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I live in a house where there are a lot of “Knock Knock” jokes. Kids love these because they are simple, and to them, hilarious. You probably know a few yourself.
Here’s the thing about “Knock Knock” jokes. They are not funny if no one answers, “Who’s there?” When someone “knocks”, someone has to respond.
I believe we have a God who has gone to great efforts to knock on the door of our lives, and we are responsible to respond. He is knocking, and we need to ask, “Who’s There?”
What you believe matters. It shapes how you live your life. It impacts your identity, how you treat people around you. It makes a difference in how you spend your time, talents and treasures. Belief changes everything.
That’s why for the next 10 weeks at KGF, we are excited to journey together through a new series entitled “We Believe”. What exactly do we believe about God? Is He personal or knowable? Is He really the creator? What do we believe about sin and evil? What about the church, what is the purpose and mission of the church? How about other faiths, what do we believe about them? And the end times, is Christ really coming back?
Over the next 10 weeks we are going to address head on some of the core beliefs that make us Christians. This is a great series to invite people to join us, in person Sundays 8:30am, 10:00am, 11:30am, or live online, www.kgfchurch.com
Here's Pastor Mike with part 1 of our series, "There Is A God: You're Not Him!"
What happens when the author of life comes head to head with death? Life wins. . . every time!
Here's Pastor Mike Penninga with a message from Easter Sunday entitled "The Day Death Died!" And the incredible news is the resurrection truly does change everything.
You can't miss his name, it's found in all four Gospels on perhaps the most important day of Jesus' life. But for the longest time I missed him. Or better, over-looked him, put him in a category that wasn't significant. Until now.
Here's Pastor Mike Penninga with Part 6 of our series, "One Week That Changed The World", and a message entitled "Hello, My Name is Barabbas".
Sometimes we think our failures disqualify us from diving into all that God has for us. But failure is hardly unique to us, it coloured the lives of Jesus’ own disciples! The forgiveness of Christ is what gives us access to the Kingdom once and for all. So embrace the gift of God in Christ, and come further up and farther in!
Here's Pastor Levi Simpson with Part 5 of our 7 Part Easter series, "One Week That Changed the World"
"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!”