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There are some parts of the Bible that are difficult to understand. Today’s passage is not one of those. In fact, the issue is not what we should do, but that we don’t want to do what Jesus invites us to do. And yet if we lean in to what He models, we actually live a more blessed and joy-filled life.
Here’s Pastor Mike Penninga with a message on embracing the servant’s towel, and why there really is no other option for those who claim to follow Jesus.
Question: Has your love of God ever spilled out in a way that others think is crazy? Today we find ourselves face to face with an act of love birthed out of a deep appreciation and gratitude to Jesus.
I’m so excited to introduce a long time friend and powerful preacher, Marcel Morneau, who has made the trip all the way from Oliver to open God’s Word with us. You can email him, firstname.lastname@example.org
"Lazarus come out". And the dead man came out!" John 11:43-44
The raising of Lazarus was the culmination of Jesus’ miracles in the Gospel of John. But what does this mean to us?
That death isn’t the end! That there is really life beyond the grave, and it is found in Jesus Christ.
This message from Pastor Mike Penninga could actually change your eternity, so let’s lean in together.
In life we get lost. . . And we need someone to come looking for us.
In this life we get attacked. . . . And we need somebody to fight for us.
In this life we get hungry. . . . And we need someone who can provide for us.
In this life we get tired. . . . And we need somebody to comfort us.
Who do you turn to when you are lost, attacked, hungry, tired?
Pastor Mike shines the light bright on the one who came as our Good Shepherd, who knows us, loves us, and is willing to lay His life down for us. We pray you will discover the one you were made to be with.
When was the last time you were influenced by someone else’s story? Perhaps their experience made a difference in a purchase you made or a path you took. Truth is personal testimonies are powerful. In today’s message, Pastor Mike Penninga reminds you that what God has done in you is meant to be shared. Your story is to be used for His glory!
People are okay with Jesus as "a" way, but have difficulty with Jesus as "the" way. Isn't it narrow and arrogant to speak of Jesus in such terms? Does it really matter?
Perhaps you have wondered how to view Jesus in a world of religious "options". Dr. Paul Chamberlain, one of the leading Canadian Apologists, presents a powerful message entitled "Communicating Jesus in an Age of Pluralism" that gets to the heart of the issue.
A survey was commissioned not that long ago to find out what one question people would ask of God. By an overwhelming margin, the most urgent question was: “Why is there so much suffering in the world?”
If you haven’t wrestled with this question, you will. Because pain and suffering and disease and tragedy and evil are part of our human experience.
So how do we reconcile this reality with the existence of God? In part 2 of our series, “Thinking”, Pastor Mike gives hope and help to those who are wondering if God can still be good in the midst of such difficult circumstances. And through it all, He reminds us, we are not alone!
What do we do with those questions that seem to haunt us, tripping us up on the journey of life and faith? Are we allowed to vocalize them, to pursue answers to them? Does Christianity allow for a "Thinking" faith?
Absolutely! In fact, the greatest commandment is to love God with our heart, soul, mind and strength. (Mark 12:30)
And so that's just what we want to invite you to do during this new series, "Thinking", January 2015. Our prayer is that God would indeed meet you right where you are at to strengthen your confidence in Him. The good news is God is not afraid of your inquiry. He invites it! And He is deeper than your deepest question.
Here's Pastor Mike Penninga with week 1 of this 3 week series.
Welcome to a New Year! I am grateful for a God of new beginnings and second chances, a God who gives each of us a whole calendar of new kingdom opportunities.
Every year we take the first Sunday in January to look ahead by looking back. What has God called us as a church and us as individuals to, and how will that play itself out in 2015? I’m so excited to share a message that’s been building inside of me entitled, “Living a Leveraged Life.” As you’ll see (and probably already know), when you leverage something properly, you can accomplish more. I believe there is a spiritual principle in there, and we want to go after it today and this year. Excited to lean in together!
One of the things I enjoy about this time of year are the TV specials and magazine features that look back on the year that was. We see this in news, stories that impacted us, sports, highlights and bloopers of the year, entertainment, who we were talking about, watching.
And so on this last Sunday of 2014, we wanted to pause to look back on the year that has been for our church family.
The two words that come to mind are God’s provision and presence.
Here’s Pastor Mike inviting us to pause to praise as we wrap up 2014!
When you couldn't get to God, God came to you.
That is the message of Christmas. That is what we celebrate and that is what makes a world of difference.
In this short (13 minute) devotional from Christmas in the City, Pastor Mike shares two stories about the big picture of Christmas, God come near. May you be encouraged to know that you are not and never will be alone!
Light is best viewed on a background of darkness.
The Light of the World comes into the world in a time of deep darkness. Not just the darkness of our world, but the darkness of our lives.
And the big question is are we going to make room for the light of the world to become the light of our world.
Here's Pastor Mike with a powerful Christmas message on the gift of light.
Grace is not just a word or a concept or a theological understanding. Grace is a person. Grace has a face. And once you’ve actually encountered the Face of Grace, you are never the same again.
Here's Pastor Mike with a powerful reminder of what makes grace truly amazing. From the John 8 account of the woman caught in adultery.
There are a lot of things we look to to quench our thirst. But only one that actually will.
“Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’” Jn 7.37-38 (NLT)
Here's Pastor Levi with a powerful message in our series on the Gospel of John, 'That You May Believe'.
Are you hungry?
Do you know you will live forever?
These are two massive questions from Jesus that we all need to answer. And the good news, the answer is found in the one who asks them.
Join Pastor Mike as we unpack the Bread that Satisfies, in a message that may actually change the trajectory of your life.