“Real Life With Pastor Mike”

A Daily Devotional
If We Let Him
February 21st, 2020
“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”Hebrews 11:6  I read with interest a statement on my social media feed that said, “God does not see us in our failure; He sees what we can become. We see the past, but God sees the future. We see a mess, but God sees a message. God can chan...
No Cheap Imitation
February 20th, 2020
“Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.”1 Corinthians 11:1  It’s been said, “Imitation is the greatest form of flattery.” When you hear the word “imitation” what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Is it positive or negative? I think for most the word “imitation” conjures up more negative thoughts than positive ones. I remember well the first time I visited New York City. My wife and I were ...
It's All Good In Jesus
February 19th, 2020
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”Romans 8:28How different would our days be if we really believed, trusted and rested in the fact that God’s Word is true, I mean really true? Not just parts of the Bible but the whole Bible. If we really believed what God says in His Word we’d all be reminding each other...
There's No Place Like Home
February 18th, 2020
“As cold water to a weary soul, So is good news from a far country.”Proverbs 25:25As our recent trip to Israel made its way through the Jordanian wilderness after leaving Petra our tour guide was sharing with us some “Jordanian Wisdom” on the drive and his thoughts on life and the power of our words. He said, “If you have a poor mouth you have a poor life.” I immediately thought of the book of Jam...
Because of Me, Yet For Me
February 14th, 2020
“The LORD has appeared of old to me, saying: "Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.”Jeremiah 31:3  In Israel this past week I was enjoying listening to our worship pastor share about his favorite part of the trip so far. He was sharing about one of those moments you pray everyone visiting the Holy Land has, a moment when the Lord Himself sp...
Two For One
January 31st, 2020
“As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us”Psalm 103:12 It was many years ago we had a member of our ministry team we nicknamed “Matthew 18” because almost weekly they would share a story about how they “Matthew 18’d” someone as if it was the highlight of their week, like they were a gun for hire in an old western movie. And if they were not sharing how ...
Four Words That Changed The World
January 30th, 2020
“bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”1 Corinthians 13:7 (NKJV)Most people might say the three most powerful words in the English language are “I Love You” but maybe just maybe the most powerful words are actually four, the four most life changing words any of us can speak are “I Believe In You”. If you read your Bible long enough you come to understand that...
Lessons From My Dog
January 29th, 2020
“For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.”Romans 12:3  In the book of 1 Corinthians the apostle Paul reminds the believers in Corinth that it’s a good thing to examine their hearts before receiving the Lord’s Supper. It tells us in 1 Cori...
Grief-Share
January 28th, 2020
“A time to be born, And a time to die…”Ecclesiastes 3:2Like millions of people around the world my heart broke at the news of the tragic death of Kobe Bryant along with his daughter and seven others in a helicopter crash this past Sunday. I was just finishing up our second service at church when across the screen of my I-pad came the words, “Laker great Kobe Bryant killed today in a helicopter cra...
The Real You
January 24th, 2020
“being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ”Philippians 1:6  I am pretty certain none of us see ourselves the way God see’s us. After all, we are all born into a world of sin that has infected each of our lives. It’s for that reason we must be Born Again. When we open our heart to Jesus He begins to open our eyes to a...