Luke Penrod, a Michigan native, worked for almost a year as an evangelist and Bible worker in TN and GA, before moving north in 2018 to serve as a pastor in Michigan. In his free time, you might find Luke playing guitar or rock climbing. He is overjoyed to be married to his best friend, Esther. Grateful for the love God has given them, Luke and Esther live to proclaim the beautiful message of salvation by faith in Jesus.
What is the centrality of your faith? Are you willing to do what God requires of you? Does it really matter what you do? What is the motivation of your faith? Pastor Penrod challenges us to know your mission and to fulfill it. Key Scriptures: Philippians 2:5-8; Matthew 28:18-20; Revelation 14:6-12; John 3:14-16; Hebrews 12:1-2;
If the world had to go through the entire year without a calendar, how would people know what time it was? Jesus used this concept of looking at signs to share eternal truths about His second coming. Jesus wanted His people to be prepared and ready for His return. Pastor Luke Penrod looks at several of Jesus' parables on His second coming and studies the condition of the hearts of the people in each parable. Key Scriptures: Matthew 24:32, 33; Matthew 24:8; Matthew 24:36-38; Matthew 25:1-5; Matthew 25:14-30; Matthew 24:45-51; Ezekiel 33:1-11;
Pastor Penrod share the importance of unity in God's church. Key Scriptures: Acts 1:8-9; Acts 1:12-14; Acts 2:1-4; Genesis 11:1-9; Revelation 14:8-11; Revelation 18:1-5; John 17:20-21;
Jesus said, "The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few." Have you felt God's call to win people to His kingdom, but questioned how to begin? A life-changing interaction, in John 4, provides an insightful answer. Key Scriptures: Matthew 9:35-38; John 4:3-38; Jeremiah 2:11-12;
Pastor Luke Penrod continues his series on faith by emphasizing the need to know Jesus Christ our Savior. Key Scriptures: John 10:1-4;
There are very few things in life that you can trust completed. We have learned to distrust many things in life! How does faith fit into our Christian experience? Pastor Luke Penrod continues his series on faith by exploring the thought of what happens when we are called to action by God's word. Key Scriptures: James 2:14-24; Hebrews 11:4-10; Psalm 33:6,9; Psalm 24:1; Proverbs 3:9; Malachi 3:10-12; Matthew 6:31-33; Mark 12:41-44; Mark 10:17-22; Philippians 2:5-8;
Pastor Luke Penrod continues his series on faith by looking at how does hearing the Word of God connects to our faith? Do you want more faith? Key Scriptures: Hebrews 11:3; Psalm 33:6,9; Genesis 1:3,6,9,11,14,20,24; Mark 9:14-29; Genesis 22:1-14; Revelation 13:8; Luke 22:41-44; John 3:16;
Pastor Luke Penrod begins a new series on faith Key Scriptures:
Pastor Luke Penrod continues his series on faith by looking at how can we have faith in the Word of God and know that it is true? Where do the scriptures get their authority? How do we know they are reliable? Key Scriptures: Matthew 8:23-27; Matthew 8:28-34; Matthew 9:1-7; Matthew 24:11,24; Hosea 12:9-10; Amos 3:3-8; Numbers 12:5-8; Acts 4:18-20; 2 Peter 1:16-21; 1 Thessalonians 5:20-21; 1 Peter 1:19;
Pastor Luke Penrod continues his series on faith with part 2 of "Does the Light Still Shine?" Where do the scriptures get their authority? How do we know they are reliable? There is evidence that we can have reliability in the Word of God! Key Scriptures: 1 Thessalonians 5:20-21; 1 Peter 1:19; Jeremiah 28:9; Daniel 2; Daniel 12:4; Genesis 12:3; Acts 3:25-26; Matthew 24:1-2; Malachi 3:10; John 8:31-32;
Do you believe there are two sides that want your worship today? From the beginning, there has been a worship controversy. Pastor Penrod shares a story from the Word of God about King Hezekiah that shows the correlation between the physical battle that was fought and the spiritual battle that was also on-going. The same spiritual battle that happened then is still happening today! How does Hezekiah handle this battle? More importantly, how does God handle it? Key Scriptures: 2 Kings 18; Numbers 24:1-9; Matthew 4:8-10; 2 Corinthians 4:3,4; 2 Kings 19:15-19;
Do you believe there are two sides that want your worship today? From the beginning, there has been a worship controversy. Pastor Penrod shares a story from the Word of God about King Hezekiah that shows the correlation between the physical battle that was fought and the spiritual battle that was also on-going. The same spiritual battle that happened then is still happening today! How does Hezekiah handle this battle? More importantly, how does God handle it? Key Scriptures: James 1:17; Matthew 12:24-30; Matthew 12:36-42; Psalms 48:1-3; Isaiah 14:12-14; Revelation 1:20; Ezekiel 28:11-17; Matthew 4:8-10; Exodus 20:3; Psalms 89:14; Psalms 119:142; John 8:44; Genesis 2:15-17; Genesis 3:1-15;
How important is worship? Does it matter how we worship? Do we do it God's way or our own way and do we expect the same blessing? Satan uses false worship as a means to take us away from God. Pastor Penrod addresses this theme from the Word of God. Key Scriptures: Isaiah 59:1,2; James 1:12-15; Genesis 12:1-3; Exodus 19:1-6; Exodus 20:18-19; Genesis 4:1-12; Exodus 32; John 15:5;
They knew that their lives were on the line. But when the music played, and the world bowed, three young men choose to stand. How did Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego have the faith to stand? When Satan brings his forces against you, how will you have the faith to stand? Key Scriptures: Daniel 2:46-49; Daniel 3; Revelation 13:11-14; Isaiah 43:1-2; John 17:3; Daniel 2:17-18; Daniel 6:10; Psalm 145:18
What would you do to save your kid's life if they were in danger? There is something truly powerful about a parent's love for their child. Today Pastor Penrod shares a message about the price of freedom. Key Scriptures: Exodus 12:3-6,12-13,17; Matthew 26:26-29; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; 1 Peter 1:18-21; Romans 5:8; Ephesians 2:8,9;
From the beginning of the war, worship has been a central issue! Page after page of God's Word reveals that Satan has been continually striving to turn the devotion of the world and especially God's people to himself. In earth's final worship crisis, where will you stand? Pastor Luke Penrod shares today's message. Key Scriptures: Daniel 2; Daniel 3; Revelation 13; 2 Thessalonians 2:9,10; Romans 5:6-8;
God brought his people out of Egypt, but some of them kept a love of Egypt in their hearts. Is it possible that we have a love for sin in our lives today? What is God's remedy for our fatal heart condition? Pastor Luke Penrod shares a message from the Word of God. God brought his people out of Egypt, but some of them kept a love of Egypt in their hearts. Is it possible that we have a love for sin in our lives today? What is God's remedy for our fatal heart condition? Pastor Luke Penrod shares a message from the Word of God. Key Scriptures: Numbers 11:4-6; 1 Corithians 10:1-5,12-13; Mark 10:17-22; Jeremiah 9:23-26;
Have you ever had a time in your life when you saw Jesus living through the actions of a person? Do you take time to think about how God is working in your life? Today Pastor Penrod talks to us about practical Christianity. Key Scriptures: Matthew 25:1-13; Matthew 25:14-30; Matthew 25:31-46; Colossians 1:27; James 2:14-20; Matthew 5:13-16;
God doesn't call qualified people, Instead, He calls us to follow Him sometimes before we are qualified and He qualifies us as we follow Him. Today Pastor Penrod talks to us about practical Christianity. Key Scriptures: Matthew 11:28-30; Luke 5:1-11; Mark 5:1-20; Mark 10:17-22; 1 Corinthians 1:26-31;
When we encounter difficulties we have two options: We can focus on the obstacle, which is really focusing on ourselves and the problem we can't overcome, or we can focus on God. As Pastor Penrod shares a story for the Word of God, he wants us to ponder in our minds, where do we focus when we encounter obstacles especially when the obstacle is something that God asks us to do for Him. Key Scriptures: Numbers 13:1-3; Numbers 13:25-33; Numbers 14:1-9; Joshua 5:13-15; Joshua 6:1-5;
What did Jesus Christ mean when He told Simon and Andrew that He will make them fishers of men? Do you see yourself as a fisher of men? Do you feel impressed to share your faith to influence people for the kingdom of God, or do you feel like you are going through the motions or just maintaining? Sometimes in the process, we get distracted. Pastor Penrod addresses these questions from the Word of God. Key Scriptures: Mark 1:16-18; Luke 9:1-2; Luke 9:43-46; John 21;
What should you do when you're feeling unworthy of God's grace, forgiveness, and love? Pastor Penrod shares several stories that answer this question. Key Scriptures: Luke 7:1–7; Matthew 8:13; Mark 9:20–24; John 6:37; 1 John 4:9,10; Luke 23:38–42; Ephesians 2:4–10
In ancient times, God's people killed and crucified the prophets He sent to help and warn them. Are we in danger of doing the same today? Key Scriptures: Genesis 4:3–8; 1 Kings 18:15–18; 2 Chronicles 24:15–22; Matthew 23:29–39
God declared that He wanted to dwell with His people. But has God's people fulfill His calling in their lives? They being faithful in the things God has given to them? Pastor Penrod breaks it down from the Word of God. Key Scriptures: Exodus 25:8; Isaiah 60:1-3; Luke 16:1-13; Luke 14:15-24; Exodus 35:4-9,20-22; Exodus 36:3-7;
The Bible has the ability to change our lives as we receive its truth in our hearts. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life, and this series is focused on revealing Him. It is no secret that our world is in chaos. It is an ever changing place, and the pain, suffering, and trouble we see in the news or experience personally seems to escalate every day.
God promises that through prophecy, we can understand what is happening in the world today and why it’s important. When we look at the world through God’s lens, we begin to understand things from His perspective and are able to process the events of this world in a new light. It allows us to make sense of the chaos and place every piece in it’s proper context. Bible prophecy reveals that we can have confidence in Him and His promise to guide us through this world safely when we allow Him to direct our footsteps. When we put our trust in Him, we can be sure that our lives will have a source of peace and rest that only the Prince of Peace can give.
In what condition did God create the earth? The Bible says it was very good. Yet, when you see the realities of every day life, we know the opposite is true. Many tears flow every day from those who’s hearts are broken by tragedies like death, disease, abuse. The pain that many ensure make our planet anything but peaceful. Many people look to blame God for the suffering in the world. Many people don’t believe in Him because of it. But, is He to blame?
Where did Evil come from? What is sin? How does God separate sin from sinners? What is the framework for God’s plan?
Revelation 1:1 simply says, “The revelation of Jesus Christ.” As we have said many times, the book of Revelation is prophetic, but it is also relational! It reveals Jesus both as the Alpha and Omega, the conquering king, but it also reveals Him as much more. The book is a revealing of His primary role, which we are going to study tonight.
In our last study, we saw the importance of the Three Angels’ message in Revelation 14. This is the final message that will go to the globe before Jesus comes. It is the most urgent message in all of history. It is our message, one that God has given to our generation. It is relevant today for our time. Tonight, we are going to study a specific portion of this prophecy that opens our eyes to the final judgement. Is it possible that the judgement has already begun? We are going to let Jesus speak to us from Scripture yet again.
Twenty-first century homes are often a battlefield. Words like abuse, conflict, anger and hostility are commonplace when describing the home. We read about families who spend very little time at home; children eating on the run. The number of single parents is growing in our society. The structure of the home is different today. Many parents are seriously concerned about what is coming into their home via the internet. The home used to be a safe sanctuary but today all that is changed. Our children are exposed to various versions of right and wrong. There are competing values for the minds of our children. How do you protect moral values in an immoral world?
When it comes to the question of the origin of life, you have only two basic positions: There is a God, or there isn’t. Either God has always existed and brought about the creation of the cosmos. How do we worship the Creator of heaven and earth? How does He remind us of His creative power? At creation did He leave us a symbol of His creative authority? Revelation is the book of endings. We can only understand the book of endings if we understand the book of beginnings. We will only understand the significance of the monumental issues in today’s world if we understand the events at creation.
For centuries scientists believed that the earth was the stationary center of the universe and everything, including the sun and stars orbited around it. Consider the story of the spider. Aristotle classified the spider as an insect. Insects, it was known, have six legs. So for centuries no one questioned the great Aristotle, and it was just commonly assumed that spiders were insects and therefore had 6 legs. It was Jean Baptiste Lamarck who presented the classification of the spider as an arachnid having eight legs. Merely because something is believed for centuries doesn’t make it true. Could it be that a tradition like one of these long held ideas has slipped into the Christian church? Is it possible that many have accepted falsehood in the place of truth and very few people today question it?
As Christians, how are we carrying God's name? Pastor Penrod talks about the duty of sharing God's messages with the world and the deeper meaning of taking God's name in vain. Key Scriptures: Exodus 20:7; Luke 19:37–40; Genesis 6; Matthew 12:41; Matthew 25:31–46; Revelation 14:6, 7
Pastor Penrod speaks about the political transaction from Babylon to the Medes and Persians and the deadly decision that one of the advisers had to make. Key Scriptures: Daniel 6
Pastor Penrod speaks of the power of being intentional with sharing Jesus with others that they will see His beauty and be drawn to Him. Key Scriptures: Mark 2:13-17;
Pastor Penrod speaks on the desire of God to be with us, His creation! He wants to be close to our hearts so that He can bid us to follow Him. Key Scriptures: Matthew 1:23; Exodus 25:8; Philippians 2:3-8;
Pastor Penrod reminds us that God does all He can to get our attention but He waits for us to ask for His help. Key Scriptures: 2 Chronicles 7:12-14