Joy is the anti-venom to anger!!! 5 things I want @kalamazoofirst to know.

Happy Monday! This weekend was all about walking in thankfulness and giving no room for anger. We celebrate 8 people giving their lives to Christ this past Sunday.

Here are 5 things I want you to know about…

#1 – We continued our “V” series. We are challenged every day by those around us who want to “suck the life” from us. John 10:10 says, The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”

Yesterday, we dealt with the issue of anger with our message, “Getting Rid of the Bite.” Prov. 14:17 says, “The hotheaded do things they’ll later regret;
 the cold-hearted get the cold shoulder.” Our first TRUTH was, “Our emotions are tools for us and were not designed to rule us.” We challenged everyone to examine and take ownership of their anger.  When we do, we realize that anger is just the root of fear, frustrations, or hurt. Choose to take joy in what is inside of your instead of the circumstances around you.  Choose to be thankful for what the Lord has done within your life.  TRUTH: It is impossible for a heart that is full of thankfulness to also be filed with bitterness!

If you missed the message, download it from iTunes later on Monday or hit the website.

#2 – We’re finally in the book of Mark!! We are reading through the Gospels as a church!

You can pick up a reading plan at the church…OR…you can join us on youversion. I firmly believe, consistent doses of the Word brings heart change. If you need a reminder, sign up for daily emails from this blog and we’ll connect you with the scriptures you need. Today we are reading Matthew 22, Luke 22, and Mark 1.

#3 – “Light the Night” outreach is moving forward and coming up fast. It’s this Halloween. LTN is an outreach designed to reach the neighborhood. We have 3 locations in three neighborhoods in close proximity to the church. If you didn’t get a chance to sign up, contact Pastor Todd at todd@kfirst.org.

#4 – We are having an Outreach service on November 4th! The Sunday following our “Light the Night” outreach, our service is completely centered on reaching the people who don’t know Christ in a personal way.  This is a great Sunday to invite your friends.  We’ll have a great service and, I believe, a great response.

#5 – We’re launching a prayer initiative for the upcoming election! On November 5-7, we’ll be opening up our prayer room from 9-7.  I’m asking for everyone to come spend an hour in prayer over our country.  I want to challenge you to take some time as an individual and families to pray over our government and local leadership. We will wrap the three-day up with a Night of Worship and Prayer as we pray over our elected officials. 1 Timothy 2 says, “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior,who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”

That’s all we have today. Keep up on your reading…and keep bringing life to the people around you.  Choose joy and not anger. Let your joy be the anti-venom to the world around you.

Thanks for letting me ramble…

pdbarringer

Anne's Husband. Cammi & Ethan's Dad Lead Pastor @kalamazoofirst

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