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“Been Offended?” – Now Think On This message by Steve Martin, Love For His People, Inc.

“A brother offended is harder to win than a strong city, and contentions are like the bars of a castle.” Proverbs 18:19, NKJV
It happened again. Just after we finished the worship team practice for the Sunday morning gathering. An offense sent my way. Just great.
And it happened then, on the Friday before, a few hours before we were to meet for the first time in The Barn for the monthly Strength For Israel gathering, with me leading the worship team, I got offended.
Excitement had been built up. The night was going to be really special. And then the drummer called, saying he forgot to tell me he had to work that night. Great.
Not only that, but one friend who had played with us before really got offended when I didn’t ask him to play as the first one I contacted, not even knowing if he still did play after our last time we did together many years ago. So, that mistake was followed by his literal 40-minute rant over the phone to me. Lord!
I like watching football. I enjoy when there is a great offensive team on the field, especially the college team I follow during the fall on Saturday afternoons, who hail from the Midwest (I’ll leave it at that, except to say I still have one Catholic heritage I maintain.) When they run the ball around the end; when they throw the deep bomb to the wide-open receiver; when a touchdown is scored at the very end to win the big upset, that is offense! Another great play again! “Hail, hail to old…”
I like that kind of offense. But like you, I don’t like being offended.
(Read the rest: Been Offended?)
by Steve Martin
Having been to a few wineries over the years, both here in the USA and Israel, at the strong encouragement of my good wife, I have seen a bit as to how wine is made. Part of the process is pouring out the fermenting grape juice from one vat to another, to leave behind the fallen sediment, which can embitter the liquid from the bottom if the wine is left in the barrel beyond the appointed time. Without this outpouring from one to another, no one would really enjoy the final flavor. And the Lord knows we can’t have that.
Read the rest: “Transitions”
by Steve Martin
What say you about where you stand in God’s plan?
Are you fitting in? Do you care? Are you where you think you are, or where you think you should be?
These messages have been written to bring you encouragement, some further insight, and to help you get to where you, and He, wants you to be in the Body of Christ.
The Lord is putting His people together – both in Israel with the Jews making aliyah and with believers around the world finding out their place and purpose in congregations.
What Say You? offers inspiration on how we can then live and move in this life, to cause godly effect and actually, cause something positive to happen or bring about in our lives, our families, our cities, our workplaces, and our country.
May you be about His business, as He directs you in your going.
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Love For His People, Inc.
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Steve Martin

STEVE & LAURIE MARTIN - LOVE FOR HIS PEOPLE FOUNDERS My good wife Laurie and I, through the ministry of Love For His People we founded in 2010, give love and support for our friends in Israel and in other nations with friendship, humanitarian aid and social media support, Steve's NOW THINK ON THIS messages, and our Ahava Adventures annual trips to Israel. Steve has also authored and published 26 books. We live in the Charlotte, NC area, along with four adult children, spouses, and eight grandkids.

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