Book Review, “Thrive,” Mark Hall, Author


THRIVE: Digging Deep, Reaching Out, written by Mark Hall is a book centered around helping its readers take the next step in their faith, to grow deeper, stronger and more focused on God within their lives.

The overall theme of this publication comes from the first two sentences presented in chapter one: “You were meant to do more than just survive. You were meant to thrive.” Mark’s intention, through the pages of this book, is to demonstrate that, as Christians, we were not meant to simply survive our time on this earth, we are meant to thrive, to grow, to reach out and make an impact for the glory of God and the edification of His children.

To bring his point into focus, Mark utilizes a blend of his life experiences as a believer, his experiences as a pastor, his musical career, and the truth of the the scriptures. To solidify his point Mark also openly shares his personal experiences with dyslexia and insecurities, thus demonstrating his imperfections and reliance on God to keep him grounded and focused.

The publication is easy to understand and powerfully written. It has the potential to unlock the power of faith found within the Christian who wants to present the existence and power of God within this world, thus it is a recommended purchase.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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3/31/14 Daily Devotion

John 12:17 Now the crowd that was with him when he called Lazarus from the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to spread the word.

We were not blessed to see Jesus in His physical form, but that doesn’t mean we have not witnessed His blessings in our lives and/or the lives of others. We are so blessed because of Christ, we are so loved by Christ, that we should be walking within this world sharing all that He has done within our lives. Those that experienced the presence of Christ felt His power and love as He worked daily within their lives. For us today, it’s no different. While we cannot physically see Him, He is still at work within our lives. While we cannot see Him physically, we can still experience His power and love. Has Jesus changed your life? Has He made a difference in your situation? If we have experienced the power and love of Jesus within our lives, we should be willing to let the world know what He has done.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me fill this world with the knowledge of Your workings within my life.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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3/29/14 Daily Devotion

Galatians 6:9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

Sometimes it’s hard to continue doing good without seeing the fruits of our labor. If we could just see that we have made a small difference in someone’s life, it would change our energy. If we could see just a small change in someone’s life, it would motivate us more. If we could see a glimmer of hope in someone’s smile, it might give us the gumption to carry forward. The problem is that while we should continue to do good, we might see the direct results of our labor. The fact that we might not see the results does not negate our efforts. Often, we are the ones who are planting the seeds, while others will come eventually and help them grow. Eventually, everything we do has an effect on those around us, thus we must never stop doing good. We must never stop sharing the gospel; we must never stop demonstrating the love of Christ.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me continue to do good in Your name, even if I do not see direct results.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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3/28/14 Daily Devotion

Galatians 6:2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

Many years ago, there was a television show entitled “The Lone Ranger.” The title alone, without the concept of the show present, gives a very specific visualization. The title alone gives the impression of a Lone Ranger going forth in society righting wrongs, fighting crime, chasing the proverbial bad guy, ALONE. For those who are old enough to have seen the show, the understanding is clear; the ranger was not alone. He had Tonto at his side. Tonto aided the ranger in his work; he aided the ranger in his existence. So, the Lone Ranger was not so alone. No, this is not a lesson in television history. This is a lesson in Christian actions. As Christians, we are called to put ourselves out there for others. We are called to reach for and help in ways that we are able. We are called to be there for others, that we might become a source of hope in a hopeless situation, a source of joy in a sad situation, a source of direction for those who are feeling lost. We are not called to be Lone Rangers. Even he had Tonto.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me become willing to reach out to others when they are in need. Help me become willing to share my life with them when they are hurting.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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3/27/14 Daily Devotion

Galatians 6:3 If anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself.

Sometimes all we have to do to find a conceited person is to look in the mirror. Sometimes all we have to do to find a conceited person is to look at the picture on our ID. The problem for most of us lies in the fact that we cannot see ourselves, we cannot see our actions, we cannot see our motives, because we are too busy looking at the faults of others. While it might not make us happy, we should stop considering the faults of others and consider our own. In most cases, we can clearly see the faults of others because we are trying to make ourselves feel better. If we can knock everyone else to the ground, we are then found in an elevated state, at least in our own opinion. If we can criticize everyone else, we begin to look better, at least in our own eyes. In the eyes of God, we are all equal. In the eyes of God, all people are equal. In the eyes of God, all people are equally important. Stop and consider the opinions of God. Stop and begin to understand that apart from God we are nothing, nothing. Stop and begin to understand your existence with a proper attitude, a proper perspective.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me understand that apart from You, I am nothing.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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3/26/14 Daily Devotion

Galatians 6:4-5 Each one should test his own actions. Then he can take pride in himself, without comparing himself to somebody else, for each one should carry his own load.

What motivates you? What causes you to act the way you do? What influences you to present yourself to the world the way you do? Everyone is influenced, either by personal motives or from the outside. Everyone makes decisions based on these influences. Everyone makes choices centered around the influences in their lives. This is a natural conceptualization of life, and it can have a powerful impact on those around us, but only if it is kept in check. Paul teaches us something that cannot be understated: Each one should test his own actions. In other words, we must come to understand why we do what we do. We must come to understand what motivates us. We must come to understand what is influencing our actions and reactions; for if we do not, they can carry us away from Christianity, causing us to become lost before we even realize we have taken a wrong turn.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me see clearly what is influencing my actions and reactions.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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3/25/14 Daily Devotion

Galatians 6:7-8 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.

We are all actors in the production of our lives. In this production, we have a direct impact on how each scene is presented. In this production, we have a direct impact on how each scene is perceived by others. In most cases, we carry along with the show in a manner that is fitting our role. In others words, we clearly play the expected part, we clearly demonstrate our heart’s desires, we clearly represent ourselves, but this is not always the case. There are many occasions where we strive to alter the story by pretending. Pretending to be someone else. Pretending to be something else. In essence, we are hiding who we really are by replacing it with a persona, a representation, of who we are willing to present to the others in the production of our lives. While this might fool some, while this might fool everyone, it will certainly not fool God. God knows the depth of our hearts. God knows the reality of our thoughts. God knows the truth about every aspect of our lives. God will not be mocked. God will not be fooled. God will give us exactly what our lives deserve.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me become someone who leaves an open realistic impression within this world. Help me open my heart and allow the world to see what You see.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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3/24/14 Daily Devotion

Galatians 6:14 May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

Paul’s humility is amazing. His humility demonstrated how Christians are to express their existence within this world. His humility is a reminder of how Christians are to understand the place of God within their lives. So many Christians walk about as if being blessed by God, as if being forgiven of their sins, makes them better than others. Is this the manner in which Jesus existed? Is this the attitude He demonstrated as He walked upon this earth? Our attitudes have the ability to bring people to the foot of the cross, but they also have the ability to deter them from ever becoming a Christian. What if your attitude is preventing people from seeing the love of God? What if your attitude is preventing someone from seeing the One true God?

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me possess an attitude that directs people to You.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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3/22/14 Daily Devotion

Galatians 5:19-21 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Paul says that the acts of the sinful nature are obvious. Would you agree with this statement? Those who disagree usually do so because of an internal motive of the heart. We don’t want to see the obvious sins, because we don’t want them to lead us to conviction. We don’t want to see the obvious sins, because we don’t want to believe that we are in need of changing our ways. When we read Paul’s list of obvious sins, in the verses above, we should notice that most common sins can fit into one or more of these categories. When we read from the list, we should also be convicted to look deep into our own lives and determine if any of this exists. We should be convicted enough to change anything that strives to hold us from an eternity in Heaven.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me look honestly into the reflection of my heart, so I may determine what needs to change within my life.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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3/21/14 Daily Devotion

Galatians 5:13 You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love.

The religious law, the Mosaic law, has no power over our lives. That which it represents is not overly restrictive, but it became unnecessary to follow because of Christ. It allows for things such as annual sacrifices, but Christ was the final sacrifice. Paul wants the Galatians, as well as us today, to know that we are free from the religious law, but that does not mean we can then practice all that it restricted. Our freedom from the religious law of old should cause us to utilize our lives to serve God and others. This freedom should cause us to express the love of God on a greater level. This freedom should help us present the gospel message in a way that expresses how much love God has for all mankind.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me take the love that You have for me and present to this world in such a manner that all who cross my path come to understand the amount of love You have for all of mankind.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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