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Exodus 15:11

Greetings everyone! I was looking at the Mission Alive website (missionalive.com) today and read the director’s profile. On it, he had this verse from Exodus 15:11:

“After the exodus of the Israelites from Egyptian captivity Moses praised God saying: Who is like You- majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders?”.

This is following Jehovah God’s deliverance of His people Israel from captivity in Egypt. Absolutely awe-inspiring words from a great and gifted man of God.

If you haven’t already, you should check out Mission Alive. They are doing some awesome ministry there planting churches.

Comments, questions, etc are always welcome.

God bless your day. Grace and Peace.

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Greetings everyone! Yesterday I finished reading Firsthand: Ditching Secondhand Religion For A Faith Of Your Own by Ryan Shook and Josh Shook.

I was interested in reading this book as someone who wants to work with students and young adults, this would be a great book to read. It certainly was. I highly recommend this book.

This book is about taking the faith we inherited from our parents, families, and friends (eg secondhand faith) and taking the steps necessary to make that faith your own (eg firsthand faith).

Ultimately a faith we inherit, but isn’t truly our own faith won’t hold us up when life’s storms come or when major testing comes. Only the faith you, yourself, have researched, thought about, tested, and truly own will stand through all the tests of life.

My favorite parts of the book are, first, to avoid the checklist mentality of doing things to gain God’s love. He already loves us beyond comprehension and we can never earn it. We just need to grow in our knowledge and love of God. And second, when God gives us a passion for something we need to do all we can to see that passion come to fruition. If we don’t, we’ll become frustrated and bitter. 

God knows us better then we know ourselves. This book helps its readers to grow in our relationship with God, to grow to know and love Him as He does us.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who cares about the next generation. Please go to www.firsthandbook.com and www.waterbrookmultnomah.com to look at it and purchase it if you would like.

Comments and questions are always welcomed and encouraged.

God bless you all.

Grace and Peace.

zack.

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Protecting

Greetings everyone! I apologize for not blogging for a while. Last week my computer was on the fritz because I downloaded a virus. My brother fixed it for me. This week, I’ve just been busy.

Today I saw a video from about this time last year of a couple who went to a Major League Baseball game. A foul ball was hit toward this couple (who had seats in the outfield section). The boyfriend of the couple moves of the way of the ball, thus allowing his girlfriend to be hit by the ball. To be fair the man probably lost the ball in the lights.

And now today there was another video who attended a baseball game who had seats in centerfield. A player hit a homerun toward this couple. Once again the boyfriend moves out of the way allowing his gril to be struck by the ball.

While these two girls were good sports about getting hit by a baseball, their boyfriends shouldn’t of let them get hit like that.

For me, I like to think of myself as a protective person. One of my spiritual gifts is pastoral. I like to look after my family and friends. I am a very protective person.

In the Apostle Paul’s and Peter’s letters, is a Greek word that is translated shepherd. And it denotes protection.

And I’m certainly trying to be a protective person of my family and friends. I hope you are too.

Comments, questions, and whatever else anyone might say is welcomed and encouraged.

God bless.

Grace and Peace.

zack.

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