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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

When your dog dies

I got an email the other day from a family grieving the death of their dog. After nearly 15 years of companionship, their beloved…

Living My Faith

A different kind of list

From a parenting perspective, Christmas is a pretty easy time to get kids to behave. After all, they are keenly aware of Santa’s naughty-or-nice…

Living My Faith

Chasing Christmas contentment

Contentment at Christmas isn’t on most people’s radar. We buy more, ask for more, demand more. Even when our houses are bursting and we…

Living My Faith

When it’s hard to be thankful

Thanksgiving is a time we’re all supposed to be thankful. Some years, though, it’s kind of hard to feel that way. For some, this…

Life’s Challenges

Who am I?

One day a friend asked me, “Do you ever look in the mirror and not even recognize whose face that is? Do you ever…

Social Issues

Social media, smartphones, and our spiritual health

2007 changed everything. In 2007 Facebook left college campuses and broke out into the rest of the world. In 2007 Twitter became its own…

Living My Faith

The turning point

Have you ever wondered why the disciples were willing to walk away from everything to follow Jesus? What would cause them to leave their…

Life’s Challenges

2 ways God (and the devil) gets you

God and the devil use the same tools. That truth is one of the more intriguing/important/terrifying facts of life. The very moments that the…

Who is God?

Axe, seek, knock

They went to the Jordan and began to cut down trees. As one of them was cutting down a tree, the iron axehead fell…

Prayer

Don’t let God rest

So there I was, wide awake at 3:57 a.m. (Thanks a lot, time change.) I quietly got out of bed, went to the main…

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…

Bible 101

3 words that will change your Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a spiritually dangerous time of year. Why? Because this is a season when many of us put our joy, happiness, peace, and…