Are you having trouble with profanity?

Happy Monday…er Tuesday! I’m late in getting this out.  I had a great time speaking yesterday at Zion Bible College – GR.  I love connecting with future/present ministers!!!

We are in the thick of the fall season and I’m excited about what’s happening in our church community. If you were not able to join us, we had an amazing day of ministry that makes it exciting be a part of this church community.

I’ll kick off Tuesday with a simple TRUTH: “The question today is not whether you will worship, but rather what you will worship. Your glorious Creator or something he created?” Today is a choice.  Every moment is a choice.  You get to choose whether your life will worship the Lord or your own desires. Live a life of worship today and “hallow” His name today. This is a great segway into recapping our Sunday and looking forward to this week.

Here are 5 things I want you to know about…

#1 – KFirst continued our series “Dust” on Sunday. We focused on “Keeping the Name Safe.” We corrected the mindset of profaning the name of Jesus.  It’s not all about what you say.  When you profess Christ but refuse to live that out before men…you are living profanity. Our actions can succeed in bringing shame on the name of Jesus around the world. In the lives of normal people, we can be guilty of hillul hashem (profaning the name).

But when we lift our hands in worship…And hate our neighbor

When we go to church and profess our relationship with God…but refuse to help a neighbor who is hurting

We are profaning the name.

Our goal?  Read the words of Christ about the “Name”:  John 17:26 I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.

Go live out “hallowing” the name of Jesus.

If you missed the message, download it from iTunes  later on Monday or hit the website.

#2 – Annual Business Meeting is a this week.  Our trustee nominees are presented in a handout at the information center and in the church office. I’d ask that you take some time intercede over this as we approach 3 trustee positions with prayerful hearts.  We have such an awesome list of nominees and I am excited for the future of our board.

#3 – On Sunday we are launching a 1 month reading plan.  I’m going to challenge our congregation to read all four Gospels in ONE MONTH.  October 1 will be our start date in this amazing journey.  The reading plan will be available online, via this blog, and available at the information desk.

#4 – You can’t afford to miss Sunday, October 7 for an outreach announcement. We have a great opportunity for local outreach that I believe can have explosive results in connecting to the community. Don’t sleep in that day.  I can’t wait.

#5 – Pray over our new series coming up in October.  We are going to do a short 3 week series “Vampires: Dealing with people who suck the life out of you.” I think we’re going to laugh. I thing we are all going to be challenged.  I don’t know about you, but I’ve got “Vampires” in my life.  But more specifically, I think that I’ve been a “Vampire” to others.  We are called to give life…not “suck” it out of a person.  We are supposed to be sources of joy…I better stop. I’ll start preaching the series too early.

That’s all we have today.  Love the Lord…and don’t let your lives be “profanity” to the world.  Show the world who Jesus is.

Thanks for letting me ramble…

Hey @kalamazoofirst…”how did you get that car on the stage?”

Happy Monday! The Lions won so it’s a happier Monday for me.

That was the question that was buzzing yesterday at KFirst. Some have figured it out…some are still scratching their heads.

What an outstanding day yesterday at KFirst!  If you were not there, we had a packed day of ministry that makes it exciting be a part of an amazing church community.

Here are 5 things I want you to know about…

#1 – KFirst kicked off our series “Dust” yesterday.

We have taken to heart the focus of John 15:16, “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.”  Jesus sees something in me: He thinks I can be like him. He is our rabbi/teacher and we are to choose to follow him.  We wrapped up with a TRUTH: Following Christ is a moment and a process, entrance and walkway, new life and new lifestyle.  If you missed the message, download it from iTunes or hit the website.

#2 – Lifegroups Expo is coming up THIS SUNDAY, September 16th.

It’s happening after church, outside under the “big top” tent. We’ll have food, games and Target giftcard giveaways. Come out to discover our new groups, meet our leaders and get more information on our all Lifegroups. For more info, contact the church office at (269)329-1977 or the KFirst Facebook.

#3 – Our Next Gen ministries had their fall kick off. 

  • Kidzone joined us for worship.  I love seeing the kids in service with us and having the families to sing together.  Don’t forget, they are dismissed while the offering is taken.  I can’t thank our kid’s ministry volunteers enough for the phenomenal job they are doing. Thank you for pouring into our kids on a weekly basis.  Ethan loves his BLAST classes and can’t wait to go every week.
  • Real had a great turnout last night.  Give their promo video a look. My daughter came home so pumped about what Jesus is doing in her youth group.   If you have students ages 6th grade to 12th grade, bring them on out.
  • theHub had their fall launch. Check out their promo video…better yet, show a young adult and invite them out to a life-changing venue. I’m so excited about Pastor Todd’s and Tara’s passion for our young adults.  If you have or are a young adults, get plugged in to theHub.

#4 – Annual Business Meeting is coming up September 26th.  Our trustee nominees will be presented in a handout at the information center and in the church office on Sunday. I’d ask that you intercede over this as we approach 3 trustee positions with prayerful hearts.  I think the nomination committee did a great job in giving us choice candidates to serve.

#5 – Tailgate Party is almost here.

September 23rd is going to be a great day as we celebrate our Annual State of the Church message and celebrate outside at our Tailgate Party.  Park your car on the west side of the building when you come Sunday morning and stuff your cooler full of food for your family.  Most people choose to wear their favorite team’s T-shirt/sweatshirts during the tailgate. I just ask for the MSU stuff to be toned down.  OSU paraphernalia will not be tolerated :)…not that I’m picky or anything.

Have great week.

Thanks for letting me ramble…