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.
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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No More Nets

No More Nets

“And he [Jesus] said to them, ‘Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.’ Immediately they left their nets and followed him.” – Matthew 4:19-20       Imagine just how different our world would be if the disciple’s response to Jesus’ call to follow looked more like this: Immediately they went back…

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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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