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Grace Moments are daily devotions written by Pastor Mike and many other Time of Grace writers. These Bible-based messages cover a wide variety of topics and help you experience a satisfied life as you see God all around you. Join the thousands of people who receive these devotions for encouragement by subscribing to have them delivered to your inbox each morning.

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Depression & Anxiety

I’m anxious all the time

All of us have at least one disability of one kind or another. Sometimes that challenge in our lives proves to be a great…

Living My Faith

Waiting is the hardest part

A few years ago, my just-waking-up child walked into the kitchen and asked for scrambled eggs. I said no—because the bacon, apple, and cheddar…

Social Issues

Why does racism exist?

A few years ago, I tried to explain racism to my kids. I defined racism as the belief that races are not distinct equals…

Bible 101

Bad apples: Solomon

Born to comfort and privilege, Solomon led what we might consider a charmed life. His warlike father, King David, had conquered all of the…

Bible 101

Bad apples: Abraham

Okay, Okay—how on earth does the great patriarch Abraham make a “bad apples” list? He was chosen by God to found a nation of…

Bible 101

Bad apples: Judah and Tamar

Judah, Abraham’s great-grandson, was a prince in the growing Israelite community. Fourth son of the patriarch Jacob, he had wealth and standing. But his…

Bible 101

Bad apples: King Manasseh

King Manasseh was one of the baddest apples ever to disgrace the Israelite barrel. He practiced things like sorcery, divination, witchcraft, consulted mediums, and…

Bible 101

Bad apples: Rahab

You have probably heard the old saying about the risk of having even one bad apple in the apple barrel—just one rotten apple can…

Social Issues

His love is for the world

I’m so glad that Jesus wasn’t racist. The Novotny family tree reaches its branches back to modern Germany and the Czech Republic. Lots of…

Life’s Challenges

Living with loss: Your reputation

The past cannot be changed. What a heavy burden on all fools and sinners! Our misdeeds, our failings, our thefts and lies and moral…

Social Issues

A multiracial Messiah

The other day, I tried to track down all the Jesuses in my office. I gathered every painting, picture, icon, and action figure. Then…

Living My Faith

Joy and sorrow intertwined

Have you ever noticed how closely joy and sorrow are intertwined in our lives? You just can’t separate them, though you may wish you…