Words from Pastor Mike

March 28th, 2020

Good Saturday morning dear people. “Shout with joy to God,all the earth,”is David’s declaration to the people in Psalm 66. David later states “If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened; but God has surely listened and heard my voice in prayer.” Are you “cherishing” sin in your heart? We all sin but if we love a particular sin God is not going to answer your prayer because it will be “double minded” as James states in James 1:2-16. The people who follow the beast in Rev. 13 are not double minded they say confidently “Who is like the Beast? Who can make war against him.” Confidence in earthly leaders who boldly speak against the one true God is always misplaced. In Jeremiah God speaks against Egypt and her futile efforts against Babylon. God promises future deliverance after a time of just discipline. God is in charge not you or me. Rest in His love. God bless you all.

March 27th, 2020

Good morning. The sun is shining through the clouds. Psalm 65 is a song of praise. “When we were overwhelmed by sins, you forgave our transgressions.” What a marvelous promise. This whole Psalm is of praise and God’s earthly blessings. I thought of Beethoven’s “Pastoral” as I read and observed the rising sun. In Jeremiah 45 we have God’s declaration to Baruch, Jeremiah’s secretary. God tells him not to seek great things for himself. He will simply escape with his life in the coming disaster. Then in Revelation 12 we have the dragon and the woman (Israel) on the earth and Satan’s expulsion from heaven. Good for heaven but woe upon the earth because Satan knows”that his time is short.” God bless you as we endure by God’s Grace only inconvenience and not job loss, sickness, or death.

March 26th, 2020

Good morning dear people. I miss meeting with people. My Thursday morning study, my church, my Sunday School class, my Tuesday study and my Wednesday evening class. As promised the two witnesses and the seventh seal. During the tribulation the two witnesses will be able to freely preach the gospel no matter the opposition for 1,260 days. Who are they? The Bible does not say. Some say Enoch from before the flood and Elijah since neither of them died. Some say Moses and Elijah (poor Elijah, it seems people want him to die). But that is all speculation. Like the witnesses it would make sense that they are Jewish believers but beyond that we do not know. But they are a woe upon the followers of the beast who celebrate their death. But in Rev. 11:15 we see that “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ, an He shall reign for ever and ever.” Just typing that phrase gives me goose bumps and brings a tear of awe to my eye. God bless all of you in this unique time of trial.

March 25th, 2020

Good morning. The photo I put on Facebook was from 5 years ago. I am not skilled in photo sharing. In Psalm 63 David is focused on God as he is trying to keep away from Saul. In verse one he says O God you are my God. Every believer can say the same thing with confidence. In verse 3 he says “Your love is better than life, my lips will glorify You.” David was surrounded by enemies yet he trusted in God. In Jeremiah 43 we see the reaction to the word of the Lord which Jeremiah gave, they said “You are lying! The Lord our God has not sent you.” Everything Jeremiah had prophesied had come true. Yet because he did not tell them what they wanted to hear they called him a liar and a false prophet. Let’s not imitate that attitude toward God. I will focus on Revelation 11 exclusively tomorrow since it is a well known passage and distorted by many. God bless you all.

March 24th, 2020

Good morning. From Psalm 62, a psalm that has it’s lyrics in modern Christian music. “My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will never be shaken.” David says this because many around him say one thing with their mouth and quite another in their heart. In Jeremiah 42 the people ask Jeremiah to inquire of the Lord for them. Jeremiah does not hear from the Lord until 10 days latter. No matter the urgency of the moment God does not submit to our time table. Tomorrow we will see if they heed The Lord’s council through Jeremiah. Finally in Revelation we have in chapter 10, a pause in the judgments, and an angel comes with a little scroll he tells John to eat. It tastes sweet in the mouth but sours the stomach. The word of God is sweet but the judgments are severe. John did not write what the 7 thunders are so don’t believe any preacher or author who says they know what they are. God bless all of you in this difficult time.

March 23rd, 2020

Good morning. Our first live stream event went well. Thanks to Greg and Chelsea getting it all set up on the church’s Facebook page. Today I read Ps 61 where David says “Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer.” God does listen but answers in His way not mine or yours. In Jeremiah 41 the new governor is assassinated and much blood is shed amidst the political turmoil. A crisis brings out the worst in people at times as well as the best. And in Revelation 9 the last three trumpets are called Woes. The demonic locust plague only happens to those who “did not have the seal of God in their foreheads.” That seal was put there by God not men. Why was this happening? Read Rev. 9:20&21. God will hear your cry, He does not change. God bless you all.

March 22nd, 2020

Just a thought from Psalm 60. “O God…You have shaken the land and torn it open; mend its fractures, for it is quaking.” “Save us and help us with your right hand that those you love may be delivered.” This seems very appropriate for our time. David’s enemies were very visible unlike ours at this moment. God is over our enemies today as well. We are live streaming from the Faith Bible Church Facebook page in Rio. If you can’t join us you can listen from the church’s website at fbcrio.org God Bless

March 21st, 2020

Good morning. Thank you for all the kind words I really appreciate them. Today I read from Psalm 59, Jer. 40 and Rev. 8. David speaks of God’s unfailing love when his Father-in-law, Saul, had spies ready to arrest him at his home. Here David speaks of God’s love. “I will sing of your love for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble.” Jeremiah is freed by the Babylonians after the fall of Jerusalem and joins the new governor at Mizpah. A brief reprieve from trouble. Revelation 8 announces the beginning of the trumpet judgments which bear no resemblance to our current condition. We might be in “terrible times” as stated in 2 Timothy 3:1 but we are certainly not in the tribulation. My son cannot return to work until tested for the virus so by God’s Grace he can get that soon. However, I hear that some young people who are showing symptoms can’t get tested. The limitations of man are more starkly evident everyday. But the Lord is our refuge in times of trouble. God bless you all.

March 20th, 2020

Good morning. The wave has started to rise in Wisconsin. All we can do humanly is wait. The notation in Psalm 58 is that the Psalm was sung to the tune of “Do not destroy”. Perhaps in heaven we will learn that tune. Ironically this Psalm speaks of the destruction of the wicked with the last phrase “surely there is a God who judges the earth.” Jeremiah 39 gives an anticlimactic account of the fall of Jerusalem and the fulfillment of all of Jeremiah’s prophecies in real time. Revelation 7 speaks of the 144,000 Jewish missionaries and the promise that “God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” We either seek God in these times or pull away. Let us cling to the throne of the lamb and trust in Him. God bless you all. Pastor Mike.

March 19th, 2020

Good morning all. I am posting later today because I have not been sleeping well praying and mostly worrying (yes, I fail in that area as well). Someone asked me if we are in the last days. In my devotions in which I read three chapters a day, one in OT, one from wisdom books in OT and one in NT I started posting from where I was when this pandemic hit us. In Revelation 6 it speaks of the four horseman of the apocalypse. We are not in that time. However, we are witnessing the locust plague in Africa and Asia. The COVID-19 we are seeing right in front of us. The persecution of Christians in some areas is intense. This illustrates how fragile our complex society can be. Instead let’s pray for those close to us and be aware that God’s promise to all who claim Jesus as Savior is “I will never leave you or forsake you.”God bless you and call a loved one and TALK to them on the phone today, you will both feel better.