“Real Life With Pastor Mike”

A Daily Devotional
Faith Filled Friends
January 20th, 2023
"Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ."Galatians 6:2Everybody can use a good friend. Dinah Craik wrote a poem titled Friendship that goes like this: “O, the comfort - the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person, having neither to weigh thoughts, nor measure words - but pouring them right out - just as they are - chaff and grain together - Certain that a faithful...
Why Jesus Saved You
January 19th, 2023
“And He went up on the mountain and called to Him those He Himself wanted. And they came to Him. Then He appointed twelve, that they might be with Him and that He might send them out to preach,”Mark 3:13–14 I have yet to meet a follower of Jesus who has not confessed to their own dismay as to why Jesus saved them from eternity in Hell. Much like King David in Psalm 139 when we think about God’s lo...
Bundle Up!
January 18th, 2023
“But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts”Romans 13:14Like you, there are certain things I put on every day that I would never even consider leaving the house without doing first. Like that old American Express commercial from years ago that said whatever you do before you leave the house to make sure you, “Don’t leave home without it” speaking of...
Don't Dissolve, Resolve!
January 17th, 2023
“The faithful love of the LORD never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.”Lamentations 3:22–23The article began, “Grab some ice cream, skip that workout, and spend more time on your phone on Ditch New Year’s Resolutions Day on January 17! If all your grand resolutions for the year have started to seem unrealistic or more of a chore than a...
Dreams Do Come True!
January 16th, 2023
“Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.”Philippians 2:4Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream that on this day when we celebrate his life we do well to allow his voice to speak as opposed to those who have sought to speak for him and distort his own words. In Dr. Kings, “I Have A Dream” speech he boldly proclaimed, “Let us not wallow in the valle...
All In
January 12th, 2023
“But Jesus said to him, “No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”Luke 9:62Listening to a politician on the news this past week he made a statement that has stuck with me and one that I believe you and I should prayerfully consider in how we approach the issues of life we face each day. The politician was speaking of his meeting with the president...
Watch Your Nose
January 11th, 2023
“Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting”Psalm 139:23–24Pastor and author John Maxwell wrote a little book, “The Key To Your Altitude” and he used the altimeter in an airplane as an example when he wrote, “our attitude is the key to our altitude.” The altimeter in a plane is called the “attitud...
The YES Face
January 10th, 2023
“A joyful heart makes a cheerful face”Proverbs 15:13I know a yes face when I see one as I have been married to one for 40 years. The very first thing that attracted me to my wife was her beautiful smile. Speaking of a “Yes Face” I recall a true story about President Thomas Jefferson who was traveling with a group across a river that had overflowed its banks and an unknown rider who was crossing in...
Get Your "But' Out Of The Way
January 6th, 2023
John the Baptist said best what my goal is for 2023 in every facet of my life. John made a very clear to his followers in John 3:30, “He (Jesus) must increase but I must decrease”. John knew that for Jesus to increase John had to get the “but” out of the way. Personal holiness or sanctification is both an event and a process. It began the moment we got saved when we received Jesus Christ as Savior...
God's Gym
January 5th, 2023
Gold’s Gym was popular back in the 1970’s and 80’s in Southern California. It wasn’t uncommon to see Christian apparel companies alter popular logo’s and redesign them to have a spiritual connotation to them. One of my favorite was the “God’s Gym” using the same font and design as the famous “Gold’s Gym” logo. Are you aware that our bodies are God’s gym, as it’s in us where He does His most amazin...