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Old Grandfathers Are A Very Odd Breed.

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Old grandfathers are a very odd breed. They are, for the most part, more tolerant in their judgment of others because of their years. Yet, they are fixated with the age-old belief that, “They don’t make them like they used to.” Therefore, when an old dad looks a younger dad, he looks at him through the eyes of experience and with critical understanding. As a result, the old guys often shake their heads at the newer generation of dads.

But there are six younger dads that this old man doesn’t shake his head at. He only beams with grateful admiration as he observers the wonderful outpouring of love and guidance each of them in their own way provide for their families. He has to thank God everyday that his grandchildren have a loving father like them in their home.

I am talking about some men who deserve every honor a Father’s Day can provide. It would be an impossibility to show them too much thanks for the way they give of themselves and their time to their children. In a generation when many dads may be doing everything wrong, there are those who are doing everything right! They are loving, affectionate and take time for their children.

These men just happen to be related to me. My son (in-law): Brandon Hartzell, and my four sons: Anthony Ballestero, Bryan Ballestero, Martyn Ballestero II, and Andrew Ballestero. These men all make me so very proud and thankful to God. I fiercely love them all!




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Brandon Hartzell

Brandon Hartzell


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(I must mention my wonderful nephew, (son of my sister Carlene.), Jeremy Branham who without a father in his life to guide him became everything a model father should be. He makes me proud too!)

Thank you my Sons, for fifteen wonderful grandchildren!! I wish you a very Happy Father’s Day!





Written by Martyn Ballestero

June 17, 2016 at 12:51 pm

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Just An Old Nickel

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Just An Old Nickel

A distinguished and nice looking gentleman walked up to me in the church foyer after service yesterday. The last day of the Men’s Conference was over. I had watched him during the meetings. He sat on the front every day and entered into the worship service with all his heart. He had seemed to beam with pride as he watched his son lead the men in singing.

“I have something I want to show you!” He said after shaking my hand.

Reaching down into the front pocket of his suit pants, he pulled out some change. In his palm were two quarters, a dime, three pennies and a nickel. He placed the nickel in his other hand and returned the remaining change to his pocket.

“See this old nickel?” He asked while looking at me with tear filled eyes.

FullSizeRender(1)I looked down at the nickel again seeing nothing strange or spectacular about the coin. The date was not visible from my viewpoint, but I could tell it was an older coin and tarnished somewhat from exposure and wear.

“This is me!” The words came out while he struggled to keep his composure with tears streaming down his face. His neatly combed white hair making him look like a lawyer or senator.

“I picked this nickel up this morning out of the dirt. That’s where I was when God found me. I was in the dirt. I had no value in the dirt; I was of no value to anyone. I was just that one lost coin.

By now, both of us were looking at each other through the tears. “There was a day,” he went on to say, “when I could walk into any high stakes card game anywhere in the world, and the amateurs would fold or leave the table. The professionals knew they were going to lose. No matter the game I would win. It didn’t make any difference if it was cards, gambling, or shooting pool. You name it. They couldn’t beat me. Everyone knew my name and they hated to see me.

“I was living in the dirt just like this old nickel. Every time I even see a penny on the ground I pick it up. It reminds me of where I was when God found me and how he picked me up.

We both looked down at the nickel again. This time I viewed it with a different understanding.

“Brother, may I have this nickel?” I asked as I placed my upturned palm beside his. I will always treasure it!” I continued.

He smiled and placed it in my palm and I hugged his neck in thanks, because I too was once a lost coin.



Written by Martyn Ballestero

June 5, 2016 at 10:28 pm

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John’s Diet

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John’s Diet

No one ever called him fat or even suggested that he should lose any weight at all. His silhouette didn’t embarrass him either. Yet, he still chose to go on a self-imposed diet. It is the only diet plan where the smaller one becomes the more God pays attention to you.

The John Diet actually has nothing to do with counting calories, going vegan, watching carbs or avoiding fat. On this diet, one can eat whatever they wish because the diet is only in the mind. That’s right. The diet involves the mind and not the mouth.

John didn’t explain his diet recipe in great detail to his friends. He only mentioned that he felt the need to go on one. He simply said:

John 3:30 He must increase, but I must decrease.

281273846_497a9c7c9e_bThe Diet Of The Soul is the world’s most important diet. Today, the mindset of the multitudes caters mainly to the gratification of their own flesh. The focus of the last several generations has been about, “If it feels good, do it!”

John did a 180° turnaround from our modern thinking. He truly realized that the Kingdom of God was not about him, but it was all about Jesus.

The Apostle Paul gave his blessing on the diet saying, (1Co 15:31)… “I die daily.”

Humility, submission, yielding, surrender, obedience, and denying of one’s self are some of the basic ingredients for a personal revival. If the Spirit of God is to increase in one’s life, then there must be a sharp decrease of fleshly desires.

At the JCM Bible School Graduation of my sons Anthony and Bryan, the Commencement Ceremony was blessed by the advice of Bro. Glass. He mentioned that on his family’s old home place they had a pond filled with fish.

The problem with fishing in the pond was that the water was so clear the fish wouldn’t bite because they could see the fisherman. The only way to catch fish in the pond was to stand behind the tree. He used that as an illustration to the students explaining to them that the only way to catch fish for God, or win souls, was to stand behind the Tree.

When the flesh decreases, the Spirit increases. Don’t allow your flesh to get in the way of God’s plan for your life.

Try The John Diet. You’ll Love The Results!


Written by Martyn Ballestero

June 4, 2016 at 10:14 pm

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