Mike's Monday Message

Mike's Monday Message

Gospel Conversations

On this day before Federal taxes are due I have a few comments about politics and religion. Russian-American journalist Masha Gessen said in a radio interview, “We have lost the ability to have political conversations.” The host argued we have political conversations all the time. But she responded, “No we have conversations about politics. A political conversation is a…

In Jesus’ Name

There is an old hymn that goes “Take the name of Jesus with you . . . take it then where’er you go.” Most of the time in public prayer, I try to end my prayers “in Jesus’ name, Amen,” but not always. In Rotary, I am usually called on to offer the invocation and pledge because I am the “preacher,” and don’t mind praying. That is the one time during the week when I am…

Embracing the Uncertain – March 9, 2018

Scripture: “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.” Matthew 6:34 Work your goals with Jesus. Give him your worry and anxiety about what is to come. Each day has its own mission, own purpose, own worth that act like stepping stones to his greater purpose in your life. Being bogged down by worry and fear of the uncertainty…

Embracing the Uncertain – March 8, 2018

Scripture: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 “Hey, embrace this uncertain thing”– God. Yeah, no. I don’t want to. I don’t like not knowing what’s coming or how things are going to turn out or just…

Embracing the Uncertain – March 6, 2018

Gracious Uncertainty by Oswald Chambers Scripture: ” . . . it has not yet been revealed what shall be.” 1 John 3:2 Our natural inclination is to be so precise–trying always to forecast accurately what will happen next–that we look upon uncertainty as a bad thing. We think that we must reach some predetermined goal, but that is not the nature of the…

Embracing the Uncertain – March 7, 2018

Scripture: “In everything, give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” I Thessalonians 5:18 In facing the uncertainties of this life, there is one thing that separates followers of Christ from others. That is the simple fact that we know Who holds the future and in Whose hands we are held. With this knowledge, we are far better…

Embracing the Uncertain – March 5, 2018

Getting Comfortable with Not Knowing the Answer All of the Time Scripture: “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” John 14:26 As I was catching up with a friend and business coach, he said to me that he felt a bit like a fraud heading into an upcoming…

Embracing the Uncertain – March 3, 2018

Scripture: Psalm 25: Prayer for Guidance and Protection Life happens. There are ups and downs, good times and bad. There are times that we feel closer to God and times of uncertainty when we drift farther away. As we move through the Lenten season we contemplate those life events that have moved us farther away from God’s good and perfect will for our lives. But…