“Real Life With Pastor Mike”

A Daily Devotional
We Exist To Appreciate
November 26th, 2020
“For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.”Colossians 1:16Thanksgiving to the believer is in many ways just another Thursday as giving thanks is something all of humanity was created to do. Thanking God is like the apostle Paul said in...
How To Put Happy Into Your Thanksgiving
November 25th, 2020
“Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good!” Psalm 118:1When I think of Thanksgiving the first thing that comes to mind isn’t Turkey or pumpkin pie (but they are high on the list). The first thing that I think about when someone says the word “Thanksgiving” is gratitude, being grateful. The word gratitude comes from the Latin word gratia, which means, “grace, graciousness, or gratefulness”. Grat...
Lessons From My Washing Machine
November 24th, 2020
“And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.”1 Corinthians 6:11George is a young man who has lived on the streets of our city since he was about 14 years old when he grew tired of panhandling and collecting recyclables to support his dads drug habit. The years have proven to be cruel to ...
The Blessing
November 23rd, 2020
“The Blessing”“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever.”Psalm 23:5-6This week many families around the country will gather together to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal and one of the first things they will do is say, “the ...
Choose Winning!
November 19th, 2020
“…But the greatest of these is love”1 Corinthians 13:13Pick up a newspaper or turn on the news and you find that people all around the world have a sense that something is terribly wrong. The Bible warns us that one of the demarcations of the last days will be that, “…the love of many will wax cold” (Matthew 24:12).   As people become more and more hopeless they get the sense that all is lost. Her...
Keep Swinging
November 18th, 2020
“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart”Galatians 6:9How do you measure success? The book of Proverbs reminds us, “For a righteous man may fall seven times and rise again” (Proverbs 24:16). It’s been well said, “failure isn’t final nor is success.” Often times the difference between winning and losing in life is simply our refusal to giv...
Cling On
November 17th, 2020
“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”James 4:8The first time I heard the word Klingon it was when a couple of my childhood friends were talking about a new show on television that had just come out called, “Star Trek”. Klingons were swarthy humanoids characterized by prideful ruthlessness and brutality, pretty much the exact opposite of what the Lord has in mind when we are called to “c...
How To Get Through A Storm
November 16th, 2020
“Every valley shall be exalted and every mountain and hill brought low; the crooked places shall be made straight and the rough places smooth”Isaiah 40:4And you thought it was Archimedes who discovered that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line when actually Jesus has been applying that principle in your life and mine from the beginning of time. You recall the story in Luke 8...
One Out Of Ten
November 13th, 2020
“Open rebuke is better than love carefully concealed.”Proverbs 27:5I read a quote the other day that said, “Gratitude that is not expressed is ingratitude.” You might not agree, thinking that many times in life you are grateful for something but often times you don’t express what you feel. I get that, “been there done that” as the saying goes. Its good to note a couple things as we head into anoth...
Soar Like An Eagle
November 12th, 2020
“But those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”Isaiah 40:31I was raised in a home that enjoyed competitive sports. My dad was an accomplished athlete who became a coach then an official. My dad was always drawing up plays that he thought would help us win but the thing he stress...