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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.
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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.
What would you say is your most valuable treasure? What would it take for you to give it up? What if you discovered something even more valuable?
This is the question Jesus poses in today's parable from Matthew 13. We are going on a treasure hunt to find out the greatest treasure we can possibly attain: the kingdom of heaven!
Over the years, I've had opportunity to share about Jesus with lots of people, and it never ceases to amaze me their varied responses. Some flatly refuse. Others quickly respond, but then wilt away. Still others seem to get side-tracked mid-way along the journey. And another group goes on to accomplish much for the kingdom of God. There are lots of times I am frustrated that not everyone responds to the Gospel message with the same vigor and excitement. I want everyone to bear much fruit. But it doesn’t seem to be that way. That’s what Jesus is talking about today. I hope you're okay playing the role as "dirt", because that's what you are in this parable! Our receptiveness to the Gospel is represented by four types of soil. The key distinguishing factor of good soil, as we will discover today, is that it produces a harvest. What type of spiritual fruit is being produced in your life?
Due to technical difficulties, the video from today's message did not work, and the audio is pulled from an earlier message preached by Pastor Mike at Willow Park Church.
Sometimes we forget that the Gospel Message doesn't start and end with four Gospels. In this message, Monty Scott unpacks a powerful Psalm and shows how the awesomeness of God is revealed from Genesis to Revelation. And it all points to Him!
What does it mean to live "Courageously" in this day and age? How can men step up to the call of God on their lives in two key areas: loving faithfulness to your spouse and Godly influence on your children?
Jumping off of the blockbuster movie "Courageous", Pastor Mike walks us through God's amazing call to a courageous life!
This 8 minute devotional was shared by Pastor Mike Penninga at our outdoor KGF ONE celebration service in Kelowna City Park on Sunday June 10th. The key question: What are you going to do with Jesus?
God blesses you to increase your standard of giving, not your standard of living.
How does that statement sit with you? What is God's perspective when it comes to "generosity"?
We conclude our three part series “God’s Treasure Principles” by turning our attention to what it means to live generously. If we are stewards and not owners, and if God is calling us to be faithful managers of what isn’t ours in the first place, then what part does giving have to play in the big picture? As Randy Alcorn writes in “The Treasure Principle”, we can’t take it with us, but we can send it ahead!
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We turn our hearts today to part two of our three week series “God’s Treasure Principles”, asking the question, “What does it mean to be a faithful manager of those things God has entrusted to me as steward?” This message will be practical in the areas of earning, giving, saving, spending, and debt. The truth is how we handle the area of finances says a lot about the role God plays in our lives!
We launch a new three part series Sunday May 20th entitled "God's Treasure Principles", asking ourselves the question, "Why does God care so much about how we handle our money?" The reality is God has more to say on the topic of money and possessions than any other topic in scripture, other than His own identity! As we launch into it, Pastor Mike wrestles with the question of "Ownership" vs. "Stewardship", and the cosmic tug-of-war between the pull of culture and the pull of the mind & heart of God!
Moms. . . your greatest legacy will not be your amazing meals or fantastic crafts or creative birthday parties.
Your legacy will not be what kind of a home you kept or the multi-tasking gifts you carried.
Your greatest legacy will be the faith breadcrumbs that you lay down for your kids to follow on their path to Jesus.