Devotions from Pastor Mike

April 5th, 2020

Good morning dear people. Psalm 74 is one of lament. The writer bemoans the destruction of his people and of God’s temple. “Have you rejected us forever,?” Is his question. The answer is No. Just like today when our lives are turned upside down we know this will not last forever. As we observe this Holy Week, unprecedented in our life time. Let’s follow God’s advice and “Be still and know that I am God.” God bless you all.

April 4th, 2020

Good morning dear people. I will figure out how to live stream on the Faith Bible page. Psalm 73 speaks of the Psalmist’s frustration with the prosperity of the wicked. He said he nearly slipped and lost his foothold. Why? Because his focus was on the wicked and not the Lord. In Jeremiah all who rejected Jeremiah’s words are put to death or sent into exile. The last chapter (52) records the sad end of Jerusalem and it’s temple. Revelation 19 records the celebration of the destruction of the prostitute Babylon. It ends with the birds gorging themselves on the flesh of the fallen. God bless all of you.

April 3rd, 2020

Good afternoon dear people on this third day of April 2020. In Psalm 72 we finish book 2. This Psalm is dedicated to Solomon and ends with the phrase “Praise be to the Lord God, the God of Israel, who alone does marvelous deeds. Praise be to His glorious name forever; may the whole earth be filled with His glory. Amen and Amen.” In Jeremiah 51 the prophet continues God’s condemnation of Babylon and it’s idols. The ruins of ancient Babylon are about 20 miles away from modern Baghdad. Then in Revelation 18 we have the world’s merchants and sea men mourning the destruction of commercial Babylon in one day. We can certainly identify with that in our current crisis in the world today. God bless you all. Pastor Mike.

April 2nd, 2020

Good Thursday morning friends. In Psalm 71:20 David says “Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, You will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth You will bring me up.” In Jeremiah 50 the prophet begins God’s condemnation of Babylon. He speaks against her idols and arrogance. He says she will be treated as she treated others. For those who oppose God and speak against His people destruction is their reward. In Revelation 17 we have the apostate world religion represented as a woman on the Beast. The inhabitants of the earth, those whose names are not written in the book of life, will be astonished. It speaks of a final world kingdom to come and how it will use the world religion, the woman on the Beast, and then destroy her. The consequences for opposing God are dire. But for the believer there is daily restoration with Christ. God bless you and strengthen you as we depend on Him for all things.

April 1st, 2020

Good Wednesday morning. Yesterday I listened to one of my favorite hymns “O God our help in ages past.” It is a hymn grounded in the reality of our frail lives and in God’s ever enduring strength. Which is what David points out in Psalm 70 “O God. You are my help and my deliverer; O Lord do not delay”. In Jeremiah 49 he lists the nations that will not escape God’s wrath as delivered by the Babylonians. He speaks against the Ammonites first. The remains of Ammon’s capital are part of a citadel at the heart of modern Amman Jordan. In Revelation we have the worst of the plagues in the bowl judgments. When all the rivers turn to blood the angel states in Revelation 16:5-6 “You are just in these judgments, you who are and who were, the Holy One, because you have so judged; for they shed the blood of your saints and prophets, and you have given them blood to drink as they deserve.” The last verse of the chapter records the Beast followers cursing God because of these disasters. Let us praise the God who is our help through ages past and in Christ our hope for years to come. God bless you all.