“Real Life With Pastor Mike”

A Daily Devotional
Your Pain, Their Gain
April 17th, 2024
“But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed.”Isaiah 53:5Have you ever heard the expression, “God never wastes a hurt?” It’s true, even for Jesus. No one could ever convince me that Jesus enjoyed the pain and suffering He endured on the Cross yet the Bible says In Hebrews 12, “Because of the joy awaiting him, ...
Jesus Gardening Service
April 16th, 2024
“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!”Galatians 5:22–23You gotta love the promise we read about in John 15 where Jesus says, “I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, an...
Squirrel
April 15th, 2024
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”Philippians 4:6–7Growing up I would have been the poster child for ADD/ADHD if they knew then what they know now. I am easily di...
One Extraordinary Life
April 12th, 2024
“This is all the more urgent, for you know how late it is; time is running out. Wake up, for our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.”Romans 13:11Danielle left us when she was just 17 years old and today would be her 37th earthly birthday. I find it almost impossible to imagine her as a grown up 37 year old woman married and with children and trying to juggle marriage and family, w...
The Secret To A Happy Heart
April 11th, 2024
“A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance, But by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.”Proverbs 15:13Are you aware that studies show that our overall happiness is tied directly to our gratitude. The more grateful we are the happier we will be. In doing an internet word search for the words “thanks” and “thankful” in the Bible I found some 150 instances where they are used in scripture. Givi...
The Nudge
April 10th, 2024
“Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the LORD of hosts.”Zecheriah 4:6Studying the book of Acts and how the Holy Spirit goes about getting our attention we discover one of His favorite methods is what I like to call, “The Nudge”. Every believer gets them but not every believer responds to them. My hope in reading this today is that you do respond. “The Nudge” is that prompting of God...
Love Will Find A Way
April 9th, 2024
“There are “friends” who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother.”Proverbs 18:24Reading this story in the gospel of Mark chapter two serves as a great reminder that having good friends matters. We pick up the story of a paralyzed man who was being carried by three of his friends to Jesus after the news spread of the miracles He was performing as He traveled from village ...
What's Your Price?
April 5th, 2024
What’s Your Price?“Then Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve disciples, went to the leading priests and asked, “How much will you pay me to betray Jesus to you?” And they gave him thirty pieces of silver. From that time on, Judas began looking for an opportunity to betray Jesus.”Matthew 26:14–16I read a post on social media yesterday that asked the question, “what’s your 30 pieces of silver?” Obvious...
Easter Every Day
April 4th, 2024
“Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.”Philippians 2:3–5Easter may be over but the opportunity Jesus followers have to show the world what “resurrection power” is all about is new every day for the ...
Inner Beauty
April 3rd, 2024
“For women who claim to be devoted to God should make themselves attractive by the good things they do”1 Timothy 2:10In our weekly staff meeting yesterday we began discussions about Mother’s Day (which is only 6 Sundays away) and what we wanted to do to celebrate our Mom’s this year. This morning I was praying for the women in our church and especially our Mom’s who remind me of a quote I really l...