About Mike Rusch

Based in Downtown Bentonville, Arkansas, Mike is the Chief Executive Officer at Pure Charity, a nonprofit dedicated to building world class technology solutions for Nonprofit Organizations, Individual Fundraising, and Community Advocacy.

Mike currently serves on the Board of Directors for Help One NowMercy House GlobalCanopy Northwest Arkansas99 Balloons@HopeMob, Laundry Love, and Serve Northwest Arkansas.  

Prior to Pure Charity, Mike worked for Nickelodeon, The Walt Disney Company, Hershey Foods, and served in the US Marine Corps. Mike is a husband of 22 years, father of 4, a lover of a great story, and never too far from a fly-fishing river.  

I can answer the question...

Allow yourself to be placed amongst the angels this morning…

Find and follow their eyes as they slowly canvas the earth with their minds fixed on the events of yesterday.

Watch their heads turn towards each other, then look in the direction of the King and then return to each other.

Listen and hear the low rumble of voices wrestle in deep conversation with each other.

and, then very quickly and maybe to the surprise of many, one angel departs and plummets toward earth.

Matt 28 records this moment…

2There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. 4The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

If the guards shook with fear, imagine now the scene in heaven as all of creation now watched the events unfolding below.

Imagine the first angel to lean in towards the one beside them and say…

“look…there!  Did you see?  Look!  The stone is moving!”

Imagine the joy, the energy, the songs, the praise, the shouts, the music that began to erupt inside.

David Crowder Band’s song “O Praise Him” describes a moment like this…

Turn your ear
To heaven and hear
The noise inside
The sound of angels’ awe
The sound of angels’ songs
And all this for a King
We could join and sing
All to Christ the King

This morning it simply feels like it is time to “join and sing” for…

Today the loss is gone.

Today the pain has left.

Today the loneliness is missing.

Today the faith is strong and growing.

Today the mission is just beginning.

Today the promises were kept.

Today the Messiah is alive.

Today a dream is real.

Today my God never failed me.

Today the answer to Jesus’ question of “but who do you say that I am?” is very different than before.

Today I know my purpose.

Today the kingdom is at hand.

Today I am found.

Today the tomb is empty.

Today I can experience the presence of Jesus.

and today, I can answer Jesus’ question of “but who do you say I am?” with

“You are the Christ” (Mark 8:29)

for I am a fisherman no more…

...the absense of Jesus