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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!
The week after Christmas is a bit of a blur, as we try to process what just happened. Guest preacher Levi Simpson helps us pause to reflect on the difference Christmas makes in our daily lives, and how we can live it out moving into 2013.
I love the fact that Christmas comes after the shortest day of the year. . . it means that the darkness is going away, the light is coming. In fact, Christmas means the light has broken through!
As we conclude our four week Road to Christmas, walking through the one year leading up to the birth of Jesus, we find ourselves face to face with a powerful prophetic word from Zechariah. You may recall Zechariah was the elderly father of John the Baptist, who would be the fore-runner of the Messiah.
And in the end, we see that the road to Christmas is not so much one we travel to Him, but one He travelled to come near to us!
"How my soul praises the Lord. How my spirit rejoices in God my Savior!"
These are the words that begin Mary's amazing song of praise in Luke 1:46, and are the focus of Part 3 of our December series, "The Road to Christmas".
Excited to have Monty Scott open the word of God for us, as we look at the meeting of a young, pregnant Mary and an elderly, pregnant Elizabeth. . . for nothing is impossible with God!
As we continue our special four-week Christmas series based in Luke 1, we find ourselves face to face with a teenage girl who answered a very uncomfortable call from God. Our heart is to peel back the glossiness of the season and re-discover the raw emotions and difficulties faced by ordinary people used by God on the Road to Christmas.
This Christmas, we want to spend one month in one chapter, Luke 1, as we meet four people who had the unique viewpoint as eyewitnesses to the most important birth ever. No, it’s not the shepherd or the wise men or even the angels, but an old, formerly childless couple, a young teenage girl, and a wild man who would prepare the way for the Savior of the world. And along the way we’ll find that Christmas really is about faith in a God who goes to extraordinary measures to bring us back to Himself.
Doors are so common that we don’t even think much about them. But in this message, Pastor Mike unpacks Jesus’ use of the door as a powerful metaphor for our spiritual journey.
Doors are entry-ways. They are the place of welcome to our inner world. They are symbolic of transitions, from outside to inside, from one environment to another.
As we wrap up our seven week series on the seven letters to the churches in Revelation, we come face to face with the ultimate invitation, to Open the Door!
Did you know that it is Jesus' heart to make you into His masterpiece? As we continue our 7 week look at the 7 letters to the churches in Revelation, Pastor Jinger draws our attention to the church in Philadelphia.
For those who are technologically connected, you probably recognize the fall of Research in Motion's Blackberry at the hands of Apple's IPhone, partly because Blackberry was content to rely on its reputation. There is a spiritual parallel that takes place when we allow our faith journey to be lived in the rear-view mirror, relying on a good outward reputation that may be masking an inward hollowness. This is what Jesus talks about in the fifth letter to the churches in Revelation. Join Pastor Mike as we discover the danger of a good reputation, and Jesus' desire to awaken those asleep in their faith!
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Where have you found yourself turning a blind eye to what you know is wrong so that you can get ahead? Where have you compromised your faith because you knew it would allow you to make a sale, earn some extra bucks, keep a job, get that promotion? That’s the situation we face in part 4 of our series “You’ve Got Mail”, looking at the letter to the church in Thyatira. Join Pastor Mike in a message called “Wrestling with Compromise”
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!