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New Directions International Alumni

July 27, 2008

by Greg Jenks of Zoe Ministry

I am the worst vocalist ever to be a part of the New Directions.  Period.  I tried to warn the guys who invited me to join that I couldn’t sing.  Yet early in 1980, members of the New Directions (specifically, David Morrow, Paul Smith, Joel Leith) assured me that they could teach me to sing.  I believed them. 

They were wrong. 

It’s always good to admit failure.  When Paul Smith advised me that it would be better for me to lip sync I realized that I had set a new standard for the New Directions in terms of talent.  I didn’t realize I was paving the way for future Grammy Award winning artists, Milli Vanilli.

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July 23, 2008
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Dear ND Alumni,

One of the lasting fruit of the NDs is the friendships that were formed during those years.  Many of those friendships have only grown stronger through the years – and overflowed to our children and grandchildren.  Even though most of us are separated by time and space, the bond of love we developed during those musical years will last a lifetime and extend into eternity.  One of the Bible Studies that we often looked at together were the many “One Anothers of Relationship.”

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July 15, 2008
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“We are fools or Christ’s sake…”
(I Cor. 4:10)

Dear ND Alumni,

The Apostle Paul was so radical in his commitment to the Lord Jesus that he was willing to go to any end if it would advance the Gospel!  I am always challenged by that example – especially in our world where “socially acceptable behavior” is so crucial for advancement in almost any realm of influence.  But note these words of context for the verse above:

“I think God has exhibited us apostles last of all, as men condemned to death; because we have become a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to men.  We are fools for Christ’s sake”…To this present hour we are both hungry and thirsty, and are poorly clothed, and are roughly treated, and are homeless; and we toil, working with our own hands; when we are reviled, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure; when we are slandered, we try to conciliate; we have become as the scum of the world, the dregs of all things, even until now” (I Cor. 4:9-13).

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