Monday Kfirst Kickstart: “Seven-Day Church”

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 2 was a special morning as we turned our attention to Acts 2 and the most used Greek word to describe the Church:

Ecclesia – “Called out ones”

And that is the Church the world needs to see. A people “called out” of

  • Hopelessness into hope
  • Fear into faith.
  • “Me first” into “others first.”
  • Partisanship into partnership.
  • Dreariness into possibility.

In Acts 2, we see what formed the Church was not to be what mimicked the world around them but what Christ looked like in whatever they were engaged in, in whatever they’re involved in, with whoever they came in contact with. And they found that bringing the Church to their world was what Christ was talking about when He spoke in Matthew 5:14,

You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.

As the “Ecclesia” the “called out ones,” is there something that the Lord is “calling you out of” in order that more of Christ can be seen in you?

A two-fold challenge this week for you:

  • 1-Personal change. Spend time in prayer. Is there an area you feel the Lord is “calling you out of” in your life?
  • 2-Community encounter. Make this your morning prayer before you head into your day, “Lord, let me become more aware of your presence, aware of people’s needs, and the obedience to meet both of them there.”

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.

BTW: This is the song we introduced yesterday.

Monday Kfirst Kickstart: “The Cycle of Grace and Growth”

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 kicked off a new 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 1 was a special morning as we turned our attention to Acts 2 and the two intangible elements saturated in this new church.

Grace and Growth.

They responded to the grace by saying “yes” to Jesus. They began to grow by continuing to say “yes” to the direction of God.

https://twitter.com/DawnHause/status/950033303922466817

In Acts 2, both elements are not just inseparable, but they propel each other. And that’s what sends us into the “cycle of grace and growth.” What is the “Cycle of Grace and Growth”? It’s when you get who you are, what God has done, and what you can become in Him. You see His grace and allow it to propel you to growth. But to grow, you have to lean upon His grace. One feeds the other. The more I say yes, the more I grow. And the more I grow the more I realize I need His grace to accomplish it.

 

Have you said “yes” to the grace of God? 

Have you grown by continuing to say yes to the next steps the Holy Spirit has shown you?

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.

BTW: This is the song we introduced yesterday.

Monday Kfirst Kickstart: “The Stain of Shame”

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 “Be Still” at Kfirst. In this new series of talks, we want to look at the “stillness of the soul” that, as the people of God, are called to possess. To “be still” is more than ceasing from doing anything or finding a quiet place. It’s a peace that captures the essence of who we are. It is the deep, calm, confident, stillness of the soul that only Christ can provide.

https://twitter.com/DawnHause/status/942425887915560960

Week 3 was a special morning as we turned our attention to Elizabeth’s words to Mary in Luke 1. It’s here in vs. 45 she says,

And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.

In the face of the shame she most likely faced culturally, Mary chose to cling to what God spoke versus what others would think and/or say. For so many, shame has become a stain that clings to them and shows in everything they do.

When it comes to shame:

  1. Shame is the staging area for struggle.
    • On D-Day, Allied forces landed on the beaches of Normandy. It was critical that they establish a beachhead, that is, a foothold on the beach that would allow them to setup a staging area to bring in more men and equipment for the battle. From that tiny foothold, the Allied forces were able to push inland in an effort to get a victory. 
    • When we entertain guilt, we allow a staging area of shame. And every foothold I allow for guilt and shame, I allow becomes a staging area for a stronghold in my life.
  2. Shame creates a spiritual nearsightedness. It prevents you from seeing/sensing what God is going to do.
    • The shame of “shame” is the way it keeps you the same. And it want to blind you from envisioning life beyond what shame offers.

KNOW THIS: (1) We have all been affected and (2) But we can all be freeSo what do we do? We do EXACTLY what Mary did.

We believe what God says about us and we live from that place.

What areas of life do you feel shame? How are you handling the shame? What is God inviting you into as you deal with the shame?

This week, whenever you sense a moment of shame, invite Christ into that and live from what He says about you.

Love you all. Have an amazing week.

Monday Kfirst Kickstart: “Unnecessary Roughness”

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 “Be Still” at Kfirst. In this new series of talks, we want to look at the “stillness of the soul” that, as the people of God, are called to possess. To “be still” is more than ceasing from doing anything or finding a quiet place. It’s a peace that captures the essence of who we are. It is the deep, calm, confident, stillness of the soul that only Christ can provide.

Week 2 was a special morning as we turned our attention to Mary’s departure to her relatives in Luke 1. It’s here where we look at the type of judgement Mary most likely faced in regards to what God was doing and how others may have perceived her. Judgement inflicts unnecessary roughness on the stillness of our hearts that God wants to establish.

The issue of “judging” is one of the most misunderstood areas of life. Where some see judging as something we shouldn’t do to others who believe that we are allowed to do it in any context. Matthew 7:1 is one of the more misunderstood scriptures on the subject. So we looked at the subject that, I believe, so affected Mary more than most of us realize.

Biblical judgement:

  1. Don’t judge from a distance. Look beneath the surface. 
    • From a distance, Mary was living outside of what God desired. But to get closer, the entire situation is different. This is what Jesus challenges us to do in John 7:24 when he says, “Look beneath the surface so you can judge correctly.” We are not told to refrain from judging but to “judge correctly” by getting past what we can see from a distance. To discern correctly, we need to draw closer to people, not hurt judgments based upon little to no knowledge of the situation.
  2. Use a mirror for your heart before using a microscope on someone else’s life.
    • Paul carried the heart of Jesus view (Matthew 7:1) when he penned the words of Romans 2:1-4. We are not to approach hypocritically but humbly. Look at how God responds to you and use that example to respond to others. We start with ourselves before we judge others.

Have you ever been judged wrongly? Have you judged others wrong? How do you approach judgment? This week, begin to take an inventory of how and when judgement enters your heart. Look at opportunities to believe the best in others and treat them better than they deserve.

Love you all. Have an amazing week.

Monday Kfirst Kickstart: “Check Your Trend”

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Yesterday, we kicked off a new series “Be Still” at Kfirst. In this new series of talks, we want to look at the “stillness of the soul” that, as the people of God, are called to possess. To “be still” is more than ceasing from doing anything or finding a quiet place. It’s a peace that captures the essence of who we are. It is the deep, calm, confident, stillness of the soul that that only Christ can provide.

https://twitter.com/lilleone3/status/937354720271896577

Week 1 was a special morning as we turned our attention to Mary’s song in Luke 1. In this beautiful portion of scripture, she sets a new trend (direction, focus) of her life. Her response was two-fold:

  1. See God’s magnificence. 
    • Mary chose to adjust her perspective. Instead of being distracted at how large the task was, she chose to magnify how awesome God is. The more you see God’s greatness, the more perspective you get on what you face.
  2. Lean into God’s magnificence. 
    • Mary drew her “enough-ness” from God. The word the Angel spoke over her, she took to heart. And that word helped shape the trend of her heart.

What’s been the trend of your heart? What mentalities have you entertained that has shaped how you view your life?

Our challenge: magnify the Lord and lean upon His greatness. Why? When you change your heart, your vision will follow.

Love you all. Have an amazing week.

Monday Kfirst Kickstart: “Reaching Through the Rubble”

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Yesterday we continued our series “Back to the Table” at Kfirst. Though this is a new series of talks, the topic is NOT new as this is our third series that visits the “table practice of Jesus.” We see our lives as a “table” of hospitality. We see opportunities to change the world is done through Jesus’ approach to others at a shared table.

The “Table” is really three specific items: It is the SYMBOL, the MESSAGE, and the ACTION of the Kingdom of God. So when we show the radical hospitality of Jesus, we show, speak, and live the Kingdom of God.

Today we had a special morning as we turned our attention to the table practice of Christ including orphans. We at Kfirst believe that true ministry to the world includes foster care and adoption.  James 1:27 says,

Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.

Our heart is to be engaged in some way to come along side of orphans “in their distress.” It may not look like others, but it engages with foster kids to remind them they are loved and valued. You can’t do everything, but you can do something. And our question today: What is the “something” that you can do?

If you’re wanting to do something, please connect by contacting our KFAM community (click on the name). We’d love to challenge you to find some way to reach those who need the most help.

Love you all. Have an amazing week.

Monday Kfirst Kickstart: “Under the Table”

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Yesterday we continued our series “Back to the Table” at Kfirst. Though this is a new series of talks, the topic is NOT new as this is our third series that visits the “table practice of Jesus.” We see our lives as a “table” of hospitality. We see opportunities to change the world is done through Jesus’ approach to others at a shared table.

The “Table” is really three specific items: It is the SYMBOL, the MESSAGE, and the ACTION of the Kingdom of God. So when we show the radical hospitality of Jesus, we show, speak, and live the Kingdom of God.

Today we spoke out of Mark 6 in a message called “Under the Table.” When someone is paid “under the table,” it’s because they don’t want what they have to be subject to an authority. And so often we sit at a table with others, have a smile on our face, but we pass negativity under the surface because we don’t want to subject our hurts to the authority of Christ. In our scripture, the crowd was such offense to Jesus that they missed out on miracles they could have experienced. As we read verses 1-6, two words stuck out today:

  1. Carpenter
    • The Greek word is really “craftsman.” Jesus learned to build tables before he sat at them. It is such a great challenge for all of us. Are we known for what we build or what we break? Do we build bridges (tables) or do we break them down?
  2. Offended
    • This word is derived from a word describing a stick to spring a trap. And that’s exactly what offense wants to do to our hearts. It wants to spring a trap that captures us and snares us into being so consumed with hurt we miss out on what God has in store for us.

And that’s exactly what happens when we leave offense beneath the surface. We miss out on miracles because we are so wrapped up in our issues.

This week, look to be a carpenter and “build a table/bridge” with hospitality. Look to create the symbol, message, through the actions of love and grace. Second, check your heart for anything that’s under the surface. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal areas that you may need to subject the authority of Jesus and the peace and healing He provides.

Love you all. Praying over you this week.

BTW: Here’s a song for your week