“Real Life With Pastor Mike”

A Daily Devotional
Run Through The Tape
September 25th, 2020
“Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it.”1 Corinthians 9:24I ran track growing up and my dad always told me to run through the tape and to never stop at the finish line. As a track official my dad spent years as a field judge, a timer and ultimately a starter at some of the most prestigious track and field events a...
A Beautiful Mess
September 24th, 2020
“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart-- These, O God, You will not despise.”Psalm 51:17  Have you ever seen those ‘before and after’ pictures of someone who has gone through a transformation? Some are not even recognizable due to the extreme change they have undergone, like a caterpillar becoming a butterfly. It seems like the worse off a person was, the more li...
Need A Hug?
September 23rd, 2020
“A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance, But by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.”Proverbs 15:13 (NKJV)If there is one thing that Covid-19 has taught us these past months is how important human touch is to our physical, emotional and spiritual health is. Brent, the owner of the coffee house we have been meeting with this week was sharing how he felt the day when an elderly woman who wa...
Let It Shine!
September 22nd, 2020
“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”Matthew 5:14-16  I have had a fascination with flashlights since I was a little boy that has no...
If I Could Live My Life Over Again
September 21st, 2020
“in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”1 Thessalonians 5:18Have you ever thought or dreamed about what it would be like if you could live your life over again? I mean like you could pick a point in your life and go back to that moment in time and relive your life over from that moment forward. I enjoy hearing people share what they would do differently. Th...
To love Is To Obey
September 18th, 2020
"But this is what I commanded them, saying, "Obey My voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be My people. And walk in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well with you."
Jeremiah 7:23Listening to Allen Redpath speak at a conference of ministers on the topic of "personal holiness" he said in his address that he couldn't even deliver such a message in the local church today ...
Pray, Don't Prey
September 17th, 2020
“For this reason I bow my knees to the Father [a]of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the sa...
Heaven On Earth
September 16th, 2020
"And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent."John 17:3Growing up I believed the goal of being a Christian was so that you could go to heaven when you die. After all, when I went to a funeral as a young boy and years before I became a follower of Jesus most of the people who spoke at memorial services spoke about heaven as being a place ...
You Are A Best Seller!
September 14th, 2020
“You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men”2 Corinthians 3:2As a pastor I get the privilege to sit with couples periodically and discuss marriage struggles and so I understand when a woman says something to me like, "You know how it is for women. We grow up dreaming of a fairytale marriage and life." And then as they continue, many times through tears they share about ho...
Better Than New!
September 10th, 2020
“Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”Isaiah 43:18The mechanic looks at you and smiles and says, “she’s as good as new” after completing the repairs needed on your vehicle and you are relieved. If you owned the car since it was new the mechanic’s words would make sense to you but if you ...