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.
Different Gifts, Same Giver
Do you sometimes feel like God hasn’t been fair to you with talents and gifts? When doubt and insecurity start to creep up on you, just remember the giver of the gifts.
Stop Comparing Yourself to Others
Do you find yourself comparing yourself to others? Pastor Mike explains how you can stop playing the comparison game.
Death to Selfie: THE Reason to Be Unreasonable
Follow Jesus and the world might not approve. “You’re wasting time. Wasting money. Wasting energy. Wasting your life.” But Jesus defends those who love him. His approval is what matters the most, since it lasts forever.
Death to Selfie: Get Comfortable With Discomfort
Jesus’ “pep talk” about the end of the age was less than comforting. Wars. Earthquakes. Flogging. Arrest. Hatred. Are we willing to walk with Jesus during the end times? Be hated? Die for him? If you know his promise of salvation and election, the answer is easy—Yes!
Death to Selfie: Serve Like a Ninja
The rich gave massive offerings on a particular day in the temple. But Jesus noticed and praised the poorest widow who quietly gave the “smallest offering.” In our day of public recognition, what would Jesus say? He would ignore those who praise themselves and praise those who serve God in secret.
Roots and Fruit: Go and Tell
Sharing the good news about Jesus is an obvious way to produce joy in other people’s hearts. But it’s a key to producing joy in our own hearts as well. Being active in sharing your faith helps you grasp all the good things you have through Jesus.
Roots and Fruit: Give Generously
The apostle Paul was unashamed to say that being financially generous is a key to joy, blessing, and so much more. In the same way, many Christians have learned that it is more blessed to give than to receive!
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.
Out of Context: “Plans to Prosper You”
God has great plans for his people, but they don’t always involve a quick fix to all earthly problems. In the same way, God’s plan to prosper your spiritual life might not be the path you prayed for.
Out of Context: “Do Not Judge”
Jesus was not against being judgmental. Yet he was very against the hypocrisy of many judgmental people who overlook their own flaws in a zealous attempt to point out the flaws of others. His words, clearly understood, encourage us to look in the mirror first and judge others in love afterward.
Flawed but Blessed: How Boldly Can I Pray?
In the strangest scene of Jacob’s story, God appears and wrestles with him for hours. Despite God’s superior strength, “Jake the Snake” refuses to loosen his python grip until God blesses him. After decades of grabbing on to sin, Jacob finally grabs on to God. In the same way, we grip God in prayer, holding on to his promises until he blesses us.
Flawed but Blessed: How Does Grace Change Me?
While karma is not a Christian teaching, a form of karma exists. The cycle of sin spins every time we give each other what we deserve. Jacob and Laban’s story is proof. Greed and lies spin back and forth, destroying a family. This same destructive cycle happens in our lives and points us to Jacob’s descendant who turned the other cheek on the cross, giving grace to sinners.