When it comes to the problem of pain and suffering in the world, there are two sides to the equation. From the philosophical side, the question is how we wrap our “head” around this conundrum. But as you’ll hear in this 2 1/2 minute clip with Pastor Mike, it’s the emotional side that most people wrestle with. And when we answer the emotional with the philosophical, we leave people angry and empty.
It was one of the most devastating natural disasters in history, and one of our families was right in the midst of it.
On December 26, 2004, the third largest recorded earthquake struck underneath the Indian Ocean. The resulting Tsunami left 230,000 people killed in 14 countries. That could have included the Roy family, on holidays that day on a small Island in Thailand. Here is their incredible story, which we share as together we wrestle with where God is in the midst of pain and suffering and loss. Powerful.
Whether or not you claim to hold any "beliefs", the truth is all of us have to understand our "world view", how we view the four biggest questions of life. In this short, 4 minute clip, Pastor Mike Penninga gives an overview of those questions, and how various people answer them. Part of our new series, "Thinking", available online here
Another season of Women's Breakaway is starting Wednesday, January 14, 2015! Here's Pastor Levi and Tara Wiens with the lowdown on the two great opportunities ahead.
How many kings step down from their thrones?
How many lords have abandoned their homes?
How many greats have become the least for me?
And how many gods have poured out their hearts
To romance a world that is torn all apart
How many fathers gave up their sons for me?
Special music from Downhere, shared at the Christmas in the City celebration December 24, 2014 @ the Kelowna Community Theatre. www.kgfchurch.com
One of the highlights from this year's Christmas Eve celebrations at the Kelowna Community Theatre was the special music presentation of Gabriele's Oboe by Juanita Gomes with Connor Murdock on the piano. You can relive it here or listen for the first time.
The team shared a powerful song Christmas Eve at the Kelowna Community Theatre, "Here With Us" by Joy Williams, complimented by Chelsey Murdock. Enjoy it again here.
We are so glad to be able to post the full, 62 minute Christmas in the City celebration from the Kelowna Community Theatre, December 24, 2014.
00:00 Video Welcome: He Came
1:30 Worship: O Come All Ye Faithful & Go Tell It On The Mountains
8:30 Welcome: Pastor Marcus & Pastor Levi, Candle Lighting
10:30 Oboe Solo: Juanita Gomes
14:00 The Christmas Story: Wayne & Shari Laurie
17:00 Worship: What A Glorious Night, Silent Night, The First Noel
29:00 Special: How Many Kings?
33:30 Testimony: My Story of Christmas:
38:30 Worship Dance: Here With Us
43:00 The Big Picture of Christmas: Pastor Mike
56:00 Celebration Song: Joy To The World
60:00 Christmas Blessing: KGF Staff Team
One of our KGF families, the Kent's (Mark, Julie, Abigail, Parker, Naomi), spent Christmas in Honduras as part of a mission work with Bob & Debbi Cowan. Here's a short video of one of their projects. Great photos from their eldest daughter Abigail. More here - http://www.made-in-roatan.com/
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)