Monday Kfirst Kickstart: “Live at the Right Level”

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 “sight.” And when I think about sight, I think about physical and spiritual perception God gives us. 

Check out this week’s message:

Other thoughts from Sunday:

  • Stop living at a level you were saved from and live toward the life you were saved to.
  • Faith in Christ has not just changed the trajectory of your eternity but the patterns of your life.
  • When we take our eyes off God’s direction, we only see our difficulties.
  • Satan instigates (infects with a thought), fascinates (develops a story line), and then assassinates (destroys).
  • The habits you maintain in comfortable seasons will carry you through a difficult seasons.
  • “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” Corrie Ten Boom

Love you all. Have an amazing week.

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

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: “From Desperation to Declaration”

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 wrapped our 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.

Enjoy the message from week 6 of “Anasasis.”

Thoughts from today:

  • Don’t live in the ruins of what “has been” but #RiseUp in faith to what “could be.”
  • The words you hold and speak determine the health of your soul.
  • Too many people cannot perceive victory with their eyes because they don’t possess victory in their hearts.
  • Don’t release God to work in your circumstances but restrict Him from working in your life.
  • A Christ-centered declaration should do more than us look forward, it should make us look inside.

Love you all. Have an amazing week.

Monday Kfirst Kickstart: “The Orphan’s Gospel” with JP Dorsey

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 “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.

Normally, when I preach, I like to give a brief outline of what we receieved on Sunday. During, Anasasis, I want to send out the entire message with some of the points picked up from the speaker.

Enjoy the message from JP Dorsey in week 5 of “Anasasis.”

Thoughts from JP:

  • Jesus knew His people would be tempted to live as spiritual orphans.
  • Jesus knew orphanhood would have real emotional and behavioral consequences.
  • The orphan’s Gospel is that we can experience authentic belonging to the Father through the Holy Spirit.
  • “For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God” Romans 8:15-16

Love you all. Have an amazing week.

Monday Kfirst Kickstart: “Reaching Through the Rubble”

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 “Back to the Table” at Kfirst. Though this is a new series of talks, the topic is NOT new as this is our third series that visits the “table practice of Jesus.” We see our lives as a “table” of hospitality. We see opportunities to change the world is done through Jesus’ approach to others at a shared table.

The “Table” is really three specific items: It is the SYMBOL, the MESSAGE, and the ACTION of the Kingdom of God. So when we show the radical hospitality of Jesus, we show, speak, and live the Kingdom of God.

Today we had a special morning as we turned our attention to the table practice of Christ including orphans. We at Kfirst believe that true ministry to the world includes foster care and adoption.  James 1:27 says,

Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.

Our heart is to be engaged in some way to come along side of orphans “in their distress.” It may not look like others, but it engages with foster kids to remind them they are loved and valued. You can’t do everything, but you can do something. And our question today: What is the “something” that you can do?

If you’re wanting to do something, please connect by contacting our KFAM community (click on the name). We’d love to challenge you to find some way to reach those who need the most help.

Love you all. Have an amazing week.

Monday Kfirst Kickstart: “In the Shadow of the Mountain”

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 on Elijah entitled, “Whirlwind.” In week 5, we looked at the next part of Elijah’s story as we see him finding himself fighting massive discouragement. It’s something we are all susceptible to.

The we cannot help what comes our way, we can make sure that we are not positioning ourselves for discouragement. Elijah made himself vulnerable by

  1. Fatigue.
    • Between traveling from Mount Carmel to running from Jezebel, Elijah was spent physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.
  2. Forsaking community.
    • Scripture notes that he “left his servant behind.” Isolation makes you vulnerable.
  3. Fixating on the negative.
    • Negative thoughts will put your future on hold.
  4. Forgetting God. 
    • He completely disconnected what God had been doing by getting so tunnel-visioned on the present.

How does God respond? By…

  1. God gives the gift of sabbath.
    • Sabbath was meant to develop trust and margin (rest, relationship, and recreation) in our lives.
  2. God replaces lies with His truth.
    • He helps confront the lies we believe with His truth.
  3. God speaks in the still, small voice.
    • If we’ll quiet ourselves, we’ll realize He is always speaking.
  4. God gives us something to do.
    • Go back and do what God called you to do, and watch as He brings life back out of you.

This week, not only monitor the things that make you vulnerable to discouragement, but look at those around you. Perhaps, not only can you find a time of “refreshing,” but perhaps God will use you to bring it to someone else.

Here’s the words from my journal reading yesterday with the link at the end for the song we did:

It’s the prayer of everyone who’s been hurt by disappointment
When life hits and gave us way more than expected
It’s the cry of the overwhelmed heart; the scream of a tired soul
The aching of desperation; fallen deeper into a bottomless hole
But you understand our darkness, you get the struggle of our inside
So we lift up our eyes asking you to hear our cry
You hover over our chaos ready to create with just one word
Speak Holy Spirit; I need hope in my hurt
It’s the prayer of everyone who feels forgotten
When the devil has convinced them that they’re no longer wanted
When he’s blinded their eyes from seeing the hope of light
When their strength is drained and unable to get in the fight
We‘ve had victory on the mountain, but the valley is nothing but distress.
Lord it’s you we need. We need some hope in our darkness
I call out the only One who can reach into an unreachable place
I know I can find peace if I could just find your face
To every person who thought that nobody cares
To every tired soul, bearing weights to heavy to bear
To those longing to knock but cannot find the door
To those who seek a way out and cannot take any more
Lift up your face, look beyond the valley
The sun may have set behind you but it’s not your finale
There’s a God who creates out of the depths of your chaos
Lift up your head, the Son rises to call us