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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

The two most important things I say to my kids

If you were to ask my kids to do an impression of me, they would probably pronounce (in a funny voice, because that’s apparently…

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…

Living My Faith

The more ideas we have for prayer, the better!

I had a headache. I was tired. I had worked that morning, been in the car for three hours, and attended my son’s eighth-grade…

Depression & Anxiety

The most important truth about your anxiety (Part 3)

Over the course of 12 years in ministry, I’ve delivered hundreds of messages, but few stick out like the one on depression. It was one…

Living My Faith

When God doesn’t answer your prayers (the way you hoped he would)

As our family started talking about a summer vacation, we had one thing in mind: the blue-green water and flourlike sand of the Caribbean….

Depression & Anxiety

One big answer for anxiety (Part 2)

A number of recent studies suggest that Americans are more anxious than ever. Worst-case scenarios churn relentlessly in our thoughts: “There’s going to be…

Bible 101

Follow Jesus before you believe him

To get through college, I bartended at a local country club. In many ways, it trained me for pastoral ministry. I learned to serve…

Depression & Anxiety

Answers for anxiety (Part 1)

Do you often feel anxious? Overwhelmed by worst-case scenarios, no matter how unlikely they might be? Physically sick because you are emotionally stuck on…

Bible 101

How to make godly decisions on gray-area issues

Wouldn’t it be nice if the Bible was neatly indexed to the issues of your life? It’d be great if you could turn to…

Living My Faith

Stop talking about “right” and “wrong.” Nobody is listening anymore.

The previous generation seemed to believe in a “right” and a “wrong.” They had clear categories of moral behavior and immoral behavior. Some things were…

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…