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OUR HOME RIGHT NOW

They say you marry someone like your mother.  What do David and my mother have in common?  They both say to enjoy where you are and don’t wish your life away.  I think they’re both getting as eager as I am. 

However, with this advice in mind…David and I are living in this comfortable–luxury even–apartment complex.  It’s a little like being on vacation, except David has to go to work.

  

So, grow where you’re planted, live at the top of your stairs–and welcome back to Martymagee.com

 

Again, welcome back.  Though my book is not close to being finished, I thought I’d blog this last month I’m here.  I’m going to try to make it about today, each day. 

I have learned in whatsoever state (even California) I am to be content.  Philippians 4:11

Note:  If anyone can help me place these pictures, please come forward.   Celest and Danny—Heeeeelp!

Blessings!

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DON’T BE A GONG

ME, A GONG?

ME, A GONG?

I Corinthians 13:1 tells us what we are without love.  One is a resounding gong.   Surely those sweet grandbabies of mine aren’t gongs.  Following is a story from Ebenezer and Ninety-Eight Friends

Am I a Gong?

            Chopsticks!  I hate hearing those kids play chopsticks on the piano!  Over and over they play it because they don’t know any other music.  It’s not a bad tune.  When you play both parts, it even has a little harmony to it.  It’s just that they play it again and again as if everyone were enjoying a fine performance. 

            This is what I think of when I read in I Corinthians 13.  If we don’t have love, we’re playing chopsticks over and over again—and thinking everyone is enjoying it.  We’re like a “resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.”  

We have a set of presently unused percussion instruments at our church.  After the service, children bang on them until told to stop. 

            Do we go about our measured, repetitious lives like a sounding gong—making a lot of noise and motions, but with not much lasting results?  We may even irritate a few onlookers along the way.

            The Bible says we’re nothing if we don’t have the gift of love—even if we have mountain-moving faith.  If we give our possessions and even our bodies to be burned and we don’t practice love, we gain nothing. 

            Love is kind.  Am I kind to those who are not kind back?  Even sinners know how to be nice to people who are nice to them.  (Luke 6:32)

            Love doesn’t boast.  I can’t imagine a loving boaster.  It’s an oxymoron.  Rude and loving don’t go together, either.  Can you picture loving the guy you’re cutting off in traffic? 

            “You owe me.  I have my rights.”  Try to love a person while saying those words to him.  It’s harder than rubbing your head and patting your tummy.

            A loving person wants the other guy to succeed.  I like being that other guy.  But if we really want to succeed, we’ll be the cheerleader for so many around us who need more than a piercing sound. 

            Uh-oh.  Paul says in verse 4, love is patient.  I guess I’d better go back and apologize to those young chopstick players and gong resounders and clanging cymbalists.  I don’t want to be a gong.   

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Don’t be a gong.  Go out and buy  a copy of Ebenezer and Ninety-Eight Friends.  But I’ll be your friend even if you don’t.

Blessings!

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YOU THINK YOUR POOL IS DIRTY!

While I wait for some pictures for my next post, we’ll all thank God our pool is not so dirty as this one.  This pool once belonged to Herod, the Roman governor, in Caesarea.  It reminds me of the verse: 

All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags.  (Isaiah 62:6)

We remedy this not with chlorine bleach or algaecide or a good sweeper, but with another verse in Isaiah (1:18)

Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.   

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.  (I John 1:9)

You can read another pool story in Ebenezer and Ninety-Eight Friends.

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SPARROWS AND HAIR

Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies?  Yet not one of them is forgotten by God.  Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered.  Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.  Luke 12:6-7

I have lots of hair; David has little.  God knows how many each of us has.  And he’s not just a God of hair trivia.  He actually cares what happens to us.  So, you and I shouldn’t be upset about the present times.  God has not changed since He told us we were worth more than many sparrows.  The number of David’s hairs has greatly diminished, but God’s promises have not. 

Get Ebenezer and Ninety-Eight Friends for your mom for a belated Mother’s Day present.  It doesn’t talk about sparrows, but it does have a couple stories about chickens. 

Blessings!

Marty

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NOT ME!

NOT ME!

NOT ME!

Who can say, “I have kept my heart pure; I am clean and without sin?”  Proverbs 20:9

All have sinned….(Romans 3:23).  That certainly includes me.

The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23a)  Uh-oh. 

But the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.  (Romans 6:23b).  Whew!  How do I get that gift?

If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  (Romans  10:9). 

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  (John 3:16)

I now can say I am clean and without sin, but only because of God’s free gift. 

(Note:  My being without sin is positional through Christ’s work of grace, but I still have to confess sins to be in fellowship with God.  I John 1:9)

So simple, yet volumes have been written to explain it.  Here is one tiny volume, not to explain God and His Ultimate Gift, but to proclaim this Gift and its byproducts. 

Ebenezer and Ninety-Eight Friends, Musings on Life, Scripture and the Hymns.   

Blessings!

Marty

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SHE DOESN’T FORGET

She doesn't forget
She doesn’t forget

Do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.  Hebrews 13:16

This is Linda Panos with my granddaughter Sadie on her lap.  Linda takes to anybody’s grandkids or anybody’s problems.  She is Johnny on the spot where there is a grandkid to love, a hot dish to make and take, a sick person to minister to.  Now Linda is involved with Celebrate Recovery, loving people to Jesus. 
Let’s don’t forget to find our niche and do good.  Linda can’t do it all. 
Blessings!
Marty
 

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OUR UNCERTAINTY, GOD’S PLANS

I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  (Jeremiah 29:11)

David and I have some uncertainty about our future, but God knew the plans all along and will keep us in his loving arms.  I appreciate Him for that and for so much more. 

If you want to read Ebenezer and Ninety-Eight Friends, it’s still available, not sold out yet.  Hurry, while supplies last!  (Isn’t that what the TV ads say?) 

Blessings!

Marty

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