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Jorge Zapata

Today I am posting a story on a very dear friend of mine, Jorge Zapata, from the Baptist Standard. Jorge and I have known each other for several years, having partnered together for different ministry causes. His heart is like none other, and I am so excited to have him come aboard the CBF family.

SAN ANTONIO—The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Texas governing board named Jorge Zapata, a South Texas pastor and former director of Texas/Mexico border ministries for Buckner International, associate coordinator for missions.

jorge rosa zapata250Jorge and Rosa Zapata

Zapata, who assumes his new role Sept. 1, will work out of the CBF Texas office in San Antonio. He will promote missions involvement and Hispanic ministries, particularly the Together for Hope rural poverty initiative along the Rio Grande, as well as other CBF global missions projects in Texas, said Rick McClatchy, CBF Texas field coordinator.

Zapata worked from 2002 to 2013 with Buckner International, coordinating mission teams along the border and the Mexican interior. He played a key role in the Buckner/CBF KidsHeart partnership, involving volunteers in service to families and children in the Rio Grande Valley.

His experience with missions teams along the border and his network of contacts there—along with his expertise in working with Hispanics, from first-generation Spanish-speakers to third-generation English-speakers—impressed the search committee, McClatchy noted.

The committee—chaired by Les Hollon, pastor at Trinity Baptist Church in San Antonio—also noted Zapata’s philosophy of missions aligns with CBF’s, and he already has been involved with the fellowship. While he worked for Buckner, he served three years as moderator of CBF’s Together for Hope network.

“He believes that doing social ministry opens the door for sharing the gospel,” McClatchy said. “He wants the church to be at the center of ministry out in the community.”

Zapata has been pastor of Texas Baptist churches in Athens, Mercedes, Harlingen and, most recently, New Wine Church in La Feria. Under Zapata’s leadership, New Wine Church has planted several congregations in colonias—unincorporated communities—along the border and formed a nonprofit organization to help meet needs of people in those often-underserved areas.

Zapata and his wife, Rosa, have four adult children—George, Kristy, Mindy and Joshua.

Stay in the Light, 1 John 1:7,
Pastor Larry

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Legacy Series

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I began a 3 week series about legacy on Sunday. How to establish a legacy, The fruits of a legacy, and The Lord of your Legacy. I am using Solomon’s Legacy as the example, but also a smattering of David’s life, because without David’s legacy, Solomon would have none.

Week 1, Establishing a Legacy

1 Kings 2:1-12

When the time drew near for David to die, he gave a charge to Solomon his son.

“I am about to go the way of all the earth,” he said. “So be strong, act like a man, and observe what the Lord your God requires: Walk in obedience to him, and keep his decrees and commands, his laws and regulations, as written in the Law of Moses. Do this so that you may prosper in all you do and wherever you go and that the Lord may keep his promise to me: ‘If your descendants watch how they live, and if they walk faithfully before me with all their heart and soul, you will never fail to have a successor on the throne of Israel.’

“Now you yourself know what Joab son of Zeruiah did to me—what he did to the two commanders of Israel’s armies, Abner son of Ner and Amasa son of Jether. He killed them, shedding their blood in peacetime as if in battle, and with that blood he stained the belt around his waist and the sandals on his feet. Deal with him according to your wisdom, but do not let his gray head go down to the grave in peace.

“But show kindness to the sons of Barzillai of Gilead and let them be among those who eat at your table. They stood by me when I fled from your brother Absalom.

“And remember, you have with you Shimei son of Gera, the Benjamite from Bahurim, who called down bitter curses on me the day I went to Mahanaim. When he came down to meet me at the Jordan, I swore to him by the Lord: ‘I will not put you to death by the sword.’ But now, do not consider him innocent. You are a man of wisdom; you will know what to do to him. Bring his gray head down to the grave in blood.”

10 Then David rested with his ancestors and was buried in the City of David. 11 He had reigned forty years over Israel—seven years in Hebron and thirty-three in Jerusalem. 12 So Solomon sat on the throne of his father David, and his rule was firmly established.

Your legacy is unique to God’s will in your life. Legacy starts with a commitment to knowing and doing the will of God. What’s you legacy going to look like?

Your legacy is what remains on earth even after you’ve passed away.

Stay in the Light, 1 John 1:7,

Pastor Larry

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Holy Is The Lord

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When you think about the holiness of God in a real deep meaningful way, isn’t it mind-boggling to even consider that He would have anything to do with us? A Perfect, sinless creator, loving an imperfect, sinful people like us. His holiness is how He loves us. Let me explain that. Because He is holy, he is able to project an unconditional love that only a holy God can give. That is why He is the One that initiates the love relationship with us. We aren’t able to do that because we are a conditional loving people. What I mean by that is this: We love others when they love us. We have a difficult time loving the unlovable. It is only when we surrender or abandon our preconceived understanding of God to a new way of understanding.

A Holy God loving you an unholy person. We are too feel undeserving of that love, because we are undeserving of it. That is called humility my friends. Humble yourselves and see of this Holy God of ours will open up your heart to become holy. We are to be holy because He is holy.

1 Peter 1:15-16But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”

Holy Is The Lord!

Today, people have all kinds of gods and idols. It is no wonder that the fastest growing group is called the “nones.” NONE. They believe in nothing. Let me introduce you to the great I AM! He is here and He is well aware of the situation of the “nones.” It isn’t anything new. He has be blasphemed and mocked for the entirety of the human race. It won’t affect His calling to those that will listen. Holy is the Lord!

Stay in the Light, 1 John 1:7,

Pastor Larry

 

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