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There are times in our lives when the best thing to do is the hardest thing to do. You have probably already discovered this. The easiest thing, that which comes naturally, is often the wrong thing, and that which takes effort and determination, that’s the right thing. The easy thing is the wrong thing. . . the hard thing is the right thing.
Revenge is easy, but wrong. Forgiveness is hard, but right. Wanting to get even is normal, but wrong. Choosing to release someone is not normal, but right.
The good news is when you do the hard things that are the right things, you yourself benefit.
What do you do when confronted with those who put you in the pit? What happens when you come face to face with those who hurt you? How do we react when the tables are turned, and the power is in our court?
As you can see by the title of the message, I have a suggestion that I think honors God and is actually good for you. Let love win!
Have you ever been wronged? Have you ever done something good for someone else, hoping they would reciprocate, but disappointed when they didn’t?
Some of you don’t need to think too hard. For some of you, it was this morning.
Could’ve been as simple as letting someone go ahead of you, only to be ignored when it was your turn. Perhaps you celebrated someone at work, cheered on their contribution, only to watch them move up the ladder as you stayed behind.
Maybe it was in a friendship. You were present and patient during their difficult times, but they were nowhere to be seen when you needed a shoulder to cry on, a sympathetic ear. What do you do when your best efforts are left unreturned?
This message with Pastor Mike Penninga is a reminder for anyone who feels forgotten, overlooked, ignored, hard done by. You wonder, “Is anyone watching?” Does anyone care? Am I ever going to get a break? When is my time going to come?
Lean in close, because God wants to remind you that you never walk alone!
Part 3 in our 4 part series, “You’ll Get Through This”, based on the life of Joseph.
Why is it that we sometimes find ourselves in a pit despite our faithfulness? Why is it that when we seek to make God-honoring decisions, things don't always turn out the way we hope?
Welcome to the life of Joseph in Genesis, who's life is marked by many "pit" experiences. But as Pastor Levi Simpson shows us, there is one big reason these pits didn't lead to despair. He wasn't alone. And neither are you!
What happens when life or people ambush you, and your perfectly laid plans fall apart? How do you survive when you end up at the bottom of a pit?
We begin a brand new, four part series entitled, “You’ll Get Through This”, based on the life of Joseph in Genesis.
The reality is, hardship and crisis are not foreign to any of us. Either we’re coming out of it, are in the midst of it, or heading towards it. But the good news is, we don't have to go "through" them alone. Here's Pastor Mike with week 1's message, "Life in the Pits"
It's amazing that after everything he had seen, the disciple now known as Doubting Thomas wouldn't believe until he saw Jesus himself, touched his wounded hands and pierced side.
The good news is Jesus showed up exactly with what Thomas needed. And He's willing to do so with our "conditions" as well.
What's your "Unless I. . ." statement? What's your condition for belief, that unless you see met, you're staying at a distance?
In this Easter Sunday message, Pastor Mike shares the good news that Jesus is okay with our doubts, provided that we hang around long enough to see them set aside!
What would it have been like to have been there that first Good Friday?
We were blessed to have Marcel Morneau present the first-person account of the Apostle John, as he reflects on the journey that led Jesus to the cross and beyond.
“It Is Finished” Three words that truly do change everything!
With this message, Pastor Mike concludes our series “Final Words”. We have been camping at the foot of the cross these past six weeks, focusing on the seven final words from Jesus before he died for our sins.
Two pictures that speak of two profound truths. . . a torn curtain and a blown shofar.
If you've ever wondered whether God really loves you, or whether the cross really matters, lean in close.
In part 5 of this series, Pastor Mike turns our attention to the most heart wrenching and even puzzling statement from Jesus on the cross; “My God, why have you abandoned me?”
If you have ever felt abandoned or distant from God, then lean in close. Because Jesus is not unaware of what it’s like to feel alone, abandoned, forsaken. He is not unfamiliar with your pain. He is not unacquainted to your suffering. He has been there.
And the good news is it’s Friday, but Sunday’s coming!
What do you do with a God who cares in such tangible ways for humans, “Mother, here’s your son, here’s your mother.”
What do you do with a God who is willing to drink the cup of suffering, to become the Passover lamb, to thirst so that we can be quenched?
You bow down, worship Him, and offer Him your life.
Here's Pastor Mike with Part 3 of our 6 part Easter Series, "Final Words".
I'm not sure where you stand when it comes to deathbed conversions. We sometimes have mixed emotions when we hear of people turning to Jesus in the final hours. But what does the Bible have to say about this? Is there a time limit or a sin limit to God's grace?
We find ourselves in a powerful and intimate interaction between Jesus and two thieves. And as Pastor Mike Penninga explains, the good news is His mercy is extended to all who call on Him!
We are spending the six weeks of lent focusing on the six hours Jesus hung on the cross. As we unpacked in week 1, Jesus spoke seven words, seven phrases, that we are going to be camping on during this series, “Final Words”.
Final words matter. We are meant to lean in close when people are nearing the end, because everything else is stripped away, and what really matters stands central.
That's why as a church family, we are going to take the six weeks before Easter to focus on the six hours of Jesus on the cross. For it is during these crucial moments that we hear seven final words that really speak volumes of our God and His heart for us.
We begin with the first words Jesus spoke shortly after being raised up on the cross: "Father, forgive them for they don't know what they are doing." Luke 23:34. Here's Pastor Mike with why these words are astounding and life changing.
What if Christians have become content with a "four-cylendar" faith when "eight-cylendars" are available to us?
That's the metaphor that EPIC City Church pastor Monty Scott begins with, as he draws our attention to the Forgotten One, The Holy Spirit.
Discover afresh the work of the Holy SPirit to save us, convict us, remind us, secure us, teach us, and unify us, as He shapes our character and calling.
More about Monty at EPIC City Church online here - www.epiccitychurch.ca
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Here's Compassion Canada President Barry Slauenwhite sharing how God's love in and through us has the power to literally change the world!
You can change the trajectory of a kids life by going online to www.compassion.ca
One of the things I learned while working at Kelowna Marina was that boats have wakes, and if we aren't careful, they can cause damage. Our lives are a bit like that. We sometimes forget that we are leaving a wake behind us. The question is, what's your wake like?
In part 3 of our 4 part series entitled, "AGAPE: Unconditional Love", Pastor Mike draws us deeper into this question of God's love being experienced in us, and then lived through us. After all, love is the one thing that is meant to prove that we in fact are His disciples. . . so how's your wake?
“Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—
and the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13
How do we define real love, and what does that look like in our practical, day-to-day experience?
Love is a lot of things to a lot of people. But from God’s perspective, love is AGAPE. And AGAPE is defined as unconditional, selfless, sacrificial love.
Pastor Mike leads us on a journey into what AGAPE love is meant to look like in our lives.
Watch the On The Street Video asking about "real love" here - https://vimeo.com/85927280