Giving in to Temptation

I’ve had yet another blessed week in Florida fulfilling my life’s mission serving God any way I can. This week, I got to help people with Bible Study, Online Marketing, Web Design and Photography. I made more smiles than I can count and am thankful for the opportunities God delivered throughout the week.

Sunday brought on something quite disturbing. A perfect afternoon at the beach turned ugly when I was approached by two young women looking to give in to temptation. Sex and drugs. These two vacationing nineteen year old girls from Michigan walked up to me and bluntly invited me to their hotel room for an ecstasy laced night of sexual debauchery. They were clueless I was a man of God and frankly, I’m not even sure it mattered to them.

What has this world come to? I mean what education, and what faith are these kids being taught? I have to admit, I’m still in shock.

From free speech to legalized prostitution, gluttony, alcohol abuse, smoking, illegal and prescription drug addiction, premarital sex and even divorce, America has become breeding ground for the devil’s work. If you want to know why Americans are so miserable, or broke, or without jobs, or single handedly raising children, look at the level of temptation the people around you are giving in to. Look in the mirror! It’s really that simple.

The bible teaches us how to resist temptation, also tells us what is to come for those who give in to temptation embracing sin with careless abundance.

7 Whoever keeps the law is a discerning son, But a companion of gluttons shames his father. 8 One who increases his possessions by usury and extortion Gathers it for him who will pity the poor. 9 One who turns away his ear from hearing the law, Even his prayer is an abomination. 10 Whoever causes the upright to go astray in an evil way, He himself will fall into his own pit; But the blameless will inherit good.” (Proverbs 28:7-10)

Slowly but surely, more and more people are ignoring the word of God drawing their own paths for their lives which lead straight to hell. Ask yourself this question? Are you single, married or divorced? Odds are, those of you who are single have already had sex, those of you who are married had premarital sex or had at least one divorce and those of you who are divorced broke a vow made at the alter before God. One question for all, and most answers show sin. How truly sad.

The problem with “giving in” to temptation is that in reality, it’s giving up on our faith in God. Much like a piece of metal you bend back and forth, habitual sinners become weaker with each sin and eventually break apart all together. In the end, the spiritually strong stand tall while the weak drift toward hell. Most drifters easily justify their means by claiming there’s no heaven or hell, those are the ones who will be left behind to burn when Jesus, the lamb of God returns to open the gates to eternal life.

When in doubt, always remember this scripture from the book of Matthew: “Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Matthew 26:41)

Don’t give-in. Or give-up. Be strong and driven to obey all mighty God. Temptation is human. “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your strength, but with the temptation will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13)

The choice is yours. With God watching your every move, the consequences are His.

Let’s pray.

Father God;
We thank you for all that surrounds us, for your love.
We pray that you make us stronger in the days ahead
So that we can make the right choices
And not give-in to temptation, to evil.

Lord we ask that you surround us with your light
And guide our footsteps so that we become more like you
Living righteous lives serving you.

God please answer our prayers and those of the ones who seek you
Inspire evil souls to open their hearts to you
And lead them to everlasting life.

Thank you all mighty God for your presence in our lives.

Praise God,
Amen!

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

Find Purpose for Your Life

I was blessed to enjoy yet another fantastic week in Central Florida doing what I do best: serve God through my work and ministry opportunities. More “would be” headaches turned into small miracles, a few people joined the Thrive Through Christ Ministries and thankfully, there were plenty of witnessing opportunities. All I can say is “Praise the LORD!”

Though I was blessed with another great week, I couldn’t help notice people around me seemingly had another plain one. Involved in a daily routine that involves going to work, followed by watching a little television and finally, going to sleep. A routine that’s become too familiar nowadays…

Digging deeper into this mundane lifestyle I realized the people caught in this vicious cycle are hopeless non believers with empty hearts. They work non-fulfilling jobs, live empty lives and have no passion. How can anyone be happy just “taking up space” living a purposeless life? The answer is, they can’t. They’re not happy, they’ll be the first ones to admit their job is a means to pay the bills and through financial wealth or the illusion thereof, that better days are ahead… Wrong!

Greed and poor planning are at the root of this week’s message; Giving your life a purpose, sharing your God given talents helping others fulfill their life’s mission is the ONLY way of life that leads to guaranteed better days. No one will make a positive difference in other people’s lives staying home watching tv, reading the paper or doing a puzzle. The happiest people on earth are those who give their lives to serve others through God. They are the ones who attain true richness and live full lives.

Why then are so many people living empty lives? I wish I had an answer to that question. But the truth is, I don’t. I can only look at my own life and admit I used to live a pathetic life until I was saved. I was caught in a hopeless routine until I realized I was recklessly headed in the wrong direction. What changed it for me? An inspiring service at Saddleback Church followed a commitment. Both are critical in living a purposeful life.

To me the quest for happiness seems to be a simple one. It starts with repentance, then acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord and savior which also involves making God a promise and, is sealed by following through this promise. This is called spiritual rebirth and described in John’s gospel.

1 Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council. 2 He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the miraculous signs you are doing if God were not with him.” 3 In reply Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.” 4 “How can a man be born when he is old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb to be born!” 5 Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. 7 You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” (John 3:1-8)

Be consistent in serving God using His word as a guidebook inspiring others to live their lives to it’s fullest according to the scripture. The Bible is more than wise words spoken by Kings and prophets, and more then passionate letters written about God and his son Jesus Christ. The Bible is a roadmap to heaven and true fulfillment for your life.

3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade—kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” (1 Peter 1:3-9)

I sincerely hope this message will lead you away from hopeless normality knowing this purposeless normality will ensure a meaningless life for you and result in eternal life in hell. i invite you to reach out to others around you and seek Christ so you too can make a difference. Make a commitment to living a purpose full life and stick to it. You’ll be forever glad you did.

Let’s pray.

Father God;
We thank you for all that surrounds us, for your love.
We ask that you will give purpose to our lives
And guide us to help others around us live happier lives
Through you and with you Lord.

We thank you for all that you make possible in our lives
And pray that you will continue to bless us like only you can.

Please God lead us to commit our lives to serving you
And follow through our promise throughout this life,
So that we may rejoice with you and your Angels in the next.

God please forgive our sins and those of the people around us,
Look after us, our families and friends in the days ahead
And answer our prayers and those who seek you.

Thank you all mighty God for your presence in our lives.

Praise God,
Amen!

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

Be Thankful for All God has Given You

I just got back from a near perfect afternoon at the beach where I was blessed to enjoy one of my favorite sports, beach volleyball… I can’t tell you how much I love to play the game, running around soft white sand under a bright Florida Sunshine. I can only thank God for allowing me to do this today!

This week’s message is all about being thankful for the blessings God provides in your life. Often we don’t realize how lucky we are in our lives, and so I thought I would put out a call hoping some of you pickup the phone on this one…

A wife or husband, children, a job, a car. A home, friends, clothes to wear. A bed to sleep on and, even, food to eat. All these things are true blessings given to you by God himself and could be taken away in an instant. Then why not be thankful for all these things? Because slowly, we begin to take these things for granted. We forget what life would be like without these blessings in our lives.

It’s important we are made aware of other people’s prayers when we forget how fortunate we are. Never forget everything in life is relative to each person’s situation, and that your own life is at the same time insignificant and eternal.

+ Are you blessed to have food to eat while others pray for a single piece of fruit to share with the members of their families?
+ Are you blessed to have a roof over your head and a place you call home while others pray for a bed to sleep on or a blanket to cover themselves with?
+ Are you blessed to have a God to pray to while others are lost doing the devil’s work hovering over a pit leading to hell?

You see, being thankful is only the beginning. Once you realize how truly fortunate you are to be blessed, you will seek God’s mission for your life understanding there is more to life than personal gain or even daily comfort. It is those who live in a comfy bubble that never accomplish anything. Just when everything seems to be coming together, it is then you need to step outside and seek a challenge serving God in thankfulness. By giving your life a purpose and striving for God to put you to work for Him, you become truly alive!

And so, look around you and be thankful for all that God has made possible in your life. Always remember if not for Him, you might be sleeping in the street begging for enough spare change to buy a meal. Or are you pretending this could never happen to you?

Be thankful, not vain.

Let’s pray.

Father God;
We thank you for all that surrounds us, for your love.
We pray lord that you will continue to bless our lives
Providing for us like only you can today and everyday.

God please look after our families and friends as you do us
And inspire us to fulfill your mission for our lives
And not leave us lifeless without a purpose.

Lord we pray you’ll guide our footsteps
And those of non believers so that they too can rejoice
And serve you in this life and the next.

God please forgive our sins and lead us to live according to your Word
So that we may live righteous lives
And help us be thankful for all that you bless us with.

Thank you all mighty God for your presence in our lives.

Praise God,
Amen!

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

Gluttony is out of Control

I’m writing this week’s message by candle light after a violent thunderstorm rocked west Florida. Another friendly reminder how fragile our technology can be when nature roars. Still, here I am speaking my mind never the less…

This week’s message targets the American obesity epidemic. If the shoe fits, wear it; This message is not intended for people with a few extra pounds rather, it is meant to shock & awe individuals who lost their minds super sizing every meal! It is also aimed at healthy folks who are willing to help the needy get back into decent shape!

There is a problem with over eating today and most people reading this message will deny it. They’re the obese ones using up ten folds more oxygen than the average human being and depleting the earth of the air we breathe. FDA representatives say “Fat people are not only hurting themselves, they hurt the economy and have become parasites this planet must to do without. This is a fact, no longer fiction.”

Numerous studies throughout the world show obesity is now a leading cause of death being at the root of heart, respiratory and digestive traumas. In plain English, gluttony kills more people than smoking, drugs and accidents. And it’s over eating I’m talking about, one of the seven deadly sins.

Does that mean gluttons need a wake-up call? Yes. It does.

Why? Because they are silent killers themselves without even knowing it. Gluttons are known to raise obese children which in turn use up even more oxygen and resources not mentioning feeding in to capitalism. Think about this the next time you DON’T have the nerve to get on a scale. Or lie about your weight. Or when you stuff your face with that 2000 calorie meal when you should eat that much in an entire day!

Or worse, when you try and hide behind a large diet soda feeding your sugar addiction fooling yourself into thinking sugar free is okay. The truth of it is you’re defiling your body with phosphates which prevent your metabolism from burning all the fat you’re intaking.

Let’s face it, more than 80 percent of the people in America are gluttons. How can you be saved? Faith, moderation and, by seeking Help. For starters, pickup the phone and get a diet analysis from a Christian certified professional, the results might shock you but it will be the first step toward your recovery. (Free analysis by a Christian specialist atwww.Ross-Fitness.com)

If you’re a glutton, this week’s message should make you quiver seeing how your obesity is a sin obvious to everyone. If you’re really big, and I mean more than 75 pounds over your FDA weight, than you’re an obvious mess and I promise you won’t get away with it.

One of the prices gluttons constantly pay involves others ‘noticing’. And whatever anyone says, it’s not okay! It’s awful how gluttons give in to temptation feed the devil through their own mouths and defile the temple that is their body!

Those of you carrying a normal weight should feel fortunate, I hope this message inspires you to reach out to a friend or family member and help them get their problem under control. Most gluttons can’t help themselves, it is up to the rest of us to save them from sure death and worse, eternal damnation.

I can no longer ignore a fact which has become so obvious all around us, and I am ready to help you if you are ready to acknowledge you have a problem. I invite you to email or call me with irregular eating habits so I can guide you to a healthier lifestyle.

We all need to pickup the phone on this issue considering we have ignored it too long.

Let’s pray.

Father God;
We thank you for all that surrounds us, for your love.
We pray you will strengthen our Faith and our minds
So we can live righteous lives walking in your footsteps.

Lord we pray you will guide us as you feed us
Providing the daily bread we need to fulfill your mission for us,
And keep us from drowning ourselves in Gluttony
Doing the devil’s work fattening ourselves like cattle before the kill.

God please forgive our sins and those of our peers
See us through another week on your magnificent earth
And lead us to everlasting life in Heaven as only you can.

Thank you all mighty God for your presence in our lives.

Praise God,
Amen!

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

Keep Serving God No Matter What

Wow! That’s the best word to describe the week I had. God worked his magic once again, not exactly the way I would do it yet, it was another phenomenal week never the less!

Monday brought on quite the test when a leaking automobile fuel tank turned into a nightmare threatening the entire neighborhood seeing how kids were playing with fireworks as the 4th of July kicked-in. But God had another plan, and flipped a would be disastrous situation into a blessing.

It’s ironic how God works sometimes, raining on a day we need sunshine, red lights when we’re late for work, getting fired from a job we really enjoyed. We often forget he has a plan for our lives and that the ends justify His means, not ours.

Keeping a smiling face on a cloudy day can be difficult, but let’s remember the gift of life we all have been given and that it can be taken away in a heartbeat. Even death has a purpose, even I have an issue with that having lost my mother to cancer 5 years ago. I still miss her, she was my best friend…

And so, I wanted to convey a simple message this week: When the going gets though, the though trust that the Lord has a plan and we carry on serving Him! Don’t get selfish, get busy! And if it rains on a day you needed some Sun, bring an umbrella, put on a smile and be thankful for it!

Hey! Whatever you do, don’t worry! Keep faith in the Lord and you’ll see, everything is gonna be all right!

Let’s pray.

Father God;
We thank you for all that surrounds us, for your love.
We pray you will inspire us to look beyond our own plan
And appreciate challenges you lay before us
Knowing there is always a light at the 
tunnel’s end
As long as we keep walking in your footsteps.

Lord we pray you’ll keep us safe, healthy and strong
In the week ahead, And that you will look after us
In difficult times guiding us to be more like you.

God please forgive our sins and those of evil ones
So that they too may join your family
Earning eternal life in Heaven through righteousness.

Thank you all mighty God for your presence in our lives.

Praise God,
Amen!

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

Following God’s Guidebook the Bible

Another splendid week came to past, many more opportunities to serve God presented themsleves in my life and though I try and meet each challenge head-on, I am sorry to report more of God’s people turned away from the Word and commited sinful acts inspite of the guidance I offered.

I am shaken by people’s ignorance! How can anyone ignore such an obvious guide book? I mean God’s instructions are laid out so simply, in every language known to man- Why even consider any other way of life?

Walking in our Lord’s footsteps in so much easier than it seems, wake up in the morning, go to bed each night and bless others in between! Such is the way to Heaven and the key to Eternal Life. Do good rather than bad. How difficult is that? Am-I a fool to think this?

Do not lie, cheat or worship another God but the all mighty! Don’t kill anyone, covet another man’s wife or commit adultery. Don’t use the Lord’s name in vain, this means no cussing or even boiling-up in anger! Be at peace with the world and bless others as Jesus himself touched others. Anything else is pure Evil.

It’s amazing to me how many of you have never read the Bible, even more frightful how many choose to ignore the wisdom laid in it. Even non believers stand to gain from reading the Bible. A few minutes each day can truly change your life, it’s done wonders in mine. But I’m sure you have better, more important things to do, like Sin! Go ahead, say it: We’re all human and we Sin by nature…

WRONG!!

I don’t buy into that. We Sin by CHOICE! Being tempted is our nature, Jesus himself felt temptation but chose to walk the righteous path. Once you start paying attention you too can live a full life. Until then, face the fact you are doing the devils work hurting people around you rather than help them.

And so today, a mother lays in a jail cell after a fight with her daughter who chose to yell back instead of walking away. Today, children are pulled back and forth from divided homes as a result of a divorce. Today, a man is laying dead in his backyard after a robber was cought in the act. People sin and there’s nothing you can do about it…

You alone have to power to make a difference. Make the right choice when standing at a fork in the road of life. It may not be the easiest choice, but we all know right from wrong. Let’s pray together God will give us strength to do the right thing.

Father God;
We thank you for all that surrounds us, for your love.
We thank you for your forgiveness in our Sins
And ask you to make us stronger in moments of Temptation
So that we are given the wisdom to do what’s right.

Lord we ask that you will guide our footsteps in the days ahead
That you will inspire us to learn more about your ways
By following your guide book the Bible.

God please shine your light upon us in difficult times,
Bless others around us with your holyness in their lives
And inspire evil doers to join your family.

Thank you all mighty God for your presence in our lives.

Praise God,
Amen!

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

God’s Answers to Your Prayers

This was a testing week for me, from unpleasant weather causing floods throughout the state, to personal issues which made for a few sleepless nights.

Since there really isn’t much I can do about the record breaking rain over the east coast, I resorted to praying for those who would be affected by the extraordinary flow of rain. Still days later, local rivers and lakes are threatening hundreds of thousands of lives as the rain continues. I started to wonder as many often do, are my prayers going unanswered?

As I was asking myself that question, I remembered a passage from Matthew’s gospel. “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:34)?

Then I sought peace in God’s word. The Bible is our Lord’s answer to the meaning of life and truly a timeless piece. It is true today as it was when it was written and will continue to provide direction to those who believe in God. And so, as the world around me seemed to be caving-in, I drowned myself in my King James Bible hoping I would find a break in the clouds. And I did.

As I was reading verses from John’s book, I received an e-mail from a friend in the Philippines who strangely enough, quoted the same verse I had been questioning. John 14:14 reading “If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it“. I was praying for the rain to stop, she longs for better days for herself and for her two young boys.

Days later, the rain continues and, my friend remains in sorrow. Is our Lord not listening to our pleas? How can he not keep his word, his promise spelled out by his disciples?

Trying to make sense of it all, I ignored an obvious fact. The answers to our prayers come when He is ready, after all He’s the one we pray to and knows best. Timing being everything, I know God did listen and that sooner or later, the rain would stop. His light always shines bright in Heaven where better days stretch for eternity.

When it seems like God is ignoring your prayers I would ask myself if you are seeking to know God as your savior or are you just giving Him orders while looking at your problems? Are your prayers prayed in today, for today, every day or are you worrying about the future ignoring scripture that commands us to not worry?

More importantly, are you right before God or do your sins go unconfessed while you continue living in your sinfulness? Do you really know Jesus Christ as your Savior?

Pray the Lord’s prayer in earnest. Seek to know God as your one and only holy Father. Pray today, for today, everyday. Confess your sins; turn to Jesus Christ for strength and wisdom. If you can commit your life to such prayer, I will guarantee that God will begin to hear and to satisfy your prayers; and you will know true joy and happiness.

I heard one preacher say, “If, after 90 days of fervent prayer your life isn’t changed for the better, I will double your misery back.”

Do not let yourself be distracted from the meaning of prayer which is meant to bring you closer to God. Always remember prayer is for the righteous, not the wicked.

The Lord is far from the wicked but he hears the prayer of the righteous.” (Proverbs 15:29)

We need to believe that when dark clouds gather above us there is a bright light we can always rely on. Try pickup a Bible and praying to Him asking in His name. In time, God will answer you. And as you pray, take the time to feel the warmth of the Sun brushing against your soul; Let’s do it now together!

Let’s pray.

Father God;
We thank you for all that surrounds us, for your love.
We ask that you will inspire us to Pray in your name
And give us patience to wait for Answers.

Lord we thank you for your Word the Bible
And for sending your son Jesus to live and die for us
So that we learn from him guiding our lives after his.

God we pray you will give us strength in difficult times
And bless us with your light on cloud covered days.

Please Lord forgive our sins as only you can
And lay before us your path for our lives
So that we may follow in your footsteps and not stray with Evil.

Thank you all mighty God for all that you make possible
Today and forever!

Praise God,
Amen!

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

Fulfilling our Life’s Mission

It was another picturesque week in Tampa, hot sunny days sprinkled with daily thunderstorms make for sticky high humidity afternoons. Summers in Tampa are truly “hotter than hell”.

Still, this is where I prayed I would spend summer 2003, not because of the extreme heat but rather because of the people I am surrounded with. I had unfinished business here in Tampa and God is giving me a chance to “dot the i’s” fulfilling his mission for me and my Ministry. I have work to do here and am glad to say so far, so great!

This week’s message is a simple one: Fulfilling one mission. Most of us live each day without purpose going through the motions getting up in the morning, going to work, having dinner, watching television and going to bed. After all, we have to pay our bills and workdays are draining enough leaving only a few hours each night to relax and ready ourselves for the next day.

The problem is, the work we do leaves us feeling empty and for most of us, only adds-up to fueling redundant economic patterns. And so, our lives are basically spent working for nothing.

There is a better way, and as far as I am concerned, the only way: God’s way! Christ himself told many to give-up all material things and enrich themselves by serving God, that it was “easier for a camel to go through a needle’s eye than for a rich man to enter Heaven” seeing how rich men would have to give up all that mattered to them, their fortune. In deed, eternal life does not welcome the greedy rather, it is refuge for the giving.

Your life’s mission is a simple one, to serve God and to love your fellow human. Not criticize or try change him, but to trust in our Lord knowing he will do his work through our love and understanding. If you truly want to serve God, you will serve others knowing you are walking in Christ’s footsteps. Slaving away each day trying to made ends meet is not a Godly way of life, it is a consumer’s way and will not see you passed the gates on Heaven.

And so how does one answer his or her calling? By listening. By reading the guide written by our peers and servants of God. Rejoice in our Lord’s word the bible where you will find news beyond today’s cable networks or news channels. Learn from the word of God, attain wisdom and understanding for what truly matters in life instead of going around in circles. He is waiting for you to fulfill your life’s mission. It’s not too late!

Let’s pray.

Father God;
We thank you for all that surrounds us, for your love.
We pray you will guide our footsteps to serve you
And give meaning to our lives.

Lord we thank you for your gift of life in this world
And for giving us the opportunity to bless others around us,
Using skills and talents you gave us through the years.

God, we pray for your inspiration in the days ahead,
That we will be awakened to fulfill our life’s mission
And that we will see the light you shine all around us.

Lord, we thank you for your forgiveness in our sins
And ask you to give us strength to obey your word
And attain wisdom from the knowledge of others before us.

Father bless us with your love and your magnificence
That we may enjoy your creations all around us
And inspire others to do the same each day.

Praise God,
Amen!

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

Taking time to Worship God

I just returned from Cocoa Beach where I spent the day Surfing under stormy skies. Since I live out on the West coast this meant a two and a half hour drive each way which consumed much of the day. This helped me realize how dedicated I was seeing how I was ready to drive 5 hours only to spend 3 in the water actually Surfing.

Why not spend more time Surfing then? I mean it is Sunday!

The answer to that is a simple one: Because I have more important things to do! One of which being serve our Lord.

I don’t spend the entire day worshiping, however I do begin each Sunday with Doctor Schuller watching “The Hour of Power” where I get inspired to be the best I can be through God. I usually follow-up with either the beach, or on rainy days, the tube. I love Sunday television, car racing, football, you name it! I always close out Sunday nights with Online Church Service at Saddleback where I get to recharge my batteries and ready myself for the week ahead…

And so, my Sundays being carved in stone, there was only so much time for Surfing today. I am glad to see I’ve grown into a man with such eloquent priorities.

What are your Sundays like? What are your priorities? How do you spend God’s holy seventh day? Your answer is “who” you are.

I, am God’s child and am blessed to enjoy his gifts to all of us. I put God first and last and have Fun in between. This is my recipe for peace, happiness and a purpose driven life. I hope your plan includes our Lord and rewarding times as well.

Let’s pray!

Father God;
We thank you for all that surrounds us, for your love.
We pray you will continue to bless us as you have Today and every day
So that we may live to serve you in this life.

Lord please look after our friends and families
That they too are blessed as we are,
And guide our enemies and foes to walk in your footsteps
Seeing them through to Eternal Life as only you can
Using your word, your wisdom and us, your children.

God, we thank you for your forgiveness in our sins
And ask you give us strength to keep worshiping you each day
But most of all on your holy Day placing you high above
All other things of the Earth.

Father bless us with your love and your magnificence
That we may enjoy your creations all around us
And inspire others to do the same each day.

Praise God,
Amen!

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

The Institution of Marriage

I was blessed with the most wonderful weekend spent helping others and of course, enjoying gorgeous Florida beaches. I can’t find words to describe how enlightening Sunday’s sunset turned out to be and so, I’ll wing it: Wow!

Feeling the warmth of the Sun of my face and taking-in a deep breath by the Ocean brought peace to my heart and filled me with admiration for God’s creations. How fortunate I am to witness such magnificence.

God answered yet another prayer for me this weekend as I found myself meeting a woman of Faith. Her beauty spread far beyond flowing blonde hair and soft golden bronzed skin as she honored me with her company on Sunday. Jule was sent from God to convey a message we all need to remember, and this message was reinforced later that night as I watched Sunday service at Saddleback.

Marriage is a blessing. Though I never been married, I understand fully the implications of bonding with another human being before God. This is why I’m still single I suppose, because I have a clue what “I do” actually means: It means I do.

Both my parents went through hell and back trying to keep their marriage together, for the sake of my sister and I or in obedience to our Lord’s word. I’m really not certain how they kept it together, my father Gilles, a disgusting womanizer sure made it difficult on my mother, named accordingly Marie-Angel. He lied, a cheated and was a man without honor. My mother Marie was, well, an angel!

Remaining in the devil’s shadow even though his heart is kind, Gilles is blind to God’s word. He was widowed in 1997 after Marie lost a battle with Cancer brought on by smoking. Through it all, they kept their marriage alive, their love for one another was always obvious until the very end. Gilles stood by my mother, his wife holding her hand as she took her very last breath. For that, I will always respect him no matter what. He kept his end of the bargain until death parted him from his wife.

I now find myself surrounded with wonderful people who entered into marriage but failed to keep the promise they made to each other and most importantly, the oath they took before God. I am sad to say my best friend is divorced, his new girlfriend also went through a divorce, even my tennis/volleyball partner and good friend had his first marriage annulled. It seems everyone around me keeps breaking that sacred promise.

My sister Jacqueline however, she’s keeping her word. Less than one year ago, she was contemplating a separation which never happened, thank God! She and Renaud, her husband of 10 years and a wonderful man I admire, are still clocking in and out each day. They also are blessed with two incredible children I adore. Will their marriage make it? Only God knows…

I was never going to get married. I could never imagine myself with only one woman for the rest of my life and so, I indulged in “variety” over the years and surrounded myself with great women who helped sculpt the person I am today; A man of imeasurable Faith with no wife or children of his own.

Turns out, I’m now ready to marry. At 37, I feel ready to enter the institution of marriage. The problem is, I feel there is no one I trust to give myself to or, to keep the promise. I must admit, it doesn’t look good for me. Sure I’ve had offers, and I even proposed once or twice myself but never carried through. It wasn’t right. I suppose I wasn’t ready.

And so life goes on, my life. I foresee a great life spent serving God, but my vision of a wife and kids is slowly fading. I’m okay with that. Some of us won’t get the chance the say “I do”. It is unfortunate we are the ones who would mean it, until death. To those who have it, marriage is a way of life. To the rest of us, it should be a prize rather then a vacation from celibacy.

As I ponder God’s plan for my life I am reminded of the following proverb:

1 An unfriendly man pursues selfish ends; he defies all sound judgment.
2 A fool finds no pleasure in understanding but delights in airing his own opinions.
3 When wickedness comes, so does contempt, and with shame comes disgrace.
4 The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters, but the fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook.
5 It is not good to be partial to the wicked or to deprive the innocent of justice.
6 A fool’s lips bring him strife, and his mouth invites a beating.
7 A fool’s mouth is his undoing, and his lips are a snare to his soul.
8 The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to a man’s inmost parts.
9 One who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys.
10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.
11 The wealth of the rich is their fortified city; they imagine it an unscalable wall.
12 Before his downfall a man’s heart is proud, but humility comes before honor.
13 He who answers before listening— that is his folly and his shame.
14 A man’s spirit sustains him in sickness, but a crushed spirit who can bear?
15 The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge; the ears of the wise seek it out.
16 A gift opens the way for the giver and ushers him into the presence of the great.
17 The first to present his case seems right, till another comes forward and questions him.
18 Casting the lot settles disputes and keeps strong opponents apart.
19 An offended brother is more unyielding than a fortified city, and disputes are like the barred gates of a citadel.
20 From the fruit of his mouth a man’s stomach is filled; with the harvest from his lips he is satisfied.
21 The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
22 He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the LORD.
23 A poor man pleads for mercy, but a rich man answers harshly.
24 A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
” (Proverbs 18)

The list of reasons one enters into marriage is endless. There are no reasons to end a marriage, only excuses. Don’t ever forget this. Let’s pray!

Father God;
We thank you for all that surrounds us, for your love.
We pray for your guidance and your strength
to make us stronger in difficult times.

We pray you will bless us and the people around us
that you will help us honor our promises made before you
and that you will shine your light bright on our relationships.

God, we thank you for your forgiveness in our sins
and pray you’ll lead us to walk in your footsteps,
to follow guidelines written in your word
allowing us to live full purpose driven lives
through the love we share in holy matrimony.

Praise God,
Amen!

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