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“You’ve got the Touch of Life” – Healing, Helping & Holding

Show somebody how much you care about them today. It is not important that they return the gesture back to you, but that what is inside of you is shared. We are never sure of what this day or tomorrow will bring to us or to those we care about, but what we do know is that love is eternal yet the ability to touch a person is not. Be sure and give a hug, hold a hand, kiss a cheek, calm a nerve, speak a word, and share a gift with the ones who mean the most to you. What has been is gone and what’s to come is unknown. I’d rather see your love them know of it and never get a chance to feel it. We don’t touch, talk or take time anymore. That’s what is missing. In Psychology class I learned that a newborn baby can literally die from the lack of human touch and attention. There is an innate need for feeling the warmth of another human beings hand. You and I are human beings and the world is full of hurting and dying people. Not only dieing physically, but giving up on dreams and hopes for a better tomorrow. You and I, we’ve got the answer. Let’s share what’s been given to us and change the world.

Copyright © 2006 Kenneth Martin, Jr.Practical Personal Development

Practical wisdom, for practical lives,practical words,

to practical people, from a practical guy!

My tribute to Pastor Arthur Strong, Sr. … Part-2 : Leader, Friend, Teacher & Father

I arrived in Arizona in September of 1993 getting ready to start my college experience. My Father had just become pastor of the church I grew up in back in Northern CA. A friend of mine from high school decided to start school early in
Arizona so we arranged to share an apartment upon my arrival. I remember going to a youth concert or fellowship the weekend I got to phoenix. I remember that night oh so well. I had met many of the people who I would come to know in the months ahead. I met a few guys who told me about Pastor Strong’s church and that I needed to go check out his incredibly anointed son on the organ. I decided to visit that Sunday and that was it for me. After about a week or two I became a member. I felt so welcome the moment I got to Faith Tabernacle COGIC. It was a spirit filled place and I new without a doubt it was the place to be for me. The place was full of young people. And I did not know it then but my experience at Faith Tabernacle would be one that would ultimately mold my life. I needed to be there, and I needed to hear and learn everything I learned from Pastor Strong. His teaching style was raw, uncut and unedited. There were humorous moments, and then there were extremely serious ones almost to the point of fear. Pastor Strong loved the Lord and loved the people that that God had placed in his care to shepherd, both young and old. I never felt like I didn’t belong there or that my age (18) was a factor. At one point I was teaching an Adult Sunday School class which shows just how much he thought of utilizing the gifts regardless of the age. His family was and still is a blessed and anointed one. Every occasion I’ve had to experience their ministries, either together or individually, I have been blessed immensely. All of his children are examples of the best that the
kingdom of God has to offer. They all excel in their gifts in music, professionalism, and ministry. I have continued to insist that my time spent in Arizona watching and learning was a key part of making me whatever I am today. It was a crucial point and a pivotal milestone in my life and I am eternally grateful for the life of Pastor Arthur Strong Sr. My family and I will always feel blessed to be able to share any part of the fruits of his labor. Thank you for your faithfulness Pastor. Enter thou into the reward set aside for you and the joy of the Lord!

 I have fought the good fight. I have finished the course. I have kept the faith.Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”

2 Timothy 4:7,8

Min. Kenny Martin Jr.

My tribute: Pastor Arthur Strong Sr., “Leader & Friend”

My tribute….Part-1

Today we are mourning the loss, while also celebrating the home going of our beloved friend, and leader Pastor Arthur Strong Sr. I am truly a product of the great life, ministry and legacy of this man. I met him during my time in college in Phoenix Arizona. He became my Pastor during that time and an immediate friend. I am definitely going to miss Pastor Strong but will always be blessed to have experienced his integrity and genuine compassion. I salute the entire Strong family and today am saying a prayer for their comfort and strength. You all are jewels to the body of Christ and great examples to mankind. I love you all!

God Bless you Mother Strong & the Entire Strong family,

 Min. Kenny Martin Jr.

A direct recipient of the ministry of Pastor Arthur Strong, Sr.

Holiday Gift Giving Ideas – Part 2

  • Restore a childhood piece of furniture or other cherished item. If an item is not available try and find something a similar item slightly altered to resemble the childhood piece.


  • Arrange to have a maid come and clean your house (for your spouse) or the house of a friend for at least a month.


  • Make a gift basket and fill it with all of your gift recipient’s favorites. It can include food, hobby items like puzzles, bath stuff, smell goods, tools, electronics, toys, games, whatever…..


  • Write a personal song for your special friend and have it recorded by a talented vocalist friend, or hire someone to sing. Have it placed on a cd with printing and a cover. A bonus would be to have it shrink wrapped to. If you are not to artistic have a friend help or use a template from the many available printing programs, or free online.


  • Treat your parents to a day spa and let them be pampered on their schedule.


  • Make reservations for your entire family to enjoy a first class dining experience. Get all dressed up and rent a limousine for the evening.


  • Charter a yacht and enjoy an afternoon and evening including dinner on the water.


  • Help someone on your gift list to start a personal collection by providing the initial items for it. Something like state quarters, figurines, die cast models, etc.


  • Send a singing dancing telegram to your recipient
  • Have a personal message written in the sky


  • Reserve an entire venue just for your family and or close friends for an evening, or for a few hours before the regular opening time.


Copyright © 2006 Kenneth Martin, Jr.

Practical Personal DevelopmentPractical wisdom, for practical lives,practical words,

to practical people, from a practical guy!





Making the Holidays Special this year with unique gift giving alternatives – Part 1

Call a friend you haven’t spoken to in a long time

Instead of Christmas cards this year, write a letter that summarizes

Your past year and all the new things you’ve accomplished and or experienced. It will seem more personable and your friends and or loved ones will be happy to hear how your life has been going. 

Send photos of your activities for the year like your vacation or a ceremony you

Were involved in such as graduation, baptism, awards, etc…..

Make a scrap book with copies of old photos that your recipient was in with you and have them vintage

Create a DVD full of photos and or video clips to share with your gift recipients

Have a plaque made commemorating the years you’ve known a person and or celebrate them as an individual.

Have a baby photo blown up and framed for a family member

Choose a family in need and supply their dinner for the holidays

Purchase coats and hats for a family of children in need

Supply the milk or diapers for a needy family with a baby for a month

Make candy, pastries, or other sweets and take them to your neighbors.

I’ll have more in a minute, so be sure to come back…!

Copyright © 2006 Kenneth Martin, Jr.

Practical Personal Development Practical wisdom, for practical lives,practical words, to practical people, from a practical guy!

Show us your face…….please! ;)

                   Masks do nothing but hide what’s really behind them and give a false sense of who you really are to other people. You can place any number of masks upon your face and even if we aren’t truly convinced of your new identity, you will still be covering up who and what it is that is really lying beneath. People need and want to know you for who you are. Your face is a lot more beautiful than you think.

                 Masks would have been handed out at birth if there was a need to cover up your face all the time. The act of hiding behind our insecurities, talents, fears and past hurts is robbing ourselves and the people around us from experiencing true friendships and meeting exciting people. The masks prevent us from speaking clearly our true thoughts because there is seldom a cut out for the mouth in it. That same mask causes us to see dimly through the holes provided in the place of the eyes. The little tiny slots cut out for them give us a limited view and make reality seem so narrow and tunneled. These members of our body are two important factors in relationship building and enjoying life in general.

                  Take that stuff off please! We want you to show us your face. We want the real you. Whatever masks you’re wearing is preventing us from hearing, seeing, and touching the you that is in you. Your knowledge, your experiences, your gifts, your emotions, your heart, and your soul are too great for a mask. Damaged people need to be fixed, hurt individuals should be healed, crying eyes need to be dried, and hungry souls need to be fed. Remove the mask and receive the gift of freedom and new life. You are beautiful. Let us see it!

Copyright © 2006 Kenneth Martin, Jr.Practical Personal Development

Practical wisdom, for practical lives,practical words,

to practical people, from a practical guy!

Prepare for war in Peace time.

These few words are being written and inspired from a few incidences I encountered very recently. It comes out of the need to encourage us to stop procrastinating when it comes to preparing for the inevitable things of life. While I am definitely not a proponent for worry, doubt and fear, I do understand that preparation for future needs and uncontrollable circumstances is definitely in order. I speak today really general and not as specific as I can, only to spark the thought in you and generate dialogue in your mind. We must take the time now to give attention to what will be important in the years to come to ourselves, our families, and those we care about. Just as in war time, there is little opportunity to train and develop a strategy; it must already be in place before the first boot is laced, and well ahead of any weapons being drawn. Once war is on, it’s time to act, and move with the designed plan of attack. The element of surprise always helps an enemy defeat a foe. The future and its unknown issues are the enemy, and you are the foe. Let’s take the time now, to change our financial, mental, health, emotional & spiritual outlooks on life.

Today you should start reading books and building yourself in the knowledge of what you do not know. Spiritually speaking, we need to feed our minds with plenty of virtuous and sound wisdom. You will need the wisdom of God in order to deal with life and its pending dilemmas. The bible speaks of God’s spirit (the Holy Spirit) which will help to remind us of the things we’ve read in it when they become necessary to know of. It’s like having a genius at your side 24/7 and being able to get answers when they are needed. We must face some of the truths and realities of life in general. Seasons change as we know, people change, life circles around and around, we live, grow, re-produce and we also die. Given these basic truths of life, let’s get ready to make decisions and choices today, to give our tomorrows and the tomorrows of those we adore a better chance at bringing us all joy!

Copyright © 2006 Kenneth Martin, Jr.

Practical Personal Development

Practical wisdom, for practical lives,practical words,

to practical people, from a practical guy!



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