Monday Kfirst Kickstart: “Thrill of Hope” #TrueNorth

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.

I’m not sure if you knew this, but a magnetic compass doesn’t always show “true north.” It has been historically known that “magnetic north” waders in diverse directions. At some periods in the earth’s history, it reversed so that magnetic north pole has been near the geographic south pole. What we know as “true north” is north according to the earth’s axis. Most of us only know magnetic north. We follow what a needle driven by a magnetic PULL and have learned to follow that.

There are many things “pulling” at our attention attempting to get the focus of our lives. Jesus is our “True North.” And in this series, we’ll dive into the Old Testament prophets who spoke out to draw the people of God back to “True North.”

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

Other thoughts from the Youversion notes from Sunday:

  • Hope has a name and it’s Jesus.
  • Prophecy lets us know WHO God is and WHAT he is up to.
  • You can face darkness but live in hope.
  • God’s past faithfulness infuses us with hope for the future.
  • God can turn my “Valley of Trouble” into my “Door of Hope.” (Hosea 2:14-15)
  • The evidence of our hope isn’t in SOMETHING we see, it’s in SOMEONE we know.
  • Hope: God’s promises alive IN us; Obedience: Hope accomplished THROUGH us.

Love you all. Have an amazing week.

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

 

Monday Kfirst Kickstart: “Incubated not Ignored” #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 continued this “dreamer’s” story. Now in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, God is blessing him in the place of his incarceration. It is here where “isolation” begins to test the dreams he’s had.

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

Other thoughts from the Youversion notes from Sunday:

  • The darkest moments you face can develop the deepest strength of your faith.
  • “Mountaintops inspire leaders, but valleys mature them.” Winston Churchill
  • Our ideas of God’s goodness often get in the way of actually seeing God’s goodness.
  • God sometimes uses broken dreams to lead us down the path to arrive at a better dream.
  • God is the ultimate recycler of broken dreams.
  • God awakens your deeper desires in dark moments.
  • I don’t know how my story will unfold, but I know my story will unfold with God with 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: “Intentional Influence” #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. 

Check out this week’s message:

Other thoughts from Sunday:

  • Read our Proverbs reading plan by clicking HERE.
  • Influence is inescapable.
  • Everyone has influence, but not everyone is intentional with their influence.
  • We need to be intentional with who we allow to have influence in our lives.
  • The way you act is what you’ll attract.
  • We are not called to simply be influenced, but to be an influence.
  • Don’t expect people to follow Jesus until you treat them like they’re made in the image of God.
  • How to determine the level of influence one has in your life:
    • 1) Be Aware of the influence within the relationship.
    • 2) Be Intentional to promote positive influence.
    • 3) Set Boundaries to moderate what influences your life.
  • 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: “Just Another Rooster”

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 June we look to pour into marriages and this year our series is called, “Senseless.” It was four years ago I read Genesis 2:15-17 and saw the 5 senses at work. 

The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it (VISION; TOUCH). And the Lord God commanded the man, saying (HEAR), “You may surely eat(TASTE; SMELL) of every tree of the garden.

The senses were there to not just experience what God provided but to explore what God gifted humanity with. It gave a fascinating view of bringing health to the complexity of relationships, especially marriage.

This week, we look at the sense of “hearing.” And when I think about hearing, I think about communication. Communication doesn’t guarantee health, it give health an opportunity to develop in a relationship by allowing a husband and wife to get on the same page.

Check out this week’s message:

Other thoughts from Sunday:

  • One of the best ways to practice the presence of God is in the manner of how you talk.
  • Does your voice pierce the darkness or create it?
  • Every word we speak is an opportunity to build others up or tear them down; to give God glory or promote our own importance.
  • The way you say something is just as important as what you are saying.

Love you all. Have an amazing week.

BTW: Here’s the new song we used yesterday.

Monday Kfirst Kickstart: “Mistress Validation”

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. Last year, we took 6 weeks to bring a focus on something that far too many people do not understand: our emotions. It’s our emotional state that people can go into one of two extremes. On one hand, people can live completely in the wake of their emotions. They’ll operate not at a state of truth but in the pace of their passion for that day. On the other hand, there are those that completely disregard their emotions as if they were a curse or a weakness. It is as if emotions are something to endure in this life on earth instead of seeing them for which God sees them.

What I see in scripture is that our emotions are, first, a gift from God. They are part of our humanity. Second, if they are a gift, then we have a responsibility to steward (manage) them. This takes emotional discipleship; growing what we have deeper in the knowledge and passion for Christ.

Sunday, we looked at Matthew 6:1-18 and dealt with VALIDATION. There is this emotional response to desire to feed off the approval of others to find our validation. Validation is really about three things:

  • Attention met by being “present” (listening, engaging)
  • Affection need is met both physically and verbally.
  • Affirmation need is met by emotional support.

Jesus received all at His baptism. Matt. 3:17, The Father and the Holy Spirit showed up [attention]“This is My beloved Son [affection] in whom I am well pleased [affirmation]”

Unhealthy, dysfunctional behavior stems from striving to find your validation (attention, affection, and affirmation), not from Jesus, but from others. And instead of living FROM His approval, we live for it from people.

Check out the message here:

Other thoughts from Sunday:

  • The more I fill myself with God’s truth, the less I need to chase the opinion of others.
  • Start living FROM approval instead of living FOR approval.
  • Your value was never meant to be found in the opinion of others, but the person of Jesus.
  • Christ accepts you where you are at and loves you too much to leave you that way.
  • “The lie of approval is if the “right” people like you, you will feel loved. You won’t. You’ll just feel the long hell of winning their approval again and again.” – Sammy Rhoads

Love you all. Have an amazing week.

Monday Kfirst Kickstart: “Stand in Greatness”

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 “The Collective” at Kfirst. We are taking a few weeks to cast vision for a shift in our church community. We are desiring to move from “Membership” to “Partnership.”

We are using Paul’s letter to Philemon to help be the launch point as Paul uses the word, Koinonia twice to emphasis his heart for for the church (v. 6 & v.17). This wonderful Greek word means

  • fellowship, a collection, community, communion, joint participation, a proof of fellowship
    • Of business: it was a partnering or merging
    • Of the Church: it was sharing issues, sharing the load

This is the heart of the shift. We want to see ourselves as partnering (Koinonia) with God and each other to further His Kingdom.

In week 2, we settled in Nehemiah 6 at how the people of God stood to carry out the vision together.

  1. I am engaged in a GREAT work. (Nehemiah 6:3)
    • “Walls” in scripture is meant to symbolize authority, protection, and security. And when opposition comes, there was the temptation to deal with things outside of the authority, protection, and security of God. Nehemiah doesn’t fall for it. He keeps himself focused on the “great work” God has in front of him. This is what steadies our feet in the direction God has placed us. We deal with life by what God by the example Jesus has given us.
  2. I possess a GREATER determination. (Nehemiah 6:8-9)
    • When opposition comes, we don’t get distracted. We get determined. If we can see understand what truth looks/sounds like (Jesus), and we can realize who the Enemy is, we’ll develop a greater determination.
  3. I live from a GREATER position. (Nehemiah 6:11)
    • Your stance depends upon your position. And who we are in Christ says everything about how we stand. Nehemiah didn’t worry about what others were saying, he knew who he was in God.

How different will your week look like if you approached it with the mindset of “I am a part of a GREATER work”? What would it change? Would you see people different? Would your attitude change? Would you be less passive with grace and mercy? Would you heart break for others?

Ask the Holy Spirit to help you step into the week PARTNERING with the Holy Spirit as you stand in the greatness of God, shining your light to the greater Kalamazoo area.

Love you all. Praying for you this week.