Monday Kfirst Kickstart: “There’s More to This” #DreamsAndDrama

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 started our fall series at Kfirst. Every September, we study a specific person in scripture and this year we’ve landed on Joseph.

He’s a brother sold into slavery. A slave who faced trials and temptation. A prisoner innocent of any crime. A wise man, full of integrity, elevated to a position of influence amongst his enemies. This is the story of Joseph.

Sunday, we established this “dreamer’s” family background. How his father (Jacob) grew up, how his father found his wife, and how that affected they way he viewed the family set the stage for how he treated Joseph. This 17 year old found himself seeing a God-given dream yet living at the bottom of a pit.

Check yesterday out either from the website or from the Facebook livestream:

 

Other thoughts from the Youversion notes from Sunday:

  • God gives us a dream of “what could be“ to meet us in the nightmare of “what is.“
  • Don’t translate the lack of man’s validation as “God’s rejection.”
  • Resilience grows in the wake of rejection.
  • The darkness isn’t where dreams die, it’s where they’re developed.
  • I refuse to attend the funeral of a dream God has given me.

Love you all. Have an amazing week.

BTW: Here’s the new song for you from Sunday.

 

Monday Kfirst Kickstart: “Don’t Lose the Key” #WisdomSeries #BeAProverb

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 at Kfirst. Every July and August, we have a summer series and this year we turned our focus onto Proverbs.

This amazing and often misunderstood book was used hundreds of years ago to prepare people for a wise life in service to their king. Today, we glean from it to help us live wise lives in service to Jesus our King. 

Other thoughts from Sunday:

  • Read our Proverbs reading plan by clicking HERE.
  • Humility is evidence of the deep in work of Christ in our lives.
  • Perhaps the greatest tool to interrupt the praise of God is the fill our mouths with the praise of ourselves.
  • Pride is a shackle; humility is a key.
  • Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.” – C.S. Lewis
  • True humility isn’t the presence of self-degradation; it’s the absence of self-exaltation.
  • An easy way to deflect looking at yourself is reflecting upon somebody else’s issues.
  • Pride refuses to be taught. Humility refuses not to be.” Brian Houston
  • Father, I offer my eyes, my ears, my mouth, my hands, and my heart to you, so that I can walk in wisdom in whatever opportunities you might offer me today.

Love you all. Have an amazing week.

BTW: Here’s a new song for you.

Monday Kfirst Kickstart: “Assume the Position”

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 “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.

Week 1 was a special morning as we turned our attention to Zechariah 4. Here we find a man named Zerubbabel in a place of frustration from trying doing things through his power. A prophet of God named Zechariah came to speak into his life a vision and a message God gave him. The dream included a lamp stand, a bowl with lamps, and olive trees towing above them. If the bowl was in position, it could catch the olives that fell. And if the olives were caught, they could be pressed so that the oil could feed the flames of the lamps.

This past Sunday was all about position.  As the fruit (olives) fell, if the bowl was in position, it could catch was the Lord was providing. And the only way for the olives to turn to oil for the flames is for there to be a pressing, or crushing, of the flesh of the olive.

There is such a simple, yet deep understanding: when we place ourselves in position in the presence of God, we are able to receive (catch) what He is imparting. Yet the position isn’t just about what we catch. It’s also about what we allow the Lord to do within us. We were not meant to do things under our own power (like Zerubbabel). Our lives were meant to walk in the empowerment of the presence of God.

When we allow our flesh and it’s desires to be pressed under the weight of the presence of God, it’s there we see His presence flow through our lives. Like the olives, our flesh and it’s desires are pressed under the weight of His glory, and the anointing of God flows out.

 

This week, how can you position yourself to catch what God is pouring out? Here’s some thoughts:

  • Get a prayer focus for the day/week and spend time daily in prayer.
  • Find some time to quiet yourself to listen for the voice of God.
  • Dive into the scriptures and use S.O.A.P. (Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer).
  • Find someone to connect with for coffee once a week to connect, encourage, and pray.
  • Get a place to serve. One of the best ways to position yourself to change is to position yourself to serve.

 

Love you all. Have an amazing week.