Worshiping God without a Denomination

Praising God should come naturally. Regardless of your denomination, worshiping the Lord should be as simple as speaking to an old friend. It seems some people at a local Pentecostal church don’t agree with this point of view.

Elizabeth and I attended quite the energetic venue earlier today and found ourselves attacked by a man of Pentecostal Faith as he sung, danced and praised the holy ghost atop amens and hallelujahs coming from all corners of the room. It was pure prejudice against Roman Catholics, Lutherans and nondenominational Christians to name a few. Not quite the inspirational service we are usually blessed with at Saddleback…

Never the less, this morning’s extravaganza at the Sun Coast Cathedral was informative and served it’s purpose. Liz and I now know what this Pentecostal church is about and we are both thankful for the time we spent among such dynamic worshipers.

Needless to say, we won’t be returning to that Cathedral.

Visiting such an extreme church helped me realize we all are wired differently and cannot all fit in the same mold when worship is concerned. I have attended a dozen churches the past few years and have to admit having a favorite, a place where I really feel I’m home. No matter how hard I try, nothing compares to it or even comes close.

The problem is my church is in California while I reside in Florida. What to do about this? I am still trying to find an answer to this important issue and I continuously pray God will help me through it.

You may be in a similar situation, or forced to worship at venues you don’t necessarily agree with or even find yourself having difficulty relating to the pastors at your church. What is important is that you remain Faithful to God and continue to worship and grow using every opportunity the Lord throws your way.

It’s not about the team you’re on, it’s about the effort you put in.

Consider this next time you find yourself questioning the church you worship at or the people you find yourself surrounded with while praising God.

Go out there and do your best to be more like Jesus regardless of what’s happening around you. You will be rewarded for it!

Let’s pray!

Father God;
We thank you for looking after us
And for allowing us to worship you
In so many ways, from morning to night.

Lord we ask you to inspire us to be the best we can be
And lead our footsteps guiding us in this life
So that we may rejoice with you in the next.

God we thank you for every church around the world
For every nation, every race that looks to you
For hope, for love and most of all, for Faith
And ask you to enlighten each one of us
To love one another no matter what.

God we love you and thank you for all that surrounds us!

Praise God,

This message was written by Daniel St.Pierre
Email: DanielStPierre@ThriveThroughChrist.com

Living a Life of Luxury

Do you live a luxurious life? If you live anywhere but a third world country, have a roof over your head, clothes on your back, food to eat and clean water to drink, then you live in luxury.

One definition of luxury includes nonessential items, any object that is desirable but not essential, and often expensive or hard to get. With that in mind, and the fact that 90% of the the people on earth are forced to live each day in poverty or despair far beyond anything most of us will ever experience, we truly are the lucky ones. Are we really?

Living a luxurious lifestyle dictates one must be able to afford the non essential items which define success in most civilized countries. A full time job, family, hobbies and leisure activities end up consuming one’s life to a point where there is little or no time for worshipping God, while a simple life where each day is spent in pursuit of true necessities reaps rewards beyond our wordly recognition.

Imagine the life of a African mother where each day begins by searching for food and fetching water for your children, or spending the entire day working at a linen factory earning less than a dollar.

Now, open your eyes and take a look around. Look at your life through the eyes of the Cambodian mother or father. Next, look at your surroundings through the eyes of Jesus. Everything that you have been blessed with is a tool- your job, your car, your family, your home, even the things we take for granted like the ability to walk and speak. Eventually the day will come when He asks the question: “What did you do with what you were given?”

How will you answer? “I spent my life trying to make enough money to pay the mortgage and save for retirement, while ignoring the needs of others.” Or, “I spent my life searching for food and water for my family, so we could survive.” Must there be such extremes? Through God there is a center point for which we must strive, where we serve God by helping the needy, allowing them to set time aside to be thankful to God for the gifts we are able to share.

Then the King will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see thee hungry and feed thee, or thirsty and give thee drink? And when did we see thee a stranger and welcome thee, or naked and clothe thee? And when did we see thee sick or in prison and visit thee?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.’ Then he will say to those at his left hand, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ Then they also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see thee hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to thee?’ Then he will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it not to one of the least of these, you did it not to me.’ And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” (Matthew 25:34-46)

The Bible doesn’t merely suggest we help others, it commands it! This is not only our goal in life, it is our mission, being the fortunate ones. The message is clear: If you live in luxury, the first step in serving God is reaching out to those in need allowing God to work through you. Do this to honor your father in heaven and you will be rewarded accordingly.

Let’s pray!

Father God;
We thank you for providing more than we need
And for the opportunities you place before us daily,
And ask you to inspire us to serve you through others
Who’s needs seem so out of reach

We ask that you use us as your vessels
To complete any task you lay before us,
Knowing that it is our mission to continue Jesus’ work on earth.

Lord we thank you for continuing to look after us,
Our families, friends and those around us,
And ask you to answer the prayers of those in need
As they cry out to you

God we love you and thank you for all that surrounds us!

Praise God,

This message was written by Daniel St.Pierre
Email: DanielStPierre@ThriveThroughChrist.com

Learning to Walk before we can Run

An amazing discovery on a distant planet sprouted controversy earlier this week when one of the two Mars rovers “Spirit” found hints of a water history on the red planet. Experts agree, where there’s water, there is a possibility of life.

The bible clearly says God created not only the earth but the entire universe around it. Details on the earth’s creation and evolution are laid out neatly in the book of Genesis however, not much is said about Mars or any other planet within out solar system. This is no mention of other galaxies, collapsing stars or any extraterrestrial life.

Are we to assume there is no life out there and that reaching out into space is futile or is the bible only targeted at life on earth? Rumors claim rich men wrote the bible to control the masses while believers agree the word of God was written by prophets and apostles of Jesus Christ. Christians believe that the Bible came to us from God himself, who used human authors to give us his message, through the presence and inspiration of his Spirit.

What to do about life outside our realm of knowledge then? Or about a world not mentioned in scripture? How can we ignore the possibility of extraterrestrial life?

The answer is not to ignore it but to embrace it as it holds answers to questions we cannot pose today with the limited knowledge we possess.

What need would a child have for a book teaching him to drive a car before he can even walk, or read? The bible plays an important role in guiding our footsteps in this life preparing us for all that awaits us in the next.

While building space rovers and shooting them into space seems extraordinary, imagine how amazing it will be to roam through the Kingdom of God!

Over a billion dollars were spent finding out there was once water on Mars while millions of people on Earth are forced to live without it. Can you imagine one single day without running water?

I invite you to teach yourself a lesson this week, one you will not forget. One day without water. No drinking, showering, hand washing or even the use of one of the most luxurious item in your home, a toilet!

I promise you a single day without water will change your life forever. Then again, so will a day without food. Knowing this, be thankful for all God has given you and never forget He can take it all away in an instant.

Let’s pray!

Father God;
We thank you for looking after us the way you do
And for providing more than we’ll ever need in this life
So we can rejoice with you in the next.

Lord we pray that you will continue to inspire us
To share with others less fortunate,
And to keep an open mind knowing we are not alone.

We ask that you give us wisdom and strength
To overcome challenges you lay before us,
Which you use as building blocks
So we can grow to be more like you.

Lord we know we need to learn to walk before we can run
And ask you to keep looking out for us
As we stumble through this life.

God we love you and thank you for all that surrounds us!

Praise God,

This message was written by Daniel St.Pierre
Email: DanielStPierre@ThriveThroughChrist.com

Using any means to bring people to God

Thanks to Hollywood and Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of The Christ”, movie buffs can now witness an interpretation of the last 12 hours of Jesus among us. This violent portrayal of the gospels found in the New Testament is gory, bloody and labeled as anti-Semitic. But it works!

The Passion brings people closer to God, if anything, and raises questions among us. Media coverage alone would suffice after all, it’s been talked about in newspapers, on the radio and all over television.

In Hollywood, they say any publicity is good publicity. In this case, I have to agree. It doesn’t really matter the reason why people go see the movie, what is important is that God is brought back in the forefront in a time where gay marriage, terrorism and blasphemy have taken over the media and consequently, most people’s lives.

Back in the days when Jesus was preaching, the bible says believers would walk a hundred miles to be blessed, some would even climb up buildings pulling-up cripples so they could be healed by Christ! His power then is our gift today.

It doesn’t matter how you bring people to Christ as long as it is respectful. A 30 million dollar Hollywood production is one way to serve God’s purpose, let’s hope Mel’s investment reaches beyond commerce success.

I invite you to look around you and find someone that needs a relationship with God. Do what you have to and bring them closer to God. Invite them to see this movie or to attend a service at church. Give them a bible and a short list of controversial verses to read, but DO SOMETHING!

A good verse to share with seekers describes the great penalty that comes from denying Christ. “Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 10:32-33)

Another provoking verse to share with seekers can be found in the book of Revelation. “Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.” (Revelation 20:11-15)

It is your responsibility as a servant of God to preach, to minister. If you only bring one person closer to God, you will have fulfilled at least one of your life’s purposes. I hope you will consider reaching out to others in need and never quit spreading the word that God is good and that He wants to be a part of all our lives.

Let’s pray!

Father God;
We thank you for your blessings in our lives
And for your strength, your wisdom and your forgiveness,
We ask you will continue to look after us
Our families, our friends and those in need.

Lord we ask that you inspire us to reach out
To those around us not yet rejoicing with you,
And pray that you will lead them to your Kingdom
Where we all belong.

Father we ask you to help us be more like you
Living according to your word and your ways,
Knowing it is our mission, our destiny.

God we thank you for all that surrounds us!

Praise God,

This message was written by Daniel St.Pierre
Email: DanielStPierre@ThriveThroughChrist.com

Investing in the Kingdom of God

Investing in our future is at the root of life and part of human nature, but what is best to invest in? Stocks? Real estate? 401k’s?

It doesn’t really matter what we invest in, what’s important is that we all have a plan which will return a significant amount of what we put forward. In essence, any investment is a good investment as long as it pays back when it’s supposed to.

But how do we know what area of investing will return optimal results in the future? The answer to this question baffles the mind and is more elusive then we all like it to be.

So it makes perfect sense to mostly invest in highly profitable solutions, the kind of investments which are proven to yield consistent return. Stocks fluctuate, retirements plans enslave you to corporations, even Real Estate and other commodities are unstable riding the back of economic curves. What should we invest in then? Is there a sure thing?

We all know the answer to that question: The only sure thing is to invest in the Kingdom of God. The bible tells us about it in the gospel of the apostle Luke.

Then someone called from the crowd, ‘Teacher, please tell my brother to divide our father’s estate with me.’ Jesus replied, ‘Friend, who made me a judge over you to decide such things as that?’ Then he said, ‘Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own.’ Then he told them a story: ‘A rich man had a fertile farm that produced fine crops. He said to himself, ‘What should I do? I don’t have room for all my crops.’ Then he said, ‘I know! I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones. Then I’ll have room enough to store all my wheat and other goods. And I’ll sit back and say to myself, ‘My friend, you have enough stored away for years to come. Now take it easy! Eat, drink, and be merry!’’ ‘But God said to him, ‘You fool! You will die this very night. Then who will get everything you worked for? Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God.” (Luke 12:13-21)

Little by little, each investment you make toward Eternal Life adds up and grows exponentially as God promises to yield richness beyond anything found in this life.

The best part of God’s investment plan resides in each of us. What other investment delivers daily doses of joy, hope, forgiveness and love? Now ask yourself “what am-I contributing to this investment plan?”

If you already are actively investing in God’s plan, remember to spread the word telling those around you about this amazing investment solution. If you are not yet investing in Eternal Life, consider this your wake-up call! I invite you to research God’s investment plan and witness all it’s short term and long term benefits!

Let us all continue to invest in God’s Kingdom and reap the rewards of our investments forever!

Let’s pray!

Father God;
We thank you for looking after us
And for inspiring us to be the best we can be,
Thank you for your blessings in our lives
And for allowing us to follow your plan for us.

Lord we pray that you will help us invest in you
And guide us to follow in your footsteps
Trusting that you know what’s best for us
In this life and the next.

God we thank you for your forgiveness in our sins
And your understanding in our weaknesses,
Please look after us in the days ahead
And also our families, our friends and those in need.

God we thank you for all that surrounds us!

Praise God,

This message was written by Daniel St.Pierre
Email: DanielStPierre@ThriveThroughChrist.com

Don’t be Fooled by Tolerance

There’s more to being a Christian than bible study and attending Church on Sundays. Being Christian is a way of life, a state of mind.

Though I am blessed to be surrounded with great people, it is unfortunate not all of them are headed to Heaven. The road to Heaven starts with a relationship with Jesus Christ. “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (Luke 14:6)

You don’t have to be a satanic mass murderer, a faithless thief or child molester to be overlooked by God and sent to Hell. All you need is denial. “32 Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. 33 But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven.” (Matthew 10:32-33)

People who live empty lives or those driven by greed rather than faith surely won’t get to rejoice in Heaven with the Lord. The bible is clear as to those who talk the talk rather than walk the walk. “21 Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!‘ (Matthew 7:21-23).

True Christians worship God, obey and spread His Word. False Christians pretend to live righteously but deep down, they do Satan’s work indulging in the lust of the eyes, lust of the flesh or the pride of life leading to personal destruction and in turn, at the root of the obvious decay in society.

The word of God clearly instructs us to live our lives according to a magnificent spectrum of love and obedience, ignoring this biblical potpourri is not acceptable to God and should never be overlooked. All sinners can be forgiven by God, and eventually ourselves, but every sinner must also be held accountable for their actions.

Leaving our mistakes in the past eventually forgetting about them often leads to ignorance, and increases tolerance. Do not be fooled by tolerance. Accepting sin is not forgiving. Think this through, by not holding liars, thieves, lusters, adulterers and even divorcees accountable for their actions, you accept their sin and make it your own. It is your duty before God to never let sinners get away with sin so they in turn can inspire others to walk in Christ’s footsteps rather than constantly give in to sin.

Do you want to avoid the never ending pain associated with sin? Then live according to God’s word. Though it sounds simple enough, our sinful nature too often draws us away from a lifestyle in the image of Jesus. More a marathon than a sprint, a lifestyle after Jesus ensures blessings and rewards beyond comprehension and avoids the grave consequences that come with God’s wrath.

Holding sinners accountable for their mistakes is not only part of our role as Christians, it is our duty. We all know how to live according to His will, and know right from wrong.

Let’s stick together and help one another by reminding ourselves of our sins rather than embrace one another after the fact. We will all come out winners in the end.

Let’s pray!

Father God;
We thank you for your forgiveness in our sins
And for your inspiration in our lives,
We thank you for your all mightiness
And for your strong hand in directing us.

Lord father we ask that you keep us strong in times of temptation,
And pray that you will surround us with people
Who care enough to honor you through us
By helping us remember where we failed you.

God please continue to look over us
And provide all we need to serve you,
And fulfill our mission in this life
So we can rejoice with you in the next.

God we thank you for all that surrounds us!

Praise God,

This message was written by Daniel St.Pierre
Email: DanielStPierre@ThriveThroughChrist.com

We All have a Unique Role in Ministry

Waking-up to palm trees, singing birds and a bright sunny day is typical when one calls Florida home, you would think such wonderful surroundings make every day worries seem minuscule. You would be wrong!

Geography has little to do with the trust we put in God. The apostle Paul is a perfect example of this seeing how he wrote the book of Philippians from a jail cell. Bound and shackled, he remained true to his Faith in the Lord and did not let his surrounding break him instead, he lifted his arm to the sky and preached the word of God to those who would listen and even some who seemed hopeless.

Through torture, famine and despair, Paul continued to serve God.

We must do the same in this life so we can rejoice with Christ in the next. Serving God and spreading his word is the price we have to pay to get our ticket to Heaven. Most of us won’t have to do this from prison, rather we are asked to trust in the Lord in every day life, at work, school or even while driving your car!

Two simple things we can do that will make each day brighter: Trust in God and serve others!

Trusting in the Lord means no more worrying. If you trust God’s plan for your life, there is no need to worry. This is black and white and simple enough for everyone to understand and apply in their lives.

However, serving others can be a little tricky especially when facing delayed results. For example, opening a door for a stranger should produce immediate results in a simple “thank you” while giving to a charity anonymously can be more passive and generate little or no immediate response from anyone in particular.

In this example, what truly matters in that God took notice of both actions. Serving others is part of worship and should be targeted at God. Much like Paul, in serving those around us, we give them a chance at salvation.

Some of us are lucky to have had God in our lives from the day we were born while others were saved somewhere along the way. These people know what life was like before their relationship with Christ and this is at the root of this week’s message: Others deserve a chance to feel the same joy!

This is where you come in! Putting your trust in the Lord, helping those around you get rid of worry through the grace of Jesus Christ, through you. Saving others is not only your mission in this life, it is your responsibility! God wants us to use Him in saving others, to use our own experiences as examples. We have been given the gift of life and must continue to share the good news, that we are better because of God!

Share the wealth that is the word of God, cast worries aside and take charge of your own ministry by serving others and leading them to Christ. We all will be richer for it.

Let’s pray!

Father God;
We thank you for your love in our lives
For your guidance, your word, your holiness.

Lord we pray you will help us serve you
Through those around us,
And bless our lives as we continue to spread your joy
Knowing you will provide for us each day.

God we ask for your strength, for your wisdom,
So that we may serve you through others
Knowing you will take notice.

Father God we love you and thank you for listening,
For caring enough to send your only son Jesus
To die on the cross for our sins.

God we thank you for all that surrounds us!

Praise God,

This message was written by Daniel St.Pierre
Email: DanielStPierre@ThriveThroughChrist.com

Serving through Ministry

How do we know when we’ve made a difference in someone else’s life? I mean if there’s no one to thank you, how do you know that you were helpful in your actions?

Gratitude can be an immensely powerful force, one that drives many of us to serve God knowing we are contributing to His perfect plan. On the other hand the absence of gratitude has proven to have opposite effects. This is where the holy spirit comes in to reinforce our faith and help us continue to serve the Lord through others despite of the lack of obvious signs of gratitude.

I was moved earlier this week when a friend of this Ministry told me I had saved her life. Without knowing it, I had been helping her through the most difficult times she had even encountered. A friendly voice, a few bible verses, and occasional online chats was all that were needed to give this person hope and prevent her from committing suicide.

“You’ll never know how much you helped me” she said, and followed with “I am eternally thankful for your friendship and for this Ministry”.

I’m sure you can imagine how meaningful this moment was in my life.

But what if she had never told me how thankful she was? Or never mentioned I saved her from taking her own life? How would I know? What about those wonderful feelings of gratitude I am filled with and for her reaching out and giving me the opportunity to help?

The answer is obvious: God knows.

Be careful not to do your ‘acts of righteousness’ before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” (Matthew 6:1-4)

Don’t help someone expecting gratitude, help them because you want to please God. He will take notice and reward you accordingly. Notice I wrote ‘accordingly’ rather than ‘immediately’? God is almighty and knows the best time to reward us, therefore put your trust in Him so you may rejoice with Christ in Heaven.

Love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.” (Luke 6:35)

So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The man who plants and the man who waters have one purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labor. For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building.” (1 Corinthians 3:7-9)

I challenge you to become more like Jesus this week and serve God through the people that surround you in an attempt to please God. Think of it as a long term investment, one that will always payback ten folds… Start now!

Let’s pray!

Father God;
We thank you for our lives
We praise you Lord for giving us free will
To serve you through Ministry
Helping others to please you and honor you.

God we pray you will put us to the test
And surround us with opportunity
To fulfill your plan for our lives
And get to enjoy the fruit of our efforts.

We ask you to continue looking after us,
Our families, friends and those who seek you,
And provide for us like only you can.

God we thank you for all that surrounds us!

Praise God,

This message was written by Daniel St.Pierre
Email: DanielStPierre@ThriveThroughChrist.com

Living as Jesus would

Earlier this week, Elizabeth and I were reading “40 days of Purpose” by Rick Warren where we both are strengthening our relationship with God following along Rick, Saddleback Church’s senior pastor and a role model of mine.

One particular chapter touched me and I decided to share some of the specifics to being a model Christian…

Live as Jesus would!

Sounds easy enough doesn’t it? Actually, it’s the hardest thing you can ever do! The good news are, much like driving a car or even speaking a foreign language, it gets easier with time, easier with practice.

Living as Jesus did is near impossible considering 2000 years separate His walking the earth and ours. On the other hand, living according to His life is not only possible, it’s our mission!

To fulfill this mission, God surrounds us with people of all backgrounds whom we are responsible for creating relationships with. Some of these folks help us grow in our Faith with God while others are driven to us in search of answers only we can provide.

Jesus surrounded himself with disciples who became teachers themselves. The first four books of the New Testament will help you confirm that fact as well as learn how to touch others positively sharing God’s light.

Ask yourself this question: What would my best friends write about me? If you like the answer, God bless you! Otherwise, maybe it’s time to get closer to God and join others in worship instead of continuing on the path you are on like a wild animal ignoring the power of the Lord and His ways.

Remember, it’s not too late to seek Jesus Christ and ask God for His unconditional love. You are not only entitled to His love, as a follower of Jesus you deserve it!

Let’s pray!

Father God;
We thank you for your love, your forgiveness,
And for looking after us like only you can.

Lord we ask you to continue to guide our footsteps
Leading us to the way everlasting,
And inspire us to touch others positively
According to your will, to your word the Bible.

God we pray you will provide all we need in the days ahead
And that you will do the same for our friends,
Our families and those who seek you Lord.

God we thank you for all that surrounds us!

Praise God,

This message was written by Daniel St.Pierre
Email: DanielStPierre@ThriveThroughChrist.com

Putting your money in God’s hands

Earlier this week on a planet 60 million miles from earth, a NASA built remote controlled go-cart traveling at a top speed of 2 miles an hour transmitted a series of three dimensional images featuring “space dirt” at a transmission speed slower than a fax machine. Nine hundred million dollars spent on a Mars rover that will travel just a little over a mile and collect data on Martian dirt and rocks.

Nine hundred million dollars. That should be enough zeros to feed the world. Forever.

President Bush now wants to shoot rockets in the sky and build industry and commerce on the moon, and onto Mars! This while half of American industry and commerce buildings are empty or boarded-up following a faulting economy.

We stand to gain just as much searching within as we do beyond the moon. And we could learn much from our neighbors, yet we roam Martian lake beds for dust and stones.

Remembering to explore ourselves is part of His plan for our lives. Looking “in” instead of looking out! This is part of our commitment to God, striving to live perfect lives according to His will!

If you’re part of the NASA team I congratulate you, otherwise I ask you to look in the mirror and ask yourself “what’s my rover to Mars” and “how do I turn it into food for the hungry, blankets for the homeless or shoes for an orphan boy?”

There are amazing things on planets out there waiting to be discovered! Oh, and there might be a thing or two left on this planet for you to discover…

Always remember we are here for a reason and that loving and helping other Christians is a must- Relationships are what God is all about, after all He wants a relationship with us!

I hope you will find it within your heart to share with those around you before you blast into space and start shooting pictures of endless desert. Trust that God has a plan for you and follow it, one righteous step at a time…

Let’s pray!

Father God;
We thank you for your blessings in our lives
For your love, your forgiveness, your light.

Lord we pray you will continue to inspire us
To search within and keep refining ourselves,
So that we may continue to live out
Your plan for our lives on earth.

Father we ask that you make us strong in the days ahead
And drive us to be more like you and follow in your footsteps,
Loving other disciples and reaching out to those
Who fear or ignore you in their lives.

Lord we pray for your guidance, that you show us the path
We need to take so that we may rejoice with you in heaven.

God we thank you for all that surrounds us!

Praise God,

This message was written by Daniel St.Pierre
Email: DanielStPierre@ThriveThroughChrist.com