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snippets from the zellner family

The 5 solas October 27, 2010

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Our church is hosting a Reformation Festival on Saturday.  On October 31, 1517 Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the church in Wittenburg, Germany and the Protestant Reformation was born.  The five solas are five Latin phrases that emerged during the Protestant Reformation and summarize the Reformers’ basic theological beliefs. 

Sola Scriptura–  by Scripture alone

Sola Fide– by Faith alone

Sola Gratia– by Grace alone

Solus Christus– Through Christ alone

Soli Deo Gloria– Glory to God Alone

These 5 statements are the basis of our faith and they are what we rest in for our salvation.  It is not by works, not by our effort, not by our suffering, not by our merit.  It is by Christ’s perfect life of obedience, by his sacrificial death on the cross, and by his resurrection that we are saved.  It is for His glory and not our own and we find His truth in Scripture alone.  His word cannot be added to or taken away from.  He has given us all we need in His word.  How thankful I am for these truths.  If you would like a more detailed reading about the 5 solas, James Montgomery Boice describes them more fully here.


In Cahoots October 19, 2010

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That’s what these two are most of the time.  That can be good or very, very annoying 🙂


Homecoming at WCA October 18, 2010

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Our school is on a roll right now.  The football team is doing so well and is enjoying win after win.  The excitement is everywhere and it really showed up during Homecoming last week.  I am sure the high schoolers had fun, but since I have elementary age, it was so fun to see them get excited too!

Before school on the day of the game, the girls got their faces painted by the cheerleaders.

So many kids had on their red, white and black.

Sweet Ellie shared hair ribbons with my girls so that they could all match!

I got to eat with Emma up at school that afternoon.


And to top it off, ALL of the elementary was invited to the high school pep rally.  I stayed home with the babies, but my girls were talking about it the rest of the weekend.  The game was great and the Wildcats are still winning.  They just made the playoffs and get to have a home field advantage.   So proud of the team’s hard work and the coaches we have.


Big Boy Bed October 16, 2010

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Cord is moving on up…and in.. to a big boy bed.  Some dear friends of ours didn’t need a toddler bed that they had purchased.  They called and offered it to us. I have been in a delimma about what to do concerning Cord’s bed.  Should I keep him in his crib? He is happily sleeping and napping every day.  Should I move him to a toddler bed so he can get up and go to the bathroom on his own and complete his potty training?  His room is small and works better with a small bed.   Should I just jump to a twin bed and skip the toddler altogether?

I would go in that mental circle each time and arrive back at just staying where we are.  Then the Nicols called and spurred us on to a decision by giving us this precious toddler bed!

He loves it! We took his bed down and gave it to Lucy and we are selling our white crib.  I am so happy to be getting one crib out of the house!

 We had a little party in his room after his new bed was set up.

So far, he has slept just the same as he did in his crib.  YEA!!


Surgery October 14, 2010

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My step sister, Julie Kitchings Shaw, is in a very important surgery at this very moment.  Her facebook status described it this way:

My surgery is at 8:30am tmw. It will last for 4-6 hrs. I will be on a cardiac bypass and liver bypass machine. The Dr. will give my liver heated chemo for 60-90 min. and install a HAI pump. I will be VERY uncomfortable for 4 wks. I will be in ICU for 2 days and he may keep me in the hospital for 14 days. I KNOW that God has sent me to him for a reason. He has given me HOPE! God is wonderful! 

Thinking of my last post- a believer looks at difficulties and is not afraid because she hopes in an UNSHAKEABLE God who never fails us. I ask you to join me today in praying for her, her surgery, her recovery, and all the details that are part of such a big procedure.


      Julie’s surgery went fine today. They were able to insert the chemotherapy pump into her liver. She did not have the second part of the procedure which would have put her on the liver bypass machine. The doctors want to postpone this. She is recovering and still needs all of our prayers. I have not spoken with her or Tim. This is secondhand info from her daddy.

a few broken things October 11, 2010

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My camera will not download pictures to my computer all of a sudden.  Sadness…

Cord had to have two staples put in the back of his head due to a small car accident (kid’s motorized car, that is). 

Olivia has a hairline fracture in her left upper arm due to a fall off of a zipline on Sunday night.  She is wearing a sling and we have another doctor’s appt some time this week to get it checked by an ortho. 

Really each one could be soooo much worse.  Each child is just fine.  Life is moving on as usual.  You just never know when things are going to happen, do you?

Eric has been preaching through different types of Psalms on Sunday evening- and this past Sunday, he preached Psalm 112.  This psalm highlights that those who fear the Lord, who love the Lord, are in awe of the Lord- will never be moved! Verse 7 says the believer,”is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord.  His heart is steady; he will not be afraid.”  This week’s brokenness in my world is not a big deal.  But I know there are many of you who are walking through very big deals- very frightening seasons of life- waiting for very difficult answers.  This verse is true.  All the time.  No matter what. 

Don’t we all fear we won’t be unshakeable in difficult circumstances? Don’t we worry we will be tossed to and fro?  God’s promise to us is that because we hope in Him- And He is Unshakeable- we will not be moved.  Praying this for several of you this week.


Chimichangas October 4, 2010

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Here is another freezer meal and I am planning on making these for our youth group fellowship that we are hosting the 24th of October.  The ingredients are: 2-2.5 lbs for cooked ground beef, 16 oz of salsa, 16 oz of refried beans, 1 package of taco seasoning, 16 flour tortillas (8″), and 4 cups of shredded cheese.

In a pan, combine the beef, salsa, beans, and taco seasoning.  Cook and stir over medium heat until heated through.  On a tortilla, put a half cup of meat mixture and top with shredded cheese.  Fold in the sides and then roll it up.  We wrapped each chimichanga in aluminum foil and place 6-7 in a freezer bag.  Seal and freeze.

To eat: Pull out the number of chimichangas you would like to cook.  Let them thaw- still wrapped in the foil.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.  I finish them by heating oil in a frying pan, unwrapping the chimichanga and frying them on each side.  They can be served with sour cream. 

I plan on heating tons for the youth group.  I may need my official freezer cooking team to help me prepare, roll, and wrap my chimichangas~ Any volunteers? 🙂