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Time of Grace is for people who want more growth and less struggle in their spiritual walk. We connect people to God’s grace so they know they are loved and forgiven and so they can start living in the freedom they’ve always wanted. In addition to podcasts, our ministry delivers the timeless truth of God’s Word through television, print, and digital media with millions of content engagements each month. Time of Grace is a donor-supported effort. If you would like to give a gift of support, p ...
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Who is God? What is he like? What does he think of you? What exactly was Jesus all about? How do you get “saved”? And what does “getting saved” mean anyway? What can you do if you want to know the answers to these questions? Pastor Mike wants to help you understand who our big, amazing God is. This podcast won’t answer every question you have about God, Jesus, or faith. But it will help you start your journey to understanding the hope and love that can only come from God. You can also downlo ...
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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. Part 1 of 2. Tod…
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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. Part 2 of 2. Today's Tough Question: Is Jesus Actua…
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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. Part 1 of 2. Today's Tough Question: Why Do We Take…
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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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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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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…
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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…
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Pastor Mike and Amber Albee Swenson give us a preview of the next TV message series, "Jesus' Growth Plan for Me." While discussing Jesus' parables, which this series is based on, they also tell of the "mustard seed moments" that changed both Mike's and Amber's lives (both involve their moms), what Amber has in common with Dwight Shrute, and that on…
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Shame is the unshakable feeling that we don’t belong, tempting us to run away from God and his people. Shame can be tied to something done to us, something we have done, or something we have continued to do. As hard as it is to open up about shame, it's even harder to address in the church. Pastor Mike dares us to cross that line and show what can …
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Shame is the unshakable feeling that we don’t belong, tempting us to run away from God and his people. Shame can be tied to something done to us, something we have done, or something we have continued to do. As hard as it is to open up about shame, it's even harder to address in the church. Pastor Mike dares us to cross that line and show what can …
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One in five adults deals with anxiety, caught in a snowballing avalanche of what-ifs and worst-case scenarios. As we enter another year of uncertainty and alarming headlines, it seems that, more than ever, people are being overcome by anxiety. There isn't a quick solution. But Pastor Mike says actively doing these four things, with the work of the …
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One in five adults deals with anxiety, caught in a snowballing avalanche of what-ifs and worst-case scenarios. As we enter another year of uncertainty and alarming headlines, it seems that, more than ever, people are being overcome by anxiety. There isn't a quick solution. But Pastor Mike says actively doing these four things, with the work of the …
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Where do you start the journey of forgiveness? Is forgiveness a "one and done"? Or is it a process we need to deal with daily? What the Bible has to say about forgiveness is not only helpful and powerful; it's shockingly offensive. Part 2 of 2. Today's Tough Question: What's a Go-to Spot to Explain Christianity? ** Program note: This is the radio e…
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Where do you start the journey of forgiveness? Is forgiveness a "one and done"? Or is it a process we need to deal with daily? What the Bible has to say about forgiveness is not only helpful and powerful; it's shockingly offensive. Part 1 of 2. Today's Tough Question: Is pornography considered adultery? What solutions can you offer to fight pornogr…
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The people in our lives can lead us in different directions, good and bad. There are fools, the wise, and everyone in between. So how do we deal with people? How do we find our people? How do we know whom to trust? And whom to avoid? With the guidance of the wisest man in the ancient world, Pastor Mike gives us biblical insight on how to deal with …
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The people in our lives can lead us in different directions, good and bad. There are fools, the wise, and everyone in between. So how do we deal with people? How do we find our people? How do we know whom to trust? And whom to avoid? With the guidance of the wisest man in the ancient world, Pastor Mike gives us biblical insight on how to deal with …
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"Be who you are." "You do you." That's what the world tells us. But what does Jesus say? When you're dealing with all the ups and downs of life, all your strengths and weaknesses, and all the complicating details of your life story, Jesus says the exact opposite: Don't be you. Pastor Mike helps us understand what Jesus means as we learn how to deal…
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"Be who you are." "You do you." That's what the world tells us. But what does Jesus say? When you're dealing with all the ups and downs of life, all your strengths and weaknesses, and all the complicating details of your life story, Jesus says the exact opposite: Don't be you. Pastor Mike helps us understand what Jesus means as we learn how to deal…
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Jesus didn't sugarcoat it: following him comes at a great cost because you have to put him first. So why even follow Jesus? Because the reward, Pastor Mike says, is even greater. Part 2 of 2. Today's Tough Questions: Why Do We Still Feel Guilty After Repenting? ** Program note: This is the radio edit of our program! On April 29, "Time of Grace With…
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Jesus didn't sugarcoat it: following him comes at a great cost because you have to put him first. So why even follow Jesus? Because the reward, Pastor Mike says, is even greater. Part 1 of 2. Today's Tough Questions: Why Pray if God Is All-Knowing? ** Program note: This is the radio edit of our program! On April 29, "Time of Grace With Mike Novotny…
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Pride isn't always thinking too much of ourselves; sometimes it's just thinking of ourselves too much. And that self-focus often leads to a mess. So how do we humble ourselves? Where do we start? Part 2 of 2. Today's Tough Questions: How to Talk About Jesus When My Friend's Parents Aren't in Heaven? ** Program note: This is the radio edit of our pr…
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Pride isn't always thinking too much of ourselves; sometimes it's just thinking of ourselves too much. And that self-focus often leads to a mess. So how do we humble ourselves? Where do we start? Part 1 of 2. Today's Tough Questions: How can we express the importance of marriage to the younger generation when our culture doesn’t respect biblical vi…
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Hell is a relic from a fear-based, fire-and-brimstone age, a cruel tool used by church authorities to maintain power and control. So why did Jesus himself mention it so much? Why is he the number-one user of the word “hell” in the entire Bible? Why was he unembarrassed to talk about fire, darkness, and eternal death? Modern Christians need to know …
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Hell is a relic from a fear-based, fire-and-brimstone age, a cruel tool used by church authorities to maintain power and control. So why did Jesus himself mention it so much? Why is he the number-one user of the word “hell” in the entire Bible? Why was he unembarrassed to talk about fire, darkness, and eternal death? Modern Christians need to know …
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Say “damn” in mixed company and few will blink. Say “doctrine” and most will stare. According to contemporary culture, doctrine is something archaic, oppressive, and unhealthy for our souls. But Pastor Mike pushes us today to think about doctrine more critically as we ask ourselves, "What do I believe, and why do I believe it?" while we examine whe…
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Say “damn” in mixed company and few will blink. Say “doctrine” and most will stare. According to contemporary culture, doctrine is something archaic, oppressive, and unhealthy for our souls. But Pastor Mike pushes us today to think about doctrine more critically as we ask ourselves, "What do I believe, and why do I believe it?" while we examine whe…
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Asking us to submit is seen as the most offensive idea of our day. To submit to political power, the "head of the household," or organized religion betrays America's strongest and highest value of "my truth." But the God of love, law, and order disagrees. He calls us to submit to him, to governing authorities, to church leaders, and to husbands. Pa…
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Asking us to submit is seen as the most offensive idea of our day. To submit to political power, the "head of the household," or organized religion betrays America's strongest and highest value of "my truth." But the God of love, law, and order disagrees. He calls us to submit to him, to governing authorities, to church leaders, and to husbands. Pa…
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"Dirty words" in the Bible? Yes, and you may be surprised what the words are. Pastor Mike and Amber Albee Swenson discuss Pastor Mike's new upcoming sermon series, "Dirty Bible Words." They also work into the conversation how Amber may be running for president, how Pastor Mike's love of peach rings relates to this topic, and an update on Pastor Mik…
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"Forgiveness" might not seem like an offensive word until we think about what it actually means: giving grace to people who deserve only punishment. Culture would prefer to cancel, label, and dismiss the guilty, but God’s f-word interrupts our system of justice and offers the grace of sending sins away. Part 2 of 2 Today's Tough Questions: What if …
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"Forgiveness" might not seem like an offensive word until we think about what it actually means: giving grace to people who deserve only punishment. Culture would prefer to cancel, label, and dismiss the guilty, but God’s f-word interrupts our system of justice and offers the grace of sending sins away. Part 1 of 2 Today's Tough Questions: Is It Ba…
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When life seems unfair and we're crying out to God in prayer, why does he take so long to bring about justice? Why do we need to keep knocking and keep praying? Pastor Mike says there is a reason why Jesus makes us wait. Part 2 of 2. Today's Tough Questions: How Can the Harsh OT God Be the Loving NT God? ** Program note: This is the radio edit of o…
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When life seems unfair and we're crying out to God in prayer, why does he take so long to bring about justice? Why do we need to keep knocking and keep praying? Pastor Mike says there is a reason why Jesus makes us wait. Part 1 of 2. Today's Tough Questions: What Does God Say About Asexuality? ** Program note: This is the radio edit of our program!…
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Prayer should be simple, right? You talk; God listens. But it's not always that easy because there are two big dangers that happen when you try to pray. How do you avoid them? Fortunately for us, Jesus pointed out these problems and then gave brilliant solutions like only he could. Part 1 of 2. Today's Tough Questions: — Is It a Sin to Wear Legging…
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Prayer should be simple, right? You talk; God listens. But it's not always that easy because there are two big dangers that happen when you try to pray. How do you avoid them? Fortunately for us, Jesus pointed out these problems and then gave brilliant solutions like only he could. Part 1 of 2. Today's Tough Questions: — How Do We Push Through Unce…
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If you had to grade your prayer life, what would you give yourself? If there's room to improve, what can you do? There's a simple truth, Pastor Mike says, that will bring you one step closer to the prayer life so many of us crave. Part 2 of 2. Today's Tough Questions: What Can I Do if My Adult Kids No Longer Believe? ** Program note: This is the ra…
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If you had to grade your prayer life, what would you give yourself? If there's room to improve, what can you do? There's a simple truth, Pastor Mike says, that will bring you one step closer to the prayer life so many of us crave. Part 1 of 2. Today's Tough Questions: Are We Responsible for Others' Sins? ** Program note: This is the radio edit of o…
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You're not the best, the strongest, the fastest, the most patient, or the most loving. But God isn't waiting for that day or that year when you finally start winning a few victories. It's when you feel stuck and at your weakest when you see God's glory. Part 2 of 2. Today's Tough Questions: - When Do My Thoughts Cross the Line to Lust and Sin? - Wh…
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You're not the best, the strongest, the fastest, the most patient, or the most loving. But God isn't waiting for that day or that year when you finally start winning a few victories. It's when you feel stuck and at your weakest when you see God's glory. Part 1 of 2. Today's Tough Question: How Do We Know Who's a True Christian? ** Program note: Thi…
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"Let my people go," God said 3,500 years ago to the king of Egypt who enslaved God's people. God fought to set his people free. And though he no longer uses frogs or flies like he did back then, God still fights for us today. Pastor Mike shares two of those ways in today's message. Part 1 of 2. Today's Tough Question: Women aren't allowed to hold h…
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"Let my people go," God said 3,500 years ago to the king of Egypt who enslaved God's people. God fought to set his people free. And though he no longer uses frogs or flies like he did back then, God still fights for us today. Pastor Mike shares two of those ways in today's message. Part 1 of 2. Today's Tough Question: Must a Christian Attend Church…
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When life gets messy and complicated, we find ourselves wanting to tap out, give up, and object to God. But God doesn't give up on us. Pastor Mike shows us three things God does to overcome our objections and arguments with him while providing for us during our time of need. Part 2 of 2. Today's Tough Question: Why Would God Allow Good Kids to Die?…
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When life gets messy and complicated, we find ourselves wanting to tap out, give up, and object to God. But God doesn't give up on us. Pastor Mike shows us three things God does to overcome our objections and arguments with him while providing for us during our time of need. Part 1 of 2. Today's Tough Question: Can We Live Together Before Marriage?…
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God certainly can do miracles. But he normally doesn't. Instead, he works through the most natural people and natural means. Pastor Mike explores the story of Moses to uncover three ways God works through ordinary people like us. Part 2 of 2. ** Program note: This is the radio edit of our program! On April 29, "Time of Grace With Mike Novotny" star…
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God certainly can do miracles. But he normally doesn't. Instead, he works through the most natural people and natural means. Pastor Mike explores the story of Moses to uncover three ways God works through ordinary people like us. Part 1 of 2. ** Program note: This is the radio edit of our program! On April 29, "Time of Grace With Mike Novotny" star…
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At the very end of the book of Job, God shows up to talk to Job, who needed an answer to why he had to suffer and endure such unfathomable pain. But spoiler alert: Job never gets an answer. That's because, Pastor Mike says, we need to remember who we are and who God is. Part 2 of 2. ** Program note: This is the radio edit of our program! On April 2…
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At the very end of the book of Job, God shows up to talk to Job, who needed an answer to why he had to suffer and endure such unfathomable pain. But spoiler alert: Job never gets an answer. That's because, Pastor Mike says, we need to remember who we are and who God is. Part 1 of 2. ** Program note: This is the radio edit of our program! On April 2…
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When we're in pain or when tragedy has struck, it's natural to ask, "Why?" But, Pastor Mike warns, demanding an answer to that question can be dangerous. Because when we incorrectly answer it or insist on trying to find out why, it can all go wrong. Instead, reading through the book of Job, we discover two truths that help us when we don't know the…
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When we're in pain or when tragedy has struck, it's natural to ask, "Why?" But, Pastor Mike warns, demanding an answer to that question can be dangerous. Because when we incorrectly answer it or insist on trying to find out why, it can all go wrong. Instead, reading through the book of Job, we discover two truths that help us when we don't know the…
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How should we respond when people we care about are in pain? We want to say the right words and do the right things. But we don't know exactly what those right things are, making it easy to get it wrong and cause more pain. Instead, here are two big ideas Pastor Mike shares on what we can expect after tragedy—and what we can do. Part 2 of 2. ** Pro…
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