’s post, I wanted to write about another area of ministry that is vitally important to the life of the church.

Ministry to middle school and high school students (ie: the youth group) is important, but we should also minister to the whole family. For those who decide to become followers of Jesus, most do so while they are in high school. This shows the impact youth workers and families have in a young person’s life.

Those who work with the youth most closely can’t forget about the collective families the youth group member comes from. It is the family that has the most impact on the young people.  Moms and Dads need to be equipped to minister to their own kids. Brothers and sisters need to be able to minister to their siblings and parents.

Youth Ministers can develop great classes and develop great ministry activities for the youth ministry, but they should also equip the parents to facilitate discussions with their children afterward. And after Bible camp trips, youth retreats, mission trips, etc.

Plus all of that, the Family and Youth Ministry leaders should make sure the youth are integrated into the overall life of the church.

The youths are the church of today, and should be developed into leaders. Perhaps they can be church leaders, servants, ministers, etc both now and in the future.

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

God bless. Grace and Peace.

Zack

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Greetings everyone! I hope and pray everyone had a fantastic July 4th holiday week this past week.

Here are some thoughts for today.

I know of some churches who employ an executive minister. This type of ministry position is vital to the life of the church. This type of minister staff is involved in administration duties, ministry development, ect.

Administration can entale a lot of different things from attendance, knowing all the ministries, all the members of the church and their involvement, in the church, ect.

Ministry development can involve helping existing ministries improve, helping members find ministries, starting new ministries, etc.

I think the main jobs for the executive minister is helping members be as involved as possible, helping ministry leaders develop their ministries, and helping their fellow ministry staffers develop their ministry skills.

I plan to write about other ministries and their vitality in the church.

Further thoughts, questions, ect are always welcomed and encouraged.

God bless. Grace and Peace.

Zack

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