New book “Launch Point” is here!! #LaunchPointBook

It’s finally here!! Today is the launch of my second book “Launch Point.”

https://launchpointbook.com/
https://launchpointbook.com/

It has been my heart to create a tool for NEW Christ-followers that is both practical and economical.  Thus, we have “Launch Point.” Quite often, people starting their faith journey with Jesus can be overwhelmed with the litany of steps thrown at them. “Get baptized…Read your bible…Start praying…Serve somewhere...Start giving…” (and the list goes on).

Don’t get me wrong, these steps are all important. (In fact, very important!) But I wonder if, in our excitement of their decision to follow Jesus, we’ve stifled the growth of these brand new Christ-followers. We push them through processes, information, and connections with not recognizing that everyone operates and processes things differently.  Driven by where we want them to be, we can be blind to the fact that completing a program doesn’t equate to having spiritual progress.

Thus, “Launch Point.” For $5 per book, this tool not only creates tangible next steps, but gives the reader time to grow at a “fruitful” pace. In fact, because we at Kfirst believe “the Enemy works in isolation; God works in community,” I highly recommend going through the book with a friend or two. This is a fantastic tool to equip a Christ-follower to personally disciple someone new to their faith in Jesus.

Again, I wanted to keep this economic. You can pick one up for $5 per book at LaunchPointBook.com, at the Connection Center on Sundays at Kfirst, or at the Kfirst church office. None of the proceeds go to me but back into the Kingdom. In fact, for every 2 books sold, one can be given way to someone just staring their faith journey with Jesus.

Check out what it says on the back cover:

Faith in Jesus is both a finish line and a starting point.

It is the finish line for the way we had lived before we believed in Jesus. Living a life that revolved around sin and selfishness is done. This former way of living has passed, but it is the starting point for your new life discovered in Christ. It’s more than simply the arrival of a fresh life, it is also the beginning of a new adventure ahead. Just like any journey, it is discovered, developed, and realized by taking steps forward.

That brings us to the purpose of this book: to help you take foundational next steps forward in a faith journey of following Jesus. Like an apple tree needs strong roots for healthy fruit, we need these essentials to cultivate our lives so that we can produce the health that God desires for all of us.

If you’re new to faith in Jesus or if you know someone who is, this book is for you! Because, the success isn’t necessarily finishing the book but accomplishing a deeper experience in following Jesus by living each step out in community with other people. Some steps are more challenging than the other. But the “win” isn’t in the completion of a chapter but the consistency in following Christ.

My heart is to make it simple for people to FIND and FOLLOW Jesus. But simple doesn’t mean easy. There’s so much competing for our attention. It’s a challenging journey to develop a life-giving relationship with Jesus & follow Him. That’s why my mission is to make it simple, so that people who feel far from God, will find life in taking NEXT STEPS in following Jesus.

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Each book is $5! Proceeds purchase books for new believers!
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Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin.”

Zechariah 4:10

Thank you for your kindness in considering purchasing “Launch Point.” Thanks for partnering with me to make it simple for people to find and follow Jesus.

Love you all,

David Barringer

I Never Knew Jesus Could Be Like This

I Never Knew Jesus Could Be Like This.

These are words that have lived with me for the past 24 hours. They are words that have lifted my heart and challenged my soul.

I have a pattern in my “post-church service” conversations. Guests are my priority to talk to. Yet, I try to connect to as many as possible. By the end of that time, I’m finally seeing and talking to long-time attenders. It is here, I could see a young woman out of the corner of my eye who’s been waiting patiently to talk to me. And she deposits these eight words within me,

I Never Knew Jesus Could Be Like This.

Honestly, I didn’t associate it with my preaching or the song choices of the worship set. It wasn’t about the style of the service nor the denomination of the church.

She experienced the presence of Jesus.

And it was the experience of the morning. The greeters. The friendliness of the people.  The intercessors in the prayer room before the service. Those who serve “behind the scenes” that makes a Sunday at Kfirst happen. The congregation capturing the heart of worship. The gathering around the Sacraments. The local church lifted up Jesus. And because of that, she got to see Him. (Which is good, because it’s all about Him and for Him.)

The local church becomes “Church” when we make much of Jesus and not a personality in a pulpit. We become Kingdom when we point everything to the “King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.” (1 Timothy 1:17)  And it’s in that place we can unleash our passion for Him in worship. It is there we can humble ourselves and seek His face.  We get to be vulnerable with our humanity by being real about ourselves AND being real about who Jesus is.

And the beautiful byproduct of a local church doing this: People can see what Jesus is supposed to look like.

He is the Friend of Sinners.
He is the Hope for the nations.
He is the Healer for those in pain.
He is the Freedom for the oppressed.
He is the Liberator of the prisoner.
He is the Comforter of the hurting.
He is the Filler for those who are empty.
He is the One who revives us.

As I said earlier, her words that have lifted my heart and challenged my soul.

Why? While I celebrate being able to do this as a congregation on Sunday, how can we do this Monday through Saturday? I am encouraged in my heart but I am compelled to examine my life outside of Sunday gatherings. How can those in our sphere of influence experience that? What do we need to allow the Holy Spirit to work in us so that the people we interact with every day can say…

I Never Knew Jesus Could Be Like This.

My prayer today is the words of an old chorus,

Spirit of the Living God, fall fresh on me
Melt me, mold me
Fill me, use me.

Here I am. Start with me.

 

Thanks for letting me ramble…

Monday Kfirst Kickstart: “Following Jesus”

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, Pastor Marty brought the message to our Kfirst community as he directed our attention to discipleship. (Click here for yesterday’s notes.) Our journey in life doesn’t end with a decision to follow Christ; it begins to unfold at that decision.

Discipleship is the place of where our faith grows. It is that place where we say “yes” to following Christ and allowing His character to be developed in our lives.  And as we see that develop, three things happen.

  1. We will be the salt of the earth.
  2. We will be the light to the world.
  3. And these will be shown as we step forward with good deeds.

This week, I’d challenge you to do two things:
  1. Say “yes” to the direction that Christ gives you.
  2. Step forward in the actions (good deeds) that show your life as salt and light to the world around you.

Love you all. We’ll see you next week as we kick off a new series, “Empowered.”

BTW: Here’s a song for your worship playlist:

2 Minute Devo: What are you thinking Day 3

We’re focusing on what the Bible says about the “mind” and how that affects us.  Spend time on the devo and take a minute or two to ponder what the Word is challenging you to do.

Colossians 3:2

Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.

2 Minute Devo Series: Book of Matthew Day 20

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Welcome to our 2 Minute Devos. This month we’re going through the Book of Matthew. Take the time to read through the passage of the day and listen to the 2 Minute Devo.

Matthew 19

English Standard Version (ESV)

Teaching About Divorce

19 Now when Jesus had finished these sayings, he went away from Galilee and entered the region of Judea beyond the Jordan. And large crowds followed him, and he healed them there.

And Pharisees came up to him and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful to divorce one’s wife for any cause?” He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” They said to him,“Why then did Moses command one to give a certificate of divorce and to send her away?” He said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery.”[a]

10 The disciples said to him, “If such is the case of a man with his wife, it is better not to marry.”11 But he said to them, “Not everyone can receive this saying, but only those to whom it is given. 12 For there are eunuchs who have been so from birth, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by men, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. Let the one who is able to receive this receive it.”

Let the Children Come to Me

13 Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people, 14 but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” 15 And he laid his hands on them and went away.

The Rich Young Man

16 And behold, a man came up to him, saying, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to haveeternal life?” 17 And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments.” 18 He said to him, “Which ones?” And Jesus said, “You shall not murder, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, 19 Honor your father and mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 20 The young man said to him, “All these I have kept. What do I still lack?” 21 Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” 22 When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.

23 And Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly, I say to you, only with difficulty will a rich person enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” 25 When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished, saying, “Who then can be saved?” 26 But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” 27 Then Peter said in reply, “See, we have left everything and followed you. What then will we have?” 28 Jesus said to them, “Truly, I say to you, in the new world,[b] when the Son of Man will sit on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29 And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold[c] and will inherit eternal life. 30 Butmany who are first will be last, and the last first.