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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. 


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Sunday, 22 January 2012 13:27

Reasonable Faith - Part 2 - Who's Behind It All?

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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 ( 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!

Download John Mackay's poster and his Okanagan Itinerary here:

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 read the Masters Apologetic papers Mike wrote here:

You can send questions that have been challenging you to 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.  

Monday, 02 January 2012 10:27

Christmas Eve Message - God Come Near

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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:

The video of swcr6h Bell playing can be found here:  


Sunday, 18 December 2011 13:19

He Will Be Called - Part 4 - Prince of Peace

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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.

Friday, 09 December 2011 14:37

He Will Be Called - Part 3 - Everlasting Father

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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”.  

Thursday, 01 December 2011 20:37

He Will Be Called - Part 2 - Mighty God

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Are you in need of a Mighty God? The good news is Christmas announces His arrival! Guest preacher Tim Schroeder continues our walk through the names of Jesus, found in Isaiah 9, focusing this message on the birth of our Mighty God who has come near!

Sunday, 27 November 2011 13:34

"He Will Be Called" Part 1 - Wonderful Counselor

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There is power in a name.  It means something.  When we come to Christmas, the name Mary & swcr6eph were to give to their son was "Jesus", which means "One who saves!"  How awesome that right in the name of our savior is the idea of salvation!

This Christmas, we are going on a journey to look at the names of Jesus, the one who was to come.  We turn the clocks back 700 years before his birth to the prophet Isaiah, chapter 9, and look full force into the amazing names he gives; Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  We begin by looking at the one who is too great for any name, and how He has come near to bring you home!

Sunday, 20 November 2011 08:11

The Prodigal God - Part 6 - Feast of the Father

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The story of the Bible is the story of the lost coming home.  As we wrap up our six week journey through the parable of the prodigal from Luke 15, Pastor Mike paints a picture of what it means to be welcomed home, to have a place at the feast.  To help do that, we tell the story of Rembrandt's painting "The Return of the Prodigal", and the impact of a Father who welcomes the lost with open arms.
Thursday, 10 November 2011 10:31

Prodigal God - Part 5 - The True Elder Brother

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Have you ever wondered who should've gone looking for the younger son?  Who should've gone out to bring him home?  The answer is the elder brother.  That was his job.  But he didn't do it.  Because he didn't want to.  But we have a true elder brother who has gone on a rescue mission to bring us home.   His name is Jesus.  We need one who wouldn't just go into a far country, but who would come all the way from heaven to earth to find us.  We need one who would not just open up his wallet for us, but pour out his life.  One who would pay not just a finite cost but an infinite debt, to bring us back into God's family.  Thank God we do. . . His name is Jesus!

In part 5 of our 6 part message on the Prodigal God, Pastor Mike looks at the high cost of salvation, and who ultimately has paid that cost!

Sunday, 06 November 2011 17:46

The Prodigal God - Part 4 - The Elder Brother

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As we continue our walk through the most amazing parable found in Luke 15, guest preacher Wayne Laurie focuses our attention on the Elder Brother.
Thursday, 27 October 2011 10:48

Prodigal God - Part 3 - Two Ways To Be Lost

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There are two ways to be alienated from the Father. . . one is by wanting the Father's things, and getting them by going away and being very very bad.  The other is by wanting the Father's things, but getting them by staying home and being very very good.  Shocking?  Absolutely.  And that is the core of the Parable of the Prodigal in Luke 15.  In Part 3 of our 6 part series, Pastor Mike turns our attention to the two brothers, their similarities and heart condition, and what in the end will keep you and me out of the feast!
Sunday, 23 October 2011 08:21

Prodigal God - Part 2 - He Welcomes Sinners!

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In most religions, we search for God.  Only Christianity has God searching for us!  

We are spending 6 weeks looking at one chapter of scripture, Luke 15, Jesus’ account of lost sheep, lost coins, and lost sons. It’s called “The Prodigal God” because of the recklessly extravagant nature of our heavenly father to bring us home, sparing no expense. In this message, Pastor Mike Penninga turns our attention to the amazing truth that Jesus welcomes sinners! In fact, He goes in search of them. May you find yourself in this amazing story of salvation today.

Saturday, 15 October 2011 22:46

The Prodigal God - Part 1 - The Parable

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“For my son was lost, and now he’s found!” Those are some of the most amazing words we read in scripture. We sing songs about it.  We write stories about it. . . the lost coming home. We dream about it for our own lives, in our own families.

My whole life, I have loved this parable, found in Luke 15. What’s not to love? A wayward son comes back home to a father who is waiting for him. Not only waiting, but a father who runs to him, embraces him, and welcomes him back into the family.

But I believe my entire life I have missed perhaps the real purpose of the parable. And maybe you are like me. Because this father had two sons. And in reality, both sons were lost. And the story was told by Jesus to an audience of elder brothers as well as younger brothers.

Join us as we begin an incredible study into the Prodigal God of the Bible, the one who reaches out with “reckless extravagance” to bring the lost home. In this, Part 1, Pastor Mike looks at the big picture of this most amazing parable in Luke 15, and what it teaches us about human nature and the God we most desperately need. 

Tuesday, 11 October 2011 07:34

Forgetting Thankfulness?

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I love it when our culture pushes us towards Godly things.  That's the case with Thanksgiving weekend, a time set aside to intentionally reflect on what we have and how we are to live thankful lives.  In this message by Pastor Mike, we look at an example in scripture of a group of lepers who received a great gift from Jesus, and the response of one of them to come back to show his appreciation.  At the end of the day, there's a difference between being thankful and expressing your thankfulness!  How are you doing in this area?
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