Devotions from Pastor Mike

April 10th, 2020

Today, Good Friday, let us look at the trial of Jesus. In John 18:19 we see John’s brief account of Christ’s trial before the high priest. In 18:28 we see the beginning of the trial before Pilate. John wants to show that even the Roman Governor has declared Jesus innocent. John also points out that Jesus is truth (John 14:1-6) and how He tells Pilate how every one who is on the side of truth listens to Him, verse 37 of chapter 18. Let us rejoice in the truth of Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection this Easter season. Let us not be as cynical as Pilate who is famous for his doubt of truth’s existence when right in front of him stood the Lord of glory looking like an ordinary man. God bless all of you. Tonight we will live stream our Good Friday service on the Faith Bible Church Rio Facebook page at 7:00pm. Join us if you can.

April 9th, 2020

Good morning dear people. In Psalm 78 the psalmist recounts the history of Israel and how it should be taught to the children so they do not rebel as their forefathers did. But even in repentance they “flatter God with their mouths, lying to Him with their tongues” The psalmist closed by telling them why David was chosen because David truly loved the Lord and was a faithful shepherd. In Lamentations the prophet recounts in chapter 4:12 how they did not believe that Jerusalem could be conquered and it was because the leaders who should have protected the righteous, killed them instead. Then in Matthew 1 we have the marvelous announcement from Isaiah that Immanuel had come. Meaning “God with us.” How marvelous that God can be with us in the midst of this crisis. God bless all of you.

April 8th, 2020

Good Wednesday morning. In Psalm 77 the Psalmist cries out to God for help. He is sleepless as he beholds God’s judgment around him. But he decides to focus on God’s help in the past. “I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes I will remember you miracles of long ago.” In Lamentations 3 as Jeremiah recounts his long life of service and hardship. (His enemies made up songs mocking Jeremiah.) We see he still has hope in the Lord in verses 22&23 he says, “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” God is always faithful even when people are not. Then we come to the last chapter of Revelation. In Rev. 22 John describes the pure river flowing from God’s throne and the promise that Jesus is coming soon. The Bible closes with a blessing and a warning. Verse 18”I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book 19 and if anyone takes words away from this book of prophecy, God will take away from his share in the tree of life and in the city which is described in this book.” Maybe God is repaying the world for the great contempt many have for scripture? God bless you, Rev. 22:21 “The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.”

April 7th, 2020

Good Tuesday morning. In Psalm 76 it says in Judah God is known. The tent in Salem (Jerusalem) is a reference to the Tabernacle. It remained the focus of worship until Solomon’s temple was finished. God alone is to feared and if they had done that then what happened in Lamentations 2 would not have been pointed out again. Lam. 2:14 “The visions of your prophets are false and worthless; they did not expose your sin to ward off your captivity. The oracles they gave you were false and misleading.” God is very specific as to what He considers sin. Then in Rev. 21 we see the new Jerusalem coming down on the new earth where there is no more death or crying. The city with 12 gates each a single pearl is only for those who are in the Lamb’s book of life. God bless you all.

April 6th, 2020

Things got a little crazy after the video. In Psalm 75 the psalmist gives praise to God but he also points out that God chooses the appropriate time for judgment on His enemies. The wicked indeed have much to fear. In the book of Lamentations Jeremiah opens with “How deserted lies the city, once so full of people.” The war, famine, and plague had decimated rebellious Jerusalem. In Rev. 20 God speaks of the thousand year reign of Christ. The rebellion of mankind at the end of that time. In the New Testament Paul refers to believers who have died as “asleep in the Lord.” At the great White Throne the “dead” will have two witnesses against them. First their works that they thought would gain them access to heaven will be worthless. But the determining factor that throws them into the Lake of Fire is the fact that their name is not written in the Lamb’s book of life. I hope all who read this have believed in Jesus as their savior. That His blood alone saves us from our sin. God bless all of you.