Monthly Archives: February 2016

“Following Jesus on the Water” -Matthew 14:22-33

In preparing for a recent mission trip to Haiti, I needed to pack a nice dress shirt and tie to speak at a pastor’s conference. I narrowed my choices down to a white shirt or blue shirt, choosing the blue shirt because white would show more dirt. I soon discovered … Continue reading

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“It Takes a Church Family”

Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not turn from it.     Proverbs 22:6   I’m not a big fan of politicians, so several years ago when one used the slogan, “It takes a village to raise a child”, I didn’t really … Continue reading

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“Pray without Ceasing”

Well, it’s December and that means it’s exam time at the Martin house and stress levels are high. Ethan, our son is in a doctoral program in Physical Therapy and he is having to study more than ever in his life. Matter of fact, he was the college student who … Continue reading

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“Wisdom”

When I was a young boy and was first starting school, I carried a backpack that was loaded down with books.  Anything from magazines to encyclopedias was what I crammed in my book bag.  My two older brothers always had a field day with my desire to either be smart … Continue reading

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“Good is bound to come”

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”   No matter what happens, God has planned it out. And no matter how bad things seem, good is bound to come. From even the … Continue reading

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“… and to walk humbly with thy God. Micah 6:8”

Humble yourself in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up.     James 4:10     Looking back on my early memories at Zion, I was in my mid-twenties, Betsy and I were dating and going to marry, I watched and listened to preacher Russell Fitts and his … Continue reading

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“No Money to Give”

One summer after college I worked in Queens, New York as a Youth Minister of a Hispanic church. A favorite song the church would sing was based on the story in Acts 3 where Peter heals a crippled beggar. “One day Peter and John were going up to the temple … Continue reading

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“A Word from God”

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7 (NIV). One of my favorite and most teachable moments from Zion Baptist Church did not come from a sermon or Sunday school lesson; it happened at a marina on Lake Hickory. Rev. … Continue reading

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“Fellowship”

After this, He went down to Capernaum with His mother and brothers and His disciples. There they stayed for a few days.   John 2:14   We’ve read the story of Jesus turning water into wine and the story of Jesus clearing out the temple, but tucked in between those stories … Continue reading

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“The Narrow Gate”

I have in my office a picture depicting two paths, “la puerta estrecha y el camino angosoto o la puerta ancha y el camino espacio”.   I discovered this picture while serving on a mission trip to Colombia South America. It illustrates the two choices from Jesus’ sermon on the mount, … Continue reading

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