“From Me To You To Them – Part 2”. Steve Martin, Love For His People Ministry

Oct. 19, 2022 Charlotte, North Carolina USA

Greetings to my family and friends of Love For His People Ministry.

When I see and hear all that transpires around me, most often I find myself saying to the Lord, “My times are in Your hands.” It is a faith reaction as all else seems to be in discord and fading away. The Rock on which we stand is a constant and can be fully trusted.

As we each do that which we have been called to do we will face opposition and misunderstanding at times. And yet, we must stay committed to the work. We read how it says of Jesus, Yeshua, Himself “…that He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem…” Luke 9:51, NKJV

He was committed to doing what the Father sent Him to do. So must we.

Last week I wrote the first chapter of my story on the way the Lord taught me in being a giving person. (If you missed it you can read it here: From Me To You To Them – Part 1) The story continues as you read my message this week for you, shared below: From Me To You To Them – Part 2.

My excitement grows as the final few days before my departure to Israel comes once again. Many appointments are already in place, including the time leading worship at the Aliyah Seminar in Jerusalem hosted by Operation Tarshish (see Aliyah Seminar for more information. It will be free on Zoom for those who register throughout the world). Other things the Lord has planned beyond my expectations will come. I covet your prayers. Todah rabah! (thank you very much)

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Ahava and shalom,

Steve Martin, Founder, Love For His People Ministry

P.S. My good friend Edgar Persad is getting stronger. We all pray that his continual healing moves on.

From Me To You To Them(Part 2) 

“Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” Matthew 19:21, NKJV 

In the previous chapter of this 3-part message I ended with the August 1980 move to East Lansing, Michigan, with my good wife Laurie, and our little boys Joshua and Benjamin, to become part of Shiloh Fellowship. The church name was changed a few years later, becoming New Covenant Christian Church, when the city took us to be a “cult” and wanted us out of their comfort zone. Thus, the name was changed around 1983 to better fit in with the surrounding atmosphere and to limit the discussion and belief thought. 

In fact, we had also been labeled a “cult” back in LaSalle/Peru, with the “common-purse community” of Victory Church. I guess when you follow Jesus with all that you know to do, others think you are too far out there and tend to think of names to brand you with. Most likely it is to “fit” their own understanding of Scripture into their lives, not wanting to fully follow as He says we ought to. (I probably bent some ears and stepped on some toes with that one!) 

During the decade and a half from 1975-1990, the Lord continued to teach me about giving, out of my time, my resources, and my giftings. Hard lessons for sure, but looking back, He knew what He was doing. He always does, and in time may even show us what He knew all along. On this side of heaven even. 

When Laurie and I lived in the Illinois community, part of the commitment was for each wage-earner to give their entire paycheck to the elders, who had developed a systematic spending plan with specific amounts given out equally to singles and members of families, based on numbers. Thus, so much for food, clothing, housing, and transportation needs was allotted each month and dispersed to the elder of each household. We had five households.

Laurie and I lived the first six months of our marriage in one household with four other couples. As a side note – Laurie and I received $600 from the community for our wedding and honeymoon. We both were especially thankful for her parents who paid much for the wedding and reception that followed. And they paid for the three-piece oak bedroom set, which we still have, and use, 45 years later. We have changed the mattress when needed. 

This arrangement did help those in need to become better off, and yet even this had its own situations that brought scrutiny from wiser Bible teachers and leaders who brought insight into matters. The later move to Michigan in 1980 for many of us, over 30 people, ended that style of community setup. 

During that season I had begun to learn the importance of sharing with others out of one’s own needs and wants. Especially with a new wife and son, born nine months after our honeymoon, and another one within a reasonable time later! In Michigan, our “shepherding” church was under the oversight of Derek Prince (photo above), who would give input into the leadership, headed by co-founders Erik Krueger and Ron Milton, and five other elders. 

Derek would come once a year to personally be with the congregation and give his solid, foundational teachings. It was also during the first time we heard him in public, at a Mackinac Island conference in northern Michigan, in 1978, that this good foundation was continued, as we listened to him Scripturally teach on “Our Debt To Israel”. Our hearts as Christians for the Jewish people and His purposes had been sown into and started to grow in understanding and with depth in this vital, biblical principle. A well-planted seed had been put into my spiritual garden soil and continued being nourished and cared for yearly from then on. It was watered and fertilized along with more full Gospel teachings, from Genesis to Revelation. 

Mahesh Chavda, whom I also worked with on staff later (Derek Prince Ministries beginning in 1987 for a total of eight years and Mahesh and his wife Bonnie for 14 years) also came annually to the East Lansing church, in the fall season around November. It was a good time for goose hunting for Mahesh, as his side adventure, as he ministered in 7-10 other Michigan area churches during that ministry travel. 

Mahesh would always speak of his healing sessions recently done earlier each fall at the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ) in Jerusalem during the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) celebrations. On several trips years later, when I served with Mahesh in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and later at the relocated ministry office in Charlotte, North Carolina, my heart for the Lord’s Promised Land for His chosen people, the Jews, grew. I was learning even more about the gift and art of serving, and caring increasingly for others, reaching beyond my family and those close to me, to a wider global community of believers. This training of service in ministry again proved to be another opportunity to give of myself for the sake of others. Full service here! 

Laurie and I wanted our faith to also grow in giving materially, but it was tough with the young family. The Lord continued teaching us, through the addition of our two daughters to the Martin household with Hannah in 1984 and Christen in1987. It certainly helped give us answers to prayer, in bringing more challenges. It also further proved to us that our Lord is always faithful, aiding us in growing our faith. Of course, those challenges stretched the faith muscles which we had to exercise. 

One example of an exercise in faith giving occurred in the mid-1980s when the church members were asked to give a full week’s salary, as a love gift offering, above our weekly tithes, to bless Derek Prince and his 2nd wife Ruth (his first wife Lydia had passed on years earlier) in finishing his home in Jerusalem, Israel. We gave as did many others in the church, further stretching our faith net wider, and then watched Him provide for what we needed that month and beyond for our own family. 

Do I share these testimonies to puff myself up or to brag? No. Does it give me pride in me for having done these faith events? No. But as they refined and established my faith in the Ultimate Provider, they increased my faith and made me stronger. And I hope they do in your life as they did in mine, for it is by hearing and believing, and then doing that gives both you and me the pattern of how we grow in giving. 

“You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone.” James 2:24, NASU 

As James the brother of Yeshua, Jesus, explains, we are not justified for salvation by our works, but by our works, it proves our faith is real as it is revealed outwardly through our works in blessing others. I also write these stories to lift Him up, our Lord Jesus, because as He always promises, when we walk in faith, He is the rewarder of all those who likewise do. Freely we have received. Freely give. And He will reward us for doing so. 

“And without trusting, it is impossible to be well pleasing to God, because whoever approaches him must trust that he does exist and that he becomes a Rewarder to those who seek him out.” Hebrews 11:6, Complete Jewish Bible 

How do you increase in giving of your time and of your provision? By believing our Father is the One Whom firsts gives to us and then rewards us as we in turn give to others. That includes giving of our time and from the provision that we had first received from God. Increasingly more and more each time is how to do it. 

And my story will continue. It gets better yet! 

Ahava and shalom, Steve Martin

Love For His People Founder 

Message #118 in this series – in the year of our Lord 10.9.2022 – “From Me To You To Them, Part 2)”  Wednesday, 3:30 am in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

My photo below: Mahesh and Bonnie Chavda, 1989 in Charlotte, North Carolina at All Nations Church, in The Barn.

“It is good to give thanks, all the time. – Ahava Moments With You, Steve Martin and David Peterman, Love For His People Ministry

David and I recorded this new video on Oct. 11, 2022 – to encourage you in your walk with the Lord Jesus, Yeshua. We speak on how we must not give up and press on into the things of God. Be encouraged as you listen!
Listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5FOTlY8pmk

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Steve Martin

STEVE & LAURIE MARTIN - LOVE FOR HIS PEOPLE FOUNDERS My good wife Laurie and I (45 years in October 2022!), 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, along with Steve's messages, and our Ahava Adventures trips to Israel. Steve has also authored and published 35 books. We live in the Charlotte, NC area. We have four adult children, spouses, and eight grandkids.

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