For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world.
2 Cor. 10:3-4 NIV
The harsh reality of war and destruction has caused immense pain and devastation to the world over the centuries. Some have seemed necessary and justified while others have been nothing more than mass murder and genocide. The problem however is not political, racial or economical. It is spiritual.
Our enemy the devil deceived mankind and the result was sin, that then lead to the first murder as found in Genesis, and we have been at war ever since. The way to combat this is through the weapons of prayer, faith, scripture, righteousness and the gospel. We will not overcome in this world by physical force, but by living out the truth that Jesus Christ has and will defeat our ultimate enemies; Satan, sin and death. We may be at war, but we know that the battle is won and one day soon we will live in the fullness of God's victory.
This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
1 John 4:10-11 NIV
It has been said that love is simply a feeling that cannot be defined by words, logic or truth. It is portrayed in pop culture as a fleeting romantic rush that seems to move and change as it wills. This is a very sad, shallow and dysfunctional view of love. Thank God it's not true.
True love is found in the reality of God and the gospel of his son Jesus. This love is real because it has been given freely to us at a great personal cost to God. The depravity of our sin is great, but the gracious love that was demonstrated on the cross is even greater. Only a heart that has been truly changed by this truth can give out lasting love sincerely to others. This love goes deep. Will you receive it?
Hi KGF Families:
This fall in UpTown has been wonderful. We have had a great growth in the UpTown Kids@ KGF and it has been awesome seeing the kids learning about God's Word, making friends, worshipping together and being excited to come each week.
Thanksgiving was bubbling over with Thankfulness, and we had a wonderful time. Make sure you look at the Thankful trees in the UpTown hallways.
As part of our current series "You've Got Mail" looking at the 7 letters to the 7 churches in Revelation, we are face to face with the concept of idolatry, which was rampant in the society surrounding these churches. Truth is, we today face idolatry, it only looks different.
Two years ago at KGF, we walked through an important four part series entitled “Modern Day Idolatry”, and I felt it would be good to draw our attention back to it during this current series.
Have you ever thought of yourself as an idol worshipper? Probably not. But idol worship is not simply bowing down to statues. It is much bigger than that. As Pastor Mike explains in part 1 of this 4 part series entitled "Modern Day Idolatry", we have a natural tendency to worship created things instead of the creator of things. What happens when these things take up residence ahead of God? And how can we change that?
KGF was blessed to have 26 of our staff, board members and lay leaders together for the 20th annual Global Leadership Summit. We were part of 7,000 leaders who gathered from around Canada, and over 100,000 leaders around the world who sought to hear from God on the issue of leading our churches well. Two of our team members, Marcus & Amy, share their reflections here.
Part 1 – Marcus Schmaling
I think it would be impossible to walk away from the Global Leadership Summit unchanged—without being profoundly encouraged and spurred on to follow Jesus with renewed passion. From the two days of listening to some of the world’s most gifted Christian leaders, sharing our thoughts and ideas, and praying together as a church (the KGF group gathered together during lunches), I am taking with me three things:
As our church family continues to grow, we are looking to maximize every space at KGF. That's why you are noticing some renovations on our Gym Stage. Jake and team are transitioning this into two useful rooms and some better storage. Look for completion by Christmas.
As we launched our new series "You've Got Mail", Pastor Mike for fun asked the congregation through our online YouVersion event, "When was the last time you actually sat down and wrote someone a letter, put a stamp on it, and put it in the mailbox?" Here are the responses :) Similiar to your experience?
October 18, 19 & 20th there is a great opportunity to invite family, friends and neighbors to a Free Event with a Carnival, BBQ and Free Concerts with Duggie Dug Dug from the U.K. Your children will know some of his songs from UpTown.
This is a shared outreach offered by the Children's Ministries from a variety of churches in Kelowna, being held at Kelowna Christian Center off Hwy 33 by Ben Lee Park in Rutland.
For more information go to: www.missionlifekelowna.ca.
Eric & Cheryl are spending six months in Uganda with a Christian relief organization. Here is the first of their blog posts. You can follow them on Facebook here: Find out more about the ministry they are there with, ACTS, here:
Blog number 1 – October 7, 2012
I am laying here under my mosquito net at Canada House in Mbarara, Uganda, reflecting on the last two weeks.
We began our journey in Comox, BC where we met at the Shantz Haus Hostel for orientation week. We met up with our team mates, Derek Rempel a Ledcor intern, Beth Wilson from New Brunswick, Melissa (Ledcor intern), Andrew, and Theo (1) MacGregor, David Moore (ACTS director), Richard Roberts, Bernie and Nancy, and Marie (a nursing student). The team instantly connected, this may be due to having a 1 year old to entertain. Theo’s Grandma watched him for the week of orientation so his parents could concentrate on training. During training we discussed the nature of culture in general and the Ugandan culture specifically, culture shock and reverse culture shock, as well as what our main jobs will look like.