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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…

Living My Faith

Do not be afraid

My grandma Novotny used to love wearing angel sweatshirts. Standard-issue gray with long sleeves and an angel stitched onto the chest. I can still…

Life’s Challenges

I carry a lot of anger

I know why people carry anger for a long time because I’ve done it myself. It doesn’t make us happy, but it does offer…

Living My Faith

Worship is remembering

The Deists in England and colonial America in the 1700s believed in a God who created the world, but they had no confidence that…

Living My Faith

GOD is there

I still remember her heartbreaking words: “I keep jumping to reach God, but I feel like I’ll never get there.” The woman from my…

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.

Who is God?

Fully present

There’s nothing quite like having someone’s full attention. They’re present. They’re listening. They have their phone put away, and their eyes are focused on…

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

There’s a discrepancy

Have you ever had buyer’s remorse over fast food? It can happen. I’ve seen it. Three friends and I were each ordering separately at…

Life’s Challenges

The cure for conflict

Have you ever seen a Newton’s Cradle? A Newton’s Cradle is the famous office accessory with the five metal spheres that hang in a…

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…

Living My Faith

Guilt by association

Have you ever felt like you should distance yourself from certain people to make it clear that you do not associate yourself with their…