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Saturday, 24 September 2016 22:03

Molded Part 2 - Getting in the Game: Personal Ministry

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Are you in the game, or content to cheer from the sidelines?  Do you know that the people God shapes most are those who understand the meaning of ministry, serving others to the glory of God?

In week 2 of our 5 week series, 'Molded', Pastor Mike helps us become incredibly practical with these two questions. 

1.  What gift has God given you?

2.  What are you doing with that gift for His glory?

 

Monday, 19 September 2016 14:22

Molded Part 1: Practical Teaching

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Molded:  To influence the formation or development of.

How does God mold us?  What does He use to shape us into His image and for His glory? 

We are living in an age of unparalleled access to the Bible.  Multiple translations available in so many formats, including on your phone.  You are one click away from listening, watching, or live-streaming some of the best Bible teachers in the world. We are not lacking access.  But there is something more important than access, and that's application. 

Pastor Mike begins this new 5-part series looking at the the gift of Practical Teaching, and how application trumps acquisition every time.  

Sunday, 11 September 2016 07:05

Kickoff Sunday, Fall 2016: Following Jesus Together

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We are so excited to begin a new season of life and ministry together with you.  In this Kickoff Message, Pastor Mike draws our attention to one word that radically changes (for the better) KGF’s Vision Statement.  It’s the word “Together”.  You were never meant to follow Jesus alone.  We are truly better together.  We pray that you would lean in to what it looks like to follow Jesus together! 

Don’t forget our new service times, Sundays 8:30am, 10:15am, 6:00pm, and live online, www.kgfchurch.com 

“Who will be my Master?  Who will be my Mate?  What will be my Mission?”

In our 10th and final message in the series, “Songs of Summer”, we celebrate the gift of wisdom and practical help from our friend Pete Unrau.  Pete just turned 80, and has spent a vast majority of those years in pastoral ministry, preaching and leading around North America.  He brings all of that to bear in this amazing message, “Your Beautiful, Messy, Complicated Story Matters: Tell It!” from Psalm 71. 

We know you’ll enjoy Pete, and you can reach him via email, psunrau@shaw.ca

If you could sneak a peak at Pastor Mike's wedding ring, you'd find this verse from Psalm 37:4, "Take delight in the Lord and He will give you your hearts desires."  Does this mean God is like a cosmic vending machine, or a sky genie waiting to do our bidding?  Just the opposite.  When we take delight in Him, we find our desires change in surprising but beautiful ways.

Here's Pastor Mike with Part 9 of our 10 week series, "Songs of Summer": "The Right Delight"   

Have you spent time in life’s “pits”?  Have you wondered whether you will ever walk on solid ground again?  And have you ever asked whether God can use the darkness to bring His light? 

Good news.  He can!  And He will! And He wants to!  In part 8 of our "Songs of Summer" series, Pastor Mike opens one of the most famous Psalms that moves us from desperation to salvation to celebration to proclamation.  Wherever you find yourself today, know that He is near, and that your story can lead others back to Him.  Hallelujah!

Surrender. It's a difficult thing to do. But as our friend Jeff Michaud shares in part 7 of our series "Songs of Summer", it is the core of the Christian message. 

We live in a world filled with distractions.  How can we navigate those distractions in a way that the most important things don't get shoved off to the sides?  Here's Pastor Levi with Part 6 of our series in Psalms, "Songs of Summer".  

"The Lord is my Shepherd. . . . "

There are 150 Chapters in Psalms, 2,461 verses, and more than 43,000 words.  But none seem to strike home as much as the 23rd Psalm.  Why is that?  Why has this become the most loved, the most read, the most shared, the most memorized of all Psalms? 

The answer is two-fold says Pastor Mike.  Psalm 23 is incredibly personal, and it reminds us of the absolute beauty of God's presence.

Join us on this journey into the heart of the Bible's message.  We are not alone, and that changes everything!

“The place our culture discourages, where spirituality flourishes: Longing.”

Guest preacher Marcel Morneau draws our eyes to the gift of longing, and the importance of longing after the things that can actually satisfy. 

What do you do when faced with the darkest Psalm of them all?  You dive in and realize that life sometimes brings us to places we can't fathom, but a God who walks with us through them all.  Here's Pastor Levi Simpson with an incredibly powerful and personal look at Psalm 88, part of our Songs of Summer Series through the Psalms.  

One of the major themes in the Psalms is that you and I are KNOWN.  Is that scary or comforting to you?  Is that appealing or a bit off-putting?  To me it’s beautiful, but a little nerve-racking.  If I am totally known, why do I like to hide?  Who am I hiding from?  May I encourage you to come out from the shadows to embrace fully the One who made you, knows you, and loves you more than you can imagine!

Here's Pastor Mike with Part 2 of our "Songs of Summer" Series in the Psalms, from Psalm 139.  

The Psalms are filled with some of the most beautiful poetic imagery in all of the Bible.  But they are also filled with very challenging and difficult to understand parts filled with violence, curses, and emotions that seem almost surprising to be in the Bible.  What do we do with all of that?  How are we to read the Psalms?  What do they mean for us today?

Pastor Mike Penninga begins this important new summer series in the Psalms by sharing his own intimidation with this book, and how his personal bent towards positivity runs smack into the very raw and personal spiritual expression found in the Psalms.  Here's Part 1 of our 10 week series, "Songs of Summer".

Download the daily reading plan, 150 Psalms in 60 days, online here:  

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.” Robert Louis Stevenson.

Pastor Mike challenges the summer team from Gardom Lake, and all of us, to never stop sowing seeds.  Our job is to sow, God's job is to grow!  And the amazing thing is the harvest far exceeds the seeds we sow. 

What do you say on a Sunday that honors both Dads & Grads? Pastor Marcus Schmaling has the perfect message for both, and you, and it's available here.

Don't Compromise! Open Your Eyes! Travel Light!

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