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"Look Up & Live"
Those four words really are the message Jesus brings. Life is found when you fix your eyes on Him.
Here is Pastor Mike Penninga with Part 4 of our 7 part series, "One Week That Changed the World."
In Part 3 of our 7 week series entitled "One Week That Changed The World," we see King Jesus coming into the heart of Jerusalem, the Temple, only to find power being used to burden rather than bless.
Isn't this just like today? All of us have been pushed down by the power of others, be it a domineering boss or toxic relationship, and we've also stepped on others with our influence. But in Luke chapter 20, we don't just see power as a burden. We see what it means to use it as a blessing, and how Jesus offers us a transformation of heart so we can bless others with our influence.
What would happen in our homes if we treated our power as a gift from God? How would our workplaces change if we allowed the love of Jesus transform the way we use our influence? We invite you to listen in and join the prayer at the end. May you experience God's power as love and learn to bless others with your power!
Here’s Pastor Marcus Schmaling with Part 3 of our series, “One Week That Changed the World”.
Did you know that there are only two occasions in the Gospel where we read that Jesus weeps? That startled me. I thought there would be more. But maybe there is something we can learn about Jesus from those times where He weeps.
That’s where we’re going in Part 2 of our series, “One Week That Changed the World”. We are spending 7 weeks on Jesus’ final 7 days, from Palm Sunday to Resurrection Sunday and everything in between.
It was the only time Jesus rode on a donkey.
It was one of the very few times his true Kingship was acknowledged.
It was one of the many times he came up against opposition from religious leaders.
It was Day 1 of the week that would change the world.
Here's Pastor Mike Penninga with part 1 of our 7 part series on the final week of Jesus' life. We begin with Palm Sunday and the triumphal entrance into Jerusalem and Jesus' Passion week.
“Don’t Be A Fool”
It sounds like a pretty tough title, but truth is it comes right out of one of Jesus’ most famous parables on the subject of Faith & Finances. In Luke 12, Jesus paints the picture of a farmer who had a great year. But instead of being rich towards God, he was foolish in using it all on himself. Jesus challenges us on the subject of greed, which is the assumption that everything that’s placed in my hands is for my consumption.
We want the final word in this series to be from Jesus, because he spoke a lot about how our faith is meant to interact with finances. 15 percent of everything Jesus ever taught, and one-third of his parables, was on the topic of money and possessions. Why such an emphasis on this subject? Because Jesus knows there is a fundamental connection between how we think about and handle money and our spiritual lives.
Here’s Pastor Mike Penninga with part 4 of our series “Faith & Finances” in a message entitled “Don’t Be A Fool”
If you've ever wondered “How to Be Rich”, then we invite you to lean into this message from Pastor Mike Penninga. To be clear, this is not a message about getting rich or staying rich. But should you ever find yourself "rich", how should you live? How can we "be rich" well? Hint: the issue is not what you have, but what you do with what you have.
Here’s Pastor Mike with part 3 of our series “Faith & Finances”.
“Culture invites us into consumption. God invites us into contentment.”
We all seem to know this. The challenge is actually walking it out on a daily basis.
In part 2 of our 4 part series “Faith & Finances”, Pastor Mike Penninga looks at those things that battle our contentment, and how we can ultimately win.
If you’ve ever wondered how you can stop trying to “Keep up with the Joneses”, lean in.
What happens at the intersection of our Faith & Finances? Some people think God isn’t interested in what we do with our money.
There’s a couple of mistakes in that reasoning. First of all it isn’t our money. . .we are stewards, not owners. And secondly, God actually has a lot to say about money. You’ll find about 500 verses on prayer, less than 500 on faith, but over 23-hundred verses on the subject of money and possessions.
Why is it so important? Because what God says is true. . where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. So we want to spend the next four weeks unpacking God’s heart for us in this everyday area of life.
Here's Pastor Mike Penninga with Part 1 "It's All His", www.kgfchurch.com
In races, they wave a checkered flag on the last lap. . . almost there. Unfortunately life doesn't wave a checkered flag. And yet just around the next turn, the next sacrifice, just if you can make it through this season, just if you don’t give up in this trial, something will break through.
The reason you can’t stop is because you might be on 6 and not even know it.
You might be so close, wouldn’t it be a shame for you to quit when you’re this close.
You can’t stop on 6.
In this Vision 2016 message, Pastor Mike shares a message that has impacted him deeply, entitled “Don’t Stop on 6!”
Pastor Mike took a few minutes at the Christmas in the City celebrations December 24th @ the Community Theatre to help people see the big picture of Christmas. Here's why it matters: Christmas means you aren't alone, and Christmas means God has made a way home!
As we close out an amazing 2015, we wanted to pause on this question: Are you journeying with joy or has that gift somehow alluded you?
We're excited to have one of our Partner in Ministries, Jeff Michaud, share a beautiful reflection based on his own life and scriptural truths of how God invites us to more than just surviving, but thriving with Him.
What happens when Light meets Darkness? Light wins. . . every time!
In our fourth and final message in the Christmas series “LIGHT”, Pastor Mike draws our attention to one of the darkest moments of the Christmas story. But in the midst of life’s highs and lows, God is present, and light will be victorious!
Good things happen when you follow the Star.
Good things happen when you follow God’s guidance.
Because when you let His light lead you, you find what you are most looking for.
Here’s Pastor Mike Penninga with Part 3 of our Christmas series, “LIGHT”: Follow The Star!
"The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it."
What does it mean for Jesus to be the Light of the World (John 8:12). In this encouraging message from Pastor Marcus, we are invited to look into the beginning of John's Gospel and discover how Jesus dispels the darkness in our lives and communities. And when we follow Him he calls us to be lamps, shining in the world, that people might know true hope and peace in the midst of darkness.
There is something incredibly powerful about light, and Christmas is the time when the Light of the World came near.
Here's Pastor Marcus with Part 2 of our Christmas series, "LIGHT".