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Mike Novotny - Help Me Have More Peace
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Mike Novotny - Help Me Have More Peace
Mike Novotny - Help Me Have More Peace
When you train your heart to say things like, "But God". Yeah. This is bad, it's scary, this is freaky. I don't know how this is going to turn out, but God is still on the throne. Or like some of you say, God's got this. I don't got this. [...]
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Mike Novotny - Help Me Have More Joy
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Mike Novotny - Help Me Have More Joy
Mike Novotny - Help Me Have More Joy
The reason some grade school and middle school boys place Apex Legends or Minecraft or Halo or the latest craze is because it makes them happy. The reason some of you scroll TikTok, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter is because in some small way, it makes [...]
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Mike Novotny - Help Me Have More Kindness
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Mike Novotny - Help Me Have More Kindness
Mike Novotny - Help Me Have More Kindness
When I sit down and talk with you about life, and we schedule a time to meet in my office or go to coffee shop or come to your home. And you tell me what's going on in life, what you want in life, what you hope to change in life almost always, I can [...]
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Mike Novotny - I Can't Forgive Myself
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Mike Novotny - I Can't Forgive Myself
Mike Novotny - I Can't Forgive Myself
You know, when you throw a stone and it hits someone, and they're willing to leave it alone, but you just have to go and pick it up. And the self-loathing, and the regret, and the bitterness. When we retell the same story of our stupidity from the [...]
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Mike Novotny - I Forgave. Now How Do I Heal?
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Mike Novotny - I Forgave. Now How Do I Heal?
Mike Novotny - I Forgave. Now How Do I Heal?
What exactly does forgiveness look like? How do you heal from the deep wounds that people have caused in your past? Now that's the question in this sinful world all of us are going to have to answer. Which is why I'm so grateful the apostle Paul [...]
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Mike Novotny - When Forgiving Feels Impossible
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Mike Novotny - When Forgiving Feels Impossible
Mike Novotny - When Forgiving Feels Impossible
I was thinking about that in my own life. I have been spared so far, 40 years in, some of the major traumatic wounds that many people have been through. My mom and my dad were good to me. I have never gone through a break-up. I married my first [...]
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Mike Novotny - You Must Forgive EVERY Day
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Mike Novotny - You Must Forgive EVERY Day
Mike Novotny - You Must Forgive EVERY Day
I would like to talk to you today about forgiveness. And that is why Pastor Jim emailed me. If have not met him yet Pastor Jim is the guy on our pastoral team who is kind of known for having a really big, compassionate, empathetic heart. Most [...]
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Mike Novotny - What if There Was an Affair? - Part 2
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Mike Novotny - What if There Was an Affair? - Part 2
Mike Novotny - What if There Was an Affair? - Part 2
But what if you already fell? I know there are double digit people in this room right now that say, "I can't go back, pastor. I wish someone would have told me ten years ago, 'Don't.' Period. I wish someone would have given me that wisdom and [...]
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Mike Novotny - What if There Was an Affair? - Part 1
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Mike Novotny - What if There Was an Affair? - Part 1
Mike Novotny - What if There Was an Affair? - Part 1
I knew that I needed to talk about adultery with you when adultery kept happening among us. Not that long ago, here in our church tragically, there was a couple who is really active in our membership who fell into the sin of infidelity. And then, [...]
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Mike Novotny - Living Together Before Marriage?
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Mike Novotny - Living Together Before Marriage?
Mike Novotny - Living Together Before Marriage?
A few weeks ago, I started a pretty great debate among a group of local pastors. We're all sitting around a big conference table at one of our monthly meetings and I force them to vote, and I only gave them two options to choose from. Option number [...]
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Mike Novotny - What Makes Marriage Work?
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Mike Novotny - What Makes Marriage Work?
Mike Novotny - What Makes Marriage Work?
When one of my older friends told me about his epic anniversary party, I knew I needed to hear the details of exactly what happened. My buddy and his wife were celebrating 50 years together as husband and wife, so they decided to throw this [...]
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Mike Novotny - Do We Compromise Sexual Morality?
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Mike Novotny - Do We Compromise Sexual Morality?
Mike Novotny - Do We Compromise Sexual Morality?
In fact, in this sermon series as we study these letters that Jesus wrote in Revelation 2 and 3. Did you know that there's one topic that comes up in the first letter and the third and the fourth letter. The only topic repeated by Jesus that many [...]
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Mike Novotny - Faith in the Midst of Suffering
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Mike Novotny - Faith in the Midst of Suffering
Mike Novotny - Faith in the Midst of Suffering
I can't think of a single book cover that moves me emotionally quite like this one. This is my personal copy of Eusebius's "The Church History". Have you read it? Have you heard of it? No, I didn't think so. Eusebius was a guy who lived [...]
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Mike Novotny - What if Church Is Boring?
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Mike Novotny - What if Church Is Boring?
Mike Novotny - What if Church Is Boring?
If I'm making eye contact with you right now, that means you're not live here at our church, it means you're watching on TV, it means you're livestreaming on your favorite device. It means that I'm looking to you through the lens of a camera. It's [...]
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Mike Novotny - I'm Supposed to Love THOSE People?
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Mike Novotny - I'm Supposed to Love THOSE People?
Mike Novotny - I'm Supposed to Love THOSE People?
For the past few weeks here at church, we have been talking about what love looks like in the Bible. I am not going to re-preach all three of those messages to you. You can find them online. But basically, we have talked about how love, in the [...]
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Mike Novotny - Show Tough or Tender Love
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Mike Novotny - Show Tough or Tender Love?
Mike Novotny - Show Tough or Tender Love?
If you are taking notes in your program today, here is why. I often tell people in premarital counseling that this is God's definition of love: Love is doing what is best. It might be tough, it might be tender, but love always is asking the question [...]
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Mike Novotny - Whose Truth Do I Trust? The Church's Truth?
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Mike Novotny - Whose Truth Do I Trust? The Church's Truth?
Mike Novotny - Whose Truth Do I Trust? The Church's Truth?
For a couple weeks here we have been talking about truth and we have been talking about trust. Because no matter where you come from and what your background, I am sure you can agree that truth matters. That false news, being deceived, being lied [...]
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Mike Novotny - Whose Truth Do I Trust? Their Truth?
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Mike Novotny - Whose Truth Do I Trust? Their Truth?
Mike Novotny - Whose Truth Do I Trust? Their Truth?
So back in grad school I had a professor use to say this one line again and again and again and again. The line that he wanted to plant very deeply into everyone of his students' hearts was this: "You are what you read". You are what you [...]
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Mike Novotny - Whose Truth Do I Trust? My Truth?
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Mike Novotny - Whose Truth Do I Trust? My Truth?
Mike Novotny - Whose Truth Do I Trust? My Truth?
The simple fact is that at the end of the day everyone of us is believing some voice. And this series is all about figuring out which voice we should believe. It is really hard to know what to do when you are not exactly sure what is true. Let me [...]
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Mike Novotny - Cross
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Mike Novotny - Cross
Mike Novotny - Cross
So, do you know what, Bieber, Tupac, a local pastor, a high-end fashion designer, and motorcycle riders have in common? Their interest in it, the cross. It is pretty curious, isn't it? Can you think of many other things in life that would unite such [...]
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Mike Novotny - Kingdom
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Mike Novotny - Kingdom
Mike Novotny - Kingdom
It is pretty hard to understand the teachings of Jesus unless you know the thing that Jesus taught about the most. If you are sitting right here in church today, if you are watching on the live stream at home, you might be able to take a good guess [...]
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Mike Novotny - Faith
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Mike Novotny - Faith
Mike Novotny - Faith
My family and I took a pilgrimage to one of the most faith filled places on planet earth. You know what that place is? Disney. Have you been there before? To prove that we were good parents my and I wife decided to spend way too much money, stand in [...]
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Mike Novotny - Saved
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Mike Novotny - Saved
Mike Novotny - Saved
There is a Bible right next to my laptop in my office. I got it back in 2003. So just before I said I do and got married. And if you can somehow page through this Bible after church, you would find some pages that look you know not brand new but [...]
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Mike Novotny - Grace
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Mike Novotny - Grace
Mike Novotny - Grace
So, a few decades ago, a massive conference of religious scholars was held over in Europe. And as the scholars all gathered around tables and pulled up their chairs, at one point they got into a discussion whether there was anything particularly [...]
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Mike Novotny - Good
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Mike Novotny - Good
Mike Novotny - Good
Now, good might not seem like the kinda word you need to open up a dictionary for, but actually, if you slow down and think about it, most of us should and we really need to here in church. For example, quick show of hands, raise them up nice and [...]
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Mike Novotny - How to Deal With Shame
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Mike Novotny - How to Deal With Shame
Mike Novotny - How to Deal With Shame
I had this really brilliant plan. I had been meeting people in different areas of my life, and I noticed that all these people had something, you know, really big and really difficult in their life. There was drug addiction, there was alcoholism, [...]
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Mike Novotny - How to Deal With Anxiety
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Mike Novotny - How to Deal With Anxiety
Mike Novotny - How to Deal With Anxiety
About 18 months ago I had my first real personal encounter with anxiety. For most of my life I've been kind of the logical, rational, biblical kind of guy. I'm not super emotional, pretty black and white. The bible says this, or the bible says that. [...]
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Mike Novotny - How to Deal With People
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Mike Novotny - How to Deal With People
Mike Novotny - How to Deal With People
According to a 2013 story from "The New York Times," the average American knows about 600 people. That means if you put together your family and your extended family, your friends and your acquaintances, your roommates, your neighbors, [...]
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Mike Novotny - How to Deal With Yourself
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Mike Novotny - How to Deal With Yourself
Mike Novotny - How to Deal With Yourself
This year is not heaven. All right, put down your pens and your phones for just a second. I need you to put your right hand in the air like this, and make about an inch with your two fingers. Everyone got it? Good. Now I need you to grab about an [...]
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Mike Novotny - I Feel Overwhelmed
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Mike Novotny - I Feel Overwhelmed
Mike Novotny - I Feel Overwhelmed
I don't know all of you, or where you come from, or where you've been, but I have a hunch, no matter how hard you try, no matter how intentionally you attempt to plan, Christmas just ends up being crazy. And I bet that's true in one of two ways. [...]
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Mike Novotny - I Might Have Too Much Pride
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Mike Novotny - I Might Have Too Much Pride
Mike Novotny - I Might Have Too Much Pride
Now, all these professors and teachers that I had in Bible college and in Seminary, they taught me that at the very heart of the Christian faith is a God who flips it. But if you honestly look at the things that Jesus said, and the people to whom he [...]
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Mike Novotny - I Find It Hard to Pray
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Mike Novotny - I Find It Hard to Pray
Mike Novotny - I Find It Hard to Pray
"So, Mike," the radio host asked me once we were live on the air, "Why do you stink at prayer"? I was blessed with an opportunity to talk about this book that I had co-written about prayer and the host asked me from the very [...]
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Mike Novotny - I Sometimes Doubt God
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Mike Novotny - I Sometimes Doubt God
Mike Novotny - I Sometimes Doubt God
In the last month, I had two conversations with two very different women from two very different backgrounds, but the conversations ended up being about the exact same thing, doubt. Doubts about the faith that I believe in, doubts about the book [...]
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Mike Novotny - Christmas Buzzwords, Love
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Mike Novotny - Christmas Buzzwords, Love
Mike Novotny - Christmas Buzzwords, Love
The days have gotten noticeably shorter and the nights are getting noticeably colder, which we all know means it is the season for, say it with me: Hallmark Christmas movies! Can I talk to you about Hallmark Christmas movies for just a second? You [...]
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Mike Novotny - Christmas Buzzwords, Joy
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Mike Novotny - Christmas Buzzwords, Joy
Mike Novotny - Christmas Buzzwords, Joy
So maybe you picked this up already, but one of the four most popular words during the holiday season is the word joy. If you take all the instances of joy that you find in Christmas letters, and on Christmas cards, and in Christmas carols, and in [...]
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Mike Novotny - Christmas Buzzwords, Hope
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Mike Novotny - Christmas Buzzwords: Hope
Mike Novotny - Christmas Buzzwords: Hope
Have you ever stopped to wonder why there are four words that show up so often during this time of the year that do not show up that much during other times of the year? The words hope, and joy, and peace, and love. Like, if a couple of months ago, [...]
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Mike Novotny - It's All About Jesus
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Mike Novotny - It's All About Jesus
Mike Novotny - It's All About Jesus
Back in November of 2019, Instagram decided to change what every picture and post would look like on your feed. Let me show you with a picture from my Instagram. It's a goofy picture of my family I recently took. On the bottom, you see that? It [...]
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Mike Novotny - Jesus Is Worth the Hype
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Mike Novotny - Jesus Is Worth the Hype
Mike Novotny - Jesus Is Worth the Hype
Back when I was growing up in the 1980's as a kid, I used to get really, really hyped about these: Star Wars action figures. I was born in the year 1980, which means I grew up with my older brother, Chris, playing with all of his old school, classic [...]
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Mike Novotny - Jesus Is the Focus
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Mike Novotny - Jesus Is the Focus
Mike Novotny - Jesus Is the Focus
Just ask my mother. When we went back to Appleton here five years ago and I started to pastor this church, we began a tradition in our family that we call FamFest. Every Sunday for lunch, me, my wife, our two kids, my mom, my dad, and my [...]
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Mike Novotny - Even if You're Living With Pain
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Mike Novotny - Even if You're Living With Pain
Mike Novotny - Even if You're Living With Pain
I had a really good message for you today. Maybe you caught the past tense, I had one. We have been talking in this series about grumbling, and gratitude, and God, and I thought I would end these messages with one of my favorite passages on [...]
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