Monday Kfirst Kickstart: “Radical Openness” #InterruptSeries

We all have a mode we get into when we are trying to accomplish something. You may put earbuds in to drown out noise. Maybe you find a place of solitude away from people and distractions. It is all about positioning yourself to be productive without anything or anyone interfering with your goals or train of thought. But I often wonder if we do that with God.

Without even thinking, we can get into a “mode” of life that we don’t wander from. There’s the weekly schedule, the daily grind, the monotony of a schedule, and the weight of responsibilities.  We can get so regimented in life we lose our sensitivity to where the Lord is leading us.

As a church community, we are embarking into a six-week series with one goal and one prayer encapsulated in one word: Interruption.

Interrupt our status quo.
Interrupt our bias of what we think of the Holy Spirit.
Interrupt our hate (of ourselves and others).
Interrupt our plans.
Interrupt the things we feel captive to.

Holy Spirit, interrupt us and show us Your glory.  

Check out the service yesterday from the website or from the Facebook livestream. 

Other thoughts from the Youversion notes from Sunday:

  • Respond to ALL God is with ALL you are.
  • Openness to the Holy Spirit is not about getting a “normative” response from God but what is going to be the normal position of our hearts.
  • The Holy Spirit responds to open hearts more than “perfected” theology.
  • If Christ had waited to love me until I got my act together, He’d still be waiting!

Holy Spirit, we declare today that we want more of You. We crave your presence. We desire the power You bring to our lives, not for the sake of “power” but for the sake of boldly declaring Jesus and more accurately representing Jesus to the world. Holy Spirit forgive us for the places and the times where we have grieved You, where we believed we had all of You we needed or all of You we wanted.
Forgive us for the times when we told You how You could or couldn’t act in our lives. Holy Spirit, I pray today that You would respond not to our theology, because some of this we can’t understand and can’t explain, but I pray that You would respond to the openness of our hearts.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Love you all. Have an amazing week.

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Monday Kfirst Kickstart: “Clear the Stage” #InterruptSeries

We all have a mode we get into when we are trying to accomplish something. You may put earbuds in to drown out noise. Maybe you find a place of solitude away from people and distractions. It is all about positioning yourself to be productive without anything or anyone interfering with your goals or train of thought. But I often wonder if we do that with God.

Without even thinking, we can get into a “mode” of life that we don’t wander from. There’s the weekly schedule, the daily grind, the monotony of a schedule, and the weight of responsibilities.  We can get so regimented in life we lose our sensitivity to where the Lord is leading us.

As a church community, we are embarking into a six-week series with one goal and one prayer encapsulated in one word: Interruption.

Interrupt our status quo.
Interrupt our bias of what we think of the Holy Spirit.
Interrupt our hate (of ourselves and others).
Interrupt our plans.
Interrupt the things we feel captive to.

Holy Spirit, interrupt us and show us Your glory.  

Check out the service yesterday from the website or from the Facebook livestream. 

Other thoughts from the Youversion notes from Sunday:

  • You are not your worst sin, your biggest mistake, or your blowout failure; you are the temple of God’s spirit.
  • Life is not a DIY project. When the Holy Spirit convicts us, it’s to invite us into a new way of living with Him.
  • Spirit of God doesn’t just contend WITH us, the Spirit of God contends FOR US.
  • The Holy Spirit is what separates “I can’t” from “God can.”
  • Pentecost is both the birthday and the birthright of the Church.

Holy Spirit this is more than a message, this is more than a series, this is about me rediscovering who You are so that I can recognize the way You intercede for me, the way You hover over my life, the way You contend for me, the way You anoint me, so that I could grow in a relationship with You and engage my world at full capacity with You.
Here I am. Interrupt anything keeping me from a deeper understanding of You. I am yours. Amen

 

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Love you all. Have an amazing week.

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Monday Kfirst Kickstart: “What About” #TheGoodBook

There are over a dozen names and titles the Bible is known as.

Following is a list of the most well-known: God’s Word The Holy Scriptures Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth (B.I.B.L.E.) My blueprint for life” Biblia Sacra (Holy Bible) Sword of the Spirit.

Among the world’s great books, the Bible is without parallel. At Kfirst, we believe the Bible is the inspired word of God. It is authoritative, relevant and applicable to our lives. It is foundational for all we believe. February we journey into a new series called ‘The Good Book.’ And our heart is to help provide a practical approach to the Scriptures. We want to put a deep focus on, not just what the Bible is, but how to approach it in everyday life. Why? We see the Bible as more than doctrine and narrative, history and prophecy. The Scriptures are an invitation to experience God.

This series, we revisit this ancient book and experience the God who speaks through it.

Check out the service yesterday from the website or from the Vimeo Archive. 

The two RESOURCES from yesterday (click on the name for the link): 

Other thoughts from the Youversion notes from Sunday:

  • Any bible translation is only as good as your practice.
  • Do we want to be right more than we want to be righteous?
  • If you are looking for a God to conform to every one of your expectations, you’re not going to find Him in the bible.
  • Reading the scriptures is much easier than living its principles.
  • The Gospel is the drama of redemption
    • How does each scripture fit into the drama of redemption?
    • How can we step into the drama ourselves?

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Meditative Moments Day 5 – Psalms 23 #TheGoodBook

I thought I’d meditate through Psalms 23 with all of you this week.

This week at Kfirst, we are focusing on a meditative approach to the scriptures. “Meditation” is, perhaps, the most underused and misunderstood approach to the bible. Often, “meditation” is associated with eastern religions or New Age “disconnecting.” Scriptural meditation is not about disconnecting but engaging with the text in order to digest it.

Check out Day 1 HERE 
Check out Day 2 HERE
Check out Day 3 HERE
Check out Day 4 HERE

As we are taking a meditative approach to Psalm 23, we’re going to do it bit by bit. One of my favorite “meditation” tactics is using the 5 senses in the context of the scripture. Other tactics can include memorizing scripture, focusing on specific phrases, speaking aloud, journaling, and praying it.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell[ in the house of the Lord forever.ESV
Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever.NLT
Your beauty and love chase after me
every day of my life. I’m back home in the house of God for the rest of my life.MSG
So why would I fear the future? For your goodness and love pursue me all the days of my life. Then afterward, when my life is through, I’ll return to your glorious presence to be forever with you! TPT

My meditative thoughts today:

So often I’ve been told that if I pursue God harder, I’ll “get” more of Him in my life. So much of my theology/belief was very driven by what I can accomplish so that I can say, “look what I was able to discover based upon my abilities to chase down God.”

First, I don’t chase God. He passionately pursues me. His goodness and mercy/unfailing love are after me 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. His Spirit draws me to Him. His Spirit reveals who He is.

Second, the things I do to “deepen me” (scriptures, prayer, worship, community, etc.) are not there to “get more of God” but to become more aware of Him. God doesn’t show up more than He is in this moment. He is omnipresent. BUT I can have a greater awareness of His presence and how He is at work in and around me.

Lastly, hope is now and forever. Because I am pursued by hope I can have it now. But I don’t have to worry about “using it up” here on this earth. A hope awaits me. I will rest in His hope now. I will rest in His Hope forever.

Amen

Check out the service from Sunday from the website or from the Facebook livestream. 

Other thoughts from the Youversion notes from Sunday:

 

Love you all.

 

Thanks for letting me ramble…

 

 

Meditative Moments Day 4 – Psalms 23 #TheGoodBook

I thought I’d meditate through Psalms 23 with all of you this week.

This week at Kfirst, we are focusing on a meditative approach to the scriptures. “Meditation” is, perhaps, the most underused and misunderstood approach to the bible. Often, “meditation” is associated with eastern religions or New Age “disconnecting.” Scriptural meditation is not about disconnecting but engaging with the text in order to digest it.

Check out Day 1 HERE 
Check out Day 2 HERE
Check out Day 3 HERE

As we are taking a meditative approach to Psalm 23, we’re going to do it bit by bit. One of my favorite “meditation” tactics is using the 5 senses in the context of the scripture. Other tactics can include memorizing scripture, focusing on specific phrases, speaking aloud, journaling, and praying it.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.ESV
You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings.NLT
You serve me a six-course dinner right in front of my enemies. You revive my drooping head; my cup brims with blessing.MSG
You become my delicious feast even when my enemies dare to fight. You anoint me with the fragrance of your Holy Spirit; you give me all I can drink of you until my heart overflows. TPT

My meditative thoughts today:

This grouping together of 3 distinct moments are brought together in Jewish hospitality.

Preparations are made for an honored/welcomed guest (especially from a long and challenging journey (v. 4).
Oil is both soothing to the head and reviving to the smell. It refreshes the sojourner.
I have more than I’ll ever need poured into a cup.

This is my Savior; this is my God.

He is the One who leads me through my journey but doesn’t leave me as a casualty of my journey.

When I feel surrounded by the darkness that wishes to consume me, in the face of my opposition, my Lord feeds my soul (table), revives my mind (oil), and refreshes my spirit (cup).

This is my Savior.

Check out the service from Sunday from the website or from the Facebook livestream. 

Other thoughts from the Youversion notes from Sunday:

 

Love you all.

 

Thanks for letting me ramble…

 

 

Meditative Moments Day 3 – Psalms 23 #TheGoodBook

I thought I’d meditate through Psalms 23 with all of you this week.

This week at Kfirst, we are focusing on a meditative approach to the scriptures. “Meditation” is, perhaps, the most underused and misunderstood approach to the bible. Often, “meditation” is associated with eastern religions or New Age “disconnecting.” Scriptural meditation is not about disconnecting but engaging with the text in order to digest it.

Check out Day 1 HERE 
Check out Day 2 HERE

As we are taking a meditative approach to Psalm 23, we’re going to do it bit by bit. One of my favorite “meditation” tactics is using the 5 senses in the context of the scripture. Other tactics can include memorizing scripture, focusing on specific phrases, speaking aloud, journaling, and praying it.

He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. 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.ESV
He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name. Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.NLT
True to your word, you let me catch my breath and send me in the right direction. Even when the way goes through Death Valley, I’m not afraid when you walk at my side. Your trusty shepherd’s crook makes me feel secure.MSG
He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.TPT

My meditative thoughts today:

My every intention was to stick to one verse, but words like “leads/guides”  “paths” and “walk” and “valley” could not be separated. There are some “paths” the Lord leads me on which most likely go through a valley.

The “valley moments” are not always evil in nature. Sometimes they are difficult seasons. But nevertheless, they are dark and challenging. But as I meditate on this, the promise is:

He leads me.
He is with me.
He protects me.
He will bring me through.

But He doesn’t do it so that I am glorified. It is for “His name’s sake.

Here’s my life Lord. Lead me, my marriage, my family, and my calling according to Your honor. Guide me on a path that only can be traversed because I stuck close to you. I want no part of something I can do apart from you. Speak Lord, and I will follow. Mountain or valley, no fear will fracture the truth of Your presence. You are with me.

Amen

Check out the service from Sunday from the website or from the Facebook livestream. 

Other thoughts from the Youversion notes from Sunday:

 

Love you all.

 

Thanks for letting me ramble…

 

Meditative Moments Day 2 – Psalms 23 #TheGoodBook

I thought I’d meditate through Psalms 23 with all of you this week.

This week at Kfirst, we are focusing on a meditative approach to the scriptures. “Meditation” is, perhaps, the most underused and misunderstood approach to the bible. Often, “meditation” is associated with eastern religions or New Age “disconnecting.” Scriptural meditation is not about disconnecting but engaging with the text in order to digest it.

Check out Day 1 HERE

As we are taking a meditative approach to Psalm 23, we’re going to do it bit by bit. One of my favorite “meditation” tactics is using the 5 senses in the context of the scripture. Other tactics can include memorizing scripture, focusing on specific phrases, speaking aloud, journaling, and praying it.

He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul.” ESV
He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength.” NLT
You have bedded me down in lush meadows, you find me quiet pools to drink from. True to your word, you let me catch my breath and send me in the right direction.” MSG
He offers a resting place for me in his luxurious love. His tracks take me to an oasis of peace, the quiet brook of bliss. That’s where he restores and revives my life.TPT

My meditative thoughts today:

Sometimes I do not realize the value of rest. Our bodies were not designed to run without rest. So I listen to the leading of the One who designed me. And the Designer leads me to a place(s) where I can find:

A quiet place for my soul.
A calm moment for my mind.
A resting place for my body.
Resources to refuel my innermost being.

In the Passion Translation, the words, “…He offers me a resting place…” pierces my heart.

He offers…and it is my choice to ignore it or embrace it.

Yet he still offers.

While I selah (stop, pause, reflect) on this a song begins to play in my ear. It perfectly meets me in this meditative moment of needing His refreshing winds in my spirit.

So today Lord, I let out the sails of my heart. Here I am, here You are.

Check out the service yesterday from the website or from the Facebook livestream. 

Other thoughts from the Youversion notes from Sunday:

 

Love you all.

 

Thanks for letting me ramble…