Devotions from Pastor Mike

May 10th, 2020

“Praise the Lord O my soul” declares the psalmist in Psalm 104. He extolls God for the marvel of His creation. How God is clothed in light. How the the earth will never be destroyed by a flood again. Water was hard to come by at times in Israel so we see the prominent place it holds in this psalm. He praises the cyclical nature of God’s creation or ecosystems in modern parlance. He closes by saying he will praise God all his life. “Praise the Lord O my soul, praise the Lord.” God bless you this Mother’s Day.

May 9th, 2020

Today in Psalm 103 David begins with “Praise the Lord O my soul.” Later he points out how God is gracious even when He punishes us because “He does not treat us as our sins deserve.” God is aware of our weakness. Then in Ezekiel 22 God goes over the sins and crimes of Jerusalem’s leaders. God says He is looking for a man to stand in the gap of the wall on their behalf so God would not have to destroy the city and none was to be found. In Matthew 25 we have the parable of the ten virgins and the talents, closing with the second coming and the dividing of the sheep and the goats. The talents point out that the master gave to each servant according to his ability. If the servant with the one talent had even tried he would have been rewarded but instead he did nothing. As Christians we are given grace and ability. Do what you are able to in service to God. God bless you all.

May 8th, 2020

Good morning. We are just going to look at Matthew 24 today. It opens with the disciples admiring the beauty of the temple (considered one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world by some historians.) Jesus said a day would come where one stone would not be left on another. When will the end come? Jesus’ first words are “Watch out that no one deceives you.” There are many who will claim to be Christ and many who will say a man is the Christ. Jesus says the coming will be as obvious as lighting. He warns that the deception of the false prophets will be so strong that it could deceive the elect, “if that were possible.” The Holy Spirit indwells every believer. With the word of God as our guide we cannot be torn away from our faith. Jesus speaks of the abomination of desolation setting himself up as God in the temple as mentioned in Daniel. Some tried to say Daniel’s writings are merely history because they do not believe in prophecy. Jesus clearly points out that Daniel was talking about events yet to come. God bless you all in the name of our one true savior, Jesus Christ our Lord.

May 7th, 2020

Good morning dear people. In Psalm 102 an afflicted man asks the Lord to hear his cry. He speaks of the Lord rebuilding Zion. In verse 27 he observed that the earth wears out like a garment. “But You remain the same, and your years will never end.” In Ezekiel 21 God refers to the soon to come destruction of Jerusalem. He points out that it will take out both the righteous and the wicked. Tornados, floods, the flu take the righteous and the wicked. So let’s be careful not to characterize these things as God’s judgement. We will see that in Matthew 24, but now we are in Matthew 23,The woes upon the Pharisees. Their words and actions did not line up. Jesus says they are the descendants of murders and will pursue future prophets and teachers from town to town. Paul for example. God bless you all.

May 6th, 2020

Psalm 100 starts with “Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.” The rest of the Psalm speaks for itself with line after line that we see in hymns and praise songs from today. In Ezekiel 19 we have a lament for Israel’s princes. An allegory of God as a lioness raising male cubs to be strong lions only for Egypt and Babylon to capture and imprison them. Closing with a withered vine in a “dry and thirsty land.” Then we come to Matthew 21 and the Triumphal Entry and Jesus cleansing the temple. Matthew is showing us that all are eligible for the kingdom of heaven if they repent. The son who said “no”to going into the field but then turned around and obeyed repented, the tax collectors and sinners who heeded John the Baptist’s message to repent versus the Pharisees and Sadducees who never did. Then finally the tenants who killed the vineyard owner’s son and the owner gives it over to new tenants who have done the right thing and believed in the resurrected Christ. All to show that salvation comes by believing the message and acting upon that belief. I pray all who read this have or will believe in Jesus, who is The Christ the Son of the living God.