Reasonable Faith. . . are those two words even possible in the same sentence? If you’ve come to believe that faith is a journey for the mindless, then this series is for you! We’re going on an intensive four-week journey to discover the reasons behind faith. Along the way, we want to tackle some of the biggest questions raised about our origins, God, the Bible, and why we’re here.
We begin in this message by painting a picture of what the Bible means when it says to "love God with your heart, soul, mind and strength." Pastor Mike Penninga will unpack the amazing blessings that come when we lean into God with all aspects of our being.
The reality of death puts our life in perspective. Those things that are not important seem to fade away in light of our limited time on earth. And that's a gift, because our life here is meant to have an impact on eternity. And there is only one thing that lasts beyond the grave: people.
In this, the 2012 state of the church address, Pastor Mike turns our attention back to the reason for the church, and explores what God might have in store for KGF in this coming year. And we will discover together that we are being blessed for a reason.
What do U2 lead singer Bono and Violin Sensation swcr6h Bell have to do with Christmas? They both showed up in unusual places and were overlooked by people who didn’t expect to see them. The message of Christmas is a message of drawing near to the one who turned up in the most unexpected way. God come near.
In this message, I used the story of the violin great swcr6h Bell playing incognito at a Washington DC metro station to illustrate that we can miss greatness if we are too busy to stop and look! You can read the full story "Pearls Before Breakfast" that won author Gene Weingarten a Pulitzer Prize online here:
How would you define “peace”? Beyond definitions, are you experiencing peace? Would those around you say it’s something that you possess? Truth is, the peace that all of us are looking for is only found in one place, as we come face to face with the Prince of Peace.
As Pastor Mike concludes our 4 week look at the names of Jesus from Isaiah 9, we fix our eyes on his title “Prince of Peace”. The good news is this Prince of Peace comes into our world of stormy seas more than calm waters. He breaks into our lives where thunder is booming and lightning is flashing. And he offers us what only He can offer us. A peace which the world can neither understand nor take away. His name is Jesus, and He is the Prince of Peace.
You have an everlasting father. And his name is Jesus. He is God come near.
And he is not going anywhere!
Maybe you had an earthly father who abandoned you.
Jesus never will.
Maybe you had an earthly father who abused you.
Jesus never will.
Maybe you had an earthly father who ignored you.
Jesus never will.
In part 3 of our 4 part Christmas series “He Will Be Called”, Pastor Mike focuses our attention on Jesus as “Everlasting Father”.
Are you in need of a Mighty God? The good news is Christmas announces His arrival! Guest preacher Tim Schroeder continues our walk through the names of Jesus, found in Isaiah 9, focusing this message on the birth of our Mighty God who has come near!
There is power in a name. It means something. When we come to Christmas, the name Mary & swcr6eph were to give to their son was "Jesus", which means "One who saves!" How awesome that right in the name of our savior is the idea of salvation!
This Christmas, we are going on a journey to look at the names of Jesus, the one who was to come. We turn the clocks back 700 years before his birth to the prophet Isaiah, chapter 9, and look full force into the amazing names he gives; Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. We begin by looking at the one who is too great for any name, and how He has come near to bring you home!
Have you ever wondered who should've gone looking for the younger son? Who should've gone out to bring him home? The answer is the elder brother. That was his job. But he didn't do it. Because he didn't want to. But we have a true elder brother who has gone on a rescue mission to bring us home. His name is Jesus. We need one who wouldn't just go into a far country, but who would come all the way from heaven to earth to find us. We need one who would not just open up his wallet for us, but pour out his life. One who would pay not just a finite cost but an infinite debt, to bring us back into God's family. Thank God we do. . . His name is Jesus!
In part 5 of our 6 part message on the Prodigal God, Pastor Mike looks at the high cost of salvation, and who ultimately has paid that cost!
In most religions, we search for God. Only Christianity has God searching for us!
We are spending 6 weeks looking at one chapter of scripture, Luke 15, Jesus’ account of lost sheep, lost coins, and lost sons. It’s called “The Prodigal God” because of the recklessly extravagant nature of our heavenly father to bring us home, sparing no expense. In this message, Pastor Mike Penninga turns our attention to the amazing truth that Jesus welcomes sinners! In fact, He goes in search of them. May you find yourself in this amazing story of salvation today.
“For my son was lost, and now he’s found!” Those are some of the most amazing words we read in scripture. We sing songs about it. We write stories about it. . . the lost coming home. We dream about it for our own lives, in our own families.
My whole life, I have loved this parable, found in Luke 15. What’s not to love? A wayward son comes back home to a father who is waiting for him. Not only waiting, but a father who runs to him, embraces him, and welcomes him back into the family.
But I believe my entire life I have missed perhaps the real purpose of the parable. And maybe you are like me. Because this father had two sons. And in reality, both sons were lost. And the story was told by Jesus to an audience of elder brothers as well as younger brothers.
Join us as we begin an incredible study into the Prodigal God of the Bible, the one who reaches out with “reckless extravagance” to bring the lost home. In this, Part 1, Pastor Mike looks at the big picture of this most amazing parable in Luke 15, and what it teaches us about human nature and the God we most desperately need.
Ever thought of yourself as a "priest"? That word probably evokes images of someone in a formal collar, receiving "confessions" from church-goers. But in the Bible, God invites all of us into the role of "priest". In this final message in our three part series "Living Beyond Myself" Pastor Jinger Goma unpacks what it means to take up the role of a priest in kingdom terms, and how there is room for each of us at the table!