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Check out the video version of the podcast here: https://link.goodhope.ag/squirrels [New episodes every other Thursday morning] Pastor Mike Stevens, of Good Hope Church in Cloquet, MN, casually discusses Biblical concepts with friends to present a lighter, yet still theologically accurate, approach to the scriptures. Pastor Mike leads a vibrant body of believers as they reach up to the Living God, rise up in their faith, and reach out to the world around them.
 
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 ...
 
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 ...
 
Pastor Mike has led his very popular Bible study class for many years. His class is an overview of scripture, from Genesis through Revelation. Along the way he looks at the Bible's original authors and the cultures in which they lived; he examines the communities for whom the scriptures were written, and asks questions about the Bible's meaning for today. People who have taken the class report that they had never heard some of the ideas he presents, and that it opened the Bible in a new and ...
 
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We all know a highly organized person who loves checking boxes, planning everything, and getting things done, and we are blessed to have them in our lives. Maybe we ARE that person. But what happens when these strengths of organization and productivity are turned up too high? Diving into the account of two sisters in the Bible, Pastor Mike gives us…
 
Chasing Squirrels with Pastor Mike Stevens Season 2, Ep. 10 [I'm new to church and God, where do I start?] Video Version: [ Chasing Squirrels Podcast ] In the second season of Chasing Squirrels with Pastor Mike, the crew takes on some questions that were gathered from the congregation over the spring of 2022. STAY CONNECTED Daily Devotionals with P…
 
We live in a world where apps and technology play an increasingly large role in our lives. Many of us keep our smart phones and tablets by our side, rushing to check them every time a new notification beeps. Although apps have plenty of useful applications and can even help us stay connected to others, they can also become a major distraction if we…
 
Sometimes it’s difficult to understand why people do what they do. Without an understanding of inward motivations, outward actions sometimes just don’t make sense. In the book The Big Short by Michael Lewis, the thought process of investors who predicted the collapse of the housing market in the 2000’s is explained. During the buildup to the financ…
 
We often have to be among the best to be chosen. But what if we're not the best? Or even close to it? Good thing for us that Jesus isn't like that. He didn't choose the best and the brightest. Instead, he picked people just like us: sinful, complicated people who sometimes aren't even considered good. Or, in the case of the apostle Peter, Jesus pic…
 
It's hard for us to believe, but it's true—Jesus can and does use flawed people like us. That's the message of Pastor Mike's new sermon series, ME on Team Jesus? Pastor Mike and Amber Albee Swenson give a sneak peek as they talk about how Jesus used those who were prideful, stressed, angry, greedy, and broken, and how he continues to use them (us!)…
 
There are a wide variety of opinions on just about every subject you can think of: politics, economics, art, religion, … Each person approaches these subjects from a different point of view based on their own experiences and perspectives. Sometimes, the result is positive; ideas are refined, and new solutions arise. However, differences in these su…
 
There’s no question about it: following Jesus comes at a cost. Sometimes we may even be tempted to rethink following Jesus when the cost feels too great. But Pastor Mike gives us one big idea for those moments when we feel the weight so we don’t make Jesus a part of our past but part of our present and eternal future. Check out our newest video pro…
 
Often when asked what we are looking for, we are clearly searching for something in particular--likely an object we have misplaced--and we give a quick and concrete answer. "I'm looking for my glasses," or "I can't find my keys!" In this week's scripture passage, Jesus asks this question of two men who have begun to follow him, "what are you lookin…
 
Every one of us has lies in our head that we can’t seem to shake. What can we do when we get stuck in our own heads with these deceptive thoughts? The apostle Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians gives us encouragement in how we can take back our minds from those lies that have lived there for far too long. Check out our newest video project, Bi…
 
We often sell ourselves short, emphasizing our weaknesses rather than our strengths. When confronted by significant challenges, whether they’re our own or someone else’s, we sometimes feel inadequate to meet those challenges and defer to other “more capable” people to deal with them for us. This can be on a small scale, such as confronting an unfai…
 
So much of our thoughts start from this simple thing: words. Words turn into what we think, which turns into what we do, which eventually shapes us. And that’s why it’s important for us to examine the kinds of words we find ourselves reading and listening to. Are they the right words that will speak love to us so we don’t fall apart? That will help…
 
This Sunday, we celebrate Epiphany, a celebration of the revelation of the incarnation of God as Jesus Christ. Although it’s a seasonal celebration for the entire church, it’s also a time to reflect on our personal revelation of the nature of Jesus Christ. Jesus came to us as a Jewish child in the first century, but he has been revealed as the Son …
 
We’re constantly thinking. We think about ourselves, relationships, life, challenges, and blessings. What we think about determines how we are in our day-to-day lives. So that begs the question: Are we thinking the right thoughts? Are our thoughts aligned with God’s? With guidance from the apostle Paul, Pastor Mike helps us learn how to take contro…
 
Chasing Squirrels with Pastor Mike Stevens Season 2, Ep. 9 [How to recognize bad religion?] Video Version: [ Chasing Squirrels Podcast ] In the second season of Chasing Squirrels with Pastor Mike, the crew takes on some questions that were gathered from the congregation over the spring of 2022. STAY CONNECTED Daily Devotionals with Pastor Mike: htt…
 
How often do you feel the need to think about what you're thinking about? That's the premise of Pastor Mike's new upcoming sermon series, What Was I Thinking? Pastor Mike and Amber dive into this four-part series that looks at whether what we're thinking matches with what God's thinking. In their always-interesting dialogue, we discover what are Pa…
 
Isn’t it wonderful that Christmas falls on a Sunday this year? After rising early on Christmas morning to exchange gifts and maybe have a nice breakfast, we get to come together with friends and our church family to sing and celebrate the ultimate gift offered by God to humanity – the gift of the Christ child. We get to be vividly reminded of the r…
 
Pastor Mike reminds us that it truly is a miracle that God came down from heaven for us. To stay rooted in Jesus, subscribe to our daily email! https://timeofgrace.org/subscribe/ 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 …
 
The Christmas season can be crazy busy with shopping, presents, and parties. Or it can be crazy hard, with difficult relationships, anxiety, and depression. It's not a stretch to say we're all feeling a little stressed. And yet, two thousand years ago when the world was even more chaotic, Jesus came right into the middle of the craziness—because it…
 
In this fourth week of advent our theme is “love.” It’s so appropriate to conclude the advent season with a focus on love since love could easily be considered the theme of the entire Bible. As the passage from 1 John 4:7-8 so eloquently puts it, “Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and know…
 
What do you think about yourself, especially compared to others? How we answer that question reveals a lot about us. Because, Pastor Mike says, God will flip it: God will smash the pride of people who think they’re so good. And those who know they’re not will be raised up. Why does God do this? When you give to our $150,000 Challenge Grant by Decem…
 
Chasing Squirrels with Pastor Mike Stevens Season 2, Ep. 8 [Can you still honor your father while not having a relationship with him?] Video Version: [ Chasing Squirrels Podcast ] In the second season of Chasing Squirrels with Pastor Mike, the crew takes on some questions that were gathered from the congregation over the spring of 2022. STAY CONNEC…
 
The excitement has become palpable as we enter the third week of Advent. It’s at this time that we might feel a little more stressed as we start to approach the deadlines of sending gifts and cards, preparing for parties, and finalizing our plans for the Christmas season. Appropriately, the theme for this week is “Joy” which helps bring us back wit…
 
Why is it so hard for us to pray? If we believe in God and know he can change things, why do we end up praying so little? If we're honest, Pastor Mike says, maybe it's because it's hard to believe prayer really works. Pastor Mike opens up the Bible to an account in the gospel of Luke that teaches us valuable lessons about the power of prayer. When …
 
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