The New Zion Men’s group consists of a group of men who want to discuss and study biblical and current issues that affect men.
About 9 years ago a group of around nine or ten men met during Sunday School in the fellowship hall at church to study and discuss books that had to do with men and how to live a Christian life in today’s world.
The Measure of a Man was one of these books. In the book are 20 attributes of a Godly man. These qualities are found in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1.
The group now meets one Saturday a month at a local café in Baltimore. We have breakfast and devotions and group prayer. An outreach project we just completed was raising money to purchase devotionals for military personnel who are currently serving in the armed forces. This daily devotional book is called “Strength to Serve.” Over $130.00 was collected to send to the troops through the United Methodist Men’s national organization.
One of our latest mission projects was to collect money for care packages for our church college students and for our military personnel during the Advent season.
Look for our blog posts under Men's Ministry
If you would like more information on the New Zion Men‘s Group please call the church office: 740-862-6462 or just come to the Ma Maw's on the 3rd Saturday of each month at 8:00 am. We will make you feel welcome.
During New Zion’s VBS entitled, Hero Central the church was filled with heroes who wanted to learn what being a hero for God was all about. The Bible stories about heroes were from the Old Testament and the New. The children learned about: “Heart – David, Courage – Abigail, Wisdom – Jesus, Hope – Beatitudes, Power – Holy Spirit.”
I’m glad I was able to participate in Bible School, be-cause in the past, I basically babysat the grandkids who were not old enough to attend. This year would be the first year when I wouldn’t have to do that be-cause the youngest would be four and could attend. Plan A was forming in my mind about having a morn-ing free to do whatever.
Two weeks before VBS, I was asked to fill in for the regular Bible Story teacher who realized she had a conflict during the week of VBS. I sensed a “tugging” at my heart, and so I said I would do it. Plan B was now in effect. I learned along with the children what a hero for the Lord should be. (All of the above.)
The question, have you ever thought of Jesus as a “Super Hero?” He doesn’t have a utility belt filled with weapons or other crime fighting machines, but He does have the following:
Cloaked his true nature to appear as a human (Philippians 2:6-7)
Altered the chemical composition of natural elements (John 2:7-9)
Controlled the weather (Mark 4:37-39)
Used special vision to see a person at an impossible distance (John 1:45-50)
Met his archenemy face-to-face and defeated him (Matthew 4:1-11)
Moved between the physical and metaphysical realms at will (Matthew 17:1-3)
Proved that it was impossible for anyone to truly kill him (1 Corinthians 15:20-25)
Created something from nothing (Colossians 1:16)
Looked inside people to see what they were thinking (Luke 6:7-8)
Demonstrated mental power over animals (Mark 5:11-13)
Could totally restore the physical capabilities of a person (John 5:1-9)
Defied the laws of gravity (Matt.14:25-26)
When we watch a super-hero movie, they fight and defeat evil by the time the movie ends. In real life, we need Jesus, Mighty God, who came as Immanuel (God in the flesh) who illuminates our path and liberates us from our desperate situation. Jesus is our Savior, our mighty hero. Is He your hero?
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (NIV)
Last week, I went to the International Auto Show at the Columbus Convention Center. That’s probably one of the few places you can see all the latest cars in all shapes and sizes, makes and models in one place. As I wandered from GM to MOPAR, FORD, and VW, Sports models to Cross-overs, I tried to take it all in. I spent time squinting at manufacturing prices through tinted windows and even slipping into a few sports cars to get the feel of being behind the wheel.
In the hallway, before you enter the auto show itself, there were some older cars displayed that had been restored to their original condition. There was a red 1964 Corvair Spyder convertible that brought back a lot of memories. Even though I never owned one, I had certainly gone into a lot of Chevy showrooms to see one and take home some Corvair pamphlets. There was also a 1967 Pontiac GTO which was another dream car of mine. I thought about the new cars on the convention floor and wondered how long their newness would last? Was a restoration in their future? The truth is, I would prefer an older car which has been restored, than a brand new one right off the showroom floor. Why? There’s something in our nature that enjoys seeing old things being made new again. Whether it’s furniture or houses or cars, it’s very satisfying when we see it.
In our Lenten study, Restored, the author, Rev. Tom Berlin, is standing in a junk yard talking about how the cars ended up there. It was the end of the line for all the cars sitting there. All the cars in the yard were good for was spare parts. For example, I bought a new 1973 Chevy Vega and drove it for many years. I finally had to visit a junk yard to replace the hatch on the back of it because it had rusted out. Tom says the cars in the junk yard are there because of accidents or just wearing out. He compares them to the messes we find ourselves in.
God, as our creator, wants to restore us to the image of Jesus. Just as it takes years to restore a car to its original condition, so it may take a long time to become all God wants us to be. In the meantime, “And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Jesus Christ returns.” Philippians 1:6.
Next men’s breakfast:
Saturday | April 15th | 8 a.m.
Ma Maw’s Diner | Baltimore
by Bob Wilson
“This Day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now chose life, so that you and your children may live.” Deuteronomy 30:19
I love a good western. I’m of the generation when westerns were on television on a weekly basis. I remember watching: The Lone Ranger, Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, Bonanza, Maverick, Cheyenne, and so many others.
The stories were pretty simple. There were bad guys and good guys and sometimes other guys who you didn’t know which side of the fence they were on until the very end. One thing was certain though, “The good guys always won in the end.” I think, with that in mind, I could write my own western.
It was a dark overcast day. The rider on the horse was tired and worn out. As he rode along, he really didn’t know where he was going anymore. The horse was going its own way. Soon he came to a town where he knew he had to make a decision, to give up or keep on drifting from place to place. You see, he was a wanted man whose face and name were on wanted posters all over the county. He dismounted and walked into the sheriff’s office. “I’m the one you’re looking for,” he said. He was quickly locked up in a cell and would appear before a judge the following day. The judge just happened to be Judge Roy Bean, “The Hanging Judge.” Guilty! The whole town turned out for the execution. There hadn’t been this much excitement for a long time. The prisoner was led out to the gallows which was in the town square. The hangman positioned him over the trapdoor and tied his arms behind his back. He placed a black hood over his head and slipped the noose around his neck. A hush fell over the crowd. As the hangman reached for the lever that would spring the trapdoor, a rider galloping as fast as his horse would go, thundered into the crowd, knocking people left and right and screaming at the top of his voice. Stop! Stop! I have a pardon from the governor! The condemned man was saved.
A pretty simple story really, but you know what? It is happening today, only in a different way. You see, all of us are on “wanted posters.” Beneath our pictures and names are all of the sins we have ever committed. But, when we turn ourselves in to the “King of all Kings,” we receive a pardon and we are “deputized” to look for others who are wanted as well. Once you are part of his posse, it is the beginning of a real adventure. So, I’m going to say, “Saddle up, Pilgrim.” It’s going to be a great ride!
Next men’s breakfast:
Saturday | February 18th | 8 a.m.
Ma Maw’s Diner | Baltimore