Preaching by Mike

May. 13, 2021
"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
 
Dr. King was so right about this. Observe the benefit of character over the color of skin. Is there anything an individual can do about the color of their skin? Absolutely not. What about the content of their character, is that adjustable? Absolutely.
 
I remember years ago the Saint Louis Cardinals trading Garry Templeton for San Diego Padres' Ozzie Smith. Both were great shortstops, but which got the better deal? Some say San Diego because Templeton had a better batting average. I argue the opposite. Templeton had a bad attitude and picked fights with the players, fans and staff. Smith was a breath of fresh air! His positive attitude, enthusiasm, and being a team player had an enormous positve effect on the Cardinals.
 
Recently Tim Tebow was signed to the Jaguars, not as quarterback, but as a tight end. Colin Kaepernick has yet to be signed anywhere. Why is this? Content of character. Tebow has a positive influence where ever he goes. With Kaepernick there is nothing but grief.
 
I would be remiss if I didn't mention Brandon Burlsworth who was a walk on for the Arkansas Razorback football team. Hard work, excellence in academics, and positive attitude not only earned him a scholarship, but the love of his fans, players and staff. He was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts and had a phenomenal effect on the team. He never played a game as he was tragically killed in an automobile accident.
 
I have pointed out the positive content of character of three athletes, but what do they have in common? All three of them are and were solid, born again believers in the Lord Jesus Christ.
On the basis of empirical evidence, a relationship with God through Jesus Christ is the most positive character building process that could ever come upon any human being. I could not find any faith affiliation for Templeton so that doesn't speak well of atheism. Kaepernick is a Muslim, so that doesn't speak well of Islam.
The positive, wholesome and good content of character is found in Jesus Christ and all you have to do to get in on it is to BELIEVE.
Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.
 
~Brother Mike
Jul. 28, 2020
Sep. 12, 2019

Those who know me well are aware I am a huge Breaking Bad fan. What??!? How can you (being a preacher and all) be a fan of such a "sin filled" series? Well, I am also a member of a discussion page as well. Can secular and spiritual meet in agreement? I submitted a post and the Admins allowed it. Kudos and thanks to the Admins!

Here is my post:

Breaking Bad from a preacher's perspective:

The beauty of BB is its ugliness. Walt definitely had a "dark side", and all who have watched the series would nod their head in agreement. Yet the character study of each and every member of the cast reveals the same darkness within.

Skylar? Apart from being unfaithful to Walt, I have read many accurate assessments of her flaws in the many threads on this page.

Jesse? His good and bad sides were prevalent throughout the series.

Walt Jr, a/k/a Flynn? Trying to buy Beer at the liquor store.

Hank? Wrongly pummeled Jesse within an inch of his life. True, he was angered about Marie being injured used to deceive him into leaving the scene of the RV, but it was Walt who actually did it.

Marie? A shoplifting kleptomaniac.

I think you see my point. Vince Gilligan composed a masterpiece, such as I have never seen on stage, screen or television. He had the ability to see inside, the dark secrets we all have, whether we admit or not.

Yes, I have used the story and characters of Breaking Bad in many of my homilies as they are so perfect. In fact, I learned a new word from watching the series: kafkaesque. It was used in the episode bearing that word. Jesse was in rehab and the leader used the word. Not really knowing the meaning, Jesse used the word himself. How many others were sent to the dictionary to discover the meaning?

To make something kafkaesque, is to take something simple and overcomplicate it until it has become so confusing it makes no sense whatsoever. This is what most preachers for hire have done to the beloved Gospel I preach.

I will resist the urge to preach at this juncture and assure you that Breaking Bad has something to offer...even to a poor old preacher.

God bless!

~Brother Mike

Jun. 20, 2019

I'm sick and tired of hearing people say that politics should be kept out of the church.

That is exactly what the enemy wants.

But know this, when politicians start ramming evil laws down the believer's throat you can bet that those same believers who think we should be silent about politics and government will be wondering what happened and how did we get here?

Like cattle that are in the pen for slaughter they will look at each other with fear in their eyes wondering what fate awaits once they enter the gate.

I for one will not keep my mouth shut. We have people in our Government today at the Federal level who support sharia law and think socialism is the answer.

I challenge you to look for yourself what sharia law means. Regarding socialism; it is just the gateway drug to communism.

The lunacy from elected officials like Democrat Rep. Cortez (AOC) is astounding. But we Pastors are supposed to just sit by and preach love and peace and just shut up about anything that rocks the boat. But our elected officials can say and do whatever they want?

Questions: is abortion evil? Should our borders be secure? Should we take care of illegal immigrants over US Veterans? Is the Constitution a living document that should be re-interpreted? Do we REALLY have concentration camps at our southern border? Should liars and traitors in our Government be put in jail, or making speeches and writing books?

What a travesty.

Consider the following and judge for yourself:

Proverbs 16.12, “It is an abomination for kings to commit wicked acts, For a throne is established on righteousness.”

Proverbs 17.15, “He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous, Both of them alike are an abomination to the Lord.”

Acts 4.19, “But Peter and John answered and said to them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to give heed to you rather than to God, you be the judge;”

Acts 5.29, “But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men.”

So as far as this Pastor is concerned I will challenge Government lunacy and I will do so publicly.

~Mark Goad