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People are okay with Jesus as "a" way, but have difficulty with Jesus as "the" way. Isn't it narrow and arrogant to speak of Jesus in such terms? Does it really matter?
Perhaps you have wondered how to view Jesus in a world of religious "options". Dr. Paul Chamberlain, one of the leading Canadian Apologists, presents a powerful message entitled "Communicating Jesus in an Age of Pluralism" that gets to the heart of the issue.
A survey was commissioned not that long ago to find out what one question people would ask of God. By an overwhelming margin, the most urgent question was: “Why is there so much suffering in the world?”
If you haven’t wrestled with this question, you will. Because pain and suffering and disease and tragedy and evil are part of our human experience.
So how do we reconcile this reality with the existence of God? In part 2 of our series, “Thinking”, Pastor Mike gives hope and help to those who are wondering if God can still be good in the midst of such difficult circumstances. And through it all, He reminds us, we are not alone!
What do we do with those questions that seem to haunt us, tripping us up on the journey of life and faith? Are we allowed to vocalize them, to pursue answers to them? Does Christianity allow for a "Thinking" faith?
Absolutely! In fact, the greatest commandment is to love God with our heart, soul, mind and strength. (Mark 12:30)
And so that's just what we want to invite you to do during this new series, "Thinking", January 2015. Our prayer is that God would indeed meet you right where you are at to strengthen your confidence in Him. The good news is God is not afraid of your inquiry. He invites it! And He is deeper than your deepest question.
Here's Pastor Mike Penninga with week 1 of this 3 week series.
Welcome to a New Year! I am grateful for a God of new beginnings and second chances, a God who gives each of us a whole calendar of new kingdom opportunities.
Every year we take the first Sunday in January to look ahead by looking back. What has God called us as a church and us as individuals to, and how will that play itself out in 2015? I’m so excited to share a message that’s been building inside of me entitled, “Living a Leveraged Life.” As you’ll see (and probably already know), when you leverage something properly, you can accomplish more. I believe there is a spiritual principle in there, and we want to go after it today and this year. Excited to lean in together!
One of the things I enjoy about this time of year are the TV specials and magazine features that look back on the year that was. We see this in news, stories that impacted us, sports, highlights and bloopers of the year, entertainment, who we were talking about, watching.
And so on this last Sunday of 2014, we wanted to pause to look back on the year that has been for our church family.
The two words that come to mind are God’s provision and presence.
Here’s Pastor Mike inviting us to pause to praise as we wrap up 2014!
When you couldn't get to God, God came to you.
That is the message of Christmas. That is what we celebrate and that is what makes a world of difference.
In this short (13 minute) devotional from Christmas in the City, Pastor Mike shares two stories about the big picture of Christmas, God come near. May you be encouraged to know that you are not and never will be alone!
Light is best viewed on a background of darkness.
The Light of the World comes into the world in a time of deep darkness. Not just the darkness of our world, but the darkness of our lives.
And the big question is are we going to make room for the light of the world to become the light of our world.
Here's Pastor Mike with a powerful Christmas message on the gift of light.
Grace is not just a word or a concept or a theological understanding. Grace is a person. Grace has a face. And once you’ve actually encountered the Face of Grace, you are never the same again.
Here's Pastor Mike with a powerful reminder of what makes grace truly amazing. From the John 8 account of the woman caught in adultery.
There are a lot of things we look to to quench our thirst. But only one that actually will.
“Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’” Jn 7.37-38 (NLT)
Here's Pastor Levi with a powerful message in our series on the Gospel of John, 'That You May Believe'.
Are you hungry?
Do you know you will live forever?
These are two massive questions from Jesus that we all need to answer. And the good news, the answer is found in the one who asks them.
Join Pastor Mike as we unpack the Bread that Satisfies, in a message that may actually change the trajectory of your life.
What are you afraid of?
I’m not talking about a fear of spiders or heights or public speaking. I’m talking about much deeper fears that rise to the surface when life’s unpredictable storms hit. An unwelcomed call from the doctor’s office. A deteriorating relationship. Financial hardship. Aloneness.
All of us have these fears. And all of us need to hear these amazing words of Jesus. “Don’t be afraid. I am here.”
When the storms hit, and they will, know that you are not going to face them alone! Here's Pastor Mike Penninga with part 12 of our series in the Gospel of John, "That You May Believe"
Have you ever wondered whether God is able to provide for your day-to-day needs? Maybe you wonder whether God can actually use you to provide for others.
As we continue our journey through the Gospel of John, we find ourselves in a very familiar but incredibly powerful account of our God who answers both those questions in the affirmative! Let’s lean in.
It’s an amazing claim that Jesus Christ is the “Logos,” the One through whom all things have been made (John 1)! And even more interesting that modern science points to Something or Someone behind the incredible order and complexity of our universe.
In Pastor Marcus’ message today on John 5:16-47, we hear how this Jesus, the creator of the universe, has—not surprisingly—the Life in himself that each of are seeking. It’s in our spiritual sleep that we try to find this Life apart from the Son of God, but Jesus, in his unfailing love, comes to wake us up to the Son! There is Life—eternal, spiritual life—found in Jesus and he invites us all to come and receive Him who is Life. So enjoy this word and discover where to find the Life you were made for!
One of the greatest words in the English language is the word “miracle”. You can’t even say it without your heart skipping a beat with excitement. And it’s always a positive thing. Miracles are always good. You don’t have “bad” miracles.
Wherever you stand when it comes to miracles, it’s a topic you can’t ignore when you’re talking about Jesus. They are everywhere!
So what do we do with these miracles? Why are they documented? And what do they mean for us today?
In part 9 of our journey through the Gospel of John, Pastor Mike fixes our eyes on two amazing stories of miraculous healing, back-to-back, which speak of a God who is able to do exceedingly more than we ask or imagine. And along the way, we’ll discover that His miraculous powers are still at work today!
Three strikes and you’re out.
That seems to be the mindset in our culture.
But it isn’t the mindset of Jesus.
In fact, Jesus takes great joy in seeking out those the world wants to keep out.
In this powerful message from John 4, KGF Intern Bethany Smith shines fresh light and ah-ha moments on the Samaritan woman at the well. And in the process, we are reminded of a God who seeks us out to remind us who we are truly looking for is Him.