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When was the last time life overwhelmed you? If you’re normal, it seems to happen quite regularly. For those of you who are married, can marriage be overwhelming at times? How about as a parent, or in your job. Could be in your health, or finances.
But it’s worse when you’re overwhelmed and alone. We can get through things when we go through them together. Life can be crushing when we feel like we’re on our own.
Here’s the beautiful thing about prayer. Prayer is the conscious decision to invite God into the “overwhelmingness” of life. When we pray, we are saying to God, “I don’t want to do this alone. I can’t do this alone. I won’t do this alone. I need you.”
In part 7 of our 10 part summer series, “Be Still & Know: How Prayer Changes Us”, Pastor Mike brings us to a beautiful passage that really shows the desperation prayer, “Not Without You!”
They say God answers prayers three ways: Yes, No, & Wait. We don't mind the first one, but the second two are much more difficult. What do we do when God says no to our prayers? Pastor Rolly shares this very personal and powerful message as part of our summer series, "Be Still & Know: How Prayer Changes Us".
If worship can be living, might living be prayer? Are there different ways of communicating with God? How can we actually hear God’s voice?
Guest preacher Ed Boschman steps into our summer series and delivers a powerful reminder that God is listening, if we are willing to pause long enough to engage Him.
Have you ever wondered what to do when you don't know what to do? What to do when you receive news that terrifies you? The good news is there is something we can do when we don't know what to do. And it really does change everything!
Pastor Mike continues in our summer series, "Be Still & Know: How Prayer Changes Us" by looking at a powerful yet simple prayer by a king who didn't know what to do, but who's eyes were on the right place.
Have you ever noticed there is a difference between "looking" and "seeing"? I believe something has to happen for God to actually open our eyes to see the spiritual reality of our world, and the provisions He already has in place around us. And the good news is that's what He wants to do!
Pastor Mike brings part 3 of our summer series, "Be Still & Know: How Prayer Changes Us"
It's a word found more than 70 times in the Psalms. So maybe we are supposed to take note of it.
In part 2 of our 10 part summer series, "Be Still & Know: How Prayer Changes Us", Pastor Mike shines the light on the power of the pause. Perhaps prayer is as much pausing to realize that there is a God and we're not Him. Perhaps we would do better to live more in the "Selah" of the moment, the pause, the breathe, the break. . . to be still and know that I am God.
Prayer is something that is instinctual to all of us, but also something that many of us struggle with in our journey with Christ. The book of Jonah provides some wonderful examples of what prayer is, how we can and should engage in it, and how engaging God in conversation can transform us for His good purposes for us.
Pastor Levi Simpson starts off our summer series "Be Still and Know: How Prayer Changes Us"
In a message of commissioning and challenge, Pastor Marcus speaks to the Graduates, and us, as we cross milestones on this journey of life. Three key things we must never forget: God's Providence, God's Priests, and God's Power.
"So he started out."
For years I had missed these words from the very familiar story of Philip meeting and baptizing the Ethiopian Eunuch in Acts 8. But once God drew them to my attention, I couldn't get them out of my mind.
It's true that everything rises and falls on those four words. Unless we start out, we miss what God has ahead for us.
In God's economy, Invitation + Obedience = Divine Opportunity.
If you want your life to count for eternity, then this message is for you. Because I believe that God is inviting you to start out!
What happens when a village discovers the big red tractor actually has power to move on his own? That's the premise behind Uncle Mike's story time, shared Sunday May 31st @ KGF, with special guest, the handsome & harmonica playing, Farmer Dave. Part of our Big Picture Sunday, and the conclusion of our series, "Never Alone: Everyday with the Holy Spirit
You may not be aware that KGF is part of a much bigger family of Mennonite Brethren churches in our province and country.
We welcome Ron van Akker who works with our BC MB Conference as a pastor to pastors. He’s one of the amazing people who pour into life of our church families on a larger level. We are excited to hear from Ron about the awesome things God is up to around the province, and how we can truly live “Transformissional Lives!”
More information on the work of our BC MB Conference online, www.bcmb.org
Have you ever received a gift but never opened it? Perhaps you forgot about it, or maybe you knew what it was and wanted to leave it boxed up.
In part 6 of our series on the Holy Spirit, we are looking at the tragedy of unopened spiritual gifts. As we’ll see in 1 Corinthians 12:7, “A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.” Time to open your gift and put it to its intended use!
Excited for what God wants to do in each of us through His Word and by the power of His Holy Spirit.
As a kid, we used to love playing the game “Follow the Leader.” The truth is we never outgrow this game, it just ceases being a game. So what happens when the one we are following takes us down the wrong path?
In part 5 of our series, “Never Alone: Everyday with the Holy Spirit”, Pastor Mike Penninga looks at the battle that rages in each of us between following our sinful nature or the Holy Spirit. The great news is there is hope and help for those who place their trust and confidence in the one who has promised victory and a life of fruitful impact. Let’s lean in together!
We long to belong. Belonging is one of our core longings, among our deepest desires. We need to know that we are part of something, that we belong somewhere, that someone cares and knows us.
The truth is that this deepest sense of belonging can only be filled when we discover our rightful position with God. That we belong to Him! And this changes everything.
So excited to open God’s Word together in part 4 of our series, “Never Alone: Everyday with the Holy Spirit.” May God minister deeply to each of us by His Spirit!
What happens when the Holy Spirit gets a hold in a community of believers? Transformation within and beyond! Here's Pastor Levi with part 3 of our series, "Never Alone: Everyday with the Holy Spirit".