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He is Risen! He is Risen indeed!
Throughout the ages, this has been the Easter morning greeting, as believers around the world gather to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Listen to what Peter had to say about the importance of the resurrection.
“All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay.” 1 Peter 1:3-4
In this Easter Sunday Resurrection message, Pastor Mike draws us to the pinnacle of the Christian faith, and how it can make a difference in each of our lives.
Despite our efforts to keep him out, God intrudes. The life of Jesus is bracketed by two impossibilities: a virgin's womb and an empty tomb. Jesus entered our world through a door marked "No Entrance" and left through a door marked "No Exit." Peter Larson
“What one sees depends on where one sets up one's shop. Mine is at the entrance of the empty tomb.” W. Paul Jones
Good Friday is a day of reflection and thankfulness. The work of the cross changed everything. This short video encapsulates our service, with sharing from Pastors Jinger, Pam, Monty and Mike.
It rests on the time-line of history like a compelling diamond. Its tragedy summons all sufferers. Its absurdity attracts all cynics. Its hope lures all searchers.
History has idolized and despised it, gold-plated and burned it, worn and trashed it.
History has done everything but ignore it. How could you ignore such a piece of lumber?
Suspended on its beams is the greatest claim in history. A crucified carpenter claiming to be God on earth. Divine. Eternal. The death-slayer. Never has timber been regarded so sacred.
No wonder the apostle Paul called the cross event the core of the gospel. It's bottom line sobering: if the account is true, it is history's hinge. Period. If not, the cross is history's hoax.
Which is the cross for you, hinge or hoax? Or in the words of Jesus, "Who do you say that I am?"
Max Lucado – “The Cross”
What happens when spiritual kingdoms collide? Jesus always wins!
Pastor Monty Scott continues our five part Easter series, “Who Is Jesus?” by looking at a powerful encounter from Mark 5 with Jesus and a demon possessed man. If you have ever wondered whether Jesus is strong enough, lean in close.
As we continue our five week series entitled “Who Is This Man? Discoveries of the Divine from the Gospel of Mark”, we find out that storms are part of all of our lives. The key is not whether storms will come, but who is in our boat when they do.
Let’s lean in close so as not to miss what God has for us.
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!