Dealing With Doubt-Intro: We know in Part Doubt has been defined as a suspension of knowledge. As human beings, we often find ourselves in such suspension. Certain novelists make much money from being able to cause readers to hover over a plot until it is resolved. For the seeker of God or follower of Christ, faith is the major mode of operation. But, as every person soon discovers, doubt does not stop after one believes. Knowledge and reason continue to be at work in the process of faith. This message begins the Dealing With Doubt series with the introductory theme We Know In Part.
Direct download: NGM_05-20-07_MESSAGE_JEFF_STEWART.mp3
Category:Weekly Messages -- posted at: 8:00am PST

Worlds Toughest Job Description Effective motherhood is not about perfection. Many women experience guilt because they're trying to achieve an unattainable standard of getting it all right. But God takes us just the way we are and comes alongside to strengthen, encourage and provide the wisdom needed for raising our children. The World's Toughest Job Description, this Mother's Day message takes a look at how God's presence and wisdom can make all the difference when it comes to motherhood.
Direct download: NGM_05-13-07_MESSAGE_KEN_JENSEN.mp3
Category:Weekly Messages -- posted at: 8:00am PST

Living the Free Life Part 4: Free to Love Freedom can be a risky venture. We live in a free society and yet we all understand that freedom doesn't allow us to trample on the rights and freedoms of others. Freedom cannot be used as an excuse for self-indulgence because ultimately, selfishness results in harm to others. Paul the apostle wrote, "Don't use your freedom to indulge... rather, serve each other in love." "Free To Love" continues our series, "Living The Free Life", with a look at how God's grace frees us from our preoccupation with ourselves in order to truly experience love for others.
Direct download: NGM_05-06-07_MESSAGE_KEN_JENSEN.mp3
Category:Weekly Messages -- posted at: 8:00am PST

Living the Free Life Part 3: Free to Trust Who do you trust? The answer to that question typically depends on how well you know someone. The more you know someone, and the more they've proven to be dependable, the more willing you'll be to trust them. It all comes down to relationships. "Free To Trust" continues our series, "Living The Free Life", with a look at the freedom we can experience when we get rid of religion and embrace a relationship with God.
Direct download: NGM_04-29-07_MESSAGE_KEN_JENSEN.mp3
Category:Weekly Messages -- posted at: 6:00am PST

Living the Free Life Part 2: Free to Change Millions of dollars are spent every year on Self-Improvement. We buy books, try new diets, hire professional "coaches" and personal trainers all with the expectation that they will help us change our lives. More often than not we end up disappointed with the results. Will we ever really change? Can we experience real transformation or is it all just an illusive pursuit? "Free To Change", continues the series, "Living The Free Life", with a look at how real change happens.
Direct download: NGM_04-22-07_MESSAGE_KEN_JENSEN.mp3
Category:Weekly Messages -- posted at: 8:00am PST

Living the Free Life Part 1: Free to Live The pursuit of freedom is at the very heart of what it means to be human. We long to live free but we are easily imprisoned. Our desires can trap us in addiction, our possessions can imprison us with worry, our past can enslave us with regret, and even our religion can become a prison of demands and expectations. "Free To Live", this week's study begins our new series of studies, "Living The Free Life", with a look at some of the traps that keep us from living in freedom.
Direct download: NGM_04-15-07_MESSAGE_KEN_JENSEN.mp3
Category:Weekly Messages -- posted at: 8:00am PST

Searching for Jesus Part 6: Fully Alive Easter is not just an event to be commemorated once a year, nor is it simply the proof that Jesus was who he claimed to be. At it's heart, Easter is about life. The resurrection is God's invitation to each of us to come alive. It is about life at its fullest, lived the way we were always intended to live. "Fully Alive", this Easter's message concludes our series, "Searching for Jesus", with a look at the wonder, mystery and power of God to restore a life.
Direct download: NGM_04-08-07_MESSAGE_KEN_JENSEN.mp3
Category:Weekly Messages -- posted at: 8:00am PST

Searching for Jesus Part 5: Jesus, the Master of Life Everything that Jesus taught and did was filled with life. The Gospel writers record in great detail how Jesus concerned himself with life in every respect -physical, emotional, relational, and spiritual LIFE. He knew what life was about and he came to bring that life, in all of its fullness, to us. "Jesus, The Master of Life", this message continues our series, "Searching for Jesus", looking at the life-giving promises and their impact on our lives today.
Direct download: NGM_04-01-07_MESSAGE_KEN_JENSEN.mp3
Category:Weekly Messages -- posted at: 8:00am PST

Searching for Jesus Part 4: The Truth Revealer Jesus had a way of cutting through the smokescreens and getting to the heart of a matter. He not only came to reveal the truth about God he also came to reveal to us the truth about ourselves. "The Truth Revealer", this week's message continues our series, "Searching for Jesus", with a look at how truth may sometimes make us feel uncomfortable but it ultimately results in freedom.
Direct download: NGM_03-25-07_MESSAGE_KEN_JENSEN.mp3
Category:Weekly Messages -- posted at: 6:00am PST

Searching for Jesus Part 3: The Compassionate Healer All four accounts of Jesus' life in the gospels are filled with emotional detail. Jesus was not a stoic walking unemotionally through life. He taught with humor in his stories, he shed tears at a friend's death and sighed deeply at his follower's unbelief. But most often, we are told, he was moved with compassion. The essence of Jesus' life was compassion, caring and understanding. And in that we see the heart of God. "The Compassionate Healer", continues our series, "Searching for Jesus", with a look at how the compassion of Jesus frees us from the need to hide our hurts and instead, find wholeness in body, spirit and soul.
Direct download: NGM_03-18-07_MESSAGE_KEN_JENSEN.mp3
Category:Weekly Messages -- posted at: 6:00am PST

Searching for Jesus Part 2: Turning Tables We continue our series "Searching for Jesus." When searching, it doesn't take long to discover that Jesus challenged the status quo. According to Jesus' assessment, the Word of God had been turned into an instrument of death, rather than life. Simply stated, if God's truth doesn't bring change, it is not being engaged. This week's message, "Turning Tables", looks intently at the event of Jesus clearing the temple. We will see that what many misunderstand as "rage" was clearly consistent with what Jesus came to teach humanity about God's truth and a purposeful and meaningful life in Him.
Direct download: NGM_03-11-07_MESSAGE_JEFF_STEWART.mp3
Category:Weekly Messages -- posted at: 5:06pm PST

Searching for Jesus Part 1: He Calls Us To Follow He was the son of an insignificant handyman, in a backwater town, in a remote annex of the vast Roman Empire. Yet his life and teachings changed human history. No one can deny his impact on the world. Such a powerful figure cannot be dismissed. Whether you choose to follow him or not, you must at least listen to what he had to say. "Searching For Jesus", a new series of studies begin with the first installment, "The Jesus Who Calls Us To Follow".
Direct download: NGM_03-04-07_MESSAGE_KEN_JENSEN.mp3
Category:Weekly Messages -- posted at: 6:00am PST

When The Church Is At It's Best There are few organizations that have had as much positive effect AND negative effect in this world than the church. At it's worst, the church has been accused of hypocrisy, bigotry and self-righteous judgmentalism. But at it's best, the church provides a community of love, acceptance and forgiveness. Where people can come as they are, discover the love God has for them, and experience caring and supportive relationships that help nurture their spiritual growth. "When The Church Is At It's Best...", this weekend's topic will celebrate Northgate's 16th anniversary with a renewal of our purpose to be the church God designed us to be.
Direct download: NGM_02-25-07_MESSAGE_KEN_JENSEN.mp3
Category:Weekly Messages -- posted at: 6:00am PST

Trouble with a Capital T If you're at all familiar with the 1960's Broadway Musical and Movie THE MUSIC MAN, you'll recognize the line WE'VE GOT TROUBLE WITH A CAPITAL T. The story behind THE MUSIC MAN has to do with a swindling traveling salesman who makes money by playing on the fears of people in a small Midwest town. This week's message, WITH A CAPITAL T will teach us how the fear of trouble can paralyze a follower of Christ from living in peace and fulfilling the purpose God intended for us in the world. We'll learn how Jesus often challenged us to not fear and to find peace in trusting him.
Direct download: NGM_02-18-07_MESSAGE_JEFF_STEWART.mp3
Category:Weekly Messages -- posted at: 6:00am PST

Hi Def Living: Redefining Servanthood How do you define "greatness"? Typical answers usually include things like power, wealth, intelligence or prestige. Jesus said, "The greatest among you will be your servant." His words are challenging and powerful, but what gives his words such power is that he not only talked about serving, he actually served. "Redefining Servanthood", concludes our series, "Life In High Definition", this weekend with a look at what greatness looks like in God's eyes.
Direct download: NGM_02-11-07_MESSAGE_KEN_JENSEN.mp3
Category:Weekly Messages -- posted at: 6:00am PST

Hi Def Living: Highly Defined Finances There are few things more personal, more difficult to manage and generate more stress in our lives than our finances. Though we live in one of the most affluent areas of the richest nation in the world we never seem to have enough. In a constant pursuit of "more" we never seem to be satisfied. Two thousand years ago, Jesus warned against such fleeting pursuits; "Don't store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal." He also taught, "One's life does not consist in the abundance of possessions." Such wisdom is not only applicable but necessary today. "Highly Defined Finances", continues our series, "Life In High Definition", this weekend with a look at what Jesus had to say about money, possessions and eternity.
Direct download: NGM_02-04-07_MESSAGE_KEN_JENSEN.mp3
Category:Weekly Messages -- posted at: 6:00am PST

Hi Def Living: Re-defined Relationships Everyone in your life matters to God - even the "difficult" people. When we look at others through God's eyes we begin to recognize their eternal worth. God has placed us in relationships with others so that together we might learn to practice His love and extend His grace. "Re-Defined Relationships", this weekend's message continues our series, "Life In High Definition" with a look at how God uses others to to do his work in us and, in turn, uses us to accomplish his work in others.
Direct download: NGM_01-28-07_MESSAGE_KEN_JENSEN.mp3
Category:Weekly Messages -- posted at: 8:00am PST

Hi Def Living: High Definition Dreams At three weeks into a new year no one knows yet what 2007 holds in store. We have dreams of a better life, a future and a hope. When our dreams line up with God's call they become more than "wishful thinking". They become powerful, God-honoring, life-directing visions. "High Definition Dreams" will examine how we can look to our future with confidence and hope knowing that God will be with us through it all.
Direct download: NGM_01-21-07_MESSAGE_KEN_JENSEN.mp3
Category:Weekly Messages -- posted at: 6:00am PST

Hi Def Living: Defining Your Calling "Hi-Definition" seems to be the buzzword of our times. Everything from televisions to weather radars seem to come in "Hi-Def". What would a Highly Defined Life look like? Looking at life from a different perspective, with clarity, meaning and precision would be life as God intended. Rather than trying to change behaviors with New Year's resolutions, it is actively recognizing God's hand at work in your life and responding to Him. "High Def Living -Defining Your Calling", this Sunday's message begins our New Year's Series of studies, "Life In High Definition."
Direct download: NGM_01-14-07_MESSAGE_KEN_JENSEN.mp3
Category:Weekly Messages -- posted at: 6:00am PST

Missionary Sharing Jesus made it clear. God loves all people of all nations and ethnicities. In his final words to his followers, Jesus entrusted that message to them in order that it would be carried out by their actions as well as their words. This weekend we welcome some very special guests who have taken that directive to heart; Michelle Kelly Sims, who works with abondoned children who are at risk in the nation of Romania and Mike & Jodi Bunn, with Mercy Air-Brazil. Mike is a float-plane pilot delivering medical support to indigenous people along the Amazon River.
Direct download: NGM_01-07-07_MESSAGE_KEN_JENSEN_POST_MIX.mp3
Category:Weekly Messages -- posted at: 6:00am PST

Reflections on 2006 The end of each year provides a natural opportunity to reflect on the experiences, the lessons learned, and the ways in which God has demonstrated His faithfulness over the past twelve months. It's also an excellent opportunity to think about our hope, our dreams, and our goals for the future. "Reflections On 2006", will be the theme of this Sunday mornings' gatherings as together we remember God's faithfulness and renew our hope in His work in our lives
Direct download: NGM_12-31-06_MESSAGE_KEN_JENSEN.mp3
Category:Weekly Messages -- posted at: 8:00am PST

He Will Be Called "The Prince of Peace" In the next few days frazzled shoppers will be scrambling for last-minute gifts, airports will be crowded with anxious travelers and the freeways will be jammed with impatient drivers -All in the name of Holiday Celebration. Into the busyness and the frenzied pace of our lives God offers peace, quietness and contentment. The question is, are we listening? "The Prince of Peace", this weekend's study concludes our Christmas series, "He Will Be Called...", with a look at how God has brought us His gift of peace and how we can experience it's power through every circumstance of life.
Direct download: NGM_12-24-06_MESSAGE_KEN_JENSEN.mp3
Category:Weekly Messages -- posted at: 6:00am PST

He Will Be Called "Everlasting Father" Everyone wants to belong. It is one of the great desires of the human soul to be loved and accepted, to matter to someone. The good news of Christmas is, "You do!" You matter to God as His dearly loved child. "Everlasting Father", this weekend's message continues our Christmas series, "He Will Be Called...", with a look at God's gift of belonging.
Direct download: NGM_12-17-06_KEN_JENSEN_POST_MIX.mp3
Category:Weekly Messages -- posted at: 6:00am PST

He Will Be Called "Mighty God" In a world that's consumed with upward mobility and personal advancement, Jesus' words and his example give us a completely different perspective on living. His kingdom is not based in political power nor brute force. In Jesus, Mighty God of the universe humbly took on human skin, a helpless little baby. And the world has never been the same. Our Christmas series, "He Will Be Called...", continues this weekend with, "Mighty God", a look at how the power and strength of God is released in our lives when we simply learn to give up control.
Direct download: NGM_12-10-06_MESSAGE_KEN_JENSEN.mp3
Category:Weekly Messages -- posted at: 6:00am PST

He Will Be Called "Wonderful, Counselor" At the birth of every baby one of the first questions asked is, "What's his name?" or, "What did you name her?" For the rest of his or her life that name will be associated with that person and, in some cases, become the defining essence of their existence. "Wonderful Counselor", this Sunday's message begins our Christmas series, "He Will Be Called..." with a look at the different names attributed to Jesus and how each can be fulfilled and experienced in our lives today.
Direct download: NGM_12-03-06_MESSAGE_KEN_JENSEN.mp3
Category:Weekly Messages -- posted at: 8:00am PST

Tom Eggum - Hope 4 Kids International Tom Eggum, Founder and President of Hope 4 Kids International, was our guest speaker. Every year Tom brings us a challenging message that results in people signing up to travel with him to global locations where needy children receive compassionate ministry. Tom's visit this year was especially meaningful as 3 "Northgators" returned this week with Tom from Uganda. They included Pastor Ken Jensen, Cheryl Goodman and Donna Parker.
Direct download: NGM_11-26-06_MESSAGE_KEN_JENSEN.mp3
Category:Weekly Messages -- posted at: 6:00am PST

Thanksgiving Day Service 2006 Special message for Thanksgiving day from Pastor Jeff Stewart.
Direct download: NGM_11-23-06_MESSAGE_JEFF_STEWART.mp3
Category:Weekly Messages -- posted at: 7:00am PST

Lord of Heaven and Earth At Northgate Christian Fellowship, we do our best to teach the Godly principles found in the bible in applicable and relevant ways. But there are those times when we read something in the bible, where it becomes difficult to say: "This is what this means and this is what you should do." This is especially true when we simply ponder the full essence of who God is. That is what we will do this weekend in the message: "Lord of Heaven and Earth." Be ready, because there's plenty in such pondering that will challenge your life for the good.
Direct download: NGM_11-19-06_MESSAGE_JEFF_STEWART.mp3
Category:Weekly Messages -- posted at: 8:00am PST

Say Grace If you're not in the habit of doing this, you've probably been at a meal where it has been done. Before those who've gathered begin to eat, someone offers to "Say Grace". It's a time where everyone stops what they're doing and listens to the person praying thank God for the food that all will enjoy. As we prepare to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, most of us pause and reflect on the good things we have. This week's message "Say Grace" challenges us to ponder what life would be like without all God has given to us and how humbly dependent we are on his provision.
Direct download: NGM_11-12-06_MESSAGE_JEFF_STEWART.mp3
Category:Weekly Messages -- posted at: 6:00am PST

Rediscovering Servanthood There are few things more gratifying than knowing that you've made a difference. People will often give up their own comfort and make sacrifices of their time and energy if they know that it is going to tangibly help someone else. The great surprise is, that in bettering others we also become better. "Rediscovering Servanthood", this Sunday's message continues our series of studies, "Rediscovering Church" with a look at the positive impact generosity and compassion can have in the lives of others and in ourselves.
Direct download: NGM_11-05-06_Message_KEN_JENSEN.mp3
Category:Weekly Messages -- posted at: 6:30am PST

Rediscovering Church What comes to mind when you hear the word "church"? The answers are probably as different as our own, personal experience. As a whole, the church has been involved in a lot of good in this world and, unfortunately, has also made its share of mistakes. Because the church is made up of people it will always be subject to human weakness but, by the power of God, it also holds onto the hope of transformation. "Rediscovering Church", this Sunday's message will look at the core values that define the church at it's best.
Direct download: NGM_10-29-06_MESSAGE_KEN_JENSEN.mp3
Category:Weekly Messages -- posted at: 8:00am PST

Opening Doors Opportunities are sometimes described as "open doors". If someone is easily accessible they're said to have an "open door policy". But doors also carry a bit of risk. We're never really sure what lies on the other side of the door. That's where faith comes in. "Opening Doors", this weekend's message, will look at the accessibility, the opportunities and the steps of faith that are needed to enter into the life God has offered us.
Direct download: NGM_10-22-06_MESSAGE_KEN_JENSEN.mp3
Category:Weekly Messages -- posted at: 6:30am PST

The Detours of Uncertainty Pastor Jeff Stewart delivers an insightful message based on Psalm 103:13-19. With just two weeks to go before moving to our new building, Pastor Jeff encourages us to be grounded in hope during uncertain times.
Direct download: NGM_10-15-06_MESSAGE_JEFF_STEWART.mp3
Category:Weekly Messages -- posted at: 6:30am PST

Suburban Spirituality Part 4: Life Outside the Comfort Zone Part 4 in the series of messages by Ken Jensen in his series Suburban Spirituality. Entitled "Life Outside the Comfort Zone", this message centers around Hebrews 12:1-3. "God has called us, not to comfort and ease, but to adventure, purpose and meaning."
Direct download: NGM_10-08-06_MESSAGE_KEN_JENSEN.mp3
Category:Weekly Messages -- posted at: 6:30am PST

Suburban Spirituality Part 3: Growing Through Your Disappointment Pastor Ken Jensen continues his Suburban Spirituality series with part 3, entitled Growing Through Your Disappointments. This message is based on Romans 8:18-39. "Disappointment, set-backs and frustration... you can't escape then but you can grow through them."
Direct download: NGM_10-01-06_MESSAGE_KEN_JENSEN.mp3
Category:Weekly Messages -- posted at: 6:30am PST

Suburban Spirituality Part 2: Life's Too Short Pastor Ken Jensen brings the second in his series on Suburban Spirituality entitled Life's Too Short. Based on James 4:13-15, Ken shows how God never intended for our busy work life to replace Him in our lives.
Direct download: NGM_9-24-06_MESSAGE_KEN_JENSEN.mp3
Category:Weekly Messages -- posted at: 6:30am PST

Suburban Spirituality Part 1: Be Careful What You Ask For Pastor Ken Jensen begins a new series entitled Suburban Spirituality. Today's message is Part 1: Be Careful What You Wish For. The intent is to help us move from a consumeristic world view to one of being contented, based on Matthew 5:13-16, 6:19-21 and 25-34.
Direct download: NGM_9-17-06_MESSAGE_KEN_JENSEN.mp3
Category:Weekly Messages -- posted at: 8:00am PST

The Cultures We're Trying to Reach Pastor Jeff Stewart's message begins with a 'Granny Rap' video, and then goes on to use illustrations from the scriptures to show why we should never give up on others just because they are different.
Direct download: NGM_9-10-06_MESSAGE_JEFF_STEWART.mp3
Category:Weekly Messages -- posted at: 8:00am PST

Relinquishing Reputation Pastor Jeff Stewart presents a message centered on missions and service. Included in this podcast of the service are powerful testimonies from six Northgate members who have recently traveled to other countries on missions trips.
Direct download: NGM_9-3-06_MESSAGE_JEFF_STEWART.mp3
Category:Weekly Messages -- posted at: 6:30am PST

Turning Points: Part 4 The Amazing Power of Grace This is the fourth message from Pastor Ken Jensen in his series entitled Turning Points. The theme of Grace is highlighted with the examples from Luke 7 where a sinful woman washes Jesus' feet with her tears and Jesus then admonishes his host's ungrateful heart with the story of a man forgiven a great debt.
Direct download: NGM_8-27-06_Message_KEN_JENSEN.mp3
Category:Weekly Messages -- posted at: 8:00am PST

Turning Points: Part 3 Before and After Pastor Ken Jensen uses Mark 4:26 to illustrate how we can plant spiritual seeds in another's life. Jesus' story of the growing seed is a reminder to us all that spiritual cultivation takes time.
Direct download: NGM_8-20-06_Message_KEN_JENSEN.mp3
Category:Weekly Messages -- posted at: 8:00am PST

Turning Points: Part 2 Lost and Found Part 2 in Pastor Ken Jensen's series entitled Turning Points. This message contains many humorous stories about the behavior of sheep and their shepherd based on Luke 15:3, and shows just how much God loves each one of us.
Direct download: 01_NGM_8-13-06_MESSAGE_KEN_JENSEN.mp3
Category:Weekly Messages -- posted at: 6:30am PST

Turning Points: Part 1 RSVP - Accepting the Invitation Senior Pastor Ken Jenson introduces his new series "Turning Points" with examples of how we can help others experience a new life through Jesus Christ by inviting them personally.
Direct download: NGM_8-06-06_KEN_JENSEN.mp3
Category:Weekly Messages -- posted at: 6:30am PST

24-7: Part 4 - When All Is Said and Done Jeff Stewart concludes his series "24-7:The Ongoing Process of Spiritual Transformation" with his final message "When All Is Said and Done". Jeff draws on analogies like unpaired socks, unexplained coat hangers and the song that never ends to describe our ongoing desire for resolution in our daily lives.
Direct download: NGM_7-30-06_MESSAGE_JEFF_STEWART.mp3
Category:Weekly Messages -- posted at: 6:30am PST

24-7: Part 3 - Dissipating Shadow Pastor Jeff Stewart delivers part three of his series "24-7:The Ongoing Process of Spiritual Transformation" entitled "Dissipating Shadow". Joining Pastor Jeff is guest speaker Jim Moench, who provides a special testimony during the service.
Direct download: NGM_7-23-06_MESSAGE_JEFF_STEWART.mp3
Category:Weekly Messages -- posted at: 8:00am PST

24-7: Part 2 - When I Grow Up Part 2 of Pastor Jeff Stewart's most recent series "24-7: The Ongoing Process of Spiritual Transformation" entitled "When I Grow Up". A special guest speaker, Laura Woltz, also shares her personal testimony of how she has been transformed over the last 12 years into a follower of Jesus.
Direct download: NGM_7-15-06_MESSAGE_JEFF_STEWART.mp3
Category:Weekly Messages -- posted at: 11:43pm PST

24-7: Introduction - A Heart to Know This message, "A Heart to Know" was delivered to the Northgate congregation on Saturday, July 1st, by Pastor Jeff Stewart. It is an introduction to a new series entitled "24-7: The Ongoing Process of Transformation"
Direct download: NGM_7-1-06_MESSAGE_JEFF_STEWART.mp3
Category:Weekly Messages -- posted at: 1:00pm PST

Love Life-Meeting Your Spouse's Needs This message entitled "Love Life - Meeting Your Spouses' Needs" was presented to Northgate Christian Fellowship on June 10th, 2006, in Benicia, CA, by Pastor Ken Jensen and his very special guest, his wife, Betty. This is one of the most popular recordings at Northgate in recent history, with many requests for a copy of Ken and Betty's message coming from those in attendance that day, and by those who wanted to share it with their friends. It is destined to become a classic.
Direct download: NGM_6-10-06_MESSAGE_KEN_JENSEN.mp3
Category:Weekly Messages -- posted at: 4:18pm PST



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