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.
O, How They Grow

O, How They Grow

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:” – Ecclesiastes 3:1 “They grow up so fast.” At least that is what “they” say. Not sure exactly who “they” are, but “they” are right. It seems like only yesterday Bri and I were panicking over the thought that the hospital…

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Free to Serve

Free to Serve

If you want confirmation that you have passed from being young to being old there is an easy test. Wake up on Saturday morning, turn on the TV, and look for some cartoons to watch. Chances are, you won’t find any because Saturday Morning Cartoons are a thing of the past. But you can still…

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Beat the Heat

Beat the Heat

“The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade at your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.” – Psalm 121:5-6      I wasn’t sure whether I wanted to laugh or cry as we read the above verses last week from Psalm 121. It is my earnest…

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“Hope, Sow”

“Hope, Sow”

Peace. Peace is a word that we say a lot, or perhaps think about a lot. We want some peace and quiet we say, well, at least we say that a lot in our house. We paint signs and hang banners expressing our desire for this elusive thing called peace. There are basically two definitions…

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Lions, and Tigers, and Bears

Lions, and Tigers, and Bears

“Discipline yourselves, keep alert. Like a roaring lion your adversary, the devil prowls around, looking for someone to devour. Resist him, steadfast in your faith, for you know that your brothers and sisters in all the world are undergoing the same kinds of suffering.” 1 Peter 5:8-9       Obsession is, I think, something we…

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“The Reckoning”

“The Reckoning”

I don’t know if any of you are familiar with the reality show “Survivor” but it is one that my family has started to watch recently. It takes place in a different location every season, usually a deserted tropical island of some type. Typically they are some of the most remote and beautiful locals on…

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Weary

Weary

“But those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” – Isaiah 40:31 We all feel weary from time to time. It seems that every part of our lives can become monotonous, wearisome.…

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We All Fall Down

We All Fall Down

Do you remember playing hot potato when you were a kid? You sit in a circle with your friends and you pass a ball around while music is playing and whoever is holding the ball when the music stops is out. If you didn’t play that you probably played musical chairs which is very similar.…

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“Do, or Do Not”

“Do, or Do Not”

The eyes of the nation, and perhaps the world, have turned towards the book of Romans this week. A news story broke about immigrant children being separated from their parents and being kept in rather squalid detention facilities. And our government, in particular our Attorney General – who happens to also be a United Methodist,…

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Clutter

Clutter

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”…

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