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.
A Fresh Start: For Your Money
When accumulating more and more money becomes the center of our universe, we end up with darkness, worry, and eventual loss. But when we seek God first, satisfying our hearts with the presence and promises of God, money finds its rightful place in our lives. Our loving Father can become our true treasure, freeing us from serving money and allowing us to use it wisely.
A Fresh Start: For Your Body
This message takes us back to the beginning, to physical life as God intended, and reminds us of the Father who gave us life and wants only what is best for his kids. In addition, it reminds us of the “image of God” that we have through Jesus, a spiritual reality that gives even our bodies peace and rest.
A Fresh Start: With Jesus
Jesus said that those who humbly confess their need of God’s grace (instead of self-righteously comparing themselves to others) will be justified and exalted in the eyes of God. Perhaps, then, repentance is the most liberating way to live!
Simply Christmas: Seek. Speak. Think.
Life slows down after Christmas for us, but not on that first Christmas. The shepherds burst with good news and blurted it out to anyone who would listen. Mary treasured up the truths about her newborn son. People went home glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen. What if we did the same?
Simply Christmas: The Price of Peace
There are many classic songs of the Christmas season, but nothing quite matches the first song of Christmas, the song of the angels in Bethlehem. Their lyrics are few, but their meaning is profound. God’s favor. Peace on earth. Glory to him on high!
Simply Christmas: Best. Gift. Ever.
Few things are as exciting as finding a Christmas gift labeled To: (You). The label means someone thought about you. Someone loved you. Someone searched for just the right gift. No passage proves God’s giving heart more than Luke 2:11, the classic summary of the gift of Christmas.
Simply Christmas: One Gift Fits All?
Christmas is a time when families gather, for better or worse. Tense relationships are revealed. Sins come front and center. Which is what makes Luke 2 so incredible. The shepherds are God’s first audience for Christmas. Angels bring good news of great joy to take away their fear and welcome them (and us) to the family of God.
Simply Christmas: A Virgin REALLY Gave Birth
Many people view Christmas as a season of wishes, dreams, and heartwarming tales. But the book of Luke in the Bible gives us the real people, real places, and real hope that we find in a real, historical Jesus. This message reminds us that Jesus’ birth actually happened, which is heartwarming news!
Know Your Spiritual Gifts
Watch the entire devotional series from this week, as Pastor Mike helps us identify and use our spiritual gifts.
4 Steps for Using Your Spiritual Gifts
How can you make your spiritual gifts work? Pastor Mike shows you how to make the most of what God’s given you.
Different Parts, One Body
Don’t ping-pong back and forth between pride and envy about your gifts. Instead, celebrate how we are all different.
Be Thankful for Our Differences
There are differences in Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, yet they live in unity. Pastor Mike explains how we can too.