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Traumatic events such as the 9/11 terror attacks in 2001 almost always produce feelings of loss and weakness.

But they also give us the opportunity to rebuild new hopes and gain new strength.

It’s true in the natural world and in the spiritual world.

Most every believer has experienced an extreme loss somewhere along the way in life, a loss that left him or her in a painful fog with little emotional strength to put one foot in front of another.

It’s at such times, though, that the value and power of faith in Christ can be clearly seen and received.

In the weeks and months after the 9/11 attacks, there was a sense of unity in this country that was special and that has long since dissipated.

I pray that our current atmosphere of chaotic finger-pointing and animosity toward Bible believers will somehow be reversed.

But if it doesn’t, we still have available all the help and hope we need.

Even when all else fails.

“My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness,” Christ said to the Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:9.

Paul was suffering as a result of God’s desire to strengthen and humble him.

Paul didn’t like it, of course, but over time realized that this hardship was for his best.

And for the best of God’s kingdom.

Because Paul suffered and learned, we’ve been able to learn from suffering.

So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me,” Paul wrote in verse 9.

People will be more interested in learning about our faith if they see it actually help us through a tough time.

So please don’t gripe about hard times.

Instead, rejoice in God’s grace during hard times.

It’s how Christ’s grace and power becomes more visible to us and to others.

As always, I love you
Martin

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If you see somebody today who really needs a friend — even if just for a moment — please be to him or her what Solomon wrote everybody needs.

“Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone?

“A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12)

It stinks to be doing the work of two when you’re by yourself.

It’s even worse when you face the attacks or hassles of a group and you have nobody to stand with you.

We’ve all been in these situations and we know our challenge would have been easier met if someone had helped us.

Please look today for somebody who needs a helping hand or even a defending commitment to help them against mistreatment.

This is so much better than being guilty of a sin of omission because we saw a need for help and chose to ignore it.

And make sure to pray for wisdom and strength in your efforts so that that all-powerful third cord of God’s intercession can make the difference Solomon promises.

As always, I love you
Martin

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We all know what it’s like to see another believer do or say something that erodes his or her Christian testimony and, therefore, his or her influence for Christ.

Sadly, we also know that we’ve done the same on more than one occasion.

We can’t undo the past.

But we can do better in the future.

Better lives are depending on us.

That’s why it’s important that we heed the Apostle Paul’s example as described in 2 Corinthians 6:3-4.

“We live in such a way that no one will stumble because of us, and no one will find fault with our ministry. In everything we do, we show that we are true ministers of God.”

God wants people’s souls to be saved into a life of serving Him and serving others.

The Devil wants people’s souls to be lost in a deteriorating life of serving self and influencing others to do the same.

“How will my choice influence another closer to God?” seemed to be at the top of Paul’s mind based on the passage above.

Let’s embrace the same guiding principle for how we live and make decisions.

In everything we do, let’s show that we are true ministers of God.

Help the needy.

Hug the hurting.

Listen to the lonely.

Flee temptations, especially that stumbling block sin that seems to follow you like a shadow.

Forgive. Even the repeat offenders.

And with every action, try to humbly explain the motive of doing for others what Christ has done for us.

As always, I love you
Martin

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Please look for an opportunity today to help change the future of a child.

Help a kid learn some timeless principle from scripture.

Or show a kid what it means to be generous or forgiving or self-controlled or patient or some other Christ-like behavior.

After all, don’t you want the kids in your life to become more like Jesus?

Let’s live out the teaching of Proverbs 22:6.

“Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.”

Thanks for caring about the future of the world, particularly that kid’s world.

As always, I love you
Martin

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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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I never liked pop quizzes in school.

I did OK most times because I generally kept up with my homework.

But there were those days when I knew I was unprepared as the teacher said, “Close your books and take out a piece of paper….”

Invariably, I told myself that I wouldn’t get in that situation again.

And I didn’t.

Until I got back into that situation again.

We get distracted.

And then we get destructed.

Ugh!

It’s SO much better to stay ready for the test.

Jesus said as much with His parable of the 10 bridesmaids and their lamps and the unknown arrival time for the bridegroom.

Almost 2,000 years earlier, Job taught the same principle regarding spiritual vigilance.

“For You examine us every morning and test us every moment.” (Job 7:18)

Our Abba Father is watching us every moment and examining our hearts every morning as we plan our day.

Let’s do our best to score 100 on those tests.

Our Abba Father will be proud.

And we’ll enjoy contented smiles for knowing we’ve done our best.

As always, I love you
Martin

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I want to have 21-21 vision.

Yes, that’s right.

When I look at life through the lens of Proverbs 21:21, my life will be so much better.

“Whoever pursues righteousness and unfailing love will find life, righteousness, and honor.”

Jesus pursued righteousness and unfailing love and look at how amazingly His life impacted the world.

Look at the glorious blessings He’s receiving in eternity as He sits at the right hand of God.

You’ve known people who pursued righteousness and unfailing love during their days on earth and who now are experiencing perfect life, infinite righteousness and divinely given honor as they are with Christ in Paradise.

Satan will try to trap you and me today with temptations to think or do wrong.

He will whisper that showing meanness will make us feel better than showing mercy.

Let’s never forget that he’s a liar who only wants to destroy our souls and our influence for the Gospel.

Embrace passionately today your need for 21:21 vision.

The reward is out of this world.

As always, I love you
Martin

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