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People keep talking about "getting wisdom", but is wisdom all it cracked up to be? Why should we pursue it at all costs? What benefit does wisdom really bring to our lives?
These are the questions Aldon Loeppky tackles in part 2 of our 9 part series on the book of Proverbs entitled, "Everyday Wisdom".
Do you know smart people who are not wise people? What's the difference?
Smart people know things, but don't necessarily live them. Wise people live the things they know. Information that fills our head is different than wisdom that guides our lives. We can know a lot and still not live wisely.
Wisdom is simply right knowledge applied to our lives. So the question is two-fold. Where do we find right knowledge? What's our source? And second, how do we make sure we apply this right knowledge to our lives?
I'm glad you asked, because these are two things God wants for us. And one of the greatest sources of God's wisdom is found in the book of Proverbs.
That's why we're taking the 9 weeks of summer to dive deep into God's Everyday Wisdom. And there will be homework! Download the attached reading plan so you can let God's truths speak directly to you.
Here's Pastor Mike Penninga with part 1 of our series, "Smart People vs. Wise People."
At it’s core Christianity believes that you and I are not here by accident, but on purpose. We were made by a God who loves us and has a plan for our lives. And life makes the most sense when we acknowledge that, and center our life on Him.
In this final message of the “Center Point” series, Pastor Mike draws us to very practical implications of how that walks out on a daily basis. Whether we like it or not, we are representing Jesus wherever we go. People are getting an understanding of what Jesus is like by watching us.
Does how you work encourage people to know the one you follow? Would people be surprised to learn that you carry the name of Jesus, or is it obvious by how you live, act, speak?
Let’s lean in close to what the Spirit wants to remind us in this message, “Who’s Your Boss?”
Life with Christ at the Center involves three things: Admit. . . Submit. . . Forfeit.
Interested? I’m excited to introduce a friend of mine who has had a great impact on my life and many others over his 77 years.
Pete Unrau has been in ministry for nearly six decades, married for 56 years, father and grandfather. He has mentored and encouraged me, and I know the word he brought as part of our series, “Center Point” from Colossians will be an absolute blessing!
There are lots of things that want to distract us from our center point in Jesus. And the problem is, some of these are good things, but not the best thing, that leads us away from the perfect thing.
In part 2 of our 4 part series on Colossians entitled "Center Point", Pastor Mike Penninga unpacks what happens when our center wanders, and how we can fix our eyes on Jesus.
Have you ever determined the Center Point of your life? What is that thing or that person that occupies the core of your life, around which everything else revolves? It’s an important question, because how we answer it speaks volumes about the direction our life will take.
That’s why for the next four weeks, we are going to be diving deep into this issue of Center Point, using Paul’s amazing letter to the Colossians as our foundation. The good news is when we get this right, our life heads in awesome directions! Let’s lean in together.
Pinecones can seem to be annoying for their prickles, but important for their potential.
Marcus Schmaling shares a message and a vision for Youth & Young Adults that has implications for all ages.
There are times in our lives when the best thing to do is the hardest thing to do. You have probably already discovered this. The easiest thing, that which comes naturally, is often the wrong thing, and that which takes effort and determination, that’s the right thing. The easy thing is the wrong thing. . . the hard thing is the right thing.
Revenge is easy, but wrong. Forgiveness is hard, but right. Wanting to get even is normal, but wrong. Choosing to release someone is not normal, but right.
The good news is when you do the hard things that are the right things, you yourself benefit.
What do you do when confronted with those who put you in the pit? What happens when you come face to face with those who hurt you? How do we react when the tables are turned, and the power is in our court?
As you can see by the title of the message, I have a suggestion that I think honors God and is actually good for you. Let love win!
Have you ever been wronged? Have you ever done something good for someone else, hoping they would reciprocate, but disappointed when they didn’t?
Some of you don’t need to think too hard. For some of you, it was this morning.
Could’ve been as simple as letting someone go ahead of you, only to be ignored when it was your turn. Perhaps you celebrated someone at work, cheered on their contribution, only to watch them move up the ladder as you stayed behind.
Maybe it was in a friendship. You were present and patient during their difficult times, but they were nowhere to be seen when you needed a shoulder to cry on, a sympathetic ear. What do you do when your best efforts are left unreturned?
This message with Pastor Mike Penninga is a reminder for anyone who feels forgotten, overlooked, ignored, hard done by. You wonder, “Is anyone watching?” Does anyone care? Am I ever going to get a break? When is my time going to come?
Lean in close, because God wants to remind you that you never walk alone!
Part 3 in our 4 part series, “You’ll Get Through This”, based on the life of Joseph.
Why is it that we sometimes find ourselves in a pit despite our faithfulness? Why is it that when we seek to make God-honoring decisions, things don't always turn out the way we hope?
Welcome to the life of Joseph in Genesis, who's life is marked by many "pit" experiences. But as Pastor Levi Simpson shows us, there is one big reason these pits didn't lead to despair. He wasn't alone. And neither are you!
What happens when life or people ambush you, and your perfectly laid plans fall apart? How do you survive when you end up at the bottom of a pit?
We begin a brand new, four part series entitled, “You’ll Get Through This”, based on the life of Joseph in Genesis.
The reality is, hardship and crisis are not foreign to any of us. Either we’re coming out of it, are in the midst of it, or heading towards it. But the good news is, we don't have to go "through" them alone. Here's Pastor Mike with week 1's message, "Life in the Pits"
It's amazing that after everything he had seen, the disciple now known as Doubting Thomas wouldn't believe until he saw Jesus himself, touched his wounded hands and pierced side.
The good news is Jesus showed up exactly with what Thomas needed. And He's willing to do so with our "conditions" as well.
What's your "Unless I. . ." statement? What's your condition for belief, that unless you see met, you're staying at a distance?
In this Easter Sunday message, Pastor Mike shares the good news that Jesus is okay with our doubts, provided that we hang around long enough to see them set aside!
What would it have been like to have been there that first Good Friday?
We were blessed to have Marcel Morneau present the first-person account of the Apostle John, as he reflects on the journey that led Jesus to the cross and beyond.
“It Is Finished” Three words that truly do change everything!
With this message, Pastor Mike concludes our series “Final Words”. We have been camping at the foot of the cross these past six weeks, focusing on the seven final words from Jesus before he died for our sins.
Two pictures that speak of two profound truths. . . a torn curtain and a blown shofar.
If you've ever wondered whether God really loves you, or whether the cross really matters, lean in close.
In part 5 of this series, Pastor Mike turns our attention to the most heart wrenching and even puzzling statement from Jesus on the cross; “My God, why have you abandoned me?”
If you have ever felt abandoned or distant from God, then lean in close. Because Jesus is not unaware of what it’s like to feel alone, abandoned, forsaken. He is not unfamiliar with your pain. He is not unacquainted to your suffering. He has been there.
And the good news is it’s Friday, but Sunday’s coming!