“Real Life With Pastor Mike”

A Daily Devotional
Hospital For The Holidays
November 29th, 2022
Hospital For The HolidaysWe can learn a lot about how to approach Christmas by studying the life of two sisters, Mary and Martha in Luke 10:38-42. Martha you might say had the gift of entertaining and her sister Mary had the gift of hospitality. The point I want to make is don’t underestimate the gift of hospitality at the holidays where we can open our homes to others in celebrating the birth of ...
Sticky Note Love
November 28th, 2022
It’s officially Christmas time and as the music is playing I can hear the words to a popular song, “He’s making a list… and checking he’s checking it twice…” which reminded me of something I read this past week. Lists are big business at Christmas time. I can’t count all the shopping carts I have used while shopping where someone who used the cart before me left their shopping list. I enjoy seeing...
The Nudge
November 25th, 2022
The Nudge“Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the LORD of hosts.”Zecheriah 4:6One of my favorite things about the Christmas season is what I like to call, “The Nudge”. Every believer gets them but not everyone responds to them. My hope in reading this today is that we do. “The nudge” is that prompting of God, like that still small voice we read about in 1 Kings 19 where God ever so ...
You Are Like Gravy
November 24th, 2022
Happy Thanksgiving! As I sit here this morning counting my blessings I feel like Chevy Chase in the (made for television version) of Christmas Vacation where is stuck in the attic wrapped in vintage clothes watching old home made movies of holidays past. One of my fondest memories of Thanksgiving was my Mom who would dress in very colorful attire and put on her holiday specific apron and go to wor...
Let Me Count The Ways
November 23rd, 2022
It was Mark Twain who openly admitted, “I can go for three months on one good compliment”  which proves the point well that life and death are in the power of the tongue. Keep that in mind this Thanksgiving as you gather with family and friends, and let’s not miss the chance to bless others with our words. Just as important as it is to be thankful for the people in our lives, articulating why we a...
Putting The Happy Into Thanksgiving
November 22nd, 2022
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”1 Thessalonians 5:16–18The happiest people are not just the most thankful of all people, thankful people are also the most happiest of people too. You have probably noticed and noted at some point that the happiest people in your circle of family, friends and co-workers tend to be...
Pass The Gratitude, Please
November 21st, 2022
Can you pass the gratitude, please? Besides all the wonderful foods that are made annually on Thanksgiving, there’s another tradition that millions of people practice each year that makes the fourth Thursday of the month of November something so very special and anticipated. It’s the deliberate act of giving Thanks.Many families before they dig into the meal will take a few moments and go around t...
Hope For The Hurting
November 18th, 2022
The holidays for many bring anything but cheer. Depression and anxiety are real, and the loss of anything you truly love can be devastating. It was C.S. Lewis who penned these words after losing his wife to cancer, “why love if it hurts so much?” The greatest battle any of us face who struggle with depression or anxiety is to reach out to someone for help. Depression and anxiety are like mini vers...
The Best Gifts
November 17th, 2022
Just in time for Christmas! It’s been well said the best gifts are not the ones we receive but the ones we give away. One of the things I love about studying spiritual gifts in the Bible is the thought that God endows us with gifts that He sees fit in our advancing His kingdom and causes in the world. Spiritual gifts have nothing to do with our natural abilities and are not given based on any meri...
You Are So Loved
November 16th, 2022
“Many waters cannot quench love, nor can the floods drown it. If a man would give for love all the wealth of his house, it would be utterly despised.Song of Solomon 8:7Have you ever listened to someone talk about the Bible and it left you thinking they might as well be giving a lecture on organic chemistry? I know nothing about organic chemistry but am told it is voted year in and year out the mos...