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If you’ve accepted Christ, you are a divine masterpiece.

Your status is not based on your physical appearance or your ancestral line.

And it’s not based on your personal flawlessness.

Instead, it’s based on the loving grace of God the Father and the flawless blood of His Son, Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 2:10 in the New Living Translation says that one united with Christ is God’s “masterpiece.”

I am so grateful that God considers me as His masterpiece, His ultimate expression of redeemed love.

And I’m so grateful that He considers you as the same.

Dictionary.com defines “masterpiece” in this way — “a person’s greatest piece of work.”

Walk in confidence today, my friend.

God thinks very highly of you.

So much so that He gave His only begotten Son for you.

That makes you even more valuable.

Let’s bring greater value to God by allowing His Word and His Spirit to refine us even more with each passing day.

For until we leave this life, our responsibility is to grow more valuable every day.

As always, I love you
Martin

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Following the news reports from around the world can leave one discouraged.

Brutal wars, rampaging disease, pervasive corruption, dissolving moral values and disintegrating families… they’re all realities that drag our hearts down and can pull us under emotionally if we let them.

These are very difficult times. And that’s not even considering the burdensome personal struggles that many of us face.

It’s vital to remember, however, that 1st Century Christians typically faced much worse in their everyday lives as compared to you and me.

Yes, many Christians in other parts of the world are facing biblical-scale persecution. But even they are offered encouragement from the Apostle Paul who wrote the words below after he had already faced repeated persecution and had 16 more years of persecution awaiting him before his martyrdom.

These words should be woven into the fabric of our faith:

“May the Lord lead your hearts into a full understanding and expression of the love of God and the patient endurance that comes from Christ.” (2 Thessalonians 3:5)

No matter how bad the news or how bad our circumstances, God is still on His throne.

His Word is still true.

His Spirit is still speaking to us.

His Son’s blood still cleanses sin.

Understanding these facts can spur us to express the love of God to people around us who are looking for love in all the wrong places.

God’s love endures.

So should ours.

Let’s love others the way that Christ loves us.

Sacrificially.

No matter how bad things get for us in this darkening world, we know that nothing evil can destroy the eternal joy that awaits in heaven for those who remain faithful

As always, I love you
Martin

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