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Greetings everyone!

Lately I have been reading The Chronicles of Narnia. Just finished The Magician’s Nephew today. I have really enjoyed the Narnia series so far.

The Narnia books are absolutely facinating. C. S. Lewis definitely had a vivid imagination.

Jesus’ use of parables in His stories and teaching is even more facintating. In several of His parables He started off with “the kingdom of heaven is like…” and goes on to tell a story that strikes right to the heart of His hearers.

The meaning of a parable I have heard is “an earthly story with a heavenly meaning”. Jesus’ parables are true to life stories that are tied to the Christian life.

We would all be smart to try our hardest to tie modner-day happenings and tie them to the Christian life in like manner.

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

God bless. Grace and Peace.

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A Few Words

Greetings everyone! So sorry for the weeklong blog fast. Actually, not a total fast. I updated my philosophy of campus ministry page two days last week. Please check it out and let me know what you think.

I have been reading a book called The Christian Athiest by Craig Groeschel. I read something that really stood out to me and wanted to share it with all my readers. Here’s what he said:  “A recent Gallup poll reported that 94 percent of Americans claim to believe in God or a universal spirit. However, a quick glance at scripture and our culture makes it plainly obvious that nowhere near 94 percent actually know God. I mean, really know Him- intimately. Belief isn’t the same as personal knowledge. For many people, the very idea that you could know God on a relational level seems unlikely, unrealistic, unattainable” (p. 33 Groeshell, Christian Athiest).

When I’m somewhere in public (like a store, a resturaunt for example), I often think “does anyone here know Jesus- I mean really know Him”? Do I really know Him? Not just think I know Him, but really and truely know Him?

Definitely something I (and probably all of us) should think about. Thank you, Mr Craig Groeshel, for stirring my thoughts on this.

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

God bless. Grace and Peace.

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Greetings everyone!

Continuing the theme of building a culture of discipleship, I thought of Ephesians 4:11-13. In these verses, the apostle Paul tells his readers (and us) “it was He who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the full measure of the fullness of Christ” (NIV).

I believe this pertains to this subject matter, because we all need to be around and equipped our church leaders. These church leaders are charged with the responsibility of equipping the church to use their gifts to build up and encourage the church. And these church leaders can prepare others who will one day be church leaders themselves.

I believe all of this also a discipleship culture. All of this builds a discipleship culture. Everyone comes to sit at the feet of these leaders to be trained, feed, built up, and encouraged. The recipients are then able to go out and minister to the world. Able to go evangelize and bring others to know Jesus. And also able to train, feed, and so forth.

This is the start of a discipleship culture. This is the start of the equipping and training cycle.

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

God bless. Grace and Peace.

Zack

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Greetings everyone! While at the Campus Ministry workshop in Lubbock I met a guy who told me about a really cool book called Building A Discipleship Culture. Since then, I have thought a lot about it. I have never read the book, but hope to purchase it and read it at some point.

I’ve been doing some thinking about this topic alot the past few days. Acts 2:44-47 definitely addresses the topic of how to build a culture of discipleship. Acts 2 is where Peter preaches the first gospel sermon and close to three thousand people came to be baptized. All of these new found disciples stayed in Jerusalem meeting with everyone from house to house breaking bread together.

I imagine all twelve of the apostles were there and they all (plus others too perhaps) mentored these new disciples.

The apostles no doubt taught the new disciples the ways of Jesus, and how He is the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy.

The apostles were able to teach the new disciples about prayer and all the basics of Christianity.

In John’s gospel, Jesus told the apostles that everyone in the future who reads the aposltes’ words could believe about Jesus.  All of this are perfect examples of that.

I’ll sign off now. Any comments, thoughts, questions, etc are welcomed and encouraged.

God bless. Grace and Peace.

Zack

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Greetings everyone! Sorry I haven’t blogged at all this week prior to today.

Throughout the week I have thought about a few things.

First, my sister Katie and her family moved to the Dallas area. Our Dad and I helped them unload the uhaul into the garage on Monday. On Tuesday we went back over there and helped them move all their things into the house itself. It’s a great house 🙂 Welcome back to the Dallas area Herbold family 🙂

Second, this week my home church had Vacation Bible School Sunday through Wednesday. We had several children involved in it . Throughout the week, we learned about several biblical heroes of faith. I hope and pray all of the kids and adults learned a lot. Plus that, hopefully several excellent contacts were made that we can follow-up on.

Third, I have a renewed passion for youth, college, outreach, and involvement ministry. I hope to get as many opportunities as I can to pursue as many of these ministries as I can, in whatever capacity I can.

Forth, the olympics have been going on the past several days. Each time I see an American win a gold medal and sing the national anthem, I get goose bumps. It’s pretty cool 🙂

Fifth, baseball is in full swing (notice the pun?). The Texas Rangers are still charging on. Hope we win the World series this time around.

Sixth and finally, football season is just around the corner. Can’t wait to watch college football on Thursdays and Saturdays, and NFL football on Sundays and Mondays.

What is on your mind this week? Your thoughts, questions, etc are always welcomed and encouraged.

God bless. Grace and Peace.

Zack

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Greetings everyone! From last Thursday through Sunday I was in Lubbock, TX attending the Connect Campus Ministry Conference held at Broadway church of Christ (across the streat from Texas Tech). We learned about campus ministry in general, about the history and need of campus ministry, and the Holy Spirit’s role in campus ministry. Had a great time learning about a ministry I love so much and feel very passionate about.

While there I met the partners who made it all possible also.

It was a great event and I’m glad I went to it.

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

God bless. Grace and Peace.

Zack

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Singles Ministry

Greetings everyone! I just thought of a significant ministry that we didn’t discuss. That is ministry to singles.

There are a lot of singles in our society and in the church. There are a lot of levels of singles at that too. There are those who have never been married, those who are divorced, and widows or widowers.

Jesus, our Lord and Savior, lived on earth as a single adult. As well as the Apostle Paul. And I imagine Timothy and Titus were single all of their lives as well.

In Matthew’s gospel, Jesus said there are those who have forsaken marriage to serve in God’s kingdom. Paul wrote 1 Corinthians 7  and 9 in regard to the brethren in Corinth about why he chose to be single.

I know of a few churches of Christ who have a singles minister and ministry. One of those churches is in the Dallas metroplex.  In September that church is hosting a singles ministry conference. They have hosted this conference since 2009. I started going to it in 2008, and hope to attend again this year.

I believe singles ministries are important to the church. It shows God loves the married as well as the single. It shows the church loves and has a place for singles. I too am single, and I hope to minister to singles in this kind of setting.

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

God bless. Grace and Peace.

Zack

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