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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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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…

Friends & Family

Friends confess

Most people are terrified to confess their sins to me. I guess that’s the nature of sin—it prefers to hide in the dark rather…

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…

Living My Faith

The tale of two women

“Pastor, I just need a little break,” the college student told me. After two decades of going to church, she felt spiritually prepared to…

Living My Faith

What most married people forget

Do you know the difference between most dating couples and many married people? In a word—effort. When we date someone, we usually put in…

Life’s Challenges

Ask a woman how it feels

I had no clue what it was like to be a woman until I asked some women. In my research for an upcoming sermon,…

Living My Faith

The fruit of self-control

I know better than to take a pint of ice cream to the couch. I know I shouldn’t hold it in my hands until…

Who is God?

Our Father in heaven

Once upon a time, Billy had the best dad. Billy’s dad valued his family more than his career. He leveraged those early years, the…

Who is God?

Our Father in heaven (Part 2)

My daughters are still at that priceless stage where they adore their daddy. When I come home from work, they drop everything and sprint,…

Who is God?

Our Father in heaven

I accidentally threw my dad under the bus the other day. I was trying to tell a fictional, first-person story about a guy with…

Who is God?

Our Father

I never thought I would be the guy to stare at children while they sleep. But I do. When I get home late from…

Living My Faith

A word to impulsive people

The reformer Martin Luther once said, “All of us are either a Jacob or an Esau.” If you know the story of those twin…