How do you prepare for Easter? It’s a funny question because we often don’t think Easter needs much preparation. But for hundreds of years, Christians walked through an intentional 40 day journey to Easter, called Lent. Pastor Mike Penninga unpacks what Lent is, and how we as a church family can participate in a 40 day journey that could change the way we experience Easter forever. This message is the first in a new series entitled “Journey To The Cross”, looking at the final 48 hours of Jesus’ life.
Have you ever looked at other people and said, in your heart, “I’m a better person than they are. . . I’m a superior Christian to them. . . look at the list of things I bring to God!”
When I look back at my own life, I think this summed up my attitude. My rebellion growing up wasn’t one of following the ways of the world. . . it was this. . . placing confidence in myself, the flesh. I thought I was pretty good, and that God was happy to have me on His team.
Maybe you’re like me. Maybe you think that it’s easier for God to save you than others. If you are, then this message by Pastor Mike Penninga might re-center you on what salvation is really about, and who is the orchestrator of it. Part five of our seven part series on the book of Philippians entitled “Caution: God At Work!”
This message allows me to speak on a subject I have lots of experience with. . . selfishness. I am a selfish person. I say that in all seriousness. I have an easy time putting myself first, a hard time putting others first. Maybe you’re like me.
Here’s the good news. . . God isn’t content to leave us there. He wants us to make the journey from selfishness to selflessness. This message shows us the why and the how, as we continue our study through the book of Philippians in part 4 of our 7 part series “Caution: God At Work”
Is there ever purpose in suffering? God says yes. And sometimes, life’s biggest lessons and opportunities come out of life’s darkest hours. As we continue our walk through the incredible book of Philippians, Pastor Mike Penninga camps on Philippians 1:12-14, where Paul reminds us that nothing is accidental in God’s books, and that everything can be used for His purposes.
We hear lots about loving God with our heart, but what about our mind? Do you have to check your brain at the door to be a Christian? This interactive workshop will help you gain confidence in your faith by addressing some of the common issues that people raise against God and Christianity.
Presented by Mike Penninga as a workshop at the South Okanagan Summit January 22, 2011 at Summerland Baptist Church. Listen to the other sessions online here:
Do you feel like God has given up on you? He hasn’t. Do you feel like you’re in stall mode. God’s still working. One of the most encouraging verses in the Bible comes from Philippians 1:6. Listen to it from Eugene Peterson’s “Message” paraphrase: “There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears.” Philippians 1:6 (The Message).
Pastor Mike Penninga begins a new seven week series entitled “Caution: God At Work”, based on the book of Philippians. If you’ve ever had trouble seeing how faith can be dressed in everyday work clothes, Philippians is for you! It puts lofty truths into practical terms that impact your life today. And through it all, you’ll see that God isn’t done with us yet!
In lieu of a full service, I have posted a special Boxing Week message here that I encourage you to watch before the end of 2010. It’s a message that comes out of some personal reflections and “taking stock” as we enter a new year.
I don’t like relinquishing control. And that plays out in other parts of my life. If there is a map to be read, I’d like to have it in my hands. If there is a group to be led, I’d like to be calling the shots. If there is a remote control to be changed, I’d like to push the buttons.
At its core, I like to be on the throne. And I don’t think I’m alone. In fact, I think for many people, this issue of owning the throne is big.
So into our world of throne sitting comes Jesus. The owner of the throne. The king of all kings. And there is only room for one throne. And we’re not on it
In part 3 of our Christmas Surprises series, Pastor Mike looks at competing kingdoms, as illustrated by King Herod’s response to the newborn King of the Jews. The key question – who is on the throne of your life?
CNN Talk Show Host Larry King was once asked who he would most want to interview if he could choose anyone from all of history. He answered, 'Jesus Christ.' The questioner said, 'And what would you like to ask Him?' King replied, "I would like to ask Him if He was indeed virgin-born. The answer to that question would define history for me'.
I absolutely believe, without a doubt, that Larry King has put his finger on the most important question you could possibly ask, what is the true identity of Jesus Christ. How you answer that question provides the foundation for everything else you do and how you ultimately live your life.
In part 2 of our 4 part series “Christmas Surprises”, Pastor Mike turns our attention to the surprising way God came near, and what that means to us today.