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What Is Class?

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What Is Class?

My father-in-law, Rev. William R. Starr was blessed with five beautiful daughters. He had no sons. He wrote a note to his girls which they have always cherished. He was indeed a wise man. He passed his wisdom on to his daughters.

Pardon me, while I invade family privacy and make public his advice to his children.

What Is Class?
To All My Beautiful Daughters

Class never runs scared. It is sure-footed and confident in the knowledge that you can meet life head on and handle whatever comes along.

 

Jacob had it. Esau didn’t. Symbolically, we can look to Jacob’s wrestling match with the angel. Those who have class have wrestled with their own personal angel and won a victory that marks them thereafter.

 

Class never makes excuses. It takes lumps and learns from past mistakes. Class is considerate of others. It knows that good manners are nothing more than a series of small sacrifices.

 

Class bespeaks an aristocracy that has nothing to do with ancestors or money. The most affluent blue blood can be totally without class, while the descendant of a Welsh miner may ooze class from every pore.

 

Class never tries to build itself up by tearing others down. Class is already up and need not strive to look better by making others look worse.

 

Class can “walk with kings and keep its virtue and talk with crowds and keep the common touch.” Everyone is comfortable with the person who has class because he is comfortable with himself.

 

If you have class you don’t need much of anything else. If you don’t have it, no matter what else you have, it doesn’t make much difference.

 

Dad

 

Written by Martyn Ballestero

December 6, 2011 at 11:16 pm

The Unwanted Girls

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The Unwanted Girls

The news story told of 285 young Indian girls that had chosen new names.

“Nakusa” or “Nakushi” (two variations of the Hindu word meaning “unwanted”) were among the names abandoned in an effort to promote their self-worth.

“Now in school, my classmates and friends will be calling me this new name, and that makes me very happy,” a 15-year-old girl told the AP after the ceremony. The teenager was formerly named Nakusa by her disappointed grandfather, but chose to be called “Ashmita,” which translates to “very tough” in Hindi.”

Girls hold certificates stating their new official names during a renaming ceremony in Satara, India, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011. Almost 300 Indian girls known officially as "Unwanted" have traded their birth names for a fresh start in life

http://newsfeed.time.com/2011/10/24/unwanted-indian-girls-get-new-start-in-naming-ceremony/

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Reading this story made me very sad. Their culture devalues women. An unborn baby girl might well be aborted if the parents knew its gender. It’s heart breaking to me. The very thought, is unthinkable in my family.

I have been blessed more than most men to have been surrounded all my life by loving and amazing women.  Their lives are blessed of God. My life has been blessed to the highest level because of them.

In my family, the women and girls are cherished, and loved. They are also respected, listened to, and honored. I always want them to know that!

Each of the married women love and honor their husbands and treat them like kings. No wonder each husband finds it easy to treat his wife like a queen and cherish her.

The daughters love and honor their fathers. They treat him with great respect. They in turn are loved and doted on. They have never felt unwanted, but rather are treated as if they were a princess.

The same is true for all the grand daughters.

It would be a near impossibility to find a family that loves it’s women more than the Ballestero family loves theirs.

With all of the above in mind, today I wish to stop and honor the women in my world.

I want to tell all of you that I love you, I honor you, and I cherish you, and I am proud of you. You all have me forever wrapped around your little fingers. I have you wrapped around my heart.

You are so gifted and talented. You are:

  • Singers
  • Song Writers
  • Musicians
  • Music Teachers
  • Choir Leader
  • Speakers
  • Writers
  • Authors
  • School Teachers
  • Recording Artists
  • Artistic
  • Designers
  • Business Owners
  • Leaders
  • Beautiful
  • Loving
  • Nurturing
  • Tender
  • intelligent
  • The Best Cooks In The World.
  • The Best Mothers In The World.
  • The Best Wives In The World.
  • And… You really love the Lord.
  • (This list could go on awhile…)

You might often be embarrassed by me, but you will never be unwanted! I love you and pray God richest blessings on you in all you do! There will never be such a thing as an unwanted girl in my family!

Let me show my readers a picture or two of why I am such a blessed man!

My Mom, Mother-in-law, Wife, Daughter, Daughters-in-law, Grand Daughters, Sisters, Sisters-in-law and Nieces are shown below. Besides all these, there are my wonderful cousins, close friends  and “adopted” family members.

Every One Of These Ladies Are Wanted!!

It don’t get any better than this. I, my friend, am a blessed man!

Written by Martyn Ballestero

October 28, 2011 at 1:10 am

Memorial Day 2011

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Memorial Day 2011

Thank God for those who gave willingly of themselves for our country and for our freedom. Their memories are hollowed in our hearts because of their sacrifice. We will never be able to repay that debt. May their love for America never be forgotten.

My father, Carl J. Ballestero and my wife’s father, William R. Starr, both served during World War II. My uncles Stan and Wendell Gleason served as well. Today, my heart breathes a personal word of thanks to them especially.

My prayer is that God will continue to bless America.

My Dad, Pvt. Carl J. Ballestero

Carl J. Ballestero

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William R. Starr

William R. Starr

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There are some veterans of another war that I’d like to honor today too. They fought in a Spiritual War and in a Spirit filled Army. These men all preached to me. Some counseled me and redirected my focus. They fought against hell to save me. All in some measure have affected my life and my ministry and I honor them. May they all rest in peace. They will never be forgotten in my heart.

Starting first with my Father. My Father was also my pastor. He pastored 25 years and evangelized for 25 years. Everything I know and everything I am, I owe to God and to him. If you ever heard him preach, you never forgot what you felt and heard. He was truly a man of God. I miss him everyday. I am very proud to call him Dad.

Carl Ballestero - My father and my pastor.

Carl Ballestero preaching on the streets of Fresno, CA.

My dear Father-In-Law, William R. Starr was a tremendous preacher and a giant among men. He was a wise leader of men, a church planter and revivalist. He not only worked a secular job, but was pastor of a large church and District Superintendent of Michigan for 28 years at the same time. A true Christian if I ever met one. He is greatly loved and sorely missed.

My Wife's Daddy - Pastor William R. Starr

William R. Starr

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My uncles (My mother’s brothers) Two of the kindest and gentlest men in Pentecost. Both of them were great preachers.

Uncle Wendell and Uncle Orion Gleason

Jimmy Davis - My Dad's pastor, a preacher and teacher without peer.

Ike Terry - Whatever he preached or said to you, you never forgot it.

Robert Cavaness - Beloved friend and practical Bible teacher.

Pastor/Missionary Robert McFarland - baptized me.

Verbal Bean - his ministry moved my walk with God to a higher level.

Pastor/Missionary Leamon Reynolds - my pastor when I received the Holy Ghost.

Paul Jordan - Great preacher and friend.

Pastor/Missionary Juan Alvear - his anointing always made me cry when he preached

Roger Evens - What an anointing. Tremendous Bible teacher, singer, musician and friend.

Pastor/Missionary Harvey Davis. My father's friend and mine. What a preacher.

Missionary J.B. Lambeth - Helped put a passion in my heart for winning souls.

Lee Davis - Great family friend and preacher. He built a great church.

H.B. Morgan - I loved to hear him preach on the Godhead.

Bill Bowman - Fearless minister of the Gospel and a dear friend.

J.T.Pugh - This man preached a message that saved me and my ministry. It truly changed me.

Joe Duke - put the fear of God in us and helped us all pray through.

C.W. Shew - Defender of Apostolic Truths and lover of good men.

I thank God for, and honor the memory of these men who helped mold my life and my ministry. They may have all died, but they live on in my heart.

Written by Martyn Ballestero

May 29, 2011 at 12:25 am

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