Archive for July, 2014

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Watch out! Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven.” (Matthew‬ ‭6‬:‭1‬ NLT)

I hate photo-ops. To do something good for people is a passion for me. But to pause for a photograph of it so we can stick it in the newspaper is actually hard for me to do. Yet, people like to see in the paper the good things going on in our world today, knowing it’s already chock full of the negative stuff anyways. That’s why I do them.

When we help others, we are essentially helping ourselves. God blesses us for what we do, and will cause others to do the same for us when we are in desperate times. We all desire affirmation, to feel good by the praises or appreciative comments for things we’ve done. But people’s emotions are finicky at best, judging our worth on a daily basis and usually on a selfish level. God, however, is the source of our greatest compliments, His opinion being of infinite value beyond anyone else’s!

It’s ok if someone sees you doing good. The redeeming quality of a photo-op is that it might cause others to do good too! But if we hunger for the praise of others more than from God, then our priorities are wrong and our gifts given have no reward. Be a giver in all the right ways! You are loved and blessed today!

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Watch and share our 51st episode of Trekking The Christ Life filmed at Oaklawn Race Track in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Have a great week trekking the Christ Life. You are loved today; God bless you friends!

Trekking the Christ Life ~ A weekly video devotion from Pastor Mike Sullivan. Like this page to receive Pastor Mike’s Minute Message, daily!

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On another Sabbath day, a man with a deformed right hand was in the synagogue while Jesus was teaching.” (Luke‬ ‭6‬:‭6‬ NLT)

One Wednesday night during a church service, I felt the need to take up an extra offering. Following the service, I spoke to a lady that was passing through who mentioned a need she was facing in town. Feeling prompted again, I found out her exact financial need, checked the offering, and saw that they were an exact match! And to make it an even cooler story, she gave in the offering to help someone else, never thinking she would receive it back! Imagine her surprise at the gift and my excitement to be used by God!

Just as it was with Jesus, so it is with us. Wherever you go, there are always those with needs that need to be met. You never know the Who or the What, but God has caused your paths to cross that He can use you to help them along.

So live today allowing God to direct your steps. You never know how awesome the end result will be! You are loved and useful! Be used today!

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I have told you these things so that you won’t abandon your faith.” (John‬ ‭16‬:‭1‬ NLT)

The name of Benedict Arnold is synonymous with disloyalty. During the American Revolutionary War, Arnold began the war in the Continental Army, but later defected to the British Army. Interestingly, Congressional investigations later found Arnold had spent much of his own money on the American war effort. Apparently sickened by passed-over promotions and political accusation, Arnold lost faith in America and it’s future.

In this scripture, Jesus is warning His believers of coming tribulations. But His warning has a reason: So believers wouldn’t abandon their faith, or apostatize. People who know God can walk away from the safety of salvation. Many do so out of sinful temptations and desire, choosing that life over the Christ Life. But others out of pain experienced in a Church or at the hands of malicious “Christians”.

Hear these words today, there is no GOOD reason for abandoning your walk with Christ. No pleasure or anger is worth the price that will be paid for breaking faith. Sin is pleasant for a season & even good people can be jerks. But eternity is worth whatever pettiness we must endure! Stay faithful to the One who loves you above all! Have a great week!

O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You In a dry and thirsty land Where there is no water.” (Psalms‬ ‭63‬:‭1‬ NKJV)

According to Healthy Living Plus, America is a very dehydrated nation:
•75% of the population is chronically dehydrated.
•37% of the population has such a weak thirst mechanism that it is often mistaken for hunger.
•Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers, as well as clear up short-term memory loss, not to mention prevention of certain cancers!

Just as our bodies become dehydrated, so does our soul. We are made to be drawn to God, energized by His presence. That is why when we recognize our spiritual thirst, we gravitate to the places where we know we can find it. And the best place to do that should be at Church!

So as you come to Church today, come ready to find God because He’s looking for you. As much as you thirst for God, God does for you as well. He desires to have you near, to place in you every good thing He possesses. If water can prevent bodily destruction, how much more should we care for our soul needs! You are loved today! Come join us!

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And we were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.” (Ephesians‬ ‭2‬:‭3‬ NKJV)

According to an article from India, much debate has existed as to why tigers kill and devour people. The author stated that “no responsibility can be attributed to the animal for its actions. The tiger can no more be blamed for killing and devouring than the atom for its blind movements, the fire for burning and consuming or the storm for its destructions…We can see clearly enough that it is not really the tiger, but Nature in the tiger that kills, it is Nature in the tiger that devours”.

It’s easy to look at the fallings and failures of others and give religious commentary as to what’s wrong with them. Truth is, we still contend with our own fallen natures. Though my heart belongs to God, that sin nature must still be overcome. How do I know it exists? If it didn’t, then I’d never face temptations and Satan couldn’t keep me from being a perfect person! It exists in all of us!

Our Christ Life journey is to keep that nature bowed in submission to Jesus Christ. It is a united effort of my desire to belong to Him and his work of trimming away inside of me. Come to Church tomorrow with a made-up mind that Christ will have His opportunity to keep changing your nature! Give yourself the chance to change your stripes! You are loved today!

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Haven’t you read in the Scriptures what David did when he and his companions were hungry?” (Luke‬ ‭6‬:‭3‬ NLT)

I sat in the meeting with my Pastor just shaking my head. He informed me, with a smirk, that a woman had complained about me. Nothing new, some folks just can’t be pleased, particularly when they believe they could do it better because they’ve sat in a pew for 40 years. But when you make a biblical accusation, shouldn’t it at least be in the Bible?!

All of us deal with some level of biblical ignorance, especially in regards to very deep, specific issues. But we’ll never please God if our main learnings stem from how we feel or what we’ve heard others say. To know God means to be in His word. Period. To use any other method to know God is unwise when the Bible is so accessible and time-tested.

My reputation wound up being safe. Apparently her Bible study material included the National Enquirer. Ask God to help you fall in love with His words. In them is your hope, your work, and even your destiny! You are loved! Study on!