Author: Michael Desotell

Pastor Mike is 38 years old and serves two United Methodist Churches in Southeast Michigan. He has been married to his wife, Bri (also a UMC pastor), for 11 years. They have two beautiful daughters at home with them and an amazing little boy in heaven. Pastor Mike enjoys good music, great coffee, the company of good friends, and writing things that matter.
The Exchange

The Exchange

“The Exchange” Sermon Romans 1:16-23 by Grace Cubed This is the sermon audio from our worship service on June 10, 2018. The companion podcast for this sermon is “Degrading Passions” with Bob Simmons.

The Exchange

The Exchange

There is a story in the Old Testament that some of you may remember from Sunday School when you were younger. It’s one of those stories we can miss the point on rather easily because we are so far removed from its context. It becomes difficult to relate to just what is happening and why…

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Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

“You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against any of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.” – Leviticus 19:18 Last Monday night at our Neighborhood Watch meeting, something happened that had the whole room in shock. A woman stood up in front of a room full of…

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Under The Cover of Darkness

Under The Cover of Darkness

It happens more often then you would think, but less often then most pastors would like: Someone comes up to you and says: “I want to read the bible. Where’s a good place to start?” Most often, at least for me, when someone asks that question, I direct them to the gospel of John. I…

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For My Sisters

For My Sisters

“I permit no woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she is to keep silent.” I Timothy 2:12 A couple of months ago my wife, Bri, and I began discussing what we were going to preach for the summer. Sometimes we like to choose a large topic and pick it apart over…

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Day Drinking

Day Drinking

Human beings are creatures of habit. It’s cliche but no less true. Another word for habit is ritual, so it is, that we are creatures of ritual. We have a certain way of doing things, of moving in the world that, if we skip, we feel out of sorts, like something is wrong that we…

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Breaking Through

Breaking Through

About a year after Bri and I were married I started having a tremendous pain in my right lower back. It was horrible and it just kept getting worse. And no, that is not a veiled references to Bri being a pain in my backside. It was real. We prayed. We tried massage. And we…

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Potential

Potential

“Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life, to which you were called and for which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” I Timothy 6:12 I understand my parents a whole lot better these days. It’s amazing how that happens once you have kids of your…

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Transcend The Categories

Transcend The Categories

“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:17 We have a tendency, and I am guilty of it too, to compartmentalize our lives. We like to try and separate all of the different things we do…

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