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Pastor Mike Novotny

Pastor Mike Novotny

Pastor Mike Novotny has served God’s people in full-time ministry since 2007 in Madison and, most recently, at The CORE in Appleton, Wisconsin. He also serves as the lead speaker for Time of Grace, where he shares the good news about Jesus through television, print, and online platforms.

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Living My Faith

Jesus’ Growth Plan for Me: Why Jesus Allows Bad People Among Us

There’s always another awful headline, another hypocrite, another problem we want to fix in our broken world. If only it were as easy as plucking out the bad people from the good. But we know it’s not that simple. It’s for these moments of frustration that Jesus told this particular story of the weeds and the wheat to give us hope.

Depression & Anxiety

Control is fleeting, but GOD is forever

I learned from a local doctor how common it is for teenage girls to cut themselves. Self-harm might seem like odd behavior, but the…

Living My Faith

Jesus’ Growth Plan for Me: Why I Must Give Up My Treasures

It’s going to cost us to follow Jesus. He was upfront about us needing to give up the things we treasure. But, Jesus also said, joyfully giving up the things we have is possible when we find a superior treasure. Through two short parables Jesus told, Pastor Mike helps us see what this treasure is.

Who is God?

Comfort is fleeting, but GOD is forever

“Can I put on my comfies?” That question is asked nearly every night in my home. When Kim or I come home from work,…

Who is God?

Health is fleeting, but GOD is forever

Unless my doctor is lying to me, my body isn’t getting any better. My 6’3” frame has compressed to 6’2” (on a good day),…

Who is God?

Success is fleeting, but GOD is forever

One of the worst parts about being a middle-aged runner in the 21st century is that you know you’re getting slower. Thanks to the…

Who is God?

Productivity is fleeting, but GOD is forever

After 16 years of marriage, I know exactly what makes my wife happy—productivity. If you’ve never met Kim, you should know that she is…

Who is God?

Money is fleeting, but GOD is forever

I just made the mistake of looking at my checking account. $6.85 for bathroom supplies at the grocery store. $0.93 for gas station coffee….

Who is God?

Family is fleeting, but GOD is forever

Pastor Mark Jeske, the original Time of Grace pastor, once told me that I needed to be intentional about parenting in the early teenage…

Who is God?

Romance is fleeting, but GOD is forever

As much as I would love to say that the teenage me was saving my heart for Kim (my wife), the truth is that…

Living My Faith

Jesus’ Growth Plan for Me: When Average Moments Are Okay

We live in a culture that often says bigger is better, as we easily dismiss the small and mundane as too insignificant to be powerful. But believing this common trope can be spiritually dangerous. Pastor Mike walks us through two of the smallest stories Jesus ever told that give us a really big message for the average moments of our spiritual lives.

Who is God?

Praise is fleeting, but GOD is forever

I have a special email folder labeled “Encouragement.” Whenever a kind, thoughtful word comes my way, I drag that message into that folder, saving…