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How can we live a life surrendered to God when the world has such a grip on our hearts? A powerful message by KGF Youth Intern Devan Scollon, part 5 of our 7 part journey through James in the series "A Faith to Live By".
It was one of the first comebacks we learned as a kid on the playground: “Sticks and stones can break my bones but words can never hurt me!” What kind of crazy person came up with that? Words can be incredibly hurtful. In fact words can have a long lasting impact on our lives. The tongue is powerful. And we are called to tame it.
In part 4 of our series, “A Faith to Live By”, Pastor Mike draws our attention to the vital importance of controlling and directing our words. This is truly a message for all of us!
Faith is not simply belief. Faith lives. Faith loves. Faith steps in. Faith embraces courage.
Faith is not passive but active!
In part 3 of our 7 week journey through the book of James, guest preacher Sid Koop brings us to the heart of the issue with a powerful message entitled "Living Faith is Loving Faith" Get to know more about Sid online here - http://truthmatters.ca/
“For every problem facing the world, the church is God's response.” -- Richard Beck
The church needs to be more than well intentioned, it needs to be like the God who saved us – the God in who’s image we’ve been made – and we must be actively doing this here, in this place, our local congregation. For love to become a lived out reality in our lives rather than an abstract principle, it needs a place to be put into practice wherein we can grow and mature in our ability to reflect the character of the God who made us. That place, in God’s plan, is the church. And if we can’t live out God’s call here, how do we expect to show God’s character to everyone out there?
Welcome to a brand new series @ KGF: A Faith to Live By, a journey through the book of James.
This first message introduces us to this amazing letter that almost never made it into the Bible! We’ll let you know why, and also why James begins with the universal reality of difficulties. The issue is not “if” troubles come, but “When”. The option is not whether we’ll have trials, but how we will face them. It is when our glass is shaken that we reveal what is really inside. The truth is you and I are preparing today for troubles that may arrive tomorrow.
Here’s Pastor Mike with Part 1 of “A Faith to Live By”
Welcome to the KGF Church Family on this most amazing morning! I can honestly say that Easter Sunday is my favorite day of the year. What’s not to love about a day that changes everything, where love wins, death has been defeated and life has truly come? And it’s all wrapped up in the work of Jesus Christ on our behalf.
Whether you are new to KGF or have been with our family for years, our prayer is that you would look afresh into the tomb and believe. That you would hear your name, and despite your failures, would accept the victory that was won on your behalf.
We are pleased to be able to present the entire Easter Sunday service from April 16, 2017, 8:30am
Welcome home to KGF. You are loved!
"But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead.”
Jesus is different than every other religious teacher, as he is the only one who points people to himself, not away from himself.
He says I am the way, the truth and the life.
He says I am the light of the world
He says I am the resurrection and the life
Those are big claims which are hard to fathom. . . unless the resurrection is true. If someone can predict his own death, burial and resurrection, and then pull it off, whatever he says is probably worth listening to.
“If Jesus rose from the dead, then you have to accept all that he said; if he didn't rise from the dead, then why worry about any of what he said? The issue on which everything hangs is not whether or not you like his teaching but whether or not he rose from the dead.” – Timothy Keller, Reason for God in an Age of Skepticism
We want to take a few minutes on this Easter Sunday to look at the Resurrection in a message called “Love Wins”. Here's Pastor Mike with Part 18 of our series "Jesus the King"
The veil has been torn. The way has been opened. The issue now isn't "can" we go into the very presence of God. . . but will we?
Here's Pastor Mike with a message that takes us to the very heart of the Gospel, and God's love for us. . . .Jesus dying on the cross to open up a way home.
Pastor Marcus brings us into the Garden of Betrayal, and how Jesus willingly surrendered his life that we might live. Here's Part 16 of our series, "Jesus the King", from the Gospel of Mark.
We don’t normally think of gardens as places of epic battles. They are better known as places of peace, tranquility, beauty, renewal.
But one of the greatest battles in history took place in a garden. And the result actually changed our lives.
Here’s Pastor Mike Penninga with Part 15 of our series “Jesus the King”, as we fix our eyes on the Garden of Gethsemane. . . the battle within Jesus before he battled the cross of Good Friday.
Some of life's most important lessons happen around a table. What is true in our families is also true in our faith, as we come to Last Supper, the final Passover, and a picture of God's love and sacrifice on our behalf. Come close to discover the incredible significance of all elements of this passover meal, most notably the fact that there is no lamb on the table because the true Passover Lamb is sitting at the table. Here's Pastor Mike Penninga with Part 14 of our series "Jesus the King", from the Gospel of Mark.
Our time in the Gospel of Mark has carried us into the season of Lent, a season that many of us have head of but not too many of us have any real experience with it. For some, it may even raise suspicion – isn’t Lent just about feeling guilty? I’ve got Jesus, why should I bother with Lent? I don’t see Lent in the Bible!
Lent, however, is not an add-on to the Gospel, nor is it about heaping hot coals on our heads for not being good enough for God. God has called us to be living examples of a different way of being in the world, to organize our lives differently from those around us, and to be a people on mission. Lent is that season where we pause, mindful and thankful for God’s grace, to ask ourselves if we are doing just that.
The world tries to distract us and lure us away from leaning into God’s great gift, but the Bible reminds us to consider our call (1 Corinthians 1.26), and live a life worthy of the calling we’ve received (Ephesians 4.1, Colossians 1.10). We pause and engage in prayer and self reflection not out of a sense of guilt, but because we know that the gift God has given us is meant to be unwrapped, savoured, delighted in, and shared. Certainly, we may not like what we see when we pause to look inward, but as Frederick Buechner says, “if sackcloth and ashes are at the start of it, something like Easter may be at the end.” Repentance in light of the resurrection is less about guilt than it is reminding ourselves to step boldly into our life in the Spirit as children of God.
Here's Part 13 of our series in the Gospel of Mark, in a message about Jesus entering Jerusalem and calling people to the true temple that is not situated on a mountain but in a person.
The world says you're great if people serve you. Jesus says you're great if you serve others.
The world says life is about power, prestige, posessions, popularity, and position.
Jesus says it's about whether you're willing to live as a servant of others.
It's an upside down kingdom, and we're invited into it.
Here's Pastor Mike Penninga with Part 12 of our series, "Jesus the King", from Mark 10:35-45
“It’s one thing to have God as a boss, an example, a mentor; but if you want God to be your Savior, you have to replace what you’re already looking to as a savior. Everybody’s got something. What is it for you?” Tim Keller.
Jesus is very good at putting his finger on that one thing that is keeping us from following Him. In Part 11 of our journey through the Gospel of Mark, we meet a man who seems to have it all, but is missing something inside. And yet Jesus high call of following may be too much for Him to bear. Here's Pastor Mike Penninga with the message, "Calling Out Our Idols".
Have you ever heard of the phrase, “Mountain Top Experience?” We define a mountain top experience as something extra ordinary, extra special, that impacts us at a deep level.
But sometimes mountain top experiences can get a bad rap because they are somehow perceived to be “not real”. People say you can’t live there. . . and that’s true, but I believe life on the mountain changes you in the valley. Once you’ve seen life from that perspective, it changes everything that comes afterwards.
Throughout the Bible, God used mountain top to profoundly shape people. In Part 10 of our series in the Gospel of Mark, “Jesus the King”, Pastor Mike draws our attention to a mountain top moment that would forever change those present, and us if we let it!