If someone says they have the power to forgive sins, they had better have some authority and credentials to back that up! But if they do, such a claim goes a long way to speak to their true identity.
As we continue our five week study from the Gospel of Mark entitled "Who Is This Man", we fix our eyes on a dramatic encounter between Jesus and a man let down through the roof in front of him. And in it we discover that Jesus is more concerned with our spiritual condition than our physical one, but has the power over both!
“Nineteen centuries have come and gone
And today Jesus is the central figure of the human race
And the leader of mankind's progress
All the armies that have ever marched
All the navies that have ever sailed
All the parliaments that have ever sat
All the kings that ever reigned put together
Have not affected the life of mankind on earth
As powerfully as that one solitary life.”
The above is part of a writing from Dr James Allan way back in 1926 entitled “One Solitary Life”. But the sentiments are just as powerful today. Who is this man who’s imprint on the world continues to astound?
Pastor Mike Penninga begins a new five part series entitled “Who Is This Man? Discoveries of the Divine from the Gospel of Mark”.
When all is said and done, what will people remember about your life? What will they say about after you are gone? What will you be known for?
May I suggest that you give your life to two things? Loving God and Loving Others.
As we wrap up our series “Love In Action: Refuse To Do Nothing”, Pastor Mike once again draws us to the core of life as a follower: Love. If we claim to know God but do not love, we are fooling ourselves.
So what does this look like in a tangible way? And how can we be part of the side where “Love is Winning!” Dive in and find out.
Sometimes the problems of the world seem overwhelming. Where do we start? What do we do? Who do we help?
Welcome to Compassion Sunday @ KGF! We are so excited about this because you and I have a tangible opportunity to put our Love in Action, to Refuse to do Nothing! That’s the series we are a part of right now, in what we are calling our Month of Love at KGF.
Compassion has captured my heart for their incredible work in the lives of 1.4. million children around the world. I love their motto: “Poverty requires an eternal solution.” So true! And the great news is that we can partner with this amazing organization to see lives truly changed.
This message with Pastor Mike is called “Love Costs”, and we are in Luke 10, the story of the Good Samaritan, and Jesus’ invitation to “Go and do likewise.” We can indeed carry the love of Christ with us wherever we go. Let’s dive in!
Jesus said the world would know we are his disciples by our _____________
Church attendance? Bible reading? The kind of clothes we wear? The kinds of music we listen to?
The answer is the world will know we are His disciples by our “love”
Think about it. . . How can you see someone’s love? There must something on the outside, not just the inside. There must be a tangibleness to it, it must have movement and action.
Pastor Mike begins a new series entitled “Love In Action: Refuse To Do Nothing” by reminding us that our faith is meant to be walked out in tangible acts of love. And despite the problems that seem to overwhelm our world, we are to partner with God and refuse to do nothing! Join in as we embark on a Month of Love at KGF
As we conclude our series "For Such A Time As This", Pastor Jinger looks at how small acts can have big impact. Using the amazing story of Jesus washing his disciples feet in John 13, Jinger reminds us that we serve an upside down kingdom where the first are last and the last are first. Powerful message filled with personal stories and tangible action steps.
Do you believe that God placed you here “For Such A Time As This”? I absolutely do, and today, we are continuing our series of the same name, asking the question, “What’s In Your Hand?” It’s not there by accident, and it’s always more useful in God’s service than our own. Don’t miss what God wants to invite you into
Why did God place you here on earth? Why are you in your workplace, on your street, in your condominium? Why has He given you this sphere of influence?
Truth is, none of it is an accident. He has placed you here for such a time as this! You are here for a reason. And the goal of life is to discover how you can partner with God to accomplish His purpose in you and through you.
We don't exist just to put in time. We exist to invest our lives in that which lasts beyond the grave!
Pastor Mike Penninga begins a three week series by looking at how we're going to invest our lives, the "dash" between our birth and death.
I love new beginnings and fresh starts, and New Years seems to represent that in our culture. As we look ahead to a blank calendar, we want to ask, “What is God up to in our lives, in our church, in our world?” And “How am I to prepare for what God wants to accomplish in me and through me?”
I call this first message our “State of the Church” address. We want to ground ourselves on the right foundation, and prayerfully consider what God wants to build on that foundation for 2013.
As a church family, we are captivated by the mission God has placed in front of us, to Know Jesus & Make Him Known. When you wake up every day, we pray that mission captivates your own life. We want it to be the foundation of this church family. The vision is how we want to walk out our mission, to create places of belonging where people can discover Jesus and be equipped to follow Him. KGF is about more than simply attending. . . it’s about belonging. It’s about not being alone. We hope you will say yes to that in 2013.
Have you ever asked yourself the question, “Why does Christmas matter?” I mean, it has to be more than the turkey and presents and decorations and relatives coming over for a visit.
The good news is that Christmas matters more than you can imagine. And in this message from the Christmas Eve 2012 service at the Kelowna Community Theatre, Pastor Mike helps shine a light on the real reason Christmas matters. . . God came near!
The week after Christmas is a bit of a blur, as we try to process what just happened. Guest preacher Levi Simpson helps us pause to reflect on the difference Christmas makes in our daily lives, and how we can live it out moving into 2013.
I love the fact that Christmas comes after the shortest day of the year. . . it means that the darkness is going away, the light is coming. In fact, Christmas means the light has broken through!
As we conclude our four week Road to Christmas, walking through the one year leading up to the birth of Jesus, we find ourselves face to face with a powerful prophetic word from Zechariah. You may recall Zechariah was the elderly father of John the Baptist, who would be the fore-runner of the Messiah.
And in the end, we see that the road to Christmas is not so much one we travel to Him, but one He travelled to come near to us!
"How my soul praises the Lord. How my spirit rejoices in God my Savior!"
These are the words that begin Mary's amazing song of praise in Luke 1:46, and are the focus of Part 3 of our December series, "The Road to Christmas".
Excited to have Monty Scott open the word of God for us, as we look at the meeting of a young, pregnant Mary and an elderly, pregnant Elizabeth. . . for nothing is impossible with God!
As we continue our special four-week Christmas series based in Luke 1, we find ourselves face to face with a teenage girl who answered a very uncomfortable call from God. Our heart is to peel back the glossiness of the season and re-discover the raw emotions and difficulties faced by ordinary people used by God on the Road to Christmas.
This Christmas, we want to spend one month in one chapter, Luke 1, as we meet four people who had the unique viewpoint as eyewitnesses to the most important birth ever. No, it’s not the shepherd or the wise men or even the angels, but an old, formerly childless couple, a young teenage girl, and a wild man who would prepare the way for the Savior of the world. And along the way we’ll find that Christmas really is about faith in a God who goes to extraordinary measures to bring us back to Himself.