Monday Kfirst Kickstart: “Put On Your Glasses” #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:

  • To engage with the Holy Spirit is the beginning of a revelation of God’s mission over your life.
  • The Holy Spirit causes us to see, not the Jesus we think we know, but Jesus as we are supposed to know.
  • Knowing Jesus must be more than head knowledge but a heart encounter.
  • The way that we know that we need the Holy Spirit in our lives is how our attitude is to our “Samaria.”
  • Any presence of hate is an indication we need a greater revelation of Jesus.
  • When you have the Holy Spirit, you are not a witness of others, you are a witness of Him.
Holy Spirit, this is my testimony: You have changed me. You have made me new. You righted my life. And today, I go after You and seek You with everything I’ve got. Whatever it takes, Lord, fill me with the Holy Spirit. Grow maturity in my life with the fruit of the Spirit and minister through me with the gifts of your Holy Spirit.
Empower my life for Your honor and for Your glory.
Amen

Love you all. Have an amazing week.

BTW: Here’s the new song we did yesterday…

 

 

Monday Kfirst Kickstart: “The End of Ten” #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:

  • Every ending sets the stage for a new beginning.
  • Stop wearing the old “you” around a new heart.
  • It’s one thing to want a new life, it’s another thing to decide to live that new life.
  • You can go through difficulty without setting up camp there.
  • Church shouldn’t be a museum of what God did but a display of what God is doing.
  • Worship will not be just a song we sing but a life we life.
  • New anointing comes from new acts of obedience.
Holy Spirit, this is my testimony: You have changed me. You have made me new. You righted my life. And today, I go after You and seek You with everything I’ve got. Whatever it takes, Lord, fill me with the Holy Spirit. Grow maturity in my life with the fruit of the Spirit and minister through me with the gifts of your Holy Spirit.
Empower my life for Your honor and for Your glory.
Amen

Love you all. Have an amazing week.

BTW: Here’s a song for the week…

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?

Check out our new book! Click on the image to order!!

Love you all. Have an amazing week.

BTW: Here’s the new song we played:

Monday Kfirst Kickstart: “The Preview” #13thFloor

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.

Ever wonder why you’ve never stayed in a hotel room on the 13th floor? The answer is simple: The floor doesn’t “exist.” Some hotels skip the number 13 and go straight to 14 when numbering floors. As rational thought will dictate, hotels and buildings higher than 12 floors of course have a 13th floor, however, they do away with it by simply renaming it something else. In other words, though a 13th floor exists, it’s not always seen or noticed.

I think faith is the 13th Floor. We don’t see it, but we know it’s there. And it to be seen, it needs to be accessed. We all know of faith, but to really to know faith, must experience faith. This month, we step onto the “13th Floor” as we walk together in this new series on faith.

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:

  • Faith is the invitation and the activation of the kingdom of God in your life.
  • Rules of faith:
    • Rule 1: Faith begins with God; He is the author of our faith (Hebrews 12:2)
    • Rule 2: God is able; He carries what He starts.
    • Rule 3: We go forward in faith (faith is activated).
  • Faith is believing BEFORE what will only make sense AFTER.
  • With faith, God is able; without faith, we are not able.
  • What God authors in your heart, He finishes in your life.
  • Faith is a way of living with God as your source and God as your focus.
  • Faith isn’t blind. It’s open eyed obedience.
  • Faith doesn’t eliminate struggles. It shows you how to handle them.

Love you all. Have an amazing week.

BTW: Here’s the song from the end of our service.

Healing Begins with Forgiveness

Be gentle with one another, sensitive. Forgive one another as quickly and thoroughly as God in Christ forgave you.” – Ephesians 4:32

Last Sunday at Kfirst was pretty awesome. If you missed it, click here for the Livestream from it.

There’s something about seeing people, in humility, stand and admit, “I’m dealing with bitterness and/or unforgiveness.” There’s something about that step of faith that confronts your own issues in order to see growth and change.

And that’s where healing begins. Forgiveness is where healing begins.

There’s something about an heart that is broken by offense that heals different than a bone that has been broken by an impact. While a bone can heal and you may think nothing of it a year later, an offended heart can think of the offense a year later and want to return to the broken state.

And we in the church world can simply say, “forgive” and it will be all better. While the principle is correct, we misunderstand that forgiving someone is making the daily decision to choose mercy and grace over bitterness and resentment. It is that every day decision to follow Christ and not where our desires want to lead us. 

We forgive as quickly and thoroughly as we’ve been forgiven.

Forgiveness doesn’t validate the one(s) who hurt you. Forgiveness doesn’t justify their hurtful actions toward you or the ones you love. Forgiveness is that choice that says, “Despite what has happened, I refuse to be held captive to the offense. I will show the depth of grace that I have been shown in Christ Jesus.” 

Showing grace and forgiveness releases me.
It saves me.
It sets me free

As I’ve heard it said, “To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.”

Forgiveness doesn’t mean a trust is rebuilt. It doesn’t mean you don’t have boundaries in the friendship. Grace doesn’t mean the friendship will be (or should be) reconciled. It just means you are no longer living in the prison of bitterness.

Forgiveness doesn’t mean you get what you want. But forgiveness ushers in the peace, love, strength, wisdom, and honor into a moment that could have left you defensive, bitter, broken, and hurt. 

Today, would you step out and forgive? Would you trust God to get you through this forgiveness journey so that you can finally heal?  I love the words of Isaiah who said, “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you” (Isaiah 26:3). He promises to grants us peace when we stop fixing our minds on other “things” and put our trust in Him. 

Be honest with yourself and the Lord. Trust God with your offense. Give your hurt to the Lord through prayer. Say it out loud or journal them out. Lay them at His feet, release the forgiveness, and let the healing begin. 

And tomorrow, if your heart wants to go back to them because it hasn’t fully healed, rinse and repeat.

I love you all. I’m praying for you.

 

Thanks for letting me ramble.

Monday Kfirst Kickstart: “I’ve Got More Inside of Me” #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 a few years later, God has not just blessed him, but he’s blessing others because of their proximity to Joseph. It is here where temptation test the dreams and the character needed to carry those dreams.

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

Other thoughts from the Youversion notes from Sunday:

  • Our character is an essential attribute to measure the health of our relationship with the Lord.
  • The quality of your character should match the level of your calling.
  • What God placed within you is greater than what you face around you.
  • Temptation is at its highest when you are at your lowest.
  • Sin dwells at the intersection of desire and opportunity.
  • Put the life of Christ into action BEFORE the times of temptation.
  • Stop living life with the safety on; Activate your walk with Christ.

Love you all. Have an amazing week.

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

Monday Kfirst Kickstart: “Skin on Skin”

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 “touch.” And when I think about sight, I think about opportunity to utilize our capacity to touch people’s lives physically, spiritually, emotionally, and mentally. 

Check out this week’s message:

Other thoughts from Sunday:

  • Receive the touch of God; be the touch of God.
  • Healthy, appropriate touch should:
    • 1 – Create an easy transition from one season to another.
    • 2 – Help with the trauma of life.
    • 3 – Enhance communication.
    • 4 – Create a bond.
  • Don’t diminish the value of physical touch; Don’t distill “touch” to merely physical.
  • Our lives are not LINES; they are LINKS. We find life in community connecting with one another.
  • 7 things transferred by Jesus and His disciples through touch. (Jimmy Evans)
    • 1. Healing (Luke 4:40)
    • 2. Blessing (Matthew 19:15)
    • 3. The Holy Spirit (Acts 8:17)
    • 4. Giftings (1 Timothy 4:14)
    • 5. Authority (Acts 6:16)
    • 6. Spiritual Covering (Acts 16:17)
    • 7. Leadership Empowerment (Acts 13:1-13)
  • What good we could do if we let Jesus teach us the art of Godly affection? Holiness discovered in human touch.
  • Touch is not just the message Jesus preached medium Jesus used.
  • The touch of Jesus commissions us with a calling.

Love you all. Have an amazing week.

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