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From time to time, I encounter people whose hearts are burdened because their family members seem distant from each other or perhaps even at odds with one another.

My soul aches for them because I know how sweet it is when family members experience unity.

I was reminded of this contrast this morning while enjoying my daily Bible reading. Here’s a passage from that reading that speaks to a remedy for disconnected family members.

“I appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, to live in harmony with each other. Let there be no divisions in the church. Rather, be of one mind, united in thought and purpose.” (I Corinthians 1:10)

The specific context of this verse involves congregational life in an ancient Greek city. The principle, however, applies to each of our lives in a very contemporary way.

If you’re not experiencing relationship with a sibling or cousin or parent or child to the depth that you desire, choose a path leading to harmony with a particular set of guiding values or with a servanthearted project.

That shared pattern for living or project for service will do wonders for helping you both to focus on what can unite you rather that divide you.

This is one reason congregational life is such a potent catalyst for closer relationships within families.

Harmony is never an accident. It is always a fruit.

Choose it today.

As always, I love you
Martin

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Here are some winning words that will help us to become more successful today. Oh yeah, they’re 3,000 years old but as relevant as ever.

“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” (Psalm 19:14)

Here’s the wrap-up — Honor God and your day will always be a success. And when blessings come from a pleased God, we’ll honor Him even more.

As always, I love you
Martin

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King Solomon was the wisest person in the Old Testament but there was one decision that transcended all the others during his life.

Interestingly, it was a decision he made very early in his reign that was so good.

After a marvelous worship experience before the bronze altar of sacrifice, God gave Solomon a blank-check opportunity to serve himself.

Solomon chose otherwise.

His choice should inspire us to do the same , no matter how many days we have on this earth.

Read this passage link and you’ll see the incredible power of living to serve others.

Here’s the wrap-up. The best decisions we make are those focused on what is best for others.

It really is that simple.

Yes, it’s a long-term view when it comes to needed benefits for ourselves. But the God whom we serve by choosing to serve others has quite a lengthy track record of blessing those who live to bless others.

As always, I love you
Martin

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I suppose Christopher Columbus could swim but he didn’t reach the New World because of being a strong swimmer.

Instead, he chose to stay on the ship because of the faith it would get him to where he could not get himself.

For Columbus to think he could swim across the ocean would be like thinking you and I could swim to heaven.

Not happening.

Yes, you and I can keep our head above water much of the time in a spiritual sense but sooner or later, we tire or we swim the wrong direction and tire even more quickly or are overwhelmed by storms and down we go.

Our only hope for a safe arrival is to stay on the ship that’s headed the right direction.

That’s why the truths of a passage in today’s One-Year Bible reading are so important.
Trust God, not yourself, my friend. His record of success is a whole lot better than ours.

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“To acquire wisdom is to love yourself;
people who cherish understanding will prosper.”

Are these words from Confucius?
Ghandi?
Will Rogers?
Nope. They’re from a guy who knew a thing or two about wisdom.
A guy named Solomon. (Proverbs 19:8)

Do yourself a huge favor and seek wisdom.

The alternative is like going into a gun battle without bullets — it won’t go well.

Cherish that which protects and prospers you.

Dig into the Word and store away all the nuggets of golden truth that find.

You’ll find all that you need to sustain you and bless others.

And isn’t that a more comfortable existence that firing blanks at that which comes against you?

As always, I love you
Martin

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