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In a message of commissioning and challenge, Pastor Marcus speaks to the Graduates, and us, as we cross milestones on this journey of life. Three key things we must never forget: God's Providence, God's Priests, and God's Power.
"So he started out."
For years I had missed these words from the very familiar story of Philip meeting and baptizing the Ethiopian Eunuch in Acts 8. But once God drew them to my attention, I couldn't get them out of my mind.
It's true that everything rises and falls on those four words. Unless we start out, we miss what God has ahead for us.
In God's economy, Invitation + Obedience = Divine Opportunity.
If you want your life to count for eternity, then this message is for you. Because I believe that God is inviting you to start out!
What happens when a village discovers the big red tractor actually has power to move on his own? That's the premise behind Uncle Mike's story time, shared Sunday May 31st @ KGF, with special guest, the handsome & harmonica playing, Farmer Dave. Part of our Big Picture Sunday, and the conclusion of our series, "Never Alone: Everyday with the Holy Spirit
You may not be aware that KGF is part of a much bigger family of Mennonite Brethren churches in our province and country.
We welcome Ron van Akker who works with our BC MB Conference as a pastor to pastors. He’s one of the amazing people who pour into life of our church families on a larger level. We are excited to hear from Ron about the awesome things God is up to around the province, and how we can truly live “Transformissional Lives!”
More information on the work of our BC MB Conference online, www.bcmb.org
Have you ever received a gift but never opened it? Perhaps you forgot about it, or maybe you knew what it was and wanted to leave it boxed up.
In part 6 of our series on the Holy Spirit, we are looking at the tragedy of unopened spiritual gifts. As we’ll see in 1 Corinthians 12:7, “A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.” Time to open your gift and put it to its intended use!
Excited for what God wants to do in each of us through His Word and by the power of His Holy Spirit.
As a kid, we used to love playing the game “Follow the Leader.” The truth is we never outgrow this game, it just ceases being a game. So what happens when the one we are following takes us down the wrong path?
In part 5 of our series, “Never Alone: Everyday with the Holy Spirit”, Pastor Mike Penninga looks at the battle that rages in each of us between following our sinful nature or the Holy Spirit. The great news is there is hope and help for those who place their trust and confidence in the one who has promised victory and a life of fruitful impact. Let’s lean in together!
We long to belong. Belonging is one of our core longings, among our deepest desires. We need to know that we are part of something, that we belong somewhere, that someone cares and knows us.
The truth is that this deepest sense of belonging can only be filled when we discover our rightful position with God. That we belong to Him! And this changes everything.
So excited to open God’s Word together in part 4 of our series, “Never Alone: Everyday with the Holy Spirit.” May God minister deeply to each of us by His Spirit!
What happens when the Holy Spirit gets a hold in a community of believers? Transformation within and beyond! Here's Pastor Levi with part 3 of our series, "Never Alone: Everyday with the Holy Spirit".
“We are not going to move this world by criticism of it nor conformity to it, but by the combustion within it of lives ignited by the Spirit of God.” Pastor & Author Vance Havner.
What does our world need more of? Spirit-filled Christ followers. What is God looking to do in our midst at KGF? Raise up Spirit-filled Christ followers. What will happen as we become Spirit-filled Christ followers? God will move in and through us in powerful ways, and people's lives will be impacted for His glory. That is exciting to me!
In part 2 of our 7 week series entitled “Never Alone: Everyday with the Holy Spirit”, we turn our attention to Acts 1. When the Holy Spirit comes into our lives, we begin living with a power and purpose that truly does change everything. May you see that fanned into flame in your life as you lean into what God has for you.
We're beginning another "first" here at KGF. The first time we have embarked on an extended, intentional journey focused on the person and work of the Holy Spirit.
We're calling this 7 week series, “Never Alone: Everyday With The Holy Spirit”. Our heart for this series is to discover just what the title says, that we are never truly alone. God’s Spirit takes up residence inside all Christ-followers.
But what exactly does that mean? Who is the Holy Spirit and what does He do? How does He guide us? And why did Jesus say it was good for him to go so the Spirit could come?
We are praying for a powerful move of God in each of us as we are awakened and reminded of the Spirit that now lives inside us.
We are on the resurrection side of Easter, and that really does change everything. Easter Sunday we talked about what we are able to leave behind, because Jesus left the grave clothes behind. As we'll see in this message, Peter could leave behind his failure, and move into the future Jesus had planned for him. It’s something we can be assured of as well: the mistakes and missteps of our past do not disqualify us for all God has ahead.
Pastor Mike concludes our 27 week, 6 month journey through this most amazing Gospel of John with one final message of hope, restoration, and a bright future. Be encouraged!
Welcome to Easter Sunday, the most glorious day of the year on so many levels. The message by Pastor Mike Penninga is entitled, “Was the tomb really empty?” Now before you write us off as quacks or heretics, I think you know the answer to that question.
The tomb was not empty. Jesus wasn’t there, but something was there. And that something changes everything.
He Is Risen Indeed!
“Palm Sunday” is the day Jesus’ triumphantly entered Jerusalem, just five days before he would be arrested, tried & crucified for our sins. This is one of the few times during His ministry that the crowds genuinely acknowledged Jesus for who He really was. And we join in that chorus today!
We are grateful on this Big Picture Sunday to have our whole church family together, from young to old and every age between. We cherish this multi-generational gathering, as there are few places in our world where this actually takes place anymore. Let’s embrace and celebrate the gift we have in this church!
We share the Palm Sunday Service (10am) in its entirety here.
If I asked you to recite the Lord’s Prayer, you would most likely begin saying “Our Father, who is in Heaven, hallowed be your name.” And you would be right, because that has become known as the Lord’s Prayer, found in Matthew 6.
But where Matthew 6 is more of a guideline for us on how to pray, John 17 is the best example we have of Jesus praying.
We know Jesus prayed. But we don’t often get a look at what Jesus prayed. That’s why John 17 is so amazing, because it’s the longest recorded prayer of Jesus, spoken on the night before he would go to the cross for us.
It’s 26 verses, about 630 words. It takes only 3 ½ minutes to read it aloud. But it will take all eternity for us to fully understand it! Because it is deep. The good news is, on this darkest night, Jesus was praying for you. Here’s Pastor Mike Penninga with part 24 of our Gospel of John series, “That You May Believe”
If you had one metaphor to describe God, what metaphor would you use? In the middle of Jesus' well-known "Farewell Discourse" (Jn. 13-17), Jesus describes the Father as a Gardener! What a powerful painting of what God is like! The Father is not a distant figure off in outer space, He is near and involved in the stuff of our lives A gardener cannot garden from a distance, he must be near. Come listen to this encouraging word from Pastor Marcus as he unpacks what it means for Jesus to be the True Vine, the Father to be Gardener, and us to be...the branches!