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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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Friends & Family

Ways to love . . . when you don’t—or don’t want to

No one ever told you that the promise to love, honor, and cherish would be so much work. The adrenaline rush of new love makes…

Life’s Challenges

Talk to yourself. Don’t listen to yourself.

There I was, just before the workout began, whining about what was ahead. Mainly I was nervous because the movements that day weren’t exactly…

Friends & Family

“I want a divorce”

Apparently nothing quite says “Happy New Year!” like the words: “I want a divorce.” According to lawyers, though, that’s exactly what happens—and law firms…

Life’s Challenges

Christmas expectations

The incessant song reminds us: “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” Is that true for you—or not? While we’d all love to…

Friends & Family

Talking to your kids about dating

A few years ago, one of my daughter’s homework assignments included having a conversation with her parents—about dating. While the phrase “living on a…

Depression & Anxiety

6 ways to lessen your college stress

As college students are preparing to go to school, they are making packing lists: Bedding. Check. Toiletries. Check. Phone charger. Check. Turns out, they…

Friends & Family

31 days of proactively praying for your kids (and grandkids!)

Raising kids can be so hard. They cause you to worry, stress, fret, cry . . . pray. Your daughter is struggling in school,…

Prayer

Time to Pray

From election politics to the economy, from healthcare to social issues, this year has given us so many opportunities to talk about the serious…

Bible 101

Meditating on Scripture

The Bible can be intimidating, can’t it? With 66 separate books inside and over ¾-million words, that’s a lot to read. And where do…

Friends & Family

2 Questions to Ask Your Kids Today!

Journalist Hilde Kate Lysiak broke a news story about a neighborhood murder. After talking with neighbors and police, she posted a full-length story and…

Friends & Family

6 ways to show your kids they are precious to you

Adam LaRoche—a baseball player for the Chicago White Sox—walked away from 13 million dollars. When the team’s vice president told LaRoche that his 14-year-old…

Life’s Challenges

You are not free porn

Dear girls . . . lovely, beautiful tween and teenage girls, You are not free porn. I know you want the boy to like…