Monday Kfirst Kickstart: “The Orphan’s Gospel” with JP Dorsey

Today I want to give you a place to start your week. It’s Monday and in the wake of a great weekend and a workweek ahead, sometimes you just need a “kickstart” to get focused.  So grab some coffee let’s start a great week together.

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, we continued our series “Anastasis” at Kfirst. Anastasis is probably a word a majority of people wouldn’t know, recognize, or use. But to the New Testament Church, it meant everything. Anastasis means “resurrection.” It speaks of “rising up.” And for the new Church, it was where new life began and it was the power to live from each day.

The Spirit of God causes us to rise up out of our sin and brokenness, out of inadequacy and weakness. The Spirit of God Spirit causes us to rise up into a new and empowered life.

Normally, when I preach, I like to give a brief outline of what we receieved on Sunday. During, Anasasis, I want to send out the entire message with some of the points picked up from the speaker.

Enjoy the message from JP Dorsey in week 5 of “Anasasis.”

Thoughts from JP:

  • Jesus knew His people would be tempted to live as spiritual orphans.
  • Jesus knew orphanhood would have real emotional and behavioral consequences.
  • The orphan’s Gospel is that we can experience authentic belonging to the Father through the Holy Spirit.
  • “For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God” Romans 8:15-16

Love you all. Have an amazing week.

Monday Kfirst Kickstart: “41 Will Come” with Chuck Tate

Today I want to give you a place to start your week. It’s Monday and in the wake of a great weekend and a workweek ahead, sometimes you just need a “kickstart” to get focused.  So grab some coffee let’s start a great week together.

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, we continued our series “Anastasis” at Kfirst. Anastasis is probably a word a majority of people wouldn’t know, recognize, or use. But to the New Testament Church, it meant everything. Anastasis means “resurrection.” It speaks of “rising up.” And for the new Church, it was where new life began and it was the power to live from each day.

The Spirit of God causes us to rise up out of our sin and brokenness, out of inadequacy and weakness. The Spirit of God Spirit causes us to rise up into a new and empowered life.

Normally, when I preach, I like to give a brief outline of what we receieved on Sunday. During, Anasasis, I want to send out the entire message with some of the points picked up from the speaker.

Enjoy the message from Chuck Tate in week 4 of “Anasasis.”

Thoughts from Chuck:

  • Smash Fear in the Mouth.
  • Shake off doubt & doubters.
  • Prayer is the weapon we wield.
  • You may find yourself in a “40” but “41” will come.

Love you all. Have an amazing week.

Monday Kfirst Kickstart: “Rise Up” with Sarah Morris

Today I want to give you a place to start your week. It’s Monday and in the wake of a great weekend and a workweek ahead, sometimes you just need a “kickstart” to get focused.  So grab some coffee let’s start a great week together.

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, we continued our series “Anastasis” at Kfirst. Anastasis is probably a word a majority of people wouldn’t know, recognize, or use. But to the New Testament Church, it meant everything. Anastasis means “resurrection.” It speaks of “rising up.” And for the new Church, it was where new life began and it was the power to live from each day.

The Spirit of God causes us to rise up out of our sin and brokenness, out of inadequacy and weakness. The Spirit of God Spirit causes us to rise up into a new and empowered life.

Normally, when I preach, I like to give a brief outline of what we receieved on Sunday. During, Anasasis, I want to send out the entire message with some of the points picked up from the speaker.

Enjoy the message from Sarah Morris in week 3 of “Anasasis.”

Thoughts from Sarah:

  • God loves People!
  • God uses People to accomplish His Will & Desire!
  • Real relationship with the Lord give us the ability and the desire to obey.
  • Real relationship with the Lord gives us the confidence & power to rise up!
  • We will not be able to move forward with obedience till we are real with where we are at.

Love you all. Have an amazing week.

Monday Kfirst Kickstart: “Hope For The Broken-hearted” with Jarrid Wilson

Today I want to give you a place to start your week. It’s Monday and in the wake of a great weekend and a workweek ahead, sometimes you just need a “kickstart” to get focused.  So grab some coffee let’s start a great week together.

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, we continued our series “Anastasis” at Kfirst. Anastasis is probably a word a majority of people wouldn’t know, recognize, or use. But to the New Testament Church, it meant everything. Anastasis means “resurrection.” It speaks of “rising up.” And for the new Church, it was where new life began and it was the power to live from each day.

The Spirit of God causes us to rise up out of our sin and brokenness, out of inadequacy and weakness. The Spirit of God Spirit causes us to rise up into a new and empowered life.

Normally, when I preach, I like to give a brief outline of what we receieved on Sunday. During, Anasasis, I want to send out the entire message with some of the points picked up from the speaker.

Enjoy the message from Jarrid Wilson in week 2 of “Anasasis.”

Thoughts from Jarrid:

  • Far too often we depend on the faith of yesterday to get through today.
  • God has not called you to “exist”; He’s called you to live.
  • ‪I expect that God will.‬ ‪I expect that God can.‬ ‪I will follow Him regardless. ‬
  • When we fall at the feet of Jesus we’re able to stand in his strength.

Love you all. Have an amazing week.

Monday Kfirst Kickstart: “The Gravity of Generosity”

Today I want to give you a place to start your week. It’s Monday and in the wake of a great weekend and a workweek ahead, sometimes you just need a “kickstart” to get focused.  So grab some coffee let’s start a great week together.

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, we finished our current series “I Am Church” at Kfirst. In this new series of talks, we are emphasizing the mindset that we don’t go to church; we are the church. And this series, we’ll be diving into the book of Acts and looking at some of the fundamental elements of the early church.

Week 5 was a special morning as we turned our attention back to Acts 2. What made the church thrive? It’s in the word “generosity.” Their generosity stemmed from the heart of the Father who loved us so much he “gave” is Son. And when they reached out with generous lives (their time, talents, and their treasures), the world around them was transformed.

Gravity or gravitational forces are forces of attraction. We’re not talking about finding someone really cute and adorable. It’s like the Earth pulling on you and keeping you on the ground. That pull is gravity at work.

Every object in the universe that has mass exerts a gravitational pull, or force, on every other mass. The size of the pull depends on the masses of the objects. You exert a gravitational force on the people around you, but that force isn’t very strong, since people aren’t very massive. The more mass you have, the more pull you develop. And this early church in Acts 2 understood that generosity brings a “gravitational” effect on the world around them.

  1. It pulled them toward the heart of God
    • The Gospel is tangible and meets people in their place of need. And as the Church reached out, it drew people to take notice and open up their lives to Christ.
  2. It pulled them into a greater awareness of the blessings the God. 
    • Where it seems that the more you share in generosity, the more blessings God gives you. But the truth really is that the more you pour out, the more aware you are of what God is doing around you.

This week’s challenge is this:

1 – Start your day with a simple prayer. God what I have is yours. Who can I encourage today? Who can I help today?  Who can I bless? I release what I have today.” 

2 – As the Lord gives you opportunity, step out in generosity.

This month, we’ve asked Kfirst to dive into the book of Acts and use S.O.A.P. (Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer). If you need a reading plan, click HERE for one on youversion

Read it daily. In fact, find someone to meet with once a week to talk and pray about it. And when you pray, would you make your prayer,

Jesus, do this IN me, start with me.”

Love you all. Have an amazing week.

 

Fighting Change: 4 Thoughts on Change in Your Marriage

It seems to me that people don’t like change. Even those that proclaim how much they enjoy change, usually are speaking to specific changes they prefer and not necessarily all change.

But isn’t “change” part of how we fell in love? We met someone who was of a different sex, from a different family, with a different personality than ourselves. Yet, we were willing to lay aside own selfish desires in order to draw closer and get to know each other. We humbly changed our schedules and preferences for the sake of winning a heart. Change is the inevitable result of intentional humility. And like any organism, where there is healthy growth, there is a willingness to change.

As a pastor who oversees a congregation and who works with marriages, I’ve noticed how health of an entity is stifled by the refusal to change. I’m not talking about change for the sake of change. That’s a terrible reason to invite turmoil and/or challenge.  Having a higher rate of change doesn’t equate to being healthier. I speak to the ability to recognize what season your marriage is in, make an adjustment together, grow strong in that adjustment, and be willing to evaluate the health of that change.

Are we preoccupied with staying the same while forcing change? 
To many couples are preoccupied with seeing each other change instead of humbly looking in the mirror for themselves.  I always find it peculiar of many who will count the cost of change needed for marital health only if it doesn’t come at a personal cost. It’s like being willing to buy something as long as you’re using somebody’s money but not your own. I’m worried that marriages are missing out on miracles and blessings because we are so preoccupied protecting what we have instead of envision what we need, laying down our pride, and working together to step into the greater blessing awaiting our marriage.

Couples who compete, lose. 
I’m not speaking of playing board games, cards, or the like as Anne and I love “game nights.” I am speaking of the score keeping, tit-for-tat mentality we can immaturely bring into marriage. You may say, “I’ve had to change more than he/she has.” That may be true AND that may have been necessary. You may have come from a very dysfunctional background and, thus, may have necessitated more “levels” of personal change and/or healing. You’ve got to get off the comparison and completion of “whose turn it is” or “who’s had to adapt more” and look at what the marital health needs. Which leads me to…

Build the togetherness. 
I’ve heard things like “I’m waiting on him/her to change,” or “I’ve changed enough. It’s his/her turn.” But this signifies a greater issue. I don’t believe in “personal issues” in marriage; they are all WE issues. What is affecting Anne affects me. As the scriptures say, “the two become one.” And, I feel, one of the things that break apart the oneness of your marriage is by facilitating making your spouse work on something alone. For example, there may be some change that your spouse has to work on personally that affects the marriage. He/she shouldn’t feel alone in it. Your emotional, spiritual, and possibly physical support may be necessary. Couples that work together, win. Period.

Move from comfort to courage. 
In studying for last week’s message at Kfirst, I came across this quote:

There is no growth in the comfort zone and no comfort in the growth zone.

Far too often marriages grow weak under the weight of serving what makes them “feel” temporarily comfortable. Not only does it weaken your marriage, you can become a slave to it by chasing comfort instead of courageously pursing marital health. God hasn’t called you to be comfortable, He’s called you to be courageous. And being courageous means you are willing to ask the hard questions to both God and your spouse, mixed with the willingness to obey where He leads you both.

I love you all. And I want to challenge you to fight the urge to ride the fleeting and addicting feeling of comfort and to engage in the joyful journey of courageous marital health. The beauty about that type of pursuit in your marriage is that the two of you don’t have to do alone. You’ve got the presence of God walking with you through it.

Praying for you as the two of you sit down, pray, and step forward with the courage to embrace the momentary change for the long-term blessings for your marriage.

Encourage effort.
Celebrate progress.
Feed hope.

Thanks for letting me ramble…

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Monday Kfirst Kickstart: “Wake Your Courage”

Today I want to give you a place to start your week. It’s Monday and in the wake of a great weekend and a workweek ahead, sometimes you just need a “kickstart” to get focused.  So grab some coffee let’s start a great week together.

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, we continued our current series “I Am Church” at Kfirst. In this new series of talks, we are emphasizing the mindset that we don’t go to church; we are the church. And this series, we’ll be diving into the book of Acts and looking at some of the fundamental elements of the early church.

Week 4 was a special morning as we turned our attention to Acts 9. In the wake of the growth of the new Church, persecution came to stifle the momentum. Leading the way was a man named Saul. On the road to Damascus, Saul encounters the risen Jesus. Where this story is well-known for the conversion of Saul (Paul), it really is a story about the courage of the man who reached out to him named Ananias.

A few thoughts this week:

  1. Our human tendency is to serve our craving for “comfort.”
    • Comfort is not something we were called to create. We were called to receive it as a gift from God and to be a conduit of it to others (2 Corinthians 1:4). When we are bent on creating it, we tend to serve comfort instead of Jesus.
  2. God calls us to walk in courage. 
    • True courage is propelled by faith-driven boldness and reflects Christ-centered love. And that courage is based upon who we are in Christ. When we choose to walk in courage, we can bring phenomenal change to our world.

A two-fold challenge this week for you:

  • 1 – Trust God for your comfort. Perhaps there’s an area of your life you are having a hard time trusting God in when it comes to comfort. Spend some time inviting the presence of God into that area. Contact a trusted friend to ask for accountability and prayer.
  • 2 – Take 20 seconds of insane faith. As we saw in our clip yesterday (click to watch), 20 seconds of insane courage can push us through fear into great opportunities. This week, would you be willing to, first, be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit, and second, be willing to step forward in courage to allow yourself to be used by God? Like Ananias, God can use your courage to bring life change into someone’s life

This month, we’re asking Kfirst to dive into the book of Acts and use S.O.A.P. (Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer). If you need a reading plan, click HERE for one on youversion

Read it daily. In fact, find someone to meet with once a week to talk and pray about it. And when you pray, would you make your prayer,

Jesus, do this IN me, start with me.”

Love you all. Have an amazing week.