Happy Monday! I’m still laughing at that TRUTH yesterday: “When you’re wrong: Admit it. When you’re right: Shut up.” I laugh, not because I thought it’d be funny to say. But I looked at this TRUTH like hitting your elbow; it hurts, but for some reason, laughter is the reaction that comes out. For me, maybe my laughter is trying to cover up how much it challenged me to lay down my desire to go for the win instead of for the love.
Here are 5 things I want you to know about…
#1 – We wrapped up 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 conflict with our message, “Close the Casket.” Genesis 21:33 showed us the tamarisk tree that was planted near the well. The tree does two things:
1 – Deplete your resources.
2 – Sterilizes the soil. Prevents growth and fruit.
If we don’t deal with conflict, that’s exactly what will happen to our lives. We camped out on James 1:19, “Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger.” Our approach to conflict isn’t about punishing the other person. TRUTH: God’s approach isn’t about being fair. Dealing with conflict is about dealing with others the way Jesus deals with us. I’m thankful he doesn’t deal with me with what I deserve. It’s about healing. It’s about grace. It’s about mercy.
#2 – We’re almost done with our reading!! 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 Mark 12-14.
#3 – “Light the Night” outreach is this Wednesday. If you haven’t signed up, contact us soon!!! There are limited spots available. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. The following Sunday, we’ll be having an Outreach service. Following our “Light the Night” outreach, our Sunday 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.
#4 – 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.”
#5 – Missions Emphasis is coming up fast!! Every November, we concentrate our focus on outreach (local, national, world). We’re excited to be hosting Andy Raatz, Missionary to Moldova.
Our two-week emphasis will center our hearts upon the lost, increase our passion, and challenged us to get involved. During our emphasis we’re taking up the challenge to team up with the Kalamazoo Gospel mission. We’re challenging everyone at Kfirst to bring coats in to bless the mission.
That’s all we have today. Keep up on your reading…and keep bringing life to the people around you. Choose to confront in a Christ-like manner. If you’re wrong: admit it. If you’re right: shut up.
Thanks for letting me ramble…