Middays with Nikki Martinez
Corona Era Kids in 2020

Corona Era Kids in 2020

Kids in the 50s had the scare of nuclear holocaust. In the 60s we worried about political assassinations, riots, and getting drafted to Viet Nam. The 70s had their share of issues, too. Acid rain, the Ayatollah, disco, you name it. The 80s had the threat of aids, the...

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You Don’t Have to Worry Anymore

You Don’t Have to Worry Anymore

All your problems are taken care of. You can relax now. Oh, this doesn’t mean you won’t have trouble or bouts with anxiety. You just don’t have to. You’re human. You have limits. We all have a breaking point. The good news is that you have a go-to. You can opt to turn...

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Peace in Crisis

Peace in Crisis

We could all use a little peace. Okay, a lot of peace. The world can seem less peaceful every day. There’s a reason for that. It’s why it’s called “the world.” Jesus told us, “In this world you will have trouble.” So, knowing this to be true, we’re no longer surprised...

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Congrats! You’re in Charge of Customer Service!

Congrats! You’re in Charge of Customer Service!

I went to a store, whose name you’d recognize, to return shoes that didn’t fit. The Customer Service lady greeted me warmly and listened intently to my concern. She asked if I had my receipt. I apologized because I did not. She said, “No problem! Just pick out another...

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In a Money Pit? Here are Some Tips!

In a Money Pit? Here are Some Tips!

Early in our marriage, my Lovely Wife and Life Partner Lois and I did what lots of people do when it comes to money. We did “the best we could.” The problem with this method is it never works. Without a plan, your money is like air. Just floating around. You know it’s...

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Tips for Those Struggling Emotionally

Tips for Those Struggling Emotionally

Suffer from depression? Burdened by regrets? Have a tendency toward self-condemnation? There are times when medication or professional counseling are necessary. Only you can know for sure. But there are steps you can take to help maintain daily emotional health and...

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A Love Letter from Jesus

A Love Letter from Jesus

Have you ever doubted that God loves you? We all fall short and make mistakes - do things that we regret. In those moments it may be hard to remember that God loves us, or believe that He can forgive us. The truth is God knows you better than you know yourself and He...

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Don’t Feel Like Worship? Worship Anyway

Don’t Feel Like Worship? Worship Anyway

It’s church worship time. Don’t get caught up in all the external. What the worship leader is wearing, his/her quirks, habits, and gestures. All distractions. Be intentional about worship. Worship anyway. Get past the type of music, the volume, the song selection. Its...

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There’s More to Jesus Than ‘Repent’

There’s More to Jesus Than ‘Repent’

We like the bottom line. Cut through the peripheral and get to the crux of the matter. But when it comes to a person as complex as Jesus, reducing Him to a single facet is a colossal disservice. There’s not a man woman or child on earth who doesn’t struggle. Name your...

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Get Back

Get Back

Got an unsustainable problem? Don’t lose hope! Get back. You may have a situation with no foreseeable solution. I do. Here’s what I’m learning: Go back to God. Again. Things aren’t changing? I know. But keep going back. Even if it seems it will never get better. Go...

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The Astros Aren’t So Bad

The Astros Aren’t So Bad

They finally did it. After years of futility, they won the World Series in 2017. They came close in 2018. They became an annual contender. They built themselves an edge, though apparently an illegal one. They likely rationalized, told themselves it was a sliding...

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A Birthday Gift from God & Lois

A Birthday Gift from God & Lois

This may look like an ordinary picture of our back yard, but it represents a very special moment. I came home this morning after playing a gig last night in Tyler. My Lovely Wife And Life Partner Lois greeted me with a birthday cake, a birthday card, and a birthday...

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