It's easy to forget that many of those who hold office and positions of power in our nation's capital, Ottawa, are Christ-followers. And the Bible calls us to uplift them, and other governing leaders, in prayer. Pastor Mike spends a few minutes with one of our KGF family members, Aldon Loeppky, who has spent time in Ottawa doing just that with our government officials. They talk about how to pray and why it matters. A great reminder as we begin 2015!
"I urge you to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior" (1 Timothy 2:1-3)
"I came to Canada from China eight months ago. I wanted to make more friends and I also needed to improve my English. My friend Jenny invited me to come to KGF, where I met Millie and Jim. They help me to study the Bible. I had never read Bible before, and at first I did not understand anything. They were patient to teach me and help me study Bible. I realized that Jesus is the only way to God. Christ died for us. Jesus will forgive my sin and take away all my sin. He cleans my heart from every wrong. I asked Jesus to come into my life and guide me."
Here's Hailey getting baptized at the final service of 2014, December 28th @ KGF with Pastor Marcus Schmaling. Awesome! www.kgfchurch.com
It is preparation day at the Kelowna Community Theatre for our third annual "Christmas in the City" celebrations, taking place Wednesday December 24th, 4:00pm & 5:30pm. Thanks to everyone who is working so hard to make this a beautiful gift to the 1500 plus people who will join us Christmas Eve in person, and the hundreds more online through our Live Streaming! Please be in prayer for all parts of the evening. Come early, don't come alone, and join us as we celebrate the arrival of our Savior! Here's Pastor Mike with a 2 1/2 minute final instruction video for this great night. More online here:
Have you ever wondered why some people embrace grace as truly amazing and others seem to write it off as nothing special? It comes down to the gap between what you think you deserve and what you have actually received. Here's Pastor Mike with a 2 1/2 minute visual presentation that we pray forever changes how you see Grace. From the message, "The Face of Grace" (full message here)
We are very excited to launch 2015 with a city-wide week of prayer, beginning Sunday January 4th @ Willow Park Church and continuing for six nights in six different churches. KGF will host Monday January 5th, 7pm in the Sanctuary. Join us as we seek an increase in Kingdom Impact in our community this year! Going to be amazing!
Sunday January 4th - Willow Park Church (7pm)
Monday January 5th - KGF Church (7pm)
Tuesday January 6th - First Mennonite Church (7pm)
Wednesday January 7th - Kelowna Christian Centre (7pm)
Thursday January 8th - Metro Community (7pm)
Friday January 9th - Korean Bethel Church (7pm)
Your love works miracles here.
Three women. Three circumstances that seemed hopeless. Until God showed up through the loving care of His children.
This 10 minute video tells the story of how the Okanagan Valley Pregnancy Care Center is impacting families in powerful, long-reaching ways.
This 2 1/2 minute video is your invitation to our Christmas Eve celebrations taking place at the Kelowna Community Theatre Wednesday December 24th, 4:00pm & 5:30pm. You are not going to want to miss this opporunity to pause and be reminded of why Christmas really does change everything. Here's Kelowna Gospel Fellowship Church Senior Pastor Mike Penninga.
Pastor Mike and Shari Laurie walk through the symbolism and significance of our Christmas Advent visual display, and how God seems to enjoy "working out the details." How are you preparing your heart for the arrival of Jesus? www.kgfchurch.com
Our society is trying to convince us Christmas is all about us. The reality is Christmas is the ultimate picture of love in action, and an invitation for us to do the same. What would it look like for us to live a Christmas of Compassion Not Consumption? More here with Pastor Mike.
Next Sunday, December 7th, we are transforming the HUB into an Opportunities EXPO. We are going to make it easy for you to connect with some fantastic organizations in our city that have tangible ways for you to be part of a Christmas of Compassion Not Consumption. Here’s who’s on tap for next Sunday in the HUB
- Freedom’s Door
- Pregnancy Care Center
- Compassion Canada
- Errol Martens
- Kelowna Gospel Mission
- Food For Thought
- Okanagan Gleaners
- Kelowna Food Bank
- Soles for Souls
- Hands in Service
Our prayer is that God’s Spirit will provide you with the opportunities and the desire to indeed live a Christmas of Compassion Not Consumption. So excited to see how God is going to use each of us for His kingdom purposes.
Years ago, a major art gallery sponsored a competition for painters and they were offering prizes for the best painting on the subject of “Peace.” The painting that won was a real surprise.
Here's Pastor Mike with the story, the painting, and the discovery of what real peace actually means.
From Sunday November 23 message, "Afraid No More", http://kgfchurch.com/messages/that-you-may-believe/gospel-of-john-part-12-afraid-no-more