Last year my dear friend and brother in-law passed away rather quickly. I miss him and often think about his words of encouragement and his strong confidence in the Lord. This man Mike Conley was about pleasing God rather than men. His rebukes were with sweetness guiding your steps in focus to Jesus. He will be remembered for His strength that he relied on from Jesus. He left behind a ex-wife which so happens to be my sister, which was a tragic point in their lives. 4 beautiful children all grown with lives of their own.  Mike waited and remarried to a wonderful woman Rose 1 year and 4 months later Mike passed away.

Mike and Sarah

This is Mike with daughter Alison before passing away.

I remember one thing that I will never forget about Mike and that was his sermon he gave about the 2 on the road to Emmaus.

Luke 24:13-35 (KJV)
13  And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs.
14  And they talked together of all these things which had happened.
15  And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them.
16  But their eyes were holden that they should not know him.
17  And he said unto them, What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad?
18  And the one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answering said unto him, Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are come to pass there in these days?
19  And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people:
20  And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him.
21  But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, to day is the third day since these things were done.
22  Yea, and certain women also of our company made us astonished, which were early at the sepulchre;
23  And when they found not his body, they came, saying, that they had also seen a vision of angels, which said that he was alive.
24  And certain of them which were with us went to the sepulchre, and found it even so as the women had said: but him they saw not.
25  Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:
26  Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?
27  And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.
28  And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they went: and he made as though he would have gone further.
29  But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. And he went in to tarry with them.
30  And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them.
31  And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight.
32  And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?
33  And they rose up the same hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and them that were with them,
34  Saying, The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon.
35  And they told what things were done in the way, and how he was known of them in breaking of bread.

Mike said,” that Jesus did not leave these two to wonder much longer, their thirst was quenched like the woman at the well. To think now we have a risen Savior in the Lord Jesus that cared for these 2 men and spent a little time in the scriptures and to fully reveal Himself. The love that the Lord has went beyond His own Apostles reaching out two men that did not fully understand. This was Christ Jesus our Lords passion to save all from death, damnation and hell. The Lord would have gone further to finish line. Jesus did that in breaking of bread and giving thanks for their eyes were opened. Oh how our hearts would burn within us to sit with the Lord and eat a meal He has prepared. Having the Lord near and speaking to our hearts and minds never having to wonder or doubt. Being in His presents and safety”

This what Mike wanted more than anything was to see the Lord and hear Him and be in His presents and safety. Mikes desire was to be with the Lord Jesus. I write this much love for Mike and our beloved Lord Jesus who we will all meet someday. In times of doubt and wonder come back to this scripture and think about if this was you with the Lord Jesus.

Dear Brother Mike we will meet again and listen to the Lord Jesus together.