7 Sayings of Jesus – Day 4: “Why have you forsaken me?”

Welcome to our blog series of the “7 Sayings of Jesus.”

For the days leading into Good Friday, we invite you to join us on a 7 day journey of remembering, partaking, and celebrating the cross of Christ.

Click to enlarge. Download and use for Instagram.

Starting on Saturday, April 4 at 6pm (EST), for seven days, I’ll release a video centered upon a few of the words of Jesus that He spoke from the cross. Take a few moments to watch and then come back to this blog to engage in some sacred elements surrounding the Passion moment we are focusing on. You can use this checklist to create a daily pattern for reflection and participation in these powerful themes. Start off with recognizing some “wins” or things to celebrate in your life. I believe that gratitude and thanksgiving are the best way to start any spiritual engagement. Additional scriptures will be provided that follow the daily theme. From there, I’d encourage you to engage in a spiritual practice. A “spiritual practice” or spiritual discipline, is an action or activity done for the purpose of cultivating spiritual development. The spiritual practices are about tuning in to God’s heart and refining our focus so that our hearts match His already established will and nature. They were not designed to be used as a power play.  You may be familiar with some of the practices. Some of them may not be familiar to you (that’s okay). Lastly, be sure to access the daily worship playlist links on this blog. You’ll be able to listen from either Spotify or Youtube. The playlists are specially created by choosing particular songs to fit each day.

I would invite you to post some thoughts, prayers, songs, or graphics from each day to encourage others to engage with us. This is going to be a powerful week.

Day 4 – “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” Matthew 27:46; Mark 15:34

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Recognize some “wins.” What can you celebrate today?

  • Before you move forward, write down at least 3 specific things you can celebrate. We do this as a response to Psalm 100:4 that says, “Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!

Other scriptures to consider:

  • Psalm 23:4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
  • Psalm 62:1-2 For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken.
  • Luke 22:41-42 And he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed,  saying, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.”
  • Matthew 28:20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Today’s Spiritual practice: Sitting in Creation 

The Bible declares that the whole earth is full of His glory. We have been given the visible creation to help reveal our invisible God. Theologians call creation God’s “general revelation.” We can miss much of this “revelation” in the pace and distraction of our modern world. So head outside on a walk without a phone. Sit on your deck without a screen. Feel the breeze on your face and listen to the birds in the air. Read your scriptures outside and quiet yourself and take in the beauty of all God has created.

  • Other spiritual practices to use: 
    – S.O.A.P
    Lectio Divina
    – gratitude
    – fasting
    – journaling
    – worship

Click on the images below to access today’s worship playlist.

Click on this image to access the Youtube worship playlist for today's reading.
Click on this image to access the Youtube worship playlist for today’s reading.
Click on this image to access the Spotify worship playlist for today's reading.
Click on this image to access the Spotify worship playlist for today’s reading.

Get ready for Easter

On Easter, Kfirst will not be able to gather physically as we traditionally do. This is heartbreaking because COVID-19 has many people looking for answers to life’s deepest questions and wondering if there is any hope. This, more than ever, is the time for the church to rise up and proclaim the message of the resurrection. But how can we do this when we are not able to meet?

We believe this obstacle is actually an opportunity — an opportunity to share the gospel with far more people than we typically would on Easter and to empower you to be the primary heralds of that good news.

Imagine preparing and recording your ‘following Jesus’ story, then, on Easter Sunday, posting on social media with the hashtag #OurEasterStory. People all over our city, quarantined in their homes and scrolling on their phones, would see a flood of stories about how the resurrected Jesus brings purpose and meaning and hope. One click on the hashtag and they could see hundreds of people — just like them — talking about how Jesus changed the trajectory of their lives!

Selfie Guide: https://bit.ly/3bOR0XP

Here are some best practices for shooting yourself on your phone.
• Simple, clean backdrops are ideal – Avoid distracting backgrounds or crowed spaces.
• In natural light – Avoid backlighting. The main source of light should be facing you, not behind you.
• In artificial light – Avoid standing directly below an overhead light or anything else that creates hard shadows. Consider using a stand lamp several feet away for good indirect light.
• Shoot eye level – Shooting from above or below will make you seem diminished or imposing. Eye level communicates accessibility.
• Clean your camera – Make sure the lens of your selfie camera is clean before shooting.
• Shoot portrait – Align your phone vertically.

7 Sayings of Jesus – Day 3: “Here is your son”

Welcome to our blog series of the “7 Sayings of Jesus.”

For the days leading into Good Friday, we invite you to join us on a 7 day journey of remembering, partaking, and celebrating the cross of Christ.

Click to enlarge. Download and use for Instagram.

Starting on Saturday, April 4 at 6pm (EST), for seven days, I’ll release a video centered upon a few of the words of Jesus that He spoke from the cross. Take a few moments to watch and then come back to this blog to engage in some sacred elements surrounding the Passion moment we are focusing on. You can use this checklist to create a daily pattern for reflection and participation in these powerful themes. Start off with recognizing some “wins” or things to celebrate in your life. I believe that gratitude and thanksgiving are the best way to start any spiritual engagement. Additional scriptures will be provided that follow the daily theme. From there, I’d encourage you to engage in a spiritual practice. A “spiritual practice” or spiritual discipline, is an action or activity done for the purpose of cultivating spiritual development. The spiritual practices are about tuning in to God’s heart and refining our focus so that our hearts match His already established will and nature. They were not designed to be used as a power play.  You may be familiar with some of the practices. Some of them may not be familiar to you (that’s okay). Lastly, be sure to access the daily worship playlist links on this blog. You’ll be able to listen from either Spotify or Youtube. The playlists are specially created by choosing particular songs to fit each day.

I would invite you to post some thoughts, prayers, songs, or graphics from each day to encourage others to engage with us. This is going to be a powerful week.

Day 3 – “Woman, behold your son. Son, behold your mother” John 19:26–27

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Recognize some “wins.” What can you celebrate today?

  • Before you move forward, write down at least 3 specific things you can celebrate. We do this as a response to Psalm 100:4 that says, “Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!

Other scriptures to consider:

    • Psalm 116:5 Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; our God is merciful.
    • Isaiah 49:13 Sing for joy, O heavens, and exult, O earth; break forth, O mountains, into singing! For the Lord has comforted his people and will have compassion on his afflicted.
    • Isaiah 54:10 For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you.
    • Colossians 3:12 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience,

Today’s Spiritual practice: Gratitude

Gratitude has been called the “gateway” spiritual discipline. It ushers in humility  into our lives. Humility is a heart condition that recognizes that all of our blessings have been received, not earned.  Practice gratitude today by thinking, writing, or verbalizing everything Christ has done for you.

  • Other spiritual practices to use: 
    – S.O.A.P.
    Lectio Divina
    – sitting in creation
    – fasting
    – journaling
    – worship

Click on the images below to access today’s worship playlist.

Click on this image to access the Youtube worship playlist for today's reading.
Click on this image to access the Youtube worship playlist for today’s reading.
Click on this image to access the Spotify worship playlist for today's reading.
Click on this image to access the Spotify worship playlist for today’s reading.

Get ready for Easter

On Easter, Kfirst will not be able to gather physically as we traditionally do. This is heartbreaking because COVID-19 has many people looking for answers to life’s deepest questions and wondering if there is any hope. This, more than ever, is the time for the church to rise up and proclaim the message of the resurrection. But how can we do this when we are not able to meet?

We believe this obstacle is actually an opportunity — an opportunity to share the gospel with far more people than we typically would on Easter and to empower you to be the primary heralds of that good news.

Imagine preparing and recording your ‘following Jesus’ story, then, on Easter Sunday, posting on social media with the hashtag #OurEasterStory. People all over our city, quarantined in their homes and scrolling on their phones, would see a flood of stories about how the resurrected Jesus brings purpose and meaning and hope. One click on the hashtag and they could see hundreds of people — just like them — talking about how Jesus changed the trajectory of their lives!

Selfie Guide: https://bit.ly/3bOR0XP

Here are some best practices for shooting yourself on your phone.
• Simple, clean backdrops are ideal – Avoid distracting backgrounds or crowed spaces.
• In natural light – Avoid backlighting. The main source of light should be facing you, not behind you.
• In artificial light – Avoid standing directly below an overhead light or anything else that creates hard shadows. Consider using a stand lamp several feet away for good indirect light.
• Shoot eye level – Shooting from above or below will make you seem diminished or imposing. Eye level communicates accessibility.
• Clean your camera – Make sure the lens of your selfie camera is clean before shooting.
• Shoot portrait – Align your phone vertically.

7 Sayings of Jesus – Day 2: “You will be with me”

Welcome to our blog series of the “7 Sayings of Jesus.”

For the days leading into Good Friday, we invite you to join us on a 7 day journey of remembering, partaking, and celebrating the cross of Christ.

Click to enlarge. Download and use for Instagram.

Starting on Saturday, April 4 at 6pm (EST), for seven days, I’ll release a video centered upon a few of the words of Jesus that He spoke from the cross. Take a few moments to watch and then come back to this blog to engage in some sacred elements surrounding the Passion moment we are focusing on. You can use this checklist to create a daily pattern for reflection and participation in these powerful themes. Start off with recognizing some “wins” or things to celebrate in your life. I believe that gratitude and thanksgiving are the best way to start any spiritual engagement. Additional scriptures will be provided that follow the daily theme. From there, I’d encourage you to engage in a spiritual practice. A “spiritual practice” or spiritual discipline, is an action or activity done for the purpose of cultivating spiritual development. The spiritual practices are about tuning in to God’s heart and refining our focus so that our hearts match His already established will and nature. They were not designed to be used as a power play.  You may be familiar with some of the practices. Some of them may not be familiar to you (that’s okay). Lastly, be sure to access the daily worship playlist links on this blog. You’ll be able to listen from either Spotify or Youtube. The playlists are specially created by choosing particular songs to fit each day.

I would invite you to post some thoughts, prayers, songs, or graphics from each day to encourage others to engage with us. This is going to be a powerful week.

Day 2 – “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.” Luke 23:43

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Recognize some “wins.” What can you celebrate today?

  • Before you move forward, write down at least 3 specific things you can celebrate. We do this as a response to Psalm 100:4 that says, “Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!

Other scriptures to consider:

    • Luke 7:50 And he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”
    • John 3:16, 40 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life…Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.
    • John 6:40 For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.
    • Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

Today’s Spiritual practice: Lectio Divina.

It has four separate steps: read; meditate; pray; contemplate. First a passage of scripture is read, then its meaning is reflected upon (meditate). This is followed by prayer and deep reflective thought (contemplation) on the Scriptures. Use the scripture with the words of Christ from the cross or any of the additional Scriptures given. Follow the pattern of Lectio Divina and step into a quiet moment in the Lord’s presence.

  • Other spiritual practices to use: 
    – S.O.A.P
    – gratitude
    – sitting in creation
    – fasting
    – journaling
    – worship

Click on the images below to access today’s worship playlist.

Click on this image to access the Spotify worship playlist for today's reading. Click on this image to access the Spotify worship playlist for today’s reading.
Click on this image to access the Spotify worship playlist for today's reading. Click on this image to access the Youtube worship playlist for today’s reading.

Get ready for Easter

On Easter, Kfirst will not be able to gather physically as we traditionally do. This is heartbreaking because COVID-19 has many people looking for answers to life’s deepest questions and wondering if there is any hope. This, more than ever, is the time for the church to rise up and proclaim the message of the resurrection. But how can we do this when we are not able to meet?

We believe this obstacle is actually an opportunity — an opportunity to share the gospel with far more people than we typically would on Easter and to empower you to be the primary heralds of that good news.

Imagine preparing and recording your ‘following Jesus’ story, then, on Easter Sunday, posting on social media with the hashtag #OurEasterStory. People all over our city, quarantined in their homes and scrolling on their phones, would see a flood of stories about how the resurrected Jesus brings purpose and meaning and hope. One click on the hashtag and they could see hundreds of people — just like them — talking about how Jesus changed the trajectory of their lives!

Selfie Guide: https://bit.ly/3bOR0XP

Here are some best practices for shooting yourself on your phone.
• Simple, clean backdrops are ideal – Avoid distracting backgrounds or crowed spaces.
• In natural light – Avoid backlighting. The main source of light should be facing you, not behind you.
• In artificial light – Avoid standing directly below an overhead light or anything else that creates hard shadows. Consider using a stand lamp several feet away for good indirect light.
• Shoot eye level – Shooting from above or below will make you seem diminished or imposing. Eye level communicates accessibility.
• Clean your camera – Make sure the lens of your selfie camera is clean before shooting.
• Shoot portrait – Align your phone vertically.

7 Sayings of Jesus – Day 1: “Forgive them”

Welcome to our blog series of the “7 Sayings of Jesus.”

For the days leading into Good Friday, we invite you to join us on a 7 day journey of remembering, partaking, and celebrating the cross of Christ.

Click to enlarge. Download and use for Instagram.

Starting on Saturday, April 4 at 6pm (EST), for seven days, I’ll release a video centered upon a few of the words of Jesus that He spoke from the cross. Take a few moments to watch and then come back to this blog to engage in some sacred elements surrounding the Passion moment we are focusing on. You can use this checklist to create a daily pattern for reflection and participation in these powerful themes. Start off with recognizing some “wins” or things to celebrate in your life. I believe that gratitude and thanksgiving are the best way to start any spiritual engagement. Additional scriptures will be provided that follow the daily theme. From there, I’d encourage you to engage in a spiritual practice. A “spiritual practice” or spiritual discipline, is an action or activity done for the purpose of cultivating spiritual development. The spiritual practices are about tuning in to God’s heart and refining our focus so that our hearts match His already established will and nature. They were not designed to be used as a power play.  You may be familiar with some of the practices. Some of them may not be familiar to you (that’s okay). Lastly, be sure to access the daily worship playlist links on this blog. You’ll be able to listen from either Spotify or Youtube. The playlists are specially created by choosing particular songs to fit each day.

I would invite you to post some thoughts, prayers, songs, or graphics from each day to encourage others to engage with us. This is going to be a powerful week.

Day 1 – “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” Luke 23:34

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Recognize some “wins.” What can you celebrate today?

  • Before you move forward, write down at least 3 specific things you can celebrate. We do this as a response to Psalm 100:4 that says, “Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!

Other scriptures to consider:

  • Matthew 18:21-22 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.
  • Matthew 26:27-28 Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.
  • Mark 2:5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”
  • John 8:1-11 but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him, and he sat down and taught them.  The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery.  Now in the Law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground.  And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground. But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.”

Today’s Spiritual practice: S.O.A.P.

S.O.A.P. is a way of reading your Bible and applying what you read in a practical way. S.O.A.P. stands for:

Scripture – Read a passage of scripture and write down a verse or two that jumps out to you.
Observation – What are your personal observations that you note from this scripture?
Application – How does it now apply to your every day life? What can you do to apply this in your life today?
Prayer – Write a personal prayer based on your observation and application.

Other spiritual practices to use: 
Lectio Divina
– gratitude
– sitting in creation
– fasting
– journaling
– worship

Click on the images below to access today’s worship playlist.

Click on this image to access the Youtube worship playlist for today's reading.
Click on this image to access the Youtube worship playlist for today’s reading.
Click on this image to access the Spotify worship playlist for today's reading.
Click on this image to access the Spotify worship playlist for today’s reading.

Get ready for Easter

On Easter, Kfirst will not be able to gather physically as we traditionally do. This is heartbreaking because COVID-19 has many people looking for answers to life’s deepest questions and wondering if there is any hope. This, more than ever, is the time for the church to rise up and proclaim the message of the resurrection. But how can we do this when we are not able to meet?

We believe this obstacle is actually an opportunity — an opportunity to share the gospel with far more people than we typically would on Easter and to empower you to be the primary heralds of that good news.

Imagine preparing and recording your ‘following Jesus’ story, then, on Easter Sunday, posting on social media with the hashtag #OurEasterStory. People all over our city, quarantined in their homes and scrolling on their phones, would see a flood of stories about how the resurrected Jesus brings purpose and meaning and hope. One click on the hashtag and they could see hundreds of people — just like them — talking about how Jesus changed the trajectory of their lives!

Selfie Guide: https://bit.ly/3bOR0XP

Here are some best practices for shooting yourself on your phone.
• Simple, clean backdrops are ideal – Avoid distracting backgrounds or crowed spaces.
• In natural light – Avoid backlighting. The main source of light should be facing you, not behind you.
• In artificial light – Avoid standing directly below an overhead light or anything else that creates hard shadows. Consider using a stand lamp several feet away for good indirect light.
• Shoot eye level – Shooting from above or below will make you seem diminished or imposing. Eye level communicates accessibility.
• Clean your camera – Make sure the lens of your selfie camera is clean before shooting.
• Shoot portrait – Align your phone vertically.

Monday Kfirst Kickstart: “Standing in the Ashes of Who You Used to Be” #TheTabernacle

How does an ancient tent in the wilderness of Sinai relate to our relationship with God? The description of the tabernacle, God’s Old Testament dwelling place, spans sixteen chapters of the Bible. Yet many of us pass over this extended description without understanding its significance. In this series, we are going to be encouraged to consider this “tent of meeting” (Ex. 27:21). By studying the particulars of this first tabernacle, we will better understand Jesus, the One who dwelt, or “tabernacled,” among us (John 1:14) as well as our lives in Him. Join us for this six-week journey through “The Tabernacle.”

Check our service from the website or from the Facebook livestream. 

Other thoughts from the Youversion notes from Sunday:

  • God wants people to be able to look at your life and get a glimpse of who Jesus is.
  • When seeing yourself in the light of who He is, it changes everything.
  • I submit how I see (myself/others) to see how God sees (me/others).
  • Our world doesn’t need a church that only exists on Sundays.

Love you all!  See you this Sunday!

BTW: Here’s a great song for the week…

Monday Kfirst Kickstart: “Getting Past the Surface” #TheTabernacle

How does an ancient tent in the wilderness of Sinai relate to our relationship with God? The description of the tabernacle, God’s Old Testament dwelling place, spans sixteen chapters of the Bible. Yet many of us pass over this extended description without understanding its significance. In this series, we are going to be encouraged to consider this “tent of meeting” (Ex. 27:21). By studying the particulars of this first tabernacle, we will better understand Jesus, the One who dwelt, or “tabernacled,” among us (John 1:14) as well as our lives in Him. Join us for this six-week journey through “The Tabernacle.”

Check our service from the website or from the Facebook livestream. 

Other thoughts from the Youversion notes from Sunday:

  • Our job is repentance. God’s job is restoration.
  • Confronting your sin was never supposed to be easy nor is it supposed to be clean. Repentance is a brutal action against your flesh.
  • Repentance is a change of heart that leads to a change in behavior.
  • Confession and Repentance does 5 things in the life of a Christian:
    1. It causes us to acknowledge before God that we know and take responsibility for our sin.
    2. It proves that we are not trying to hide our sin from God, others, or ourselves.
    3. It shows that we are asking for and relying on God’s strength to help us change.
    4. It allows us to be continually healed by trying to make things right.
    5. It grows us in our relationship with God.
  • Life-changing repentance begins where blame-shifting ends.” —Timothy Keller
  • As long as he doesn’t convert it into action, it does not matter how much a man thinks about his repentance.” CS Lewis

Love you all!  See you this Sunday!

BTW: Here’s a great song for the week…

Monday Kfirst Kickstart: “Sacred Space” #TheTabernacle

How does an ancient tent in the wilderness of Sinai relate to our relationship with God? The description of the tabernacle, God’s Old Testament dwelling place, spans sixteen chapters of the Bible. Yet many of us pass over this extended description without understanding its significance. In this series, we are going to be encouraged to consider this “tent of meeting” (Ex. 27:21). By studying the particulars of this first tabernacle, we will better understand Jesus, the One who dwelt, or “tabernacled,” among us (John 1:14) as well as our lives in Him. Join us for this six-week journey through “The Tabernacle.”

Check our service from the website or from the Facebook livestream. 

Other thoughts from the Youversion notes from Sunday:

  • God’s presence is not simply about behavior modification but life transformation.
  • The people were to create a space to be a special space so they, themselves, would become a sacred space.
  • The Tabernacle was a pathway to God presence.
  • The Tabernacle was an invitation to holiness.
  • Some think holiness is all about what we get rid of. I submit, holiness begins with Who we invite in.
  • The tabernacle is a tent where humanity and divinity met. Jesus is my tabernacle.
  • When you enter God’s presence with praise, He enters your circumstances with power.
  • The Tabernacle was a gift of healing.

Love you all!  See you this Sunday!

BTW: Here’s a great song for the week…