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.
Would you think I was creepy if I told you that I like to watch people during Communion? Okay, I know that sounds slightly…
Hope From Israel: Whose Will Be Done?
What’s one of our worst problems? Always wanting our way and not wanting to submit. Pastor Mike spent a week in Israel right before the COVID-19 pandemic. Here at the Garden of Gethsemane in Jerusalem, where Jesus submitted to his Father’s will, Pastor Mike helps us learn to submit.
God & COVID-19: Appreciate Community
With the coronavirus, maybe God is teaching us about the power of a spiritual community.
Blessing # 7—Teaching Us to Love Church
Can you imagine this isolation without modern advances in technology? This week, I watched the livestream of our church’s worship service, complete with multiple…
Blessing #3—Teaching Us Family Discipleship
Until the coronavirus hit, I couldn’t recall a time that my family ate breakfast, lunch, and dinner together for an entire week. Neither could…
How Can I Be More Loving?
Where is one of the greatest places to grow in love? Pastor Mike’s answer may surprise you.
Leave No One Behind: Even When Church Hurts
Many kids get disconnected from church because they or their parents get hurt by someone at church. The pastor. The church council. A fellow member. Without the right reaction, these sins/hurts can uproot entire families for generations to come. This message is meant to prepare people for the next time church hurts. What do you do? What do you say? When do you go?
Leave No One Behind: Embrace Your Role
Pastors, teachers, church members, godparents, older siblings, friends, aunts/uncles, grandparents, etc. all have a role in training the next generation. Singles and non-parents have a role too because they are people who, like Paul himself, may not produce the next generation, but absolutely want to see them in heaven with Jesus.
Leave No One Behind: Start Young
This message reminds parents of what matters most—the training up of their children. What you do when they are young will probably shape what they believe when they are older. So, what should you do? God gave Moses the answer. Seek God with a personal passion, based off his unbeatable promises, and then talk about that God as often as you can.
Leave No One Behind: The Next Generation
In Matthew 18 Jesus told a story about a desperate shepherd who was not willing that even a single lamb be lost. Application—While it’s easy to stereotype and look down on other generations (in both directions!), our Father has a massive heart for each generation of people!
Roots and Fruit: Gather Together
The Sabbath Day commandment proves that knowing God as your Creator and Savior is one of our Father’s highest priorities for us. We gather each week to celebrate those timeless truths—God made us. God saved us. Those facts produce joy and peace deep in our hearts, “fruit” that feeds us throughout our week.
Roots and Fruit: Get a Group
When you personally know and are personally known in a spiritual community, you find your spiritual and physical needs being met.