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Bible 101

Out of Context: “Plans to Prosper You”

Jeremiah 29:11 is a popular Bible verse that can be found on coffee mugs, Pinterest art, and memes: “For I know the plans I have for you.” God does have great plans for his people, but the way that verse has been used today is not the way God intended it.

Life’s Challenges

Willing to wait for it?

Have you ever heard of the Stanford “marshmallow test”? A Stanford professor once offered kids a choice—They could eat a marshmallow now, or if…

Life’s Challenges

The first rule of holes

“Whoever digs a hole and scoops it out falls into the pit they have made” (Psalm 7:15). Stubbornness is one of our failings. We…

Friends & Family

Doing life with others

Depending on how you view it, we just enjoyed/endured one of the most romantic/lamest holidays of the year, and I’m not referring to Presidents’…

Living My Faith

Don’t ever say, “just a layperson”

No Christians want weak pastors at their congregations. Church members want a pastor who is a good speaker; a hard worker; a good manager;…

Living My Faith

Failure Is Good?

We want to succeed at everything, but failure is inevitable. And good.

Living My Faith

How to Know You’re Successful

Success isn’t about results. Instead, it’s really about this.

Social Issues

Confronting manipulators

This week on Time of Grace, Pastor Mike cleared up a common misconception. When Jesus said, “Where two or three gather in my name,…

Bible 101

Why Ruth should be your favorite book of the Bible

I dare you to read Judges chapters 19-21. Go ahead; I’ll wait. . . . Did you read it? Tell me that isn’t the…

Friends & Family

Do you have a spiritual house cleaner?

For Christmas, my husband contacted a friend who has a cleaning business and surprised me with six months of housecleaning. Now, before I get…

Life’s Challenges

Backline and nonessential workers: You were made for such a time as this

A few weeks back, I read an article about the ICU staff working with COVID patients in England. The article stated that these frontline…

Living My Faith

Less Me: Jesus in 3 Words

Who is Jesus? Pastor Mike’s answer consists of just three simple words. Yet through these words that succintly encapsulate Jesus’ identity, you will see how your struggles and fears can be put to rest.