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Follow Pastor Mike and the other Time of Grace blog writers as they cover a wide variety of topics. Though each writer’s unique style and perspective give each post a different flavor, all of their writing will help you reflect more deeply on the grace of God in your life and how you can live your life to serve him.

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Life’s Challenges

Addiction, recovery, and the church

A few months ago, my coworker Pastor Bill met with our city’s mayor. Pastor Bill asked him what the most critical issues in the…

Life’s Challenges

4 kinds of sins (and the 1 God prefers)

If you’re going to sin against God, make sure you sin against him in the right way. Obviously, God doesn’t want you to sin…

Life’s Challenges

He knows you by name

How many people know you? I mean, really know you? Your spouse or close family members, your best friend, someone you’ve worked closely with…

Depression & Anxiety

How to switch from reacting to preventing suicide

I met her at the airport. Within a few minutes, the woman told me, “I’ve been at two funerals in the past two months—and…

Friends & Family

Forgive and learn

Perhaps you’re familiar with the saying “forgive and forget.” This concept takes its cue from God’s Word in Jeremiah 31:34: “I will forgive their…

Life’s Challenges

The thing you need more than more time

I had a light bulb spiritual moment the other day. My friend and I were reflecting on the past summer, sharing struggles and spiritual…

Depression & Anxiety

It’s a scam

This summer, a Wisconsin woman answered her phone. A scammer claimed to be from the Social Security Administration and told the woman she would…

Depression & Anxiety

When suffering is unbearable

On June 2, 2019, Noa Pothoven died. Her death made the news around the world, all because of the circumstances surrounding it. Noa was…

Friends & Family

Do you think of me differently now?

We sat across from each other in a moment of silence. He had just shared with me some personal struggles. He was confused and…

Bible 101

When church hurts

Church at its best is magnificent: the Word is taught in its truth and purity, ideas about worship and ministry are freely exchanged, leaders…

Depression & Anxiety

When you’re hanging by a thread, remember who holds the spool

Dr. James Dobson is known for saying, “There are two kinds of people in the world: those who are suffering and those who will…

Friends & Family

An ode to the guy from the bathroom

I wish you would’ve met Charles. I assumed it was going to be a normal airport bathroom stop, squeezing my carry-on into the stall…