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The Answer to Brokenness

By:  Donna Martin

The tragedy of the recent school shooting has caused much debate about what can be done to end violence in our schools and on our streets.  There has been a lot of talk about changing gun rules and adding more security to schools.  But sadly little has been said about the root cause of the problem.  And that is that the world is broken.  Most of the people who have been responsible for the killings have been broken people without hope, broken people with few friends, and broken people from broken families.  

God has a perfect design for the world, but that design is broken because of sin.  Sin causes marriages to fail, sin causes people to be bullied, and sin gives people a feeling of hopelessness.  The answer to gun violence is so obvious, but broken people are blinded to see the answer.

The answer is in the Good News that Jesus was born into this broken world.  He was God’s Son in human form.  He lived a sinless life.  He gave his life willingly as a sacrifice for our sin that is causing our brokenness.  He died a horrible death.  But the Good News is that He rose from the grave and overcame death.  If we repent from our sins and believe in Jesus our relationship with God is restored and then we can recover from our brokenness and pursue His purpose and His will for our lives.

Is your marriage broken?  Is the relationship with your children broken?  Are your children lost and hopeless?  The answer is to turn to Jesus.  When our relationship with Jesus is right, then we are better equipped to get our relation with others right also.

What our country needs is for those of us who have experienced this new life in Christ to share this Good News with those around us.  Jesus said to “Go and make disciples.”  There is a simple way to share this Good News.  It is called “The Three Circles.”  You can download the app “Life on Mission” on your phone.  This app can be used to present the Gospel using the “Three Circles” method.  You can draw the
“Three Circles”  on a napkin or sheet of paper and simply explain the Good News of Jesus. (For more information go to the following website: Teach this to your children so that they can also know Jesus and share the “Three Circles” with their friends.

We don’t really need more laws we need Jesus.

The Martins are available to present “Happy Together” Marriage Enrichment Events for churches and organizations.  To schedule an event call Michael at 940-735-1515. They are certified “Prepare/Enrich” Facilitators and are available to work with couples on an individual basis using the “Prepare/Enrich Assessment.”  They publish a weekly “Happy Together” Blog about family and marriage issues.  You can order copies of their new books Dancing With Death and 366 Tidbits We Have Learned in 14,610 Days of Marriage, read, and subscribe to their “Happy Together” Blog by logging onto the Martin’s website at

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