I only like people who like what I like…and 5 things for @kalamazoofirst

I had to laugh at Rick Warren’s tweet yesterday morning:

“You don’t get credit for only loving people who believe (or vote) like you do.”

We tend to like people who like what we like…we show compassion for them…we cut them slack.

To the others, we criticize. We are short.  We don’t have time for them.  The only time we have is the few moments where we can spout off our opinions in harsh abrasive tones designed to show off our superiority.

Sounds like Jesus right? (please hear that statement in sarcasm)

To steal a phrase from one of our pastors, “that’s lazy christianity”  (thanks Pastor Todd).  It’s lazy and irresponsible to only show patience, kindness, gentleness, etc. to those who earn it and/or deserve it.  When we approach people in that manner, we have perverted the Gospel from the Good News for everyone to the information only for the select.

Sounds like Jesus right? (again with the sarcasm)

Today, go vote.  But more importantly, go show the love of Christ to everyone you encounter. With your words and deeds,  proclaim the Kingdom of Christ in to a lost world.

Before I start preaching…Here are 5 things I want you to know about…

#1 – Go vote. 

#2 – We preached  on “Living in Liberty.” We are challenged everyone to…

1 – stop normalizing our sin…living in such a way that we justify how we live by comparing our sin to others and giving ourselves excuses to not deal with sin.  After all, our sin isn’t as bad as others right?
2 – stop minimizing our sin…living in such a way that we minimize sin so that, even though we don’t always see it, because it’s not been completely closed, it continues to sap strength, power, and potential from us.

According to Romans 13:12, the night is gone and the day is here.  Christ, the light to mankind is in our lives.  It’s time to cast off the deeds of darkness and walk in the freedom of Christ.

This week, choose to let the Lord challenge you.  If you missed the message, download it from iTunes later  or hit our website.

#3 – “Light the Night” outreach was a great success.We had at least 5 families from our Light the Night outreach with us on Sunday. Again I want to thank everyone for helping us reach, conservatively, 800 people in our community.  More importantly, I stood at the altar on Sunday with 7 response cards from adults and kids who gave their hearts to Christ.  What an awesome day!!!

This week, choose to let the Lord challenge you.  Choose to treat people in the way the Lord has treated you. If you missed the message, download it from iTunes later on Monday or hit our website.

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 todd@kfirst.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 – Join us in our prayer initiative for today’s election! 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 prayer initiative 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 Sunday!!  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 I have today. Keep pursuing Christ. Cast off sin.  Show the love of Christ to EVERYONE you encounter…not just the people who believe politically what you believe.

Thanks for letting me ramble…

pdbarringer

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

One comment

  • Yet another excellent entry, with none of them are taken for granted,even when not commented on. He has clearly
    gifted you greatly in this area (among many others). So of
    course He will continue to hold you accountable for writing many more in the time to come :). But as u would say, it’s all good !

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