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You can make a big difference in somebody’s life today.

Comfort them.

With words of encouragement.

Or deeds of assistance.

Or funds toward an overwhelming bill.

Pray with them.

Defend them.

A handwritten note can do wonders.

Just do something.

After all, others have comforted you during tough times.

You know how much it can help.

So does God.

That’s why He told us in 2 Corinthians that our mission includes the call to comfort.

“He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others.” (2 Cor. 1:4)

If you can’t think of somebody in your circle of influence who needs comfort today, ask God to show you who needs what you’ve been blessed to receive in the past.

Remember, nobody likes feeling alone.

As always, I love you
Martin

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One morning, you hear the voice of the Lord calling you to take a few days off from work to go do something ministry-related.

Your heart and soul are convinced that this is the right thing to do because of the anticipated benefit for the Kingdom.

It might be a short-term missions trip to help dig a well in a parched village. It might be for four or five days to repair plumbing and electrical stuff at a low-income elderly relative’s house.

Perhaps it is simply the spending of time with a profoundly grieving sibling whose spouse just died.

In any of the above cases, it’s a matter of serving God by serving others.

But how do you get the time off unless you ask for it?

And how do you get the time off unless you’re in good standing with your boss?

Listen, we never know in advance when we’re going to be needed somewhere other than our job and we’ll have to ask for time off.

That’s why it is SO important to build a good reputation with our employer so that he or she is more willing to accommodate our request.

If we’re known as an employee with a rotten attitude or lazy tendencies, our request might not be honored.

But if we’re always loyal to our employer and work hard when on the clock in order to promote the employer’s best interests, our request will have a much better chance of success.

I encourage you to read of how this principle served the Kingdom of God more than 400 years before Christ.

This was the case with Nehemiah and you can read about it here.

Clearly, Nehemiah was respected and appreciated by his employer who not only granted the time off but also provided lots of material and security support for a very challenging mission.

It was Nehemiah’s years of faithful, godly service to a pagan king that paved the way for the granting of this ministry request.

Please be the best employee you can, always looking to serve your employer’s best interests.

For you never know when you’ll need to ask the employer a favor that will allow you to carry the favor of the Lord to someone else who needs it. As always, I love you Martin

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It’s almost August and a good time to hold ourselves accountable.

Do we make clear and repeated efforts to say and do encouraging things to each of our family members?

Are we known within our congregation as a person who seeks to encourage everybody? Or just a certain few that are our “peeps?”

If I go through our church directory and cannot recall a time when I encouraged each person who attends, then I’ve got work to do.

I need to look for opportunities to encourage each person in my life, even if I’ve never received encouragement from that person.

The Apostle Paul clearly had the gift of encouragement and it overflowed once again in chapter 14 of his letter to the church at Rome:

“So then, let us aim for harmony in the church and try to build each other up.” (NLT).

If I’m not encouraging all the people in my church circle, I’m falling short of what God expects from me and what others need from me.

I’ve got work to do.

Perhaps you do, too, in your circle of influence at home and at church.

Let’s aim carefully.

Let’s let our love for God overflow into the lives of others as we thank them for the good things they do, the kind words they say, the helpful gifts they provide, the disciplined commitment to attend worship and read the Bible and for their God-honoring choices to vigilantly resist Satan’s temptations.

It’s what faith family members are supposed to do.

As always, I love you
Martin

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Here are five reasons to be kind.

And they’re certain in yielding benefits to both beneficiary and benefactor.

You see, God promised.

“Oh, the joys of those who are kind to the poor!

The Lord rescues them when they are in trouble.

The Lord protects them and keeps them alive.

He gives them prosperity in the land and rescues them from their enemies.

The Lord nurses them when they are sick and restores them to health.”

These words from Psalm 41:1-3 are wonderfully encouraging.

Five blessings for those who give blessings to those who struggle financially.

Let’s be kind to the poor.

It pleases our Abba Father who will be more inclined to help us during our times of need.

If you’re not sure how to begin showing this sort of kindness, ask your pastor for ideas or at least keep a bag of easily-eaten, preserved food in your car to give to a homeless person if you see one.

As always, I love you
Martin

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The last book of the Old Testament is rich with relevant counsel for Christians.

A couple of verses in chapter 2 of Malachi are of particular interest since they describe what I know God has called me to do.

And not just because I’m a pastor.

These are words that describe the ministry to which God as called every Christian:

The purpose of my covenant with the Levites was to bring life and peace, and that is what I gave them. This required reverence from them, and they greatly revered Me and stood in awe of My name. They passed on to the people the truth of the instructions they received from Me. They did not lie or cheat; they walked with Me, living good and righteous lives, and they turned many from lives of sin.” (vv. 5-6)

Wow. What a wonderful legacy that the Levites had left as described by Malachi 2.

I want to live this kind of life.

I want to leave a legacy like this.

And so I need to live with reverence and worship with awe, passing onto others the truths of the Bible as I commit myself to righteous living.

It is then that I will be more effective in turning others’ lives from sin.

Please…. join with me in this call from God as we head into a new year.

So many need to experience His grace and peace and power as part of a new life.

As always, I love you
Martin

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At one time or another, we’ve all felt like David did when people we counted on had let us down.

Fortunately, our lives haven’t been stuck in such sentiments.

When they have occurred for you, though, I pray that you’ve had the confidence to go to the One person who could help you through the darkness.

“You are my place of refuge. You are all I really want in life.” (Psalm 142:5)

David knew that the only relationship he really needed was with God.

People are important to us. Some human relationships have huge roles in our lives and can bring incredible satisfaction to our hearts.

But people are not our Creator. They are not our Redeemer. They are not our Provider.

People cannot do what God does.

He can comfort and heal in ways nobody else can.

He can lift us to heaven when humans can only point us in that direction.

God is to be all we really want in life.

Because with Him, we have all we really need for eternity.

Please see God as your refuge in the storms, in the droughts, in your weakness, in your loneliness, in your poverty and in your remorseful failures.

After all, He really wants you to spend eternity with Him and sent Jesus to the cross in order to prove it to you.

As always, I love you
Martin

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Your day will be more productive if you’ll make the decision to specifically encourage your family members and co-workers.

And if you think of ways to affirm the volunteer efforts of several members of your congregation — whether by text message, email or phone call — your day just might be a motivational home run.

We all love to hear encouragement since we already hear enough complaining each day. Words that build up are like fresh air from an opened window in the midst of a smelly, dark room.

There’s no question we’ll be more productive through a pat on the back than through a slap in the face or worse, a knife in the back.

If you sometimes catch yourself trying to intimidate or guilt others into doing what you want, then I strongly encourage you to pray for wisdom and to closely study how Jesus motivated His disciples.

Did He talk to them the way you talk to others when they’re not doing what you want?

We all have room for improvement in this regard.

Here’s a great word of encouragement from the Bible that can help us to be the motivators that God desires and our circles of influence need:

“Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.” (Hebrews 10:24)

Let’s start thinking. Let’s start role-modeling the love and good works that we want to see in others’ lives.

It’s the best way to help others to do the best they can.

As always, I love you
Martin

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