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Our family had the chance to take in the IPE in Armstrong at the end of August. Loved it, lots to see and do. And one thing we enjoyed was a Children’s Illusionist who dazzled us with his “slight of hand” tricks. I don’t want to give things away, but there is no magic involved. It’s simply a matter of the illusionist distracting you so your eyes go where he wants you to go and away from what he wants to do.
When it comes to Jesus, people want to distract you from the main point. They will bring up evolution, or abortion, or the various denominations, or poor examples of Christianity in the past, or politics, or Bible translations. But anytime we move our frame anywhere other than Jesus, we are putting our eyes on the wrong thing.
In Part 2 of our extended series in the Gospel of John entitled “That You May Believe”, Pastor Mike invites us to fix our eyes on Jesus. Because it matters who you are looking at!
The Gospel message is really love coming to town. Love taking up residence. The creator becoming part of his created. The author stepping into the story.
John 1:14 in the Message paraphrase reads "the Word became flesh and blood and moved into the neighborhood.
Why? The answer is in this amazing quote from St. Augustine.
“God became a man for this purpose: since you, a human being, could not reach God, but you can reach other humans, you might now reach God through a man. And so the man Christ Jesus became the mediator of God and human beings. God became a man so that following a man—something you are able to do—you might reach God, which was formerly impossible to you.” —St. Augustine
Don’t miss this. People will argue about a lot of things, but you need to settle this. . .who was Jesus, and what does that mean to me today? That’s what this Gospel is about. Answering the “who” question, and how that changes everything. The whole purpose, That You May Believe. . .
Here's Pastor Mike and week 1 of this new, extended series in the Gospel of John.
We were not meant to journey through life alone.
This isn’t a married thing or a single thing it’s a human thing.
We are hard-wired for relationship, for traveling companions, and we are better when we are together. We are sharper when we have people in our lives who are sharpening us.
As we close our summer series, “Everyday Wisdom” from the book of Proverbs, Pastor Mike brings us to a very famous and significant verse that can actually shape us in surprising ways. Along the way, you’ll discover the benefit of build your house near others. Let’s lean in together!
Titanic has become synonymous with overlooked warning signs because of pride and a refusal to take an honest look at reality. Have you ever ignored some warning signs in your life that came back to haunt you?
In part 8 of our summer series, “Everyday Wisdom”, Pastor Rolly Rangno jumps off this very well known story to some significant spiritual application. We do well to lean in close and be reminded that the good news isn’t good news until we realize the bad news.
Proverbs 16:25 “There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.”
We turn our attention to perhaps the most practical element covered in Proverbs – money. How do we navigate the money maze in a way that honors God? If you make money, spend money, save money, borrow money, and give money, then this message by Pastor Mike is for you!
What does Proverbs have to say about friendships? Pastor Marcus Schmaling takes us through 3 key elements of a true friend as outlined in Proverbs.
Due to a computer error, the message was not recorded, but you can download Marcus' transcript below.
You may have noticed in your reading of Proverbs that its wisdom concerns itself with matters both high and low, but all of them are things that we might consider normal, everyday aspects of life. Nothing, perhaps, is so ‘everyday’ as the words we speak, both to each other and to ourselves. In part 5 of our summer series, “Everyday Wisdom” in Proverbs, Pastor Levi Simpson reminds us that life and death can be found in the spoken word!
Have you ever seen a sign that said “Wet Paint” and just wanted to reach out and touch it? What is it about warnings that actually draw us towards the item we’re being warned about? In part 4 of our summer series, “Everyday Wisdom” in Proverbs, Pastor Mike looks at the warnings we find in Proverbs, and why we are wise to listen to them!
“Pride leads to disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.” Proverbs 11:2
As we continue with our summer series “Everyday Wisdom” on the book of Proverbs, we come to a recurring theme throughout Scripture. Those who lift themselves up will be at odds with God. Those who are humble will find favor with Him. What does it look like to walk humbly? Pastor Mike shares candidly from his own journey and invites us to get a bigger picture of God which leads to a proper picture of ourselves. Let’s lean in close!
People keep talking about "getting wisdom", but is wisdom all it cracked up to be? Why should we pursue it at all costs? What benefit does wisdom really bring to our lives?
These are the questions Aldon Loeppky tackles in part 2 of our 9 part series on the book of Proverbs entitled, "Everyday Wisdom".
Do you know smart people who are not wise people? What's the difference?
Smart people know things, but don't necessarily live them. Wise people live the things they know. Information that fills our head is different than wisdom that guides our lives. We can know a lot and still not live wisely.
Wisdom is simply right knowledge applied to our lives. So the question is two-fold. Where do we find right knowledge? What's our source? And second, how do we make sure we apply this right knowledge to our lives?
I'm glad you asked, because these are two things God wants for us. And one of the greatest sources of God's wisdom is found in the book of Proverbs.
That's why we're taking the 9 weeks of summer to dive deep into God's Everyday Wisdom. And there will be homework! Download the attached reading plan so you can let God's truths speak directly to you.
Here's Pastor Mike Penninga with part 1 of our series, "Smart People vs. Wise People."
At it’s core Christianity believes that you and I are not here by accident, but on purpose. We were made by a God who loves us and has a plan for our lives. And life makes the most sense when we acknowledge that, and center our life on Him.
In this final message of the “Center Point” series, Pastor Mike draws us to very practical implications of how that walks out on a daily basis. Whether we like it or not, we are representing Jesus wherever we go. People are getting an understanding of what Jesus is like by watching us.
Does how you work encourage people to know the one you follow? Would people be surprised to learn that you carry the name of Jesus, or is it obvious by how you live, act, speak?
Let’s lean in close to what the Spirit wants to remind us in this message, “Who’s Your Boss?”
Life with Christ at the Center involves three things: Admit. . . Submit. . . Forfeit.
Interested? I’m excited to introduce a friend of mine who has had a great impact on my life and many others over his 77 years.
Pete Unrau has been in ministry for nearly six decades, married for 56 years, father and grandfather. He has mentored and encouraged me, and I know the word he brought as part of our series, “Center Point” from Colossians will be an absolute blessing!
There are lots of things that want to distract us from our center point in Jesus. And the problem is, some of these are good things, but not the best thing, that leads us away from the perfect thing.
In part 2 of our 4 part series on Colossians entitled "Center Point", Pastor Mike Penninga unpacks what happens when our center wanders, and how we can fix our eyes on Jesus.
Have you ever determined the Center Point of your life? What is that thing or that person that occupies the core of your life, around which everything else revolves? It’s an important question, because how we answer it speaks volumes about the direction our life will take.
That’s why for the next four weeks, we are going to be diving deep into this issue of Center Point, using Paul’s amazing letter to the Colossians as our foundation. The good news is when we get this right, our life heads in awesome directions! Let’s lean in together.