Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Hope - Now Think On This by Steve Martin

Hope

Now Think On This
Steve Martin

  
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but longing fulfilled is a tree of life.” Proverbs 13:12, Tree of Life (TLV)

As I sat across the table from Hope, I wondered if her middle name was Joy. Wouldn’t that have been nice! (I know a Joy by the way. I know Grace, Faith, and even Prudence. What names the Lord has given these lovely ladies!)

Hope was doing a short interview of me for the seasonal work at Samaritan’s Purse here in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Operation Christmas Child Shoebox season was fast approaching, and I wanted to be a part of the team again this go around. I had served here two previous years, and was looking forward to another time with Franklin Graham’s great program for worldwide kids. Blessed to be a blessing.

I had hope.

Some people don’t. They have lost hope in their dreams; their vision has vanished; they see things around them and wonder, “What happened? Why am I here when I thought it was supposed to be so much better?”

Those are real hurts and pains. I know. I have had them myself more times than I care to remember, or even write about. You believe something for so long, and then nothing. Nada. It ain’t happening. Or so you thought for so long.

But it is. It will happen. One thing we can count on in life is that the One who gives life, dreams, provides vision and leads us down a good path is the Lover of our soul. The One who gives is so capable because He is the same One who gave all. He gave His life for us.

This is one thing I do know. Jesus (Yeshua is His beloved Hebrew-given name) cannot lie when He speaks; He cannot hate when He loves; He cannot steal when He gives us His provision. He cannot because it is not in His eternal nature to do so. It is just not there.

What is there in His eternal being is real hope, real love, real encouragement, real joy, real passion for saving the people in the nations.

Without Jesus the people perish. One gunshot, one hurricane, one earthquake and it can be all over for those who have not called upon the Name of the Lord. He is our only hope.

My heart-felt prayer is that you have hope today. Let it be renewed, let it be abundant, let the Holy Spirit speak to your heart afresh and let you know there is light at the end of this tunnel you are in. For the Light has come, He is eternal, and where there is hope there is life to press on through whatever comes your way.


Hope in Jesus today. Be confident in what He has planned for you. He knows what it is and it is good.

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 - in the Year of our Lord 10.04.17 - #320 – “Hope” 7:00 am

Clarity (Clearing Knowing The Lord) - Now Think On This by Steve Martin

Clarity
-Clearing Knowing The Lord

Now Think On This
Steve Martin


“The Message that points to Christ on the Cross seems like sheer silliness to those hell-bent on destruction, but for those on the way of salvation it makes perfect sense. This is the way God works, and most powerfully as it turns out.” (I Corinthians 1:18, THE MESSAGE)


Clarity. Do you know what it means? Many people don’t. They walk around in uncertainty, misdirection, unknowing in their thinking, or just plain stupefied. They want to know the answers but end up looking in the wrong place and finding even more confusion. Looking for answers in all the wrong places. Reminds me of a song, doesn’t it?

What to do and how to do it. Where to find what you are looking for. “What is truth?” as he asked even way back then when Truth stood right there in front of him.

We all need clarity. We need something on which we can stand on, knowing what is right, what is wrong, and where to turn when mounting chaos seems to break down everything we have known to be true.

In our home group gathering last night, a small group of us, consisting of my good wife Laurie and I, joined by three of the next generation, had a discussion on the supernatural, and why people seek what they seek. People are looking for direction, power, or an adventure to replace the boredom in their monotony. They end up going in the wrong direction, having seen the signposts that used to give direction torn down. Removing the proven ways of life have brought shameless acts of death.


When it all has been said and done, is it really true that your opinion is better than mine, or your ways are higher than my ways? So it would seem. How we have become so prideful in our quest for more knowledge, losing wisdom in its wake.

What then was right, has now become wrong. O how we are so mighty, with lofty methods built on shifting sand.

It didn’t happen overnight that the solid foundation was removed from under our feet. It has taken decades, leaving that which many once stood on seemingly done away with, a crumpled pile of brick, cement and iron rods in its place.


Rather than having certainty, we have welcomed ambiguity. Having removed proven commands for life, we are left with the belief that anything goes, anytime, anywhere. If you want it, do it. If you don’t have it, take it from one who does. My right replaces your right, even if it was wrong in the beginning.

Remove the commandments that once kept all in place, and you are left with each doing their own thing to promote their own agendas. Life is what you make it, even if it destroys you and others in the fatal end.

There yet remains a remnant that know the truth, that haven’t fallen for the big lie, that holds firmly to the belief that God remains on the throne, He is the Solid Rock on which we stand, and His Word is eternal, from the beginning to the end. There is nothing or no one on this earth which can destroy His work and end up with life apart from Him.

You who know the truth, stand strong. You have the answers, because you know the Answer. Do not let your beliefs be eroded and left on the side of the road as others have already done.

Salvation comes to those who believe, who know the Messiah, the Christ, and continue to walk in His ways. We will have life in our living, if you and I do what He has given us in His Word to do. Do not waver or accept anything that seeks to remove this.

Clearly, clarity is found in knowing Jesus, Yeshua. His salvation is eternal, and found in no other.

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 - in the Year of our Lord 10.01.17 - #319 – “Clarity” – Sunday 7:07 am

Strategies of the Lord - Now Think On This by Steve Martin

Strategies of the Lord

Now Think On This
Steve Martin


“So the man became exceedingly prosperous, and had large flocks and female and male servants and camels and donkeys.” (Genesis 30:43, NASU)


For too long I have watched Christians follow the patterns of the secular world when it comes to doing a basic thing, like making money. It seems they get the big ideas – “Let’s make a real smartphone and call it, well, the “iPhone” (after all, our company name is "Apple"), or “We need a new search engine name. How about something crazy like “Google”? (See below, way below, for how the name actually came forth. But only after you read my article first!)

The world comes up with a slogan like, “Coke is the real thing.” So next thing we know the Christians are marketing items with, “Jesus is the real thing.” 

Or wearing a t-shirt with Jesus in sunglasses, quoting the movie, "I'll be back.". Is "The Terminator" (Arnold Schwarzenegger) now the one Jesus is to model after? It should be the other way around.

Don’t we have it backward? Aren’t we called to be the leaders, the innovators, the ones with the answers?

Take the Hollywood movie producers who create the big-time blockbuster, and soon after the faith community attempts to produce something in the same genre, and it flops. (But we are getting better! There have been some really good faith-based movies in the last five years.)

I had a young man call me once at my Christian ministry administrative office years back, all excited about coming up with a car flag to hang out the window with a Bible or catchy saying on it. He had seen the sports flags being hung from car windows, every Saturday and Sunday in his town. He said we needed to do the same.

As he spoke on the phone, I was silently thinking to myself, “Is this how we do it? We copy what the world system puts out, only with a “Christian” flavor to it?”

Why is this so? As followers of the Creator Himself, we should be the ones who receive the brilliant ideas, the inventive solutions, the strategies of the Lord. We have the heavenly connection, through the Holy Spirit, to know the thoughts and plans of the Lord. He is the brilliant One! Just look at the human body, the vast solar system, the depths of the massive oceans. What an Awesome God He is!

If you have been paying attention you will know where much of the new technology is now coming from. The Jews in Israel! Warren Buffet sure is investing there.

We are the ones who need to listen to what He is saying, as He desires to give us the strategies and the means to produce wealth and bring solutions to all kinds of problems, which in turn will serve our fellow man.

When I asked the Lord this Monday as to what I should be reading in His Word, He clearly said, “Jacob.” That was not what I was expecting, but I went to the book of Genesis and have been reading about Jacob. Fascinating.

In just a quick overview, Jacob had served his father-in-law Laban for over 14 years, in order to have his daughter Rachel as his wife. (If you recall, Laban had instead given Jacob his eldest Leah on his wedding night, being the deceiver that Laban was. And we thought Jacob was the deceiver?) Many years later, when Jacob was finally fed up with it all, and ready to move on from under this unrighteousness, the Lord gave him the means to do it.

“Then Jacob took fresh rods of poplar and almond and plane trees, and peeled white stripes in them, exposing the white which was in the rods. He set the rods which he had peeled in front of the flocks in the gutters, even in the watering troughs, where the flocks came to drink; and they mated when they came to drink.

So the flocks mated by the rods, and the flocks brought forth striped, speckled, and spotted. Jacob separated the lambs, and made the flocks face toward the striped and all the black in the flock of Laban; and he put his own herds apart, and did not put them with Laban's flock.

Moreover, whenever the stronger of the flock were mating, Jacob would place the rods in the sight of the flock in the gutters, so that they might mate by the rods; but when the flock was feeble, he did not put them in; so the feebler were Laban's and the stronger Jacob's. So the man became exceedingly prosperous, and had large flocks and female and male servants and camels and donkeys.” (Genesis 30:37-43, NASU)

Now that is a strategy that you just can’t make up on your own. God did it for him.

I struggle in my faith often, trying to come up with ways to fund the ministry the Lord has called my wife and I to do. There are several projects we are aiming to meet needs with His provision.

Our heart is to have the means for international pastors and young people to make a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Israel, to stand where Jesus (Yeshua) stood. We have been given the heart by our Lord to provide Bibles for those who don’t have one in foreign countries; another is to make ways to provide for the children of widows who struggle daily with food, clothing, and shelter; also to help support Messianic families in the Holy Land on a regular basis, as they reach out to others around them.

I know the Lord knows the way to get it done. I am pressing into Him to know His strategies. He will show me, and you, the way to go to get it done.

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 - in the Year of our Lord 09.26.17 - #318 – “Strategies of the Lord” – Tuesday 5:55 am

Read  this: Execs from Facebook, Google, and Microsoft explain why they use Israel for their R&D

Origin of the name "Google"
From time to time I read or hear stories of the origin of the search engine and company name "Google" that are incorrect, which prompts me to write this brief account, based on my understanding of the genesis of the name. The source of my information is my friends and colleagues from Wing 3B of the Gates Computer Science Building at Stanford University, where Google was born.

In 1996, Larry Page and Sergey Brin called their initial search engine "BackRub," named for its analysis of the web's "back links." Larry's office was in room 360 of the Gates CS Building, which he shared with several other graduate students, including Sean Anderson, Tamara Munzner, and Lucas Pereira. In 1997, Larry and his officemates discussed a number of possible new names for the rapidly improving search technology. Sean recalls the final brainstorming session as occurring one day during September of that year.

Sean and Larry were in their office, using the whiteboard, trying to think up a good name - something that related to the indexing of an immense amount of data. Sean verbally suggested the word "googolplex," and Larry responded verbally with the shortened form, "googol" (both words refer to specific large numbers). Sean was seated at his computer terminal, so he executed a search of the Internet domain name registry database to see if the newly suggested name was still available for registration and use. 

Sean is not an infallible speller, and he made the mistake of searching for the name spelled as "google.com," which he found to be available. Larry liked the name, and within hours he took the step of registering the name "google.com" for himself and Sergey (the domain name registration record dates from September 15, 1997).





David Koller (dk@cs.stanford.edu), January, 2004

Thursday, September 28, 2017

IS IT GOD OR IS IT SATAN? - Now Think On This by Steve Martin

Is It God Or Is It Satan?

Now Think On This
Steve Martin


“Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off.” (Romans 11:22, NKJV)


Judgment or just “Mother Nature”? The hand of God or “global warming”? God or Satan?

Many opinions, many voices, many on both sides trying to tell us what is going on. Who are you to believe? Should you fear the Lord, in reverence and awe, or should you fear the devil, who always attempts to imitate his Creator? Which is it? Or rather, who is it?

As a believer in the Lord Jesus, Yeshua, I must look to the Written Word, the Bible, the Torah, the Tanakh, to find the answers. Even with all the prophetic voices giving what may seem to be conflicting declarations at times, discernment and clarity can be achieved and known. God Himself has spoken, and written it down. We need not be as those who have no understanding. We can, and must, know the will of the Lord and what He is doing in our times. For these are indeed the end of days, the end of this time, the pre-lude to what is yet to come.

How do I know? Because His very Word tells me so. Yes, “the Bible tells me so.”

Who was the one who made the following occur? God or Satan? The answer is written by God Himself, as these historical events happened and were recorded. (Red emphasis mine for emphasis!)

1.      “Then I myself will bring the flood of water over the earth to destroy from under heaven every living thing that breathes; everything on earth will be destroyed. But I will establish my covenant with you; you will come into the ark, you, your sons, your wife and your sons’ wives with you.” Genesis 6:17-18 (Complete Jewish Bible)

2.      “Lot lifted up his eyes and saw all the valley of the Jordan, that it was well watered everywhere — this was before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.” Genesis 13:10 (NASU)

3.      ‘I sent Moshe and Aharon, I inflicted plagues on Egypt in accordance with what I did among them, and afterwards I brought you out.” Joshua 24:5-6 (CJB)

4.       And even the Lord’s servants had His power granted to them: “And Elijah answered and said to the captain of fifty, If I be a man of God, then let fire come down from heaven, and consume thee and thy fifty. And there came down fire from heaven, and consumed him and his fifty.” 2 Kings 1:10 (KJV)

And the entire Book of Revelation, as Jesus Himself told to John, isn’t a make-believe story or a book of images to allow us to make up our own fascinations and metaphors. It is real, and will really happen.

Talk about watching a reality show – this is the big one.

Many living today will see it, right before their very eyes. It doesn’t take a brain scientist to figure out what the Lord is clearly saying. (It does take a fool to say it is just global warming, or just “the same old same old”.)

Is God a good God? Yes He is! Does God love all of mankindYes He does! He sent His Only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, Yeshua HaMashiach, to save all who will come to Him, repent, and receive His eternal salvation for their spirit, soul and body.

Will God judge sinners? Yes He will. He cannot and will not allow evil, unrighteousness, death and destruction to continue on forever without judgment. Those who refuse to repent and believe - judgment is coming. It is coming even now upon earth.

These hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, signs in the heavens…ALL are from the Lord, Creator of heaven and earth. They are His attempt to get mankind to come to Him, call on His name, and receive eternal salvation before they face eternal hell, separated forever apart from Him.

The trumpet is being blown. The shofar has sounded. The angels have been released to do their assigned tasks, to help bring in the harvest.

Do not be deceived and think we can go on living, doing our own thing, believing in the lies and deception that the Lord has no say in it. He does. He is clearly speaking - loud and very clear.

And we must do our part in sharing His Good News to all who have ears to hear. Before it is too late.

Shalom and ahava (peace and love in Hebrew).

Now think on this,


Steve Martin
Founder/President
Love For His People, Inc.



If these messages have ministered to you, please consider sending a charitable gift of $10-$25 today, and maybe each month, to help us bless families in Israel whom we consistently help monthly through our humanitarian work. Your tax-deductible contributions receive a receipt for each donation. Fed. ID #27-1633858.

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Todah rabah! (Hebrew – Thank you very much.)
 


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Now Think On This - in the Year of our Lord 09.22.17 - #317 – “Is it God or is it Satan?” – Friday 5:55 am