“Real Life With Pastor Mike”

A Daily Devotional
The Day God Ran
January 17th, 2020
“Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more”Romans 5:20Have you considered that you aren’t as good at sinning as God is at forgiving? So why do we try, and what are we attempting to accomplish? It was Charles Spurgeon who once said, “You cannot sin as much as God can forgive. If it comes down to a battle between sin and grace, you shall...
Overwhelmed
January 16th, 2020
“Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.”1 Peter 5:7Ever since I had a stent placed near my heart back in 2013 I have not had a day go by (actually a night) without feeling anxious due to the damage to my heart that I literally feel when I lay down to go to sleep. Each night when I do I am made fully aware that I suffer from heart disease that cannot be reversed or repaired...
The Gift of Pain
January 15th, 2020
“For examples of patience in suffering, dear brothers and sisters, look at the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. We give great honor to those who endure under suffering. For instance, you know about Job, a man of great endurance. You can see how the Lord was kind to him at the end, for the Lord is full of tenderness and mercy.”James 5:10-11I read this quote yesterday on Instagram that bo...
Just Do It
January 14th, 2020
“And which of you, having a servant plowing or tending sheep, will say to him when he has come in from the field, 'Come at once and sit down to eat'? But will he not rather say to him, 'Prepare something for my supper, and gird yourself and serve me till I have eaten and drunk, and afterward you will eat and drink'? Does he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I th...
Between 'The Rock' and a Hard Place
January 13th, 2020
“But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: "We ought to obey God rather than men.”Acts 5:29Keep Jesus between you and everything else is the advice I most often give and seek to abide by in my own life. I read with interest a great quote yesterday from one of my favorite teaching pastors who said, “A Christian should be a good citizen until being a good citizen means being a bad Christia...
Don't Give Up
January 10th, 2020
“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”Galatians 6:9  I had a doctor appointment yesterday and my physician had just returned from an extended vacation over the holidays with his entire family, wife, children and grandchildren. Besides celebrating  Christmas and New Years, it was he and his wife’s fiftieth wedding anniversary. Fifty ye...
Party Time
January 8th, 2020
“This is the day the LORD has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.”Psalm 118:24  God has obviously hard wired us for rejoicing. You might say it’s in our DNA to celebrate. Most everyone enjoys a good party! As Christians we just celebrated the birth of our Savior into this world in December. On New Years Eve, millions of people around the world celebrated a brand New Year along with a new deca...
What Makes A Home
December 24th, 2019
“And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger."Luke 2:12  Imagine learning that your favorite actor or actress, or professional sports personality was born in your home and your bed was now located on the very spot where they entered this world. Do you think the price of your house would go up? Most likely to you it would. Proof again the re...
The Season And The Reason
December 18th, 2019
“when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.”Galatians 4:4–5Growing up my Mom and Dad would have the Andy Williams Christmas album playing in our house. I heard the song so many times I could sing it in my sleep…“It's the most wonderful time of the ...
On The Other Side Of Fear
December 17th, 2019
“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.”1 John 4:18  I listened with interest to a brother in Christ share how everything (we want in life) is on the other side of fear and for the most part he was right. His conclusion on how to get there differs from mine in that what he believed on the other s...