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We never grow spiritually parched if we drink deeply from the Lord via prayer and study of His Word.

And we never take the wrong path if our steps are guided by the light of God’s Holy Spirit.

These statements are true because of the promise of scripture:

“For You are the fountain of life, the light by which we see.” (Psalm 36:9)

Please bypass the sip and take a deep drink today from the Bible. Start reading daily, even if just a chapter a day from Psalms or Proverbs.

Click this link for a great, simple site where you can start.

The more you read, the thirstier you’ll become and that is a very good thing.

And the reduced frequency of sin-stubbed toes, skinned knees and wasted detours will be much appreciated, I’m sure.

As always, I love you
Martin

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There’s a good reason that I’m part of a congregation that partakes in the Lord’s Supper every week.

It’s what Christians in the 1st Century did and they were really strong in their faith. I do well when I imitate their practice of faith.

In addition, the Apostle Paul gave us a compelling reason to observe the Lord’s Supper every Sunday when we gather for worship.

“For every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are announcing the Lord’s death until he comes again.” (I Corinthians 11:26)

Isn’t it a good thing to declare our worshipful appreciation of Christ’s sacrifice every time we gather for worship?

Would God love it if we worshipped Him and His Son every week through communion? I believe so.

Please consider having a weekly time for communion, perhaps with your family or with your home fellowship group if your congregation doesn’t observe weekly communion.

When it comes to communion, give me some of that old-time religion.

It was good for Paul and Silas.

It was good for the early Church.

And it’s good enough for me.

As always, I love you
Martin

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Every Gospel-minded believer looks for opportunities to build bridges of influence with non-Christians.

Bridges are essential if seeds of the Good News are to be carried over and planted into the lives of those apart from Christ.

The Apostle Paul excelled at exhibiting his passion for Christ in ways that connected him with lost people.

“I try to find common ground with everyone, doing everything I can to save some.” I Corinthians 9:22

It doesn’t take very long in reading of Paul’s ministry life to see how fervent he was for evangelism. In jail or in the marketplace or in a synagogue, Paul’s fervor for an infectious faith was the same.

One thing you don’t see in his life, though, is spiritual compromise in order to build bridges with an unsaved person.

Paul didn’t need to go to “happy hour” or other world-centric activities in order to build a connection with hurting hearts. He looked for other opportunities within in their lives.

He understood that embracing spiritual compromise as an evangelistic approach is like asking a dieting person if he or she would meet you at the ice cream shop to talk about weight-loss strategies.

Let’s be careful that the common ground that we’re called to seek with others is common ground that Jesus would stand on.

Let’s pray more fervently that the Holy Spirit lead us in our connection efforts with those needing Christ. Such efforts clearly don’t have to be “churchy,” but they do have to be Christ-friendly, whether in the stands of a kids’ baseball game or at the wine-available wedding reception or at the workplace Christmas party.

Let’s remember Paul’s warning in I Corinthians 10:12 against thinking that we can handle any temptation circumstances within which we place ourselves —

“If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall.”

Let’s stand where we know Jesus will stand with us. It’s better for us, better for those we’re trying to convert and certainly better for the Kingdom.

As always, I love you
Martin

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Sometimes, the Gospel is served when our egos are suppressed.

It’s never pleasant when a non-Christian says or does something offensive to us.

And it’s an emotional stretch sometimes when we choose to forgo the purchase of a much-wanted item so that we might donate the money to a truly needy person or to a missions ministry of some sort.

And what about those moments when Satan is making it SO easy for us to dive head first into satisfying our “stumbling block” vice? Do we consider first the implications for our personal testimony? For our confidence of being resistant to Satan’s temptations?

Here’s the deal — our direction at every intersection of choices in life should be guided by a concern for the Gospel.

Memorizing and abiding by Colossians 3:17 helps in this regard — whatever we do in word or in actions should be directed at glorifying God.

The Apostle Paul was passionate in his purpose of building the Kingdom of God. All that he endured for the sake of the Cross and its message is an amazing display of determination.

Here is what he wrote to the church in Corinth regarding the importance of a life that puts first Christ and the spreading of the Gospel.

We would rather put up with anything than be an obstacle to the Good News about Christ.” I Corinthians 9:12

Sometimes, people are grumpy and abrasive and hurtful toward us. It’s important that we only respond with grace and Christlike remarks. For any response fighting fire with fire will likely become an obstacle to the Gospel.

Sometimes we face the choice of cutting back on church offerings because of car trouble or a costly household repair. Are we willing to get by with patched-up yet functional vehicles and residences in order to keep tithing so more people can hear of God’s grace and connect with His Son?

Let’s become more willing to put up with anything if it’s going to protect our opportunity to share Jesus with others.

As always, I love you
Martin

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Don’t flirt with the edge of behavior boundaries of scripture if there is ANY chance that you’ll encourage or influence a weaker believer to try to same.

For there is the real possibility that your choice might prompt another to make a choice that leads them toward crossing the line.

They just don’t have the good spiritual brakes you do. And you and I don’t want that on our life record when we stand before the Lord.

Heed Paul’s words, please, when it comes to your choices for spending on luxury items or with drinking alcohol or with how much skin to reveal with clothing choices or with what jokes you tell or with what movies you watch or with what church gripes you verbalize to others.

“But you must be careful so that your freedom does not cause others with a weaker conscience to stumble.” I Corinthians 8:9

So if what I eat causes another believer to sin, I will never eat meat again as long as I live—for I don’t want to cause another believer to stumble.” I Corinthians 8:13

Paul calls us to concentrate on building each other up. Let’s make sure that our examples lead others closer to the center of God’s holy path rather than toward the edges.

As always, I love you
Martin

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So if what I eat causes another believer to sin, I will never eat meat again as long as I live—for I don’t want to cause another believer to stumble.” Romans 8:13

Paul calls us to concentrate on building each other up. Let’s make sure that our examples lead others closer to the center of God’s holy path rather than toward the edges.

As always, I love you
Martin

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