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When people think of Christians, is their first thought, "My, what loving people they are!"?
I have a feeling it's supposed to be, but isn't.
That's why we are taking the month of February to draw our attention to what letting love lead us might look like.
This is the first in a four part series entitled "AGAPE: Unconditional Love", and it comes with a challenge. Pastor Mike invites you to consider looking for every opportunity to love without strings. What happens when we live like this? People find Jesus!
Let's dive in together, and see if we can't help start a Agape Love Revoluation!
(You can watch the On The Street Video that Pastor Mike refers to online here - https://vimeo.com/85505149)
"Love is at the very heart of truly worshipping God".
With this premise at the heart of his message, Pastor Rolly draws our attention to a powerful picture of worship from the Gospels. Luke 7 is the account of a woman who shows extravagant, costly worship, and Jesus’ response.
Part 3 of our 3 part series, “More Than A Morning: Life of Worship”
Is there one "right" way to worship? Do we all respond to God the same way?
In part 2 of our 3 part series, "More Than A Morning", Pastor Mike draws our attention to the various ways that we are designed to respond to God. In the end, the issue is more the "who' and "why", than "how" and "where".
Are you a "Waffle" worshipper or a "Pancake" worshipper?
In part 1 of our new series, "More Than A Morning: A Life of Worship", Pastor Mike draws our attention to the tendency we have to "compartmentalize" worship in our lives. We think it takes place during a certain time or at a certain place. But what if God intended worship to spill over into every part of our lives? Let's dive in to this crucial conversation that will have ramifications into eternity!
In 1949, Danish carpenter Ole Christiansen created a set of interlocking red and white blocks, the first of what would go on to become Legos. The word Lego is derived from the Danish words for “play well”.
The genius was in the little block’s simplicity, which allowed children of all ages to create freely without limits and in nearly endless combinations. Just six blocks could be combined in more than one-hundred million ways. Popularity boomed, and to date, Lego has produced more than 560 billion LEGO parts — roughly 80 for each person on the planet.
As we look ahead to 2014 in the KGF church family, Pastor Mike asks the question, what does “Lego” church look like? Using the parable of the talents from Matthew 25, we are invited to offer back the pieces God has given us for His kingdom purposes
Our heart continues to be knowing Jesus and making Him known. We will continue to create places of belonging where people can discover Jesus and be equipped to follow Him. And we will be a church family that is grounded in the Bible, guided by the Spirit and growing in Prayer!
Let’s dive in for all God has for us in this new year!
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Christmas really is a season of gift giving. But the greatest gifts don't come boxed up under a tree. In this message from Pastor Mike at the Christmas in the City event at the Community Theatre, we focus on three gifst that really have changed everything. You are not alone, you are loved, and there is hope!
As we bring another year to a close and stand on the cusp of a new one, we turn our attention to the God who leads us even when we feel like we aren't going as fast as we'd like. Guest preacher, Phill Whatman, shares powerfully from his own experience, and that of the Exodus from Egypt, about how life can take crazy turns, but the ultimate direction is always in the hands of a good God.
There is a television series entering its fourth season called Game of Thrones that has gained a cult following. The main premise is a theme that is literally as old as time. . . A battle for control of the kingdom. Who will sit on the throne?
And that’s really the message of Christmas. Here's Pastor Mike with a question we all need to answer: Who will ultimately sit on the throne of my life?
For many, Romans 8 is truly one of the greatest chapters in the entire Bible. Why? Because it so amazingly spells out what God has done as the Great Bridge Maker, stepping in to do for us what we could never do for ourselves. If you have ever wondered whether you were loved, whether there was hope, whether God could actually be for you, then listen close as Pastor Mike closes the 8 part series "The Great Bridge Maker" with a message entitled "Doesn't Get Any Better Than This!"
Do you ever get tired of wanting one thing but doing another? You aren't alone. In part 7 of our series in Romans, "The Great Bridge Maker", guest preacher Rob Thiessen draws our attention to the only hope we have to free us from a cycle of sin.
Have you ever noticed how some instructions seem painfully obvious? But the truth is, they wouldn't be there unless someone needed to hear them.
That's what we find in part 6 of the Great Bridge Maker, from Romans 6. The Apostle Paul reminds us that we don't sin so we can experience more of God's grace. We walk in new life because that's what we are made for!
If you've ever wondered what life with Christ looks like, join in with Pastor Mike and this message entitled, "Living Free!"
"Oh, Aslan," said Lucy. "Will you tell us how to get into your country from our world?"
"I shall be telling you all the time," said Aslan. "But I will not tell you how long or short the way will be; only that it lies across a river. But do not fear that, for I am the great Bridge Builder."
C.S. Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia series “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” Chapter 16
This week we mark the 50th anniversary of the passing of C.S. Lewis (November 22, 1963), a self-described “reluctant convert” who came to Christ like a prodigal, "kicking, struggling, resentful, and darting his eyes in every direction for a chance to escape." But Lewis seemed to truly understand what it meant to find peace with God. And he spent much of his life helping others to as well.
In Part 5 of our 8 part series in Romans entitled “The Great Bridge Maker”, Pastor Mike Penninga unpacks this amazing truth: that when you were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for you. It wasn’t when you had proved yourself. It wasn’t when you had cleaned yourself up. God showed his great love for you by sending Christ to die for you while you were still a sinner. And that indeed changes everything!
What is your spiritual resume like? Pretty impressive? Kinda meager? As we continue our series, “The Great Bridge Maker”, we find ourselves in Romans 4, and a message entitled “Laying Down Your Spiritual Resume”. Pastor Mike reveals the great freedom we experience when we rest in the finished work of Jesus.
“There is more grace in God's heart than there is sin in your past.” Pastor Erwin Lutzer
Human beings long to plan and construct their own systems and depend upon their own ingenuity. The bridge we need comes in a form nobody expected. Guest Preacher and Columbia Bible College President, Bryan Born, shares a powerful message from one of the greatest passages in all the Bible, Romans 3:21-31, as part of our series “The Great Bridge Maker”
The phone rings. . .it’s your doctor. He wants you to come down to the office, has something very important to share with you.
Your heart begins to beat so fast. . . you grab your keys and make your way to the office, your head spinning with possibilities. He asks you to have a seat. “I have bad news for you. The tests don’t look good. There is a war going on inside you. And the wrong side is winning right now.
For some of you, that scenario is all too real. The doctor would have your full attention. There is nothing else in the world that matters more right now. And that’s why you are all ears when he says, “The good news. . . . there is hope. . . we can do something about your cancer. Here’s our treatment plan.”
Welcome to Dr. Paul, and week 2 of our series, “The Great Bridge Maker”. As you will hear from Pastor Mike, you will never run to a Savior until you acknowledge your need for a Savior. Welcome to one of the darkest passages in all of Romans.