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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.

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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.

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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.

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Jesus’ Growth Plan for Me: What Are the Threats to My Faith?

God’s Word doesn’t always seem to work in our lives. We share it, read it, and hear it, but it doesn’t seem to change us spiritually. That’s because the Word of God, Jesus said, is like a seed—it’s packed with potential, but it is also small and vulnerable. How vulnerable? Pastor Mike identifies these everyday threats to God’s Word that can stop us from growing in our faith.

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Help Me Have More: Patience

God has amazing plans to bless us, prosper us, and save us from pain. But those plans may not be for today, tomorrow, or even the end of this year. What if we’re not patient enough to wait for God’s promises? Pastor Mike teaches us three big ideas about patience that will help us grow in our own patience and faith.

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Help Me Have More: Peace

Just read the headlines on any given day, and it’s hard to imagine finding peace in this world. But, Pastor Mike says, finding peace is not impossible. And it starts with knowing what peace is, what it isn’t, and knowing what are the top five peace thieves.

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Help Me Have More: Joy

We all strive for happiness and make decisions on what we think will bring us joy. This feat is even more challenging considering that, according to God, there are three different kinds of joy to be had. But only one of them really works. Pastor Mike takes us through the different joys and shares how to have the greatest, everlasting joy.

Living My Faith

Finding the Fruit of the Spirit

Watch the entire devotional series from this past week as Pastor Mike helps find the fruit of the Spirit in our lives.

Living My Faith

Struggling with Self-Control?

Before you can have the self-control to say no to sin, you need to know this important fact first.

Living My Faith

Where Is the Joy in My Life?

If you want more joy in your life, you don’t need a new life. You just need to look around you. Pastor Mike helps you learn how to do this.

Life’s Challenges

Where Can I Find Peace?

How can you find a sense of peace even during the toughest moments? Pastor Mike has a simple answer for you.

Friends & Family

How Can I Be More Loving?

Where is one of the greatest places to grow in love? Pastor Mike’s answer may surprise you.