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KGF is committed to revealing the relevancy of the Bible in our everyday life.  Our weekly sermons seek to do just that, bringing our lives back in line with God's heart for us.  You are able to watch the messages here, as well as download full message transcripts, personal reflection notes & questions.  You can also watch all our video messages online here:   Or sign up for our podcast at Itunes, and get the most recent messages downloaded directly to your computer.

There’s a difference between knowing facts about Jesus Christ, and the Bible, and allowing God to change you from the inside out.  Many people grow up knowing a lot about Christianity, but have never allowed Christ to transform them.  God is not interested in trivia but transformation, and that is the purpose of the Bible.

In part 2 of our summer series “More than a Miracle”, Pastor Mike turns our attention to the account of a woman who was not content to be “Just One of the Crowd”.  And because she was not content with just a passing encounter, she left absolutely transformed.  

Miracle. The word fills us with wonder, awe and thoughts of the spectacular. But could there be more behind Jesus’ miracles than just the miracles themselves?  What if the miracles really aren’t the point but the means to the point ... the true identity of the miracle maker?

Join us for the 10 weeks of summer as we walk through some of the most spectacular miracles of Jesus and discover how each is meant to give us an opportunity to move from WOW to WORSHIP.

We begin at the beginning, with the first miracle of Jesus.  It involved wine and a wedding, two things we are familiar with here in the Okanagan.  But as Pastor Mike unpacks this miracle, we see it is really the first chance to believe in the one behind the miracle.

Thursday, 23 June 2011 10:31

Risky Faith

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When was the last time you took a risk for Jesus?  I mean something that you could’ve totally failed at and made a fool out of yourself?  To be honest, it’s probably been a long time when I did something that fit that category.  So what is keeping us from taking more risks for Jesus?  How can we address our fears and lack of faith in such a way that we become the kind of risk-taking, faith-stretching followers He’s looking for? 

Today, we will look at a women in scripture who set aside her fears and embraced her faith in such a way that her life was dramatically changed.  And you will be challenged to step out of your comfort zone to experience what risky faith is all about!

I think it's important to attend funerals often.  Not that we like death, but there is something about funerals that brings into sharper focus what life should be about.  In this sixth and final message in the series, "Church. . .Why Bother?" Pastor Mike looks at the "Impact" our lives are meant to have beyond the grave.  The key question. . . Why are you giving yourself to that will echo in eternity?
No one needs to be taught selfishness.  It's natural.  What God needs to work in us is generosity.  And really, much of the Christian life is the movement from living with tight fists to open hands.  In this, part 5 of a 6 part series on why we bother with church, Pastor Mike shines the light on generosity that spills out in every part of our lives.

“If prayer stands as the place where God and human beings meet, then I must learn about prayer. Most of my struggles in the Christian life circle around the same two themes: why God doesn't act the way we want God to, and why I don't act the way God wants me to. Prayer is the precise point where those themes converge.” 
 
This great quote from Philip Yancey’s book on prayer sets the scene for this message on that very topic.  We are blessed to hear from Pastor Jinger Goma, as we continue our series, “Church. . . Why Bother?”  Jinger will be looking at how church is where our prayer lives are designed to be fanned into flame.  I know you will enjoy the passion and heart of our new Associate Pastor, as he brings his first message to KGF.

Please note. . . technical difficulties in recording this message mean the audio quality is not up to standards, thanks for your patience!

Growing up, the dinner table meant a lot to me.  True, I love food.  But more than that, I loved what took place around the table.  I loved conversation, the laughter, the sharing of lives.  

Here’s what made it so special.  I belonged there. There was a seat that was mine.  There was a space with my name on it. 

If you ask why bother with church, my answer is I was made to belong.  And church is a place where belonging is a core value.  In part 3 of this 6 part series “Church. . .Why Bother?”, Pastor Mike unpacks what Biblical belonging looks like, and how we can choose to belong.  

Why should we bother with church?  This is the question that is framing our six week series, an important series that we pray will provide a solid foundation for the KGF church family.  In this message, Pastor Mike turns our focus on worship.  Church is a gathering that reminds us we were made to worship, and invites us into worship.   The issue is not “if” we are worshippers, the issue is “what” we are choosing to worship.   When we get that straight, we realize that life is about directed worship.  

Have you ever wondered why we bother with church? Why do we gather on Sundays?  Why do we give of our time, talent and treasures to this thing called church?  What’s the point?  What is the benefit of church? What would we lose if church ceased to exist?

This is the question that is framing our new series that we’re launching, with that title, “Church. . . Why Bother?” I’m sure you have asked that question.  I know I have through the years.  It’s a crucial question, because how we answer that question will determine the value we place on church, and what our church will inevitably look like.  My prayer is that God will reveal His heart for our church over these next six weeks!

In this first message, Pastor Mike brings us back to the birth of the first century church, to give some framework for why we should bother with church in this 21st century. 

Sunday, 08 May 2011 12:32

Children & Parents - God's Plan

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We are turning our attention to the world of kids & parents.  Many of us have children.  Most of you are children of some sort!  And the amazing thing is God orchestrated families for a very specific purpose, that we might be a blessing and support to one another.  In this special message for Mother’s Day, Pastor Mike Penninga looks at the relationship between parents of all ages and their kids

Sunday, 01 May 2011 13:14

Called & Gifted to Serve!

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The amazing thing about the body of Christ that is the church is that there is a role for everybody!  God not only calls us but gifts us to serve in His kingdom work.  Guest preacher Rob Dyck brings a passionate message about being available to what God might be opening up for you in the area of serving Him.
Saturday, 30 April 2011 07:54

Everything Has Changed! Easter 2011

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“He is not here. . . He Is Risen!”

Those words change everything, the way we live life and face death. Easter is the culmination of God’s plan of salvation, walked out in Jesus, that you and I could come home to our Heavenly Father. 

“Resurrection means the worst thing is never the last thing.” Frederick Buechner

“Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting? Thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:54-57

Wednesday, 27 April 2011 13:32

Good Friday Experience

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We can't celebrate the joy of Easter Sunday until we walk through the darkness of Good Friday. At KGF, we have sought to create an environment to reflect on the work of Jesus on the cross on our behalf. This video is an unedited viewing of that service.
Tuesday, 19 April 2011 13:23

The Crucifixion - Journey To The Cross Part 6

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We find ourselves at the very crux of Christianity.   And it has to do with two wooden beams and three nails. . . . the cross, the central symbol of the Christian faith.   The cross is what makes Christianity different than any other religion.             For it is on this cross that Jesus, God in the flesh, took our place, paid our price, and won our freedom.  Pastor Mike wraps up our Journey To The Cross by looking at how Jesus became our sacrificial lamb and our scapegoat, and how his death tore the curtain of separation between us and our heavenly Father.   

Sunday, 10 April 2011 22:06

On Trial - Journey To The Cross Part 5

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When it comes right down to it, there are only two things you can do with Jesus. . . worship him or crucify him. In part 5 of our 6 week Journey To The Cross, we find ourselves at the trials of Jesus. We come face to face with a corrupt religious group and a weak Roman governor, both of whom choose crucifixion over worship. Along the way, we discover there is a little bit of Barabbas in all of us.
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