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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