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Shut your mouth, holy man (or woman)!

I sort of wish I had someone there to stop me every time I start saying something unkind or unnecessary or in a scathing…

Living My Faith

Flawed but Blessed: Is God Here?

One sentence composed of three words and nine letters can change everything about your life. It reminds us of the power of presence and has the power to give us peace and happiness. Pastor Mike takes us on a deep dive of finding that peace and joy.

Who is God?

Follow God’s example

“Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children . . . just as Christ loved us” (Ephesians 5:1,2). Did you see that? You can…

Friends & Family

Should Christians diet?

If the Bible says our bodies are temporary and our souls are eternal, should we think much about calories and sodium and sugar? Or…

Living My Faith

Flawed but Blessed: Why Does God Love Me?

How do we find more self-control in our lives? The Bible gives us a clear answer. Spoiler: It’s not where most self-help books would direct you. And what does it mean when you lose self-control and mess up? Does God still love you? Pastor Mike digs into Genesis and looks at the life and family of Jacob to find the answers.

Friends & Family

Being human

When my youngest daughter was born, she came out crying. The doctor said, “It’s a girl!” but my daughter just cried at the sound…

Friends & Family

Lies: I need everyone’s approval

To some degree everybody needs to be liked. Mainly that’s a good thing. Friends can make our lives a lot better—they can bring encouragement,…

Taboo

The truth is, my life is messy too

A couple months ago, I interviewed two women who had abortions. The particulars of each pregnancy—that neither were married, neither father wanted the pregnancy…

Taboo

Be That Friend

If, by God’s grace, you aren’t the one in three or four who have experienced abuse, you might not know what to do to…

Friends & Family

Abuse: What Does God Say? To the Church

Statistically, whether we know it or not, all of us know and love someone who has been abused. And all of us know and love someone who has been abusive. So how can we be a blessing to both? How can we comfort, confront, and bring healing to our circle of influence? If you or someone you know is suffering from abuse, please go to timeofgrace.org/abuse to find more resources and information for getting help.

Friends & Family

Abuse: What Does God Say? To the Abusive

What does God say to those who have hurt others? Can we, like Jesus, be full of both grace and truth to the abusive? Pastor Mike talks about how abusers can move forward—beyond God’s wrath—to a healing and hopeful relationship with God and the church. If you or someone you know is suffering from abuse, please go to timeofgrace.org/abuse to find more resources and information for getting help.

Living My Faith

How does your garden grow?

When we lived in Minnesota, we had a huge garden—I’m talking 40 feet of asparagus, 20 pepper plants in pots, rhubarb, raspberries, strawberries, a…