What happens when you live with one foot in two worlds? Chances are you are slowly broken apart from the inside. Listen to Jesus' passionate call to the church in Pergamum to get off the fence.
Have you faced persecution or opposition because of your faith in Christ? Such response is to be expected as we cling to the Gospel message of Jesus Christ. As we continue in our series "You've Got Mail", Monty Scott turns our attention to Jesus' words to the church in Smyrna, who were enduring severe persecution, even to the point of death. How do we experience this in our culture and climate today?
Remember the good old days when we received something called "letters" in our mailbox? That was before the day of email and text, when communication took the form of paper and pen, and included a stamp.
Back then, when you heard the phrase, "You've Got Mail!", it made your heart skip a beat. Who might be writing? What might they be saying? So you ran to the mailbox and grabbed the letter, searching on the return address for the author's name. Then you would carefully digest what was inside. What was it? A love letter? A note of encouragement? Maybe from a trusted friend who had some difficult words to share?
We’ve entitled our new series at KGF, “You’ve Got Mail” because Jesus has written special letters to His church. Seven of them in fact. And we are going to take seven weeks to read what they say and digest what they mean for us today.
These seven letters to seven churches in Revelation are packed with encouragement, correction, caution, and affirmation. And they have incredible relevance to our church family today.
“Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches.” Revelation 2:7
Thanksgiving is the one weekend of the year when our country, our culture, intentionally pauses to acknowledge our thankfulness. We say we are thankful for our health, for our families, for our freedom.
But who are we actually thankful to? Who or what is the object of our thankfulness?
Two thoughts to consider. First, you and I need an object for our thankfulness. And second, the level of our thankfulness is directly related to how we actually see ourselves, our needs, our true situation.
In this message entitled “God of the Outcast”, Pastor Mike spends time in the story of a woman who found the answers to both of those questions. And it centers around a meal at a table with Jesus.
We wrap up our four-week Kickoff series entitled “Living @ The Core” with a message entitled “Not Alone”. One of the amazing gifts of living with Christ at the core of your life is that you are never alone. The great news is we are invited into an intimate relationship with the creator of the universe!
What does it mean to allow our lives to be Guided by the Spirit? That`s where Pastor Jinger goes in part 3 or our 4 part September Kickoff series, `Living at the Core`.
I am always amazed when I get onto a construction site to see the thought and effort and work that goes into making the foundation right. These are skillful individuals who are building things that can actually stand the test of time!
But in reality, each of us is seeking to build something that will stand the test of time. . .and that is our lives. We continue our Fall Kickoff Series “Living at the Core”, by turning our attention to why Foundations Matter.
The truth is, foundations are crucial, and we ignore them at our own peril. Because while your foundation may out of sight out of mind, it is revealed when the storm blows. What your life is built on is made clear when the storms come.
When it comes to our lives, we must ask the question, ‘What is the core of my life? What foundation am I building on?”
We are excited to be launching a new four week series entitled “Living At the Core”.
The concept of “core” is popular in today’s fitness culture, this idea that each of us have this central part of our body that needs to be strengthened as it impacts everything else.
But beyond our physical bodies, how are you doing at the Core of your spiritual life? What foundation are you building on?
We’re going to be spending the four Sundays of September examining what it means to build a strong spiritual core!
As we wind up our 10 week summer series on the Parables, we are reminded that Jesus promised He would return just as He left. The key question. Are we waiting for Him? And will we be ready when He returns? Great message from KGF Children's Pastor Pam Grimm
Our summer journey through the Parables of Jesus brings us to face to face with eternity. Jesus reminds us that Heaven & Hell are real places, and that the time to make our decision is now, not after death. I have been praying for a real sense of the Spirit’s guidance and presence as we open God’s Word today! Let’s lean in close.
You can download the Master's Paper "How Can a Good God Send People to Hell?" that Pastor Mike talks about in this message by clicking here:
Have you ever thought why God gives you money? It’s kind of a funny system, really, you take this piece of paper, and depending on the number that is on it, the value we have assigned to it, you can get something for it.
There are lots of things you can do with these bills. But Jesus tells us in today’s parable that there is one big overarching reason God gives us money. It’s to buy friends and influence people for His kingdom.
Where does it say that you might ask? Let’s look together at one of the most perplexing parables in the scriptures, Luke 16, the Parable of the Shrewd Manager.
As we continue our 10 week summer series on the Parables: small story BIG IDEA, we come face to face with a powerful picture of what it really takes to be made right with God. And the good news is that it doesn’t depend on our righteousness, but His. The problems come when we start making “The List” of our good deeds, and expecting God to be impressed. One of the greatest prayers in the Bible is found in this parable: God have mercy on me a sinner. May God move in a powerful way!
Of all of Jesus' parables, the Good Samaritan is perhaps the most practical. It's not enough to not our agreement, it requires a life of response. Message by Monty Scott
We find ourselves face to face with a powerful picture of persistent prayer. Prayer really does make a difference! Prayer draws the ears of our Heavenly Father.
As we continue our walk this summer through the Parables of Jesus, we come face to face with the extravagant love of your Heavenly Father. The title that came to me has been a phrase that I have meditated on all week: Grasping the Generosity of God. We are looking at a story told by Jesus that speaks to His extraordinary grace. Together we will discover why it’s a great thing that God doesn’t treat us fairly from an earthly perspective.