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Are you a Fan of Jesus or a Follower of Jesus? That is the overarching question that will be anchoring us as we walk through the book of 1 John. These five chapters are packed full of descriptions of what it means to be a Follower, as opposed to a Fan. In this, part 1, pastor Mike opens the conversation by looking at the difference between the two, and the clear call to follow!
See some of your responses to the question "What's the Difference?" here:
Freshly back from Ecuador, Pastor Mike shares why it really makes a difference when you sponsor a child. We are blessed to be a blessing, and Compassion is such a tangible way to do just that!
If you didn't have the chance to sponsor a child this weekend, you can do so February 26th at KGF, and online at compassion.ca
It has been recognized that the longest distance in the world is from the head to the heart and the second longest distance is from the heart to the hands. In this message, Wayne Laurie reminds us that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is meant to be walked out in our day to day lives. As a disciple, Jesus wants you to know him (Head), for you to love him and feel known by him (Heart), and to be his Hands in this world.
Pastor Mike and Dr. Chamberlain address several more questions you have submitted, including the idea that the God of the Old Testament is morally corrupt, how we know there is life beyond death, and whether faith is just a crutch for weak people.
You've been submitting some great questions to us during our series "Reasonable Faith?" and here Dr. Paul Chamberlain and Pastor Mike Penninga look to address them head on. Some of the questions:
How can God be good and allow so much evil?
What about people who have never heard?
How can Jesus really be the only way?
Have you ever asked the question "why don't people believe?" It's an important question, and in part 3 of our series "Reasonable Faith?", we welcome Dr. Paul Chamberlain, leading Canadian Christian apologist to tackle it.
Dr. Chamberlain is a professor at Trinity Western University and ACTS Seminaries. He is the author of six books on the subject, the latest one being released in 2011 and entitled: “Why People Don’t Believe: Confronting Seven Challenges to Christian Faith.”
Paul’s passion is to equip believers to communicate the message of God’s love to their friends and neighbours in a way that is accurate, credible, and relevant to their lives. We know you'll enjoy what he brings!
We continue our series “Reasonable Faith?”, asking the question whether the faith we hold is in fact “reasonable”. In this message, we welcome a guest speaker from a much warmer place! John Mackay is the Australian Director of Creation Research (www.creationresearch.net) and spends his life addressing the questions of origins and scriptures historicity when it comes to the world we see. John has spoken and debated all over the world, and is here as part of a week long stop in the Okanagan. His message looks at who’s behind it all, we know you will be challenged and encouraged by what John shares!
Reasonable Faith. . . are those two words even possible in the same sentence? If you’ve come to believe that faith is a journey for the mindless, then this series is for you! We’re going on an intensive four-week journey to discover the reasons behind faith. Along the way, we want to tackle some of the biggest questions raised about our origins, God, the Bible, and why we’re here.
We begin in this message by painting a picture of what the Bible means when it says to "love God with your heart, soul, mind and strength." Pastor Mike Penninga will unpack the amazing blessings that come when we lean into God with all aspects of our being.
You can send questions that have been challenging you to email@example.com throughout the series, and we'll do our best to incorporate them.
The reality of death puts our life in perspective. Those things that are not important seem to fade away in light of our limited time on earth. And that's a gift, because our life here is meant to have an impact on eternity. And there is only one thing that lasts beyond the grave: people.
In this, the 2012 state of the church address, Pastor Mike turns our attention back to the reason for the church, and explores what God might have in store for KGF in this coming year. And we will discover together that we are being blessed for a reason.
What do U2 lead singer Bono and Violin Sensation swcr6h Bell have to do with Christmas? They both showed up in unusual places and were overlooked by people who didn’t expect to see them. The message of Christmas is a message of drawing near to the one who turned up in the most unexpected way. God come near.
In this message, I used the story of the violin great swcr6h Bell playing incognito at a Washington DC metro station to illustrate that we can miss greatness if we are too busy to stop and look! You can read the full story "Pearls Before Breakfast" that won author Gene Weingarten a Pulitzer Prize online here:
How would you define “peace”? Beyond definitions, are you experiencing peace? Would those around you say it’s something that you possess? Truth is, the peace that all of us are looking for is only found in one place, as we come face to face with the Prince of Peace.
As Pastor Mike concludes our 4 week look at the names of Jesus from Isaiah 9, we fix our eyes on his title “Prince of Peace”. The good news is this Prince of Peace comes into our world of stormy seas more than calm waters. He breaks into our lives where thunder is booming and lightning is flashing. And he offers us what only He can offer us. A peace which the world can neither understand nor take away. His name is Jesus, and He is the Prince of Peace.
You have an everlasting father. And his name is Jesus. He is God come near.
And he is not going anywhere!
Maybe you had an earthly father who abandoned you.
Jesus never will.
Maybe you had an earthly father who abused you.
Jesus never will.
Maybe you had an earthly father who ignored you.
Jesus never will.
In part 3 of our 4 part Christmas series “He Will Be Called”, Pastor Mike focuses our attention on Jesus as “Everlasting Father”.