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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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As we head into the Christmas season, we can find ourselves doubting. Did a virgin really give birth to God's Son? Did Jesus really die on a cross, rise on the third day, then float up to heaven? And if I believe in him, I'll get to go to heaven? Pastor Mike wrestles with this tension: we prefer not to have doubts about our faith and God, but so ma…
 
It's Christmastime . . . which also means it's a time full of stress. Pastor Mike and Amber Albee Swenson preview the December sermon series, "Christmas Stress," and look at some of the stressors we all deal with: doubt, prayer, pride, and feeling overwhelmed. As they give us a sneak peek, we also learn that Pastor Mike had a custom-built altar of …
 
Most religions teach that if we mess up a relationship with the divine, we have to fix it. If our karma is bad or our scale shows more bad deeds than good or if we've broken a few too many commandments, we'd better make up for it. And that's what makes Christianity different: God reconciled us. But what does that actually mean? Pastor Mike digs dee…
 
Every year around this time, Pastor Mike comes to a realization of gratitude. It’s something we can all relate to as well—especially on this Thanksgiving Day. Check out our newest video project, Bible Breath With Pastor Jeremy Mattek! https://youtu.be/UWHreTMY788 Check out our other podcasts! Search for these on your favorite podcast app. – The Non…
 
It's not unusual to wonder if we're significant, if we've really made a difference in other people's lives. We often feel that way because we're not where we think we should be in life. But, as Pastor Jeremy reminds us, we actually are exactly where God wants us to be. In this Thanksgiving message, Pastor Jeremy digs into the book of Esther and sho…
 
This week, Pastor Mike answers tough questions from viewers like you. This week, Pastor Mike answers tough questions from viewers like you. This week's devotional series by Pastor Mike is also featured on our Grace Talks Daily Devotional podcast! Check out our newest video project, Bible Breath With Pastor Jeremy Mattek! https://youtu.be/UWHreTMY78…
 
When does our identity change into someone who is saved, especially since we know we will sin again? This week, Pastor Mike answers tough questions from viewers like you. This week's devotional series by Pastor Mike is also featured on our Grace Talks Daily Devotionals podcast! Check out our newest video project, Bible Breath With Pastor Jeremy Mat…
 
We want to do the right, godly thing and help our addict parents. But it would be so much easier to cut ties with them, especially with all the pain they have caused. Here's Pastor Mike's advice on finding balance on that narrow road of bitterness and having no boundaries. This week, Pastor Mike answers tough questions from viewers like you. This w…
 
We are in a constant war zone against the devil, Pastor Mike says. Here's what we need to know in order to fight this battle. This week, Pastor Mike answers tough questions from viewers like you. This week's devotional series by Pastor Mike is also featured on our Grace Talks Daily Devotionals podcast! Check out our newest video project, Bible Brea…
 
We don't find the word "Trinity" in the Bible. But the concept of three separate people in one God is exactly what the Bible teaches. This week, Pastor Mike answers tough questions from viewers like you. This week's devotional series by Pastor Mike is also featured on our Grace Talks Daily Devotionals podcast! Check out our newest video project, Bi…
 
Many people say they follow Jesus, but how do we really know? This week, Pastor Mike answers tough questions from viewers like you. This week's devotional series by Pastor Mike is also featured on our Grace Talks Daily Devotionals podcast! Check out our newest video project, Bible Breath With Pastor Jeremy Mattek! https://youtu.be/UWHreTMY788 Check…
 
What kind of connection is there between God and music? We often take music for granted but, Pastor Mike reminds us, it is a miracle that the Bible has so much to say about. Pastor Mike covers two big ideas that attest to the power of God and music. Get your copy of our new 365-day devotion, In God's Presence Every Day! https://bit.ly/3WmqGwp Check…
 
So much of life hinges on this single thing we call self-control—because there are so many temptations that can overcome us. So how do we get more self-control? Pastor Mike zeroes in on two big ways that God helps us have more self-control. Get your copy of our new 365-day devotion, In God's Presence Every Day! https://bit.ly/3WmqGwp Check out our …
 
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. Get your copy of "When Life Hurts": https://bit.ly/3RzKMQh Check out our newest…
 
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…
 
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. Get your copy of "W…
 
When life is hard and it doesn't feel like God is doing enough to relieve us of the pain, we start to question God and his love for us. But, Pastor Mike warns, to do that is exactly what the devil wants. Instead, we can follow the example of a man named Job who suffered a level of pain and loss we can't begin to imagine. How can we respond like Job…
 
We've got a bonus episode today for you! Pastor Mike gives you the first chapter of his book, The Basics: God. You. Jesus. Faith. About The Basics: 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 answe…
 
If God has the power to end all our pain and provide answers for all the hurt we've been through, why doesn't he? Why does he let bad things happen to good people? Pastor Mike takes these often-asked questions, flips them, and challenges us to examine our motives: Why do we love God? Or do we just love his blessings? Get your copy of "When Life Hur…
 
Pop quiz: The book of Job is about _____? Pastor Mike's answer might surprise you. In fact, it almost resulted in Amber getting into a car accident. Pastor Mike and Amber Albee Swenson give us the goods behind October's sermon series, "Seriously, God?," which looks at the book of Job. They talk about why there's pain in life, why many of us tend no…
 
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. Get your copy of…
 
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. Get your copy of "Stories to Change Your Life": htt…
 
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…
 
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…
 
Pastor Mike and Amber Albee Swenson give us a preview of September's new TV message series, "Jesus' Growth Plan for Me." While discussing Jesus' parables that this series is based on, we also learn 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 tha…
 
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. Make your gift to Time of Grace g…
 
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. Make your gift to Time of Grace go twice as far with our $155,000 Challenge Grant! As thanks…
 
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. Make your…
 
Now that you know more about God, Jesus, and faith, what do you do next? About The Basics: 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 unde…
 
What does it mean to have faith? About The Basics: 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…
 
Who exactly was Jesus? And what was the purpose of his life? Spoiler: Jesus is the way for you and GOD to get back together. About The Basics: 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…
 
You and I have the same problem. We do some good and perhaps are mostly good, but we are not entirely good. We are not good to an extent that makes us enough to be in the presence of GOD. So how is it possible to reach GOD's high standard? About The Basics: Who is God? What is he like? What does he think of you? What exactly was Jesus all about? Ho…
 
GOD is where this journey begins. As tempting as it is to jump into you and Jesus, Christianity won't make much sense (or seem all that urgent) unless we slow down and think about GOD. About The Basics: 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” mea…
 
What is it that made Jesus so magnetic? About The Basics: 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 i…
 
Kindness. Our culture seems infatuated with it as we all preach kindness. Yet it's often difficult to be kind because kindness comes at a cost to us. What does it take to transform our hearts into making us the kind, loving people God calls us to be? The answer, Pastor Mike says, starts with remembering this. Get a free download of Pastor Mike's bo…
 
Help us have more . . . what? Not material possessions or wealth. But, more fruits of the spirit! Pastor Mike and Amber Albee Swenson—one of our Time of Grace bloggers, podcasters, and writers—give a sneak peek at August's new TV message series, "Help Me Have More," and discuss the fruits of kindness, joy, peace, and patience. In the midst of their…
 
The reality of heaven and hell is one that Jesus himself talked about. By looking at what he says about them in the Bible, we get the incredible perspective on what comes next and how we should feel about our place after we’re done on this earth. Get a free download of Pastor Mike's book, "The Basics: God. You. Jesus. Faith." at https://timeofgrace…
 
How do we reconcile the tension of science and religion? What are we supposed to do when we feel like we need to walk away from Jesus for the sake of hard evidence? Pastor Mike gives us five compelling ideas to remind us that, according to the Bible, we don't need to choose between head and heart. Get a free download of Pastor Mike's book, "The Bas…
 
Hypocrites are everywhere, pretending to be one thing when they're really something else. What do we do when we meet one or—worse yet—when we have BEEN one? In this message, we examine our own identity and see who we are as seen through the eyes of Jesus. Get a free download of Pastor Mike's book, "The Basics: God. You. Jesus. Faith." at https://ti…
 
Are we really born sinful? That's a hard pill for many people to swallow. What if we asked Moses, Paul, and Jesus this question? What would they say? Take a closer look at the Bible's teaching about the human heart, and the answer is clear. Get a free download of Pastor Mike's book, "The Basics: God. You. Jesus. Faith." at https://timeofgrace.org/d…
 
Is the Bible really a HOLY book? What makes it unique from all the other books of other religions? Pastor Mike lays out the reasons why we can lean heavily on the accuracy and truth of this ancient text. Get a free download of Pastor Mike's book, "The Basics: God. You. Jesus. Faith." at https://timeofgrace.org/download-the-basics/ Get your copy of …
 
There are some questions and objections that keep skeptics from seeking faith. You may have asked those questions privately yourself. So if people are asking those questions, that's even more reason to tackle them head-on. Pastor Mike is joined by Time of Grace Creative Media Director, Nhia Yang, to give a sneak peek at July's TV message series, "S…
 
What do you do when you can't forgive yourself? Pastor Mike shares three situations when it is especially hard to forgive our own actions—and reveals the two offensive truths about us when we think we can't forgive ourselves. If you have questions and want to know more about God, like what does he think of you, what exactly was Jesus all about, how…
 
Does forgiving someone mean you act like their sin against you never happened? And then even if you forgive, how do you heal? The apostle Paul tells you exactly what you need to do. If you have questions and want to know more about God, like what does he think of you, what exactly was Jesus all about, how do you get “saved” and just what exactly do…
 
Forgiving someone can be one of the hardest things God calls you to do. But how are you expected to do it when it seems impossible? Pastor Mike shows how our relationship with Christ is key in how we behave toward those who have wronged us. If you have questions and want to know more about God, like what does he think of you, what exactly was Jesus…
 
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. If you have questions and want to know more about God, like what does he think of you, what exactly was Jesus all abou…
 
Why is it so hard to forgive? Here's a double whammy for you: not only is forgiving hard; it is offensive. It feels so offensive to let it go when someone sins against you and they deserve payback—but instead you're supposed to love and not seek revenge. So . . . how do you forgive? Pastor Mike and Dr. Bruce Becker from the Time of Grace team give …
 
Churches today face the temptation of believing they are faithful while subtly compromising their values, especially when it comes to biblical sexual morality. It's an uncomfortable topic that needs to be addressed, Pastor Mike says, in order to enjoy God's gift of sex, to understand the consequences of falling to sexual temptations, and to see how…
 
This week, Pastor Mike answers tough questions from viewers like you. This week's devotional series by Pastor Mike is also featured on our Grace Talks Daily Devotional podcast! If you have questions and want to know more about God, like what does he think of you, what exactly was Jesus all about, how do you get “saved” and just what exactly does it…
 
Is it wrong to bless financially those who don't believe in Jesus and won't be good stewards of money? This week, Pastor Mike answers tough questions from viewers like you. This week's devotional series by Pastor Mike is also featured on our Grace Talks Daily Devotional podcast! If you have questions and want to know more about God, like what does …
 
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