Uniqueness – Now Think On This by Steve Martin

“I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well.” (Psalms 139:14, NKJV)

People are indeed unique, and each person brings something especially different into the lives of those around them. Because we are all created in the image of God, His vastness and glory in creation knows no bounds. And thus each one of us, found throughout every tribe and nation, has a specialty about them that only they can bring to this world to share. This truly is amazing.

Working at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, North Carolina, specifically in the gift shop called Ruth’s Attic (after Billy’s wife Ruth) has given me a real opportunity to observe people, as often I stand behind one of the three cash registers to handle the product being purchased by the visitors. From foreign countries, from around the city of Charlotte, from all the states of the USA they come to see a glimpse into the life of the one who was known by many as the “World’s Pastor” during his 60 years of ministry, Billy Graham.

Whether they come alone, with a family or family reunion, in a church group, or as part of the many youth groups, school or camp, (we had over 120 kids come through one day this week alone), it really is a joy to see the many aspects, and creative ways, that these arrive for the “Journey of Faith” tour, walk through Billy’s youth home, or pay their respects at the gravesites.

I am convinced that in addition to the attire each decorates themselves with – be it in a fancy outing dress, a sports coat and tie, t-shirt and shorts – you name it, they show up in it. I am still deciding which t-shirt style is the most represented overall, such as the ones wearing their favorite sports team logo, the college team logo of choice, or the ones donning a wide variety of sayings and images splashed across both front and back. The tally is ongoing.

Not only are the threads and feet coverage so varied, but especially also are the hairstyles. Each gender has a multitude of color, length, and specifics, and when adding to the mix the many various cultures, there seems to be no end to how each one prepares, or has paid to be prepared, the many hairs that sit atop their heads. When I asked a young black girl how she got the blue and pink strands braided into her full length, she looked at me and just smiled. This was a truly masterful, artistic endeavor by someone. She surely stood out amongst the others.

Only the Lord knows how many strands of hair rest on your head at any given time. (What you do with them is quite a story that many could share!) Each life is indeed, and has, a remarkable story in themselves.

“Why, every hair on your head has been counted! Don’t be afraid, you are worth more than many sparrows.” (Luke 12:7, Complete Jewish Bible)

Being the children of God, known fully by Him, should bring rest and comfort to us, as each has His uniqueness encased within us. Those who know His only begotten Son, Jesus (Yeshua), can most assuredly be confident of His everlasting peace and rewards that He gives, on earth and then in heaven. For we have been made for His glory and honor as part of His universal family.

“I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well.” (Psalms 139:14, NKJV)

Shalom and ahava (peace and love in Hebrew).

Now think on this,

Steve Martin

Founder/President

Love For His People, Inc.

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Now Think On This #349 – in the year of our Lord 07.24.18 – “Uniqueness”, Tuesday, 2:45 pm

Be Rid of Them All – Now Think On This by Steve Martin

“You are not to curse God, and you are not to curse a leader of your people.” (Exodus 22:27, Complete Jewish Bible)

Amazing isn’t it how so many seem to know it all, especially when it comes to speaking out against those in leadership. They criticize our President for every move he makes; they rail at those who are called to serve in protection of our neighborhoods and cities; they decry the pastor for speaking a word that they simply can’t agree with because it stepped on their toes. Every office and place of employment has one or two who know it all, even about running the business they receive their income from, without knowing all the facts.

“Be rid of them all!” often seems to be the outrageous outcry from the masses, marching in every city in bellowing pride and prejudice. With angry words, evil deeds and ammo that kills both soul and body, they shoot the backs of those given the role of leading themselves and others.

How foolish we have become when we curse those whom the Lord has put in power to govern and lead. Yes, we have become very foolish.

If you say you believe the Bible, and adhere to its words, then the verse about cursing our leaders should be taken seriously. Are we so high-minded to think that the eternal God who had those words written were only for the Old Testament times? I think not.

Regretfully, while acknowledging my own sin in times past, I have had my moments of speaking out against a boss, a pastor, an elected official, and even the one who wrote my speeding ticket. Out of my own arrogance and lack of respect, more than once have I spoken against those whom I should have had more appreciation and honor towards. But in my own foolishness I didn’t. I can see now where it had come back to bite me, when I was then in positions of leadership myself.

Yes, over 30 years of administration and leading others has taught me a lot about being the head of the pack. Now I am not so quick to point and accuse those who reside in those places of directing if I am not in agreement.

Over the generations, this lack of respect for leadership has worked itself down further into our society. There are families whose children demonstrate very little honor for their parents, teachers, and other classmates. They treat many with disdain and disregard for the position they hold. Their lack of wisdom shows itself strong in many cases. In years to come this internal and external rebellion will wreak havoc on our society more so than it is now. Ultimately it will be to their own demise. The Bible is correct when it firmly states that you will reap what you sow.

In Hosea 10:12-14 we find truth in this:

“Sow with a view to righteousness, reap in accordance with kindness; break up your fallow ground, for it is time to seek the Lord until He comes to rain righteousness on you. You have plowed wickedness, you have reaped injustice, you have eaten the fruit of lies. Because you have trusted in your way, in your numerous warriors, therefore a tumult will arise among your people, and all your fortresses will be destroyed…” (NASU)

I used to not pray for our leaders as much as I should have. Even though the Bible says that it will go well with us if we do, somehow that just doesn’t gel too much with many. It should if we really knew truth. Leading a tranquil and quiet life should be a desire of all.

“First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (I Timothy 2:1-4, NASU)

Next time you have the urge to criticize and ridicule one who holds a place of leadership, I would encourage you to think again. Would you be so eager to curse and speak against another if you fully realized it is to your own harm? Having a righteous concern over a matter is one thing. Calling down the fire of God is a whole other matter.

Let us be wise in our understanding and what comes forth from our hearts and ultimately our mouths. Bless and curse not. Pray for those in leadership.

Shalom and ahava (peace and love in Hebrew).

Now think on this,

Steve Martin

Founder/President

Love For His People, Inc.

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Now Think On This #348 – in the year of our Lord 07.17.18 – “Be Rid of Them All”, Tuesday, 4:20 pm

Family Ties – Now Think On This by Steve Martin

“Delighted with the world of things and creatures, happily celebrating the human family.” (Proverbs 8:31, THE MESSAGE)

Summertime is a good season for family reunions. It’s an annual gathering of relatives who enjoy talking about the good old days, when life wasn’t so complicated as it can seem today. Cherished in recollection are those years of the days gone by when right was right and wrong was wrong. Sharing moments of “back then” helps shed light on how things should be now.

I myself will be attending two such events this summer – one on my Dad’s side and one on my Mom’s side. Both will take place in southeastern Minnesota, the land where many of my ancestors, relatives and I were born and raised.

Around my current home location, in beautiful North Carolina, it is enjoyable to see family reunions using the picnic tables at local city park shelters when you see the brightly colored t-shirts, all the same color of course, proclaiming the family name and reunion date. At times you might even see matching ball caps, as I provided when I was in charge of our family reunion.

Picture the Father’s loving heart as He also sees these family times. Watching the adults and children, some very young and others very old, with all ages in between, is very special, as they are reconnecting, interacting, and showing appreciation for the lives each has traveled, while at the same time making more memories for the generations that follow. You can see how the One who created family expresses Himself even further when His children know and experience the bonds of love, support and encouragement that comes about when families thrive. His care, provision and protection is demonstrated over and over again as the family unit is cherished and nurtured.

As important as these natural gatherings are, in order to follow His lead, part of my earthly father’s duties is to take the spiritual responsibility to pray daily for each of my immediate family members. My good wife, children, spouses and grandkids know that their names are brought before the throne of heaven often. Caring for them in this manner will further maintain that foundation laid, from which to keep looking up. It is from where their help supernaturally comes. Sharing my Father’s heart assists in continually strengthening theirs.

As we can share in these natural and supernatural moments of love, may each of us as parents strive to be a safety net for those whom we have been given care for, from the time of birth, through the growing years, and even until the time of eternal passage. Though many of our children are now grown adults, may we continue to be a source of strength and encouragement for them, and for the ones that have also come forth.

Enjoy your family reunion should you be blessed with one. Continue to be an example of the Father’s love for His children, and how He has purposed for us to be connected with these times of family ties.

Shalom and ahava (peace and love in Hebrew).

Now think on this,

Steve Martin

Founder/President

Love For His People, Inc.

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Now Think On This #347 – in the year of our Lord 07.16.18 – “Family Ties”, Monday, 11:30 am

Is It Any Wonder? – Now Think On This by Steve Martin

“I am not afraid of the tens of thousands set against me on every side.” (Psalm 3:7, Complete Jewish Bible)

One would think the United States of America is falling apart, if you lived on a secluded island and only saw the cable newscasts that hourly proclaim their misguided, opinionated, rather untruthful messages. Certainly you would though learn what Beelzebub means. Lord of the Flies. As in a lot of swarming buzz surrounding a garbage load of waste.

Is it any wonder then that the Creator, Lord of All, commands us to keep our eyes fixed on Him, and our ears tuned to what He is declaring and doing? We don’t live on an island lost afar off in the ocean, but rather do live in this nation founded providentially by the Lord. A correct presentation of written historical facts would show that, given the Founding Fathers often proclaimed their reliance on Almighty God, and fought to put this so into action. Knowing the biblical and sustaining word that was given to them then, which still holds true, will keep us steady as shaking occurs. A shaking, by the way, which He has orchestrated.

We can count on Him to sustain us in these troubled times, and at the same time see His hand guiding us. One way He has done this was through the divine placement of one into national leadership, again. Needed as much now as when the foundations of this country were laid.

I am confident that what happened on the night of the national elections in November 2016 was the hand of God granting us mercy, knowing that we as a people have yet to complete a very important work. He wasn’t going to let the gates of hell take us further down the road of perdition. Instead He shook things up, keeping His agenda and times on track.

Look what has been done since the new president has taken office, against all odds, or so it has seemed. President Donald J. Trump has done a tremendous job!

Here is just a short list of those accomplishments, which I found on the Washington Times website, written by Robert Knight on Sunday, May 6, 2018. This consists of Trump’s first 500 days in that office.

  • Appointed Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch and more than 75 other constitutionally sound federal judges, 30 of which are serving.
  • Reinstated an expanded Mexico City Policy blocking foreign aid from being used for abortions.
  • Cracked down on illegal immigration and “sanctuary cities.” As Attorney General Jeff Sessions put it: “The lawlessness, the abdication of the duty to enforce our laws, and the catch and release policies of the past are over.”
  • Issued an order killing two federal regulations for every new one. In actuality, 16 were cut for every new one in his first year, saving billions.
  • Engineered a historic tax cut that will save money for more than 80 percent of American households.
  • Withdrew the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement, ending the threat of U.S. governance by international bureaucrats.
  • Reversed onerous Obama environmental rules that gave the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ham-handed authority to destroy the coal industry and abrogate landowners’ rights.
  • Kick-started America’s energy sector by curtailing regulations, facilitating the Keystone XL Pipeline and opening up vast federal areas to oil and gas exploration.
  • Presided over an economic and stock market boom, lowered unemployment and brought manufacturing jobs back to America from overseas.
  • Rebuilt the nation’s military, destroyed ISIS and faced down North Korea’s “Rocket Man.”
  • Issued an order enforcing First Amendment protections for religious liberty.
  • Restored the freedom of military chaplains to espouse biblical morality, and essentially reversing Mr. Obama’s transgender military policy.
  • Revoked the Education Department’s order that public schools allow gender-confused males access to girls’ restrooms and locker rooms.
  • Cracked down on sex trafficking. President Trumpsigned a law allowing states to move against sex-ad Internet sites, and the Justice Department on April 6 seized and shut down Backpage.com, which carried ads for prostitution, including trafficked children.
  • Overhauled the mismanaged Veterans Administration and giving veterans more health care choices.
  • Replaced Obamacare incrementally, beginning with a repeal of the individual mandate.
  • Imposed sanctions on Venezuela’s socialist dictatorship and revising Mr. Obama’s deals with communist Cuba.
  • Recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and repairing damage that Mr. Obama did to the U.S.-Israel relationship.
  • Worked with Central American nations to crack down on MS-13 gangs.

As a Christian, I would especially highlight his recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and moving our embassy there; his ongoing commitment to appoint pro-life Supreme Court justices; and his relentless fight to defund Planned Parenthood, which murders babies daily under cover of “choice” and family preference.

His actions to restore our military might have also proven highly effective and timely.

Is it any wonder he is continually ridiculed by the opposition, and 90% of press reports of him and his actions are negative?

We sing God bless America, and so we should. Acknowledging His powerful hand in action, guiding and accomplishing His purposes, once again should cause us to give thanks, declare our utter dependence on Him, and be confident that what He began He will certainly finish.

With confidence I believe we will see the desires of our Lord overcome those of the evil one.

God has our back. He has not given up on this land.

Shalom and ahava (peace and love in Hebrew).

Now think on this,

Steve Martin

Founder/President

Love For His People, Inc.

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Now Think On This #346 – in the year of our Lord 06.28.18 – “Is It Any Wonder?”, Thursday, 3:50 pm

Change the Tires, Trade the Car – Now Think On This by Steve Martin

 

“You will succeed in whatever you choose to do, and light will shine on the road ahead of you.” (Job 22:28, New Living Translation)

Dreams are another supernatural way the good Lord speaks to us. He gives us warnings, direction, hope, inspiration, or some other bit of knowledge for ourselves, a family member, or a group of people. When He gave me the following dream last night, following some prayer afterward as to its meaning, I knew it was for me.

But then now I think it may also be for a few of you. Read it, and if you sense an affirmation in your spirit, then too consider the possibility that the Lord may want to speak a confirmation in your heart as well.

Here goes.

The small car I was driving on the roadway seemed to be losing air in the front right-hand tire, and I thought it had picked up a nail. There was enough air left in the tire to get to my intended destination, but when I got out and looked at the tire, it wasn’t a nail or another object after all. In fact, after arriving, the rubber was totally coming off the rim! It reminded me of those tires that are re-treads, and after some good mileage had been traveled, they just fall off the main tread. You see remains of them often along highways where semi-trucks had lost the re-tread.

I then checked the left front tire, and the rubber was also starting to fall off. These had lasted just long and far enough to get me to my intended destination.

Further into the dream, I realized that it just so happened that I had stopped the car near a tire store, and the attendant said he had some tires to replace these two with. I responded with an OK, but then thought, “I am going to be trading this car in for a bigger one. I don’t need the higher priced tires. I’ll get some others instead.” And so I did.

I did not know at this time what the next car was going to be, but I believed it was to be a larger vehicle which I was going to need for the upcoming days.

I then woke up.

When I asked the Lord what this was about, and trying to recall the details, I felt He was letting me know that a change was coming soon, and that the vehicle I had been driving had gone as far as He wanted it to go, to the very end of the line in this season. A bigger replacement vehicle was coming, as I looked to trade this one in. The smaller car would still be used by someone else, who would need it for their purpose, but it would not be big enough for the purposes and plans He had next for me.

Sometimes our Lord removes those things which have completed their service for the intended purpose, knowing that the next time or season will require the need a “larger vehicle” or a different location in order to fulfill the call on our life.

As for the tires “falling off the rim” dream image, it may seem drastic, but I believe that sometimes the Lord has to cause such a drastic adjustment to come in order for us to “wake up” to the fact that He has something more for us. Otherwise, we may be content to stay as we are.

I know that is true.

Change is needed to keep us prepared for what is ahead. Change gets us from one point to another, as we “move” in the Lord’s leading. Without change, we would stay in one place, keep doing the same thing, and miss an opportunity He wants to give to us.

Change requires faith. Staying put isn’t always what the Lord desires. We must be open and willing to do as instructed, or as the next open door becomes known. We then must be willing to step through that entryway into the next mission.

Be thankful for those times when He “pushes” us to get there. A little encouragement from above is needed for us who tend to wait too long for the “next” to come. It may be that the “next” time is now.

And one more thing. Don’t despise the small vehicle you had been riding in, for it got you to the destination just arrived at, having served its purpose for that time. Be thankful that because of it, you are now at the next transfer point, to receive the next vehicle which will take you further on the road, onto the next journey.

As I said earlier, I know this dream was meant for me, and I highly suspect there are a few others who many consider this is for you too.

Move in faith as He leads. Change cometh!

Shalom and ahava (peace and love in Hebrew).

Now think on this,

Steve Martin

Founder/President

Love For His People, Inc.

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Now Think On This #345- in the year of our Lord 06.18.18 – “Change the Tires, Trade the Car”, Monday, 11:15 am

Posted by Steve Martin at 11:09 AM

For Our Children’s Sake – Now Think On This by Steve Martin

 

“And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.” (Malachi 4:6, NKJV)

I’ve heard it said that it only takes a minute to become a dad, but a lifetime to be a father. How true.

In this day and age when masculinity and fatherhood are much maligned, ridiculed often, and made to seem as a choice to be avoided, it takes much encouragement for a man to be a father to those whom the Lord has given him. The lion’s heart of the Lord, to be an overcomer and walk in that which he has been created to be, must reside in the heart of today’s fathers. Otherwise, the next generations will continue to slide into the depths of hell that the enemy would so delight to see happen.

Having raised four children, along with my good wife who continues to give so much of herself, even now I find myself even more so interceding for those who follow after us, to have the courage, strength, wisdom and resolve to give of themselves for their children’s sake. When it comes to having a father in your life, really the one person meant to be that one is the child’s father himself. I thank God for men who do adopt the fatherless, the orphaned, and for others who mentor those without a male figure in their lives, but I thank God even more so for the men who are being what a father is meant to be for his children. Being the responsible God-ordained male figure in their life is so needed in our ravished families.

Personally, over those years I have felt so inadequate so often when raising my own kids. With the pressures of marriage, the daily job rigors, and the temptations that come at us to pursue one’s own ambitions and pleasures – when it came to giving of oneself, only by the grace of the Lord has His example kept me committed as much as it did. Without the heavenly Father’s upholding hands touching my own life, I shudder to think where my kids themselves would have ended up. It has been because of the love of the Father working in and through me, for any good accomplished results, having laid that foundation in their lives, to follow after Him.

When I see them struggle, trying their best to achieve good, my father’s heart wants to make it all simple and easy for them. And yet I know that they themselves will only know the Lord’s intervention if they press on through these times too. In time, they will have grown the spiritual fruit necessary to raise their own kids.

As I consider what my role continues to be today in their lives, for my role in fatherhood never stops, I believe one major purpose is to daily pray for them. To intercede on their behalf, asking for the Lord’s protection, provision, and divine purpose, remains a true commitment I maintain for each of them.

My power is limited. His power, through the working of the Holy Spirit, is limitless. Praying in tongues, a mighty prayer weapon, activates His strength and coverage that I simply cannot do.

I remain encouraged that the Lord’s word will continue to instruct and assist in our efforts to be strong fathers in our day. I remain committed to being the example I am meant to be to those who call me Dad. I remain steadfast in my daily promise to pray for them and other fathers who also seek to stand for truth, love and faith in troubled times.

Through the love of God the Father, those who are earthly fathers can be the godly fathers we are called to be, for our children’s and grandchildren’s sake.

Shalom and ahava (peace and love in Hebrew).

Now think on this,

Steve Martin

Founder/President

Love For His People, Inc.

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Now Think On This #344- in the year of our Lord 06.14.18 – “For Our Children’s Sake”, Thursday, 10:15 am

Gone, With No Remains – Now Think On This by Steve Martin

Gone, With No Remains

Now Think On This

Steve Martin

“Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.  “The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell — and great was its fall.” (Matthew 7:26-27, NASU)

What remains when the Spirit has left? Rocks, a bit of history, or forgotten memories? Maybe a trace of what was can be found, but generally the living no longer celebrate the what was anymore. At least that is how it seemed when walking among the former monasteries and abbeys of centuries gone by, as we visited those ruins in Ireland. Even the massive cathedrals yet in operation today seemed hollow and just glorified shells of religion.

St. Patrick and a few of his contemporaries brought the Gospel to the Emerald Island, but for the most part, only a statue and some printed prayer cards now for sale offer any resemblance of the truth and life that had then replaced the paganistic beliefs during his time. The shamrock was used to teach of the Trinity back then. But for many, it now is just a nice green plant with three blades.

So what happens when generation after generation forgoes the biblical way of life? You get nothing left but ancient stones and relics from long ago. The lamp has gone out. The Light of the World is no longer sought after nor desired to take away the darkness. What was beautiful at the time has been replaced with a glossed over religion that leaves each person not much better off than the one drinking life away at the local pub.

It is said that God has no grandchildren. Each generation must find the Savior and walk in His ways. You just can’t expect to receive what your parents had and get into the Kingdom by inheritance. Each person must seek and find Him for themselves. Though the previous ones who blazed the trail can instruct and encourage those who come next, it is up to each and every person, in each generation, to know the Lord personally and determine with the commitment to experience His purposes.

Although I was amazed at the extensive wealth and effort it had taken to construct these magnificent buildings that we walked through, I could only think of the lifeless rituals that now take place within them, of those still in use. For those trusting in anything less than the Lord Himself, I didn’t see where they offered much other than a photo to be taken. And with the ever-increasing sparse attendance at the weekly religious ceremonies, while congregations continue to die off, only the tour group tickets seemed to keep the facilities maintained. The populations surrounding the grounds had left their life at these doors years ago, if even then they had once crossed their thresholds.

What hope is there when people cast away that which can bring them the only hope? There is none.

Man will continue to build monuments, grand edifices, and crosses held high into the steepled sky, but unless they establish meaningful foundations in the heart, and that only through the grace of the Messiah, will there be an eternal life that will live long past the daily destructive forces that beat away all of that made of temporal material.

Our hope must be grounded on the Solid Rock, the Person of the Lord Jesus, and not on some religious form within or without. As the author of Hebrews wrote, “And this phrase, “one more time,” makes clear that the things shaken are removed, since they are created things, so that the things not shaken may remain.” (Hebrews 12:27, Complete Jewish Bible) Only that trusted in, or hoped on, of the Lord will remain for good forever.

Make sure your hope is grounded on the sure footing for today and those yet to come. Keep it placed in Jesus Himself, and not in that which man has built, which will be gone with no remains.

Shalom and ahava (peace and love in Hebrew).

Now think on this,

Steve Martin

Founder/President

Love For His People, Inc.

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Now Think On This #352 – in the year of our Lord 06.08.18 – “Gone, With No Remains”, Friday, 1:30 pm

Above photo taken by Steve Martin June 2, 2018. Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin, Ireland)

Grandeur – Now Think On This by Steve Martin

 

“Then he said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!'” And he said to me, “These are the true sayings of God.” (Revelation 19:9-10, NKJV)

Amazing isn’t it – a wedding that cost $45,000,000! And I thought $10,000 for such an event was extravagant (which it is, for many families.)

That, I repeat, was a mere $45 million as the estimated price paid for the marriage ceremony of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England, according to some reports (CBS). About $40 million went to cover security needs, with over 100,000 as the estimated spectator size lining the route after the wedding, and thousands more invited guests gathered in and around Windsor Castle. So overall about $5 million was spent just for the wedding itself. (Still unfathomable!)

The UK taxpayers cover those security costs, leaving the family to reportedly pay for the wedding themselves. (Doesn’t the father generally cover most of that, as here in the USA? I guess it is different among the royals.)

Meghan’s dress was reported to be around $340,000 alone. I am sure the military provided Harry with his uniform, so they saved there if that was a concern.

When I see such grandeur (meaning splendor and impressiveness, especially of appearance or style) I get somewhat cynical and judgmental at the very use of such funds. After all, could not that money have been spent on the needs of the poor, which I am sure also line the streets in the nation’s cities? (Didn’t England’s own Scrooge say that once in regards to the poor?)

And yet I recall a message once given by a Bible teacher, outlining the ways the Lord demonstrates some of His majesty through the specifics each nation represents of His glory, if only as just a glimmer. What England and other monarchs through the ages have shown is quite royal, and yet even that is nothing compared to the overwhelming glory of the King of the universe. By their earthly demonstration of a kingdom and its royalty, we are able to see, again as if only a glimmer, how much our Eternal King, His Only Son and Holy Spirit are preparing for those who believe and have accepted His salvation. That salvation, by the way, paid in full, bought solely by the precious Blood of Jesus, the Messiah, Yeshua HaMashiach.

When I take some time to ponder the majesty and glory of heaven, I simply cannot comprehend it all. And yet, the grandeur it represents will certainly cause this temporal world’s presentation to be far short of that which is to come.

“Who compares with you

among gods, O God?

Who compares with you in power,

in holy majesty,

In awesome praises,

wonder-working God?
(Exodus 15:11, THE MESSAGE)

What a hope we have, for those who are trusting in the saving grace and mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, He Who came sinless, lived among us, was brutally crucified, dead and buried, and then Who magnificently rose on the third day, fulfilling all prophecies to that point concerning the Messiah. He Himself is soon to return on His mighty steed, taking up His throne in the city of the Great King, Jerusalem, Yerushalayim. What a day that will be!

Nothing compares to that which is to come, and yet He allows us to see some glimpse of it while we remain here on earth.

While I still have a bit trouble with such immense wealth some have here for a few decades of life, my Lord tells me that the mansion and eternal life laid up for myself and many others far exceed that which we know now.

So while it is good to celebrate marriages (between one man and one woman) as we await the mighty big one that is yet to come, between Jesus and His Bride, we say “Even so, Maranatha! Come quickly Lord Jesus! Your marriage supper will have it all!”

Shalom and ahava (peace and love in Hebrew).

Now think on this,

Steve Martin

Founder/President

Love For His People, Inc.

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Now Think On This #351 – in the year of our Lord 05.21.18 – “Grandeur”, Monday, 9:45 am

 

God Will Make A Way – Now Think On This by Steve Martin

 

“This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast…” (Hebrews 6:19, NASU)

There may be times when something totally unexpected hits us in our life as if someone just punched us in the gut when we did not see it coming. A great fear tries to overwhelm us; panic pushes from without to get at us from within; confusion and uncertainty attempt to overtake our assurance. When this happens, the anchor of our soul must hold strong. The hope we had known in our Savior’s arms must be the hope that now keeps us from falling, from turning back from pressing forward.

I remember the time in 1990 when I had given my notice to leave one ministry position in order to take one with another, that I had been waiting for, only to find out that the one I was going to had withdrawn the offer. My current office job already had someone coming to fill my place. With a wife and four kids to support, and now without a job, I panicked. Seeing this supposed upcoming position as the reason we had moved from the North to the far south in Florida, only to find out after three years that it wasn’t going to happen, was totally unexpected. It left me hanging. If it wasn’t for the grace shown me by the International Director of the ministry I had been with, we would have been without income, in a state far from family, and left with a dream that seemed to end up as a nightmare.

Don Moen, worship leader and songwriter with Integrity Music at the time, had just come out with his song, “God Will Make A Way” (1990). The cassette tape got totally wore out in my player, as I desperately sought the Lord, listening over and over again, hanging onto the hope that had been found in Him since my youth.

The lyrics were very comforting and brought assurance to my spirit.

“God Will Make A Way”

God will make a way
Where there seems to be no way
He works in ways we cannot see
He will make a way for me

He will be my guide
Hold me closely to His side
With love and strength for each new day
He will make a way, He will make a way

Oh, God will make a way
Where there seems to be no way
He works in ways we cannot see
He will make a way for me

He will be my guide
Hold me closely to His side
With love and strength for each new day
He will make a way, He will make a way

By a roadway in the wilderness, He’ll lead me
And rivers in the desert will I see
Heaven and Earth will fade but His Word will still remain
He will do something new today

Don Moen

Produced by Tom Brooks

Album Worship With Don Moen: God Is Good, Integrity Music 1990

This worship song was the constant reminder that I needed at that time – that my Lord Jesus was the solid One Who would make the way for us. He had always been faithful in our lives, and He would not let me and my family down now.

After a rough eleven months of holding on and seeking His will, where we almost made the move from Fort Lauderdale to Kansas City, Charlotte, or wherever I could find a job, I was encouraged when I was hired by the other ministry, in 1991. Ultimately both ministries then moved to Charlotte, North Carolina in 1994, and our family was part of that wagon train.

There have been other times where the solid anchor of hope proved to be shown strong and sturdy, keeping us from drifting in the open ocean of doubt, fear, and unbelief. God always did make a way, even in the darkest night and the loneliest of times. As we continually cling to His promise that He will never leave us nor forsake us, our confidence in Him remains.

“Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we may boldly say: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” (Hebrews 13:5-6, NKJV)

Hope is one of the three, along with faith and love, that our walk with the Lord requires. With Him as the Giver of each, we can keep walking the walk, all the way into eternity.

Shalom and ahava (peace and love in Hebrew).

 

Now think on this,

 

Steve Martin

Founder/President

Love For His People, Inc.

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Now Think On This #350 – in the year of our Lord 05.17.18 – “God Will Make A Way”, Thursday, 1:30 pm

Labyrinth – Now Think On This by Steve Martin

 

“For I considered all this in my heart, so that I could declare it all: that the righteous and the wise and their works are in the hand of God.” (Eccl 9:1, NKJV)

As for us, I can count the many churches my good wife and I have been a part of over these decades, serving in fellowship and in friendship. It numbers 11, since 1980. From Illinois to Michigan, then Florida and now North Carolina, we have been around. In Charlotte alone, since 1994, it has been six churches. So we know a lot of people attending different Sunday morning services!

Though to my knowledge I am not Jewish, I could say that I certainly have the heart of one, and at times thought I was like a “wandering Jew”, going from place to place. We made many friends and connections during these decades, and though some would consider this “bouncing from place to place”, it has been something I wouldn’t consider amiss. The Lord knows that when it comes to pollinating as flowers are by bees, we certainly can say we have done that. It also has given us the opportunity to connect churches to each other through these friendships.

When I received a prophetic word back in 1995 that I was in a labyrinth (at the time I had NO idea what that meant), I can now look back and see how the hand of God has directed. Even as the dictionary says, “a complicated irregular network of passages or paths in which it is difficult to find one’s way; a maze”, I realize indeed that that word was from the Lord. This time has been an irregular network of passages. The journey has been a maze.

If you find yourself in a sort of labyrinth moment, or year, or even decade, don’t consider yourself too weird. It very well may be the Lord God of Israel directing your path. If you had asked Him to do so with an honest and seeking heart, you very well may find yourself too going from place to place for a certain period of ordained time. But know that there is an end, and once finally settled you will know it has been well worth the journey.

Shalom and ahava (peace and love in Hebrew).

Now think on this,

Steve Martin

Founder/President

Love For His People, Inc.

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Now Think On This #349 – in the year of our Lord 05.08.18 – “Labyrinth”, Tuesday, 3:20 pm