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Greetings everyone!

I love the new Adidas commercial with Robert Griffin III. In the commercial, Griffin says everything from previous seasons is to be forgotten. Left behind. Done away with. All that matters is what is accomplished moving forward. I love that!

This makes me think of what the apostle Paul told the Philippian church when said “Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead…” (Philippians 3:14).

No matter what is accomplished, or failed, or whatever, it doesn’t matter anymore. Keep moving forward. Keep getting better. Improving always has to be the goal in each and every phase in life.

Any questions, comments, or anything else is always welcomed and encouraged.

God bless.

Grace and Peace.

zack.

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Greetings everyone! I was blessed to get sneak peek into the book Shaping Their Future from the author (to get this also go to the author’s website faithoncampus.com and sign up to it).

i wanted to share several quotes from the book.

“Few and far between are teens where lives are shaped by purpose, who demonstrated reaction, who recognize their independence with communities large and small, or who think about what it means to live in the biggest house in the global village”. Tim Clydesdale, The First Year Out page 1.

“… a growing percentage of students are entering college without a clue of why they are there or what they are to do. Many have no clear since of direction or purpose” p 3.

“The college experience demands a transition, or series of transitions, and our young adults need to work with God to make the most of it… It’s about the rest of their lives and best utilizing some of the most formative years they’ll have available to them. Now is the time for college students to co-labor with God to become the women and men the are intended to be” (p 4).

“Of all the content that will be explored in this book this the material that we need ‘to get’, and help students get! Faith: it’s the beginning, middle, and end of everything that really matters. If students miss this, if they fail to engage this as central to their college experiences, then the rest of what is explored that will not be understood in the correct context. For it is God, and God alone, who is able to hope them and from them over the course of their journey” (p 26).

“Other students enter the culture of campus life and struggle to see how faith fits into the equation. It made since back home, and many students are able to see how it ‘fit in’ to that scheme of life. But in this new context, that same faith is failing to translate” (p 27).

“In order to help students make the very most of their college experience, we need to, as quickly as possible, help them to understand the relevance- the significance- of having faith during these very formative years of life. As we engage them, and begin to since an openness and/or receptivity to this conversion, we need to challenge students to begin to explore (ie. ask the questio, seek answers, and ‘try it out’, in their everyday lives), such that it begins to shape who they are and how they live” (p 28).

I hope and pray this wets your appetite and all who reads this will go to faithoncampus.com and purchase Shaping Their Furture. I’m super excited for its release.

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

God bless you all.

Grace and Peace.

zack.

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Valentines Day

Greetings everyone! Yesterday was Valentines Day. My Dad and I delivered 40 plus flowers yesterday for a friend who owns her own flower shop.

I just read a really good blog post by a friend. Check out my friend Jonathan’s blog (http://jonathanfwoodall.com) and read his post about Valentines Day.

I hope and pray you are all doing well.

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

God bless.

Grace and Peace.

zack 

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Greetings everyone! i just got an update about a book that is being released on March 11, 2013. Exactly one month from yesterday.

The book is called Shaping Their Future. It’s about being involved in the lives of college students. It is for campus ministers, professors, coaches, parents, anyone who cares about college students and mentors them.

College students are in a critical period in their lives. Some of them are truely finding themselves and finding the faith for the first time during their college years. I want to help them with this. To be someone who stands in the crossroads with them. To help the church to stand in the crossroads with them as they navagate through the water. I love the college scean. College sports are like nothing else. On game days the whole college enviornment changes.

My friend Guy is the author of Shaping Their Future. Go to his blog http://faithoncampus.com and subscribe to his blog. When he gets it ready, he will send out  the first chapter of the book to those who sign up. He’ll also have a link to order the book if you like it. I am super excited about the book.

So please check out http://faithoncampus.com and read his post about the book, subscribe to the blog if you like. I love this blog and Guy’s passion for college students. I hope to share that passion and stand in the crossroads with him and others who love, care for, and mentor college students during these formative years.

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

God bless.

Grace and Peace.

zack.

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Greetings everyone! This is a break from the blog series I have been doing.

I wanted to tell you all about a book that just came out yesterday. The book is called Pursued by Jud Wilhite.

The book is about Hosea and his marriage with Gomer. Jehovah God commanded His prophet Hosea to marry a woman (Gomer) who would become a prostitute. When she went off to give her self to other lovers, Hosea went after her, redeemed her, and brought her back. God wanted Hosea’s marriage to Gomer to be a vivid illustration to all Israel of how the Israelites would go after idols and commit idolatry against God. Yet God would go after Israel again and again, buy them back,, and bring them home again.

I signed up to get updates and devotional thoughts about the book. In one of them, he said the greatest act of forgiveness is Jesus dieing for us on the cross. The second greatest is in Hosea.

I recommend you check out Jud Wilhite’s website at http://judwilhite.com and the book at purposebook.com.

I hope you all will get the book and get a lot out of it.

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

God bless you all. Grace and Peace.

zack

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