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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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No matter how difficult life gets for the believer, the reward for enduring faithfulness is greater than the pain of suffering.

Here’s what Job said in the midst of overwhelming loss and physical pain and criticism by those he had considered friends:

“But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, and he will stand upon the earth at last. And after my body has decayed, yet in my body I will see God! I will see him for myself.

“Yes, I will see him with my own eyes. I am overwhelmed at the thought!” (Job 19:25-27)

No matter how bad it gets, never forget the best is yet to come.

As always, I love you
Martin

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Morning Devotion: Pop quiz

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.

The sad reality is that 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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