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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".
“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.” Isaiah 9:2
That verse gives me shivers, and always sets my eyes on the Light of Christmas. What is it about “Light” that is so appealing, so drawing? And why is it that this metaphor of “Light” is found throughout the Christmas story?
The good news is that the “Light” has broken through our darkness and is showing us the way home. The question is are you ready?
Here is Pastor Mike Penninga with part 1 of our 4 part Christmas series entitled “LIGHT”.
What if Christians became known more as Bridge Builders than Rock Throwers? What if we looked at opportunities to find a common bond, as opposed to push people further away?
In the 10th and final message of our series "Outward", Pastor Mike looks at one of the best examples of bridge building, outward living, from the Apostle Paul. He found himself waiting around in a very Godless city, only to find an unbelievable link that led people to discover the God they were missing!
May your lives echo in eternity as you live Outward for Jesus!
Is it possible to praise while in prison?
Is it possible to worship while in weakness?
Is it possible to live a life of faith amidst the fire?
And when we live that way, God can move through us beyond us to impact those around us.
Here’s Pastor Mike Penninga with a message entitled "Praise in Prison, part 9 of our 10 part series, “Outward”, from the book of Acts.
Pastor Levi draws our attention on what it looks like when the people of God are at work for the purposes of God. Part of our 10 part series in the book of Acts entitled "Outward".
How can we live "Outward" lives without taking credit "Inward"? How can we live lives of kingdom impact without thinking we're a big deal?
In part 7 of our 10 part series "Outward", Pastor Mike takes us through a powerful account in Acts 14 where Paul & Barnabas were elevated far beyond their human status. And together we will learn that the goal of our "Outward" living is not our glory, but God's.
Are you easily detered? Do critics cause you to pull the covers over your head and give up?
In part 6 of our 10 part series "Outward", Pastor Mike cheers you on. Don't stop! What you do matters. The seeds you sow will have impact in the strangest of places. Be encouraged. God is up to something beautiful!
Our natural tendency is not to 'drift' outward. We drift 'inward.' We don’t drift into mission. We drift into complacency.
And I believe God wants to stir us again to a greater calling than comfort.
I don’t know about you, but I want to be part of a church that exists for something greater than itself. I want to be part of a movement that takes seriously the mission to which we are called. Are you in?
Here's Pastor Mike Penninga with Part 5 of our 10 part series, "Outward" in the Book of Acts
Where would you be if God hadn't shown up in your life?
Where has God shown up and freed you, protected you, provided for you, released you, loved you, carried you, fought for you?
Because when you realize those times, thanksgiving will not just be a weekend holiday, but a lifelong reality.
Acts 10 is a significant “hinge” point in the advancing story of the Gospel. Sometimes referred to as the “Gentile Pentecost,” we see the racial, religious, and political barriers that have kept people apart, being broken down by the work of the Holy Spirit and gospel preaching. Typical to human nature however, is the response we see in the Jewish community, and it challenges us to check our attitudes toward people who are “not like us!”
Guest preacher Mark Burch brings a powerful message entitled “Neighbors for Eternity?” inviting us to the gift of living “Outward”.
What if what God does in you isn't meant just for you? What if He invites you to live beyond, to live "outward"?
In part 2 of our 10 week series, "Outward", Pastor Mike looks at how God turns a persecutor into a preacher, a murderer into a missionary. And the amazing thing is this 180 degree turnaround is not just for Saul, but for the whole world.