Posts by mike

“You will hear of wars and rumors of wars”

Posted on Sep 6, 2013 in blog

  Jesus warns us that our world is in a downward death spiral. His prophecies in Matthew 24, 25, Mark 13, and Luke 21 weave together a scenario of very difficult, horrendous times that could explode like a house with a gas leak. Just one spark and boom. History has had many such sparks and explosions. And each generation thinks ours could be the last and final explosion. I do. As I write, Syria’s civil war is a gas leak that could explode and engulf the Middle East and destroy the American “firefighters” sent in to rescue the victims and put out the fire. But, what concerns me...

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Is going to church like going to the dentist?

Posted on Aug 22, 2013 in blog

Some people go to church like they go to the dentist. Once or twice a year for a cleaning and a check up. Usually at Christmas and Easter. They are CEO church attendees. Christmas and Easter Only. But, sometimes they have to return to church when they have an emergency and need to have a painful cavity in their soul filled. Others go to church like they are going to a concert. As spectators to be entertained. But they pay more for a ticket than they give to the church. God is grieved by this kind of attendance. “My people come to you, as they usually do, and sit before you to listen to...

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Why We Sing In Church

Posted on Aug 15, 2013 in blog

    Lots of people sing along at concerts, or sing along with their favorite songs on the radio or iPods. Some even manage to sing our national anthem at the beginning of the game. But, why do we always sing in church? Some people are just naturals at singing, even playing musical instruments. Even before the flood, there was Jubal “the father of all who play the harp and flute.” (Genesis 4:21). But, there are others who seem to have a natural aversion to singing, especially in church. I knew one man who called the music part of our worship service “the preliminaries” before...

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Jesus said to her, “Daughter”

Posted on Jul 31, 2013 in messages

Why? To give any credence to Brown’s Da Vinci’s Code’s ridiculous fantasy? Absolutely not. Why then? To give us a transforming insight into the very heart and identity of this itinerant rabbi from Nazareth—“THE Jesus”. The Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke all record this miracle of Jesus healing a woman who for twelve years was plagued with continual menstrual bleeding. Each gospel makes it a point to record the only time Jesus called a woman, “daughter.”  Read those accounts and note that this poor woman was broke from seeking medical help that couldn’t heal her. Old...

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Why I don’t own a dog

Posted on Jul 25, 2013 in blog

Because a dog will own me? Perhaps. I love them. But, they are “high maintenance”. Judy and I have enjoyed serving three dachshunds during our married life. Sparky. Sam. And then there was Blue. A long haired, black brindle, dapple, something color, doxie. —he was the last dog I’ll ever “own.” Blue boy was a mellow, loving monster. In charge. But, so darn cute. This little yappy guardian of the gate kept all evil intruders at bay if they even dare walk on the sidewalk in front of his post; and too bad for mean people disguised as friends who dared come to our front door. But,...

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Are you having fun yet?

Posted on Jul 18, 2013 in blog

Sometimes, I wonder if I am the older brother in Jesus’ parable of the prodigal son. As I pastor, I have watched many turn from their relationship with God and run after whatever they think will make them happy and significant. I grieve for them. I grieve my loss of our friendship as I watch them wander off the road we were traveling together. Part of grief is anger; I admit I feel that urge to wallow in my anger when I hear that they are eating the pig slop of their choices. My “older brother” smugness says, “How’s that working for you?” Rembrandt’s Prodigal Son Not Jesus....

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God works in mysterious ways

Posted on Jul 11, 2013 in blog

Michael Martin Murphey is a superb song writer and singer of western music. He has 35 albums, but is probably best known for his #1 hit “Wildfire”. He is in the Western Music Hall of Fame. He even wrote the New Mexico state song. But, contrary to his bio, he was never a wrangler at Sky Ranch. I was.   Me at the corral on Horseshoe Lake Sky Ranch is a Christian camp in Texas where I worked as horsemanship instructor during the summers of 1962 to 1966. Murphey taught archery. Leading trail rides, I rode past the archery range and would often see him sitting in the shade of scrub oak tree,...

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“What Will Become Of Me?”

Posted on Jul 4, 2013 in blog

I will always remember this desperate cry of fear as Joan realized that Multiple Sclerosis was destroying her independence. The disease ravaged her brain so much  that at age 59 she would lose her home, her car, her friends, her church—everything—and move into an assisted living facility on Medicaid. That was fifteen years ago. I became her power of attorney and had to sell most of my sister-in-law’s possessions and find her a care facility she could afford to live in for the rest of her life. It was quite a struggle to get Joan to accept the help she needed. She was single, never...

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I’m Grieving for America

Posted on Jun 26, 2013 in blog

I am deeply disappointed with the Supreme Court’s decision about the Defense of Marriage Act. The Supreme Court invalidated a part of the law defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman. Their decision is a setback for our country. The court has wronged a right and our country is worse off for it. Discrimination against us who believe Jesus’ definition of marriage has been enshrined in law. The Bible says, “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.” Isaiah 5:20 I wonder...

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Genuinely Phony

Posted on Jun 20, 2013 in blog

I think I accepted Jesus as my personal Savior in August 1959 when I was 14 years old. But, my friends would have been surprised. One month later I “borrowed” a car from my Dad’s Chevy dealership to run an errand and get back to the car lot “in just a few minutes”. Turns out the car I found with keys in the ignition was a customer’s brought in for brake repair. This discovery was revealed when I approached my destination and pressed on the brakes. As I rammed into and through the restaurant, it dawned on me, “Hey, there’s no brakes!” By the grace of God, nobody died...

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