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Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.” (2 Chronicles‬ ‭7‬:‭14‬ NLT)

At the dawn of the 20th century, General William Booth of the Salvation Army prophesied that the Church would experience the following points of departure if revival did not occur:
– Christianity without Christ
– Forgiveness without repentance
– Salvation without regeneration
– Religion without the Holy Spirit
– Politics without God
– Heaven without Hell

Time has unfortunately proven General Booth to be correct. And yet, in spite of the spiritual losses, the Bible tells us in this scripture how to get things revived to right places:
* Pray without ceasing!
* Practice holiness in our living!
* Love one another!
* Be diligent in reaching out!
* Be generous in our giving!
* Experience the power of the Holy Spirit!

While doing right by God may never be popular, neither will popularity make us right with God! Choose to live on God’s terms, knowing that His outcomes will be better than your own! You are loved today! Experience revival in your life!

This week Poyen Assembly of God kicked off it’s Celebrate Recovery ministry. You may not attend our church, or any church at all; but this devotion will help you get started with seeking freedom from your own life’s “Hurts, Habits, and Hangups”. Lives are being touched, hearts are being mended, hope is rising and miracles are beginning in this awesome ministry! If you are in the Central Arkansas area, please come and join us! We meet every Tuesday evening starting at 6:30pm. Visit http://poyenassemblyofgod.org/celebrate-recovery for more details.

Tuesday Evening activities are as follows: 6:30PM: Refreshments and fellowship. 7:00PM: Large group session. This session starts with worship, followed by a lesson on a recovery topic, ie; Denial, or a testimony is presented. *8:00PM: Open share small groups. Gender specific recovery share groups. *9:00PM: Solid Rock Cafe. Free desserts and more fellowship after the small group meetings. FREE child care for ages 1-12 is provided. For more information about the program or if you need help today, e-mail ed@poyenassemblyofgod.org or call 870-917-5867, where you can leave a confidential voice mail. We will contact you with in 24-hours.

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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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You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!” (Isaiah‬ ‭26‬:‭3‬ NLT)

From 2005-2009, 6 pastors in the Carolinas attempted suicide, with at least 4 succeeding. While not everyone with depression attempts suicide, most all suicides are depression sufferers, which according to the AMA is roughly 20,000 per year. Studies also show that chronic depression affects 25% of clergy, as high as the general population.

While some cases of the blues are caused by chemical imbalances in the body, most is just the beat down of daily life. Satan uses our discouragements to his advantage, twisting us up even more. And while it is easy to stay focused on our problems, the Bible points out our way to good mental health: Keeping your mind stayed on the God of our deliverance instead of the circumstances of our bondage!

You’ll never find a life free from turmoils, but you can limit them by living the Christ Life right. Ask God today to help your mind to stay on Him and His words of peace and blessing, instead of obsessing over your issues. Life is better for the living when it’s done right! You are loved today! Enjoy it!

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A third time Jesus asked him, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me?’ Peter was hurt that Jesus asked the question a third time.” (John‬ ‭21‬:‭17‬ NLT)

Man, was I guilty. I work hard to be a good Pastor, but perfection has always alluded me. And as the individual on the other side of the phone confronted me, the minor infraction might as well have been a major one for how bad I felt. Even though it didn’t feel good to know I was wrong, I appreciated the grace used to confront me and our resulting relationship was even greater.

Peter may not have enjoyed having his love questioned by the Lord three times, but only a short while earlier, he had denied even knowing Jesus the same number of times. Jesus never confronts us out of anger or condemnation. When He confronts us, it’s always with the desire of drawing us closer by eliminating any failures on our part. By confronting, He shows the greatest of loves by keeping our actions honest and replied to with complete grace.

Have you misbehaved lately? Don’t get upset when God confronts you. Left to ourselves, we won’t repent and may never change. His questioning comes from a love that longs to protect the long-term relationship over our immediate dainty emotions! You are loved today! Make it right!

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What do you want me to do for you?’ ‘Lord,’ he said, ‘I want to see!'” (Luke‬ ‭18‬:‭41‬ NLT)

I grew up watching Ed McMahon and the Publishers Clearinghouse folks go around the country awarding unsuspecting people lots of money. Imagine my despair as a child knowing that the van filled with ballons and a large cardboard check were never coming to my house because I lived so far out in the country that you actually had to go BACK towards town to hunt! Yep, ol’ Ed would never do anything for me.

If Jesus, however, showed up at your house and asked this very same question to you, how would you reply? There is much God wants to do on your behalf, but we either don’t ask Him, or we ask for things out of a wrong motive. Both get the same result of nothing. So if I had a chance to ask for the right thing in the right way, what would it be?

Consider that today, and everyday, The Lord waits to help you. All you have to do is ask. Sometimes the answer is “no”, or “not now”; we must have the maturity to identify such moments. Take time to identify what you know The Lord wants to do in your life, then ask. He’s waiting to spend time with you! You are loved today!

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Better to be patient than powerful; better to have self-control than to conquer a city.” (Proverbs‬ ‭16‬:‭32‬ NLT)

On February 19, 1940, as six German destroyers were sent to intercept a number of suspicious British fishing vessels off the Dogger Bank, a German bomber passed over the flotilla. The plane made no recognition signals, so the ships assumed it was a British reconnaissance plane and opened fire. This prompted the plane to begin bombing runs, sinking a couple ships and killing over 500 sailors, all because of rash decisions.

There’s a danger to being impatient. Shooting first and asking questions later may help you defeat a foe quickly, but it may keep you from recognizing the TRUE problems confronting you. By patiently assessing a situation, you’ll wind up not only fighting the right battle, but also fighting the battle right!

So as you get ready to come to church tomorrow (hint), come with a desire for God’s Wisdom and Self-Control. If you’re going to live the Christ Life, save yourself and others the aggregation of “friendly fire” by living it correctly! You are loved! See you tomorrow!

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‘Sir,’ the woman said, ‘you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water?'” (John‬ ‭4‬:‭11‬ NIV)

“Pastor, we have way too many Baby Christians and not enough tithers! We need to stop focusing on converts and start reaching out to mature believers, to bring them in instead.” I was a little stunned by what I was hearing. I know this precious person meant well, but their concept of evangelism was what we Pastors actually call “sheep stealing”, which is NOT part of God’s agenda. As I think back to that moment years ago, I still see a frustrated soul who had been in church all their life, yet missed God’s desire by a Mile.

As Jesus ministered to the woman at the well, she also was missing Jesus’ meaning, not grasping the spiritual revelation He was trying to give her. All she could understand was the physical need for water. Yet, because she hung in there, the Lord helped her to eventually see and understand His meaning, which caused this woman of bad character and reputation to become one of Jesus’ greatest evangelists!

Are you guilty of trying to explain away God without truly grasping Him yourself? Often times, we’re the last to know! Spend time in God’s presence today, allowing Him to correct you if necessary. The greatest shame is to know of God but never truly understand Him. Learn the true God of the Bible! You are loved today! Have a great weekend!