Bonus Chapter: Monday #KfirstReadingList

This month, we began a series called “Reading List.” Each week, we have been focusing on ONE chapter a week to sink into and ground ourselves in. With yesterday’s break from the series, I still wanted to give you a chapter to focus on: 1 John 3.  At Kfirst , we believe that scripture is not just helpful for following Jesus but necessary. It stretches our thinking and challenges our living and it clues us into the heart of God and directs our paths.

If you’ve never read the scriptures, this is a great place to start. If you’ve never read the scriptures as a friend, a couple, or a family, this will be a great opportunity to begin a new trend (visit Kfirst’s media to listen).

This week’s BONUS passage: 1 John 3 (click to read)

Monday’s challenge: Sit down in a quiet place with your bible, your journal, and a pen. Then, read the entire chapter for this week and highlight what stuck out to you. Get a pen to underline or circle; grab a highlighter to use. What should you look for?

  • Key words/phrases.
  • Repeated words.
  • Themes.
  • Who is speaking/listening?
  • Location of the interaction.
  • For a next step, read the chapters before and after (for context).

When you are done reading, reflect on what you’ve learned. The bible calls it “selah” (pause and reflect upon what you just read). Allow the Holy Spirit to bring out parts or portions of the chapter that He wants to challenge you with. Perhaps you keep going back to something you underlined or maybe there’s a word that your heart can’t let go of. Maybe the chapter stirred some emotions and questions. Those items you’ve noted are what you should take to the Lord in prayer and, perhaps, to some conversation time with someone else.

Lastly, respond with your life. What does your day/week look like putting this week’s passage into practice? How has this passage challenged you? What does the chapter compel you to do? Let this week be a place where the Word get’s rooted in our lives by being more than a reader of the Word but a doer of the Word.

Love you all. It’s gonna be an amazing Monday.

BTW: Here’s a song for your reading time.

 

 

Week 2: Saturday #KfirstReadingList

There’s something about having a “reading list.” Usually, around the end of the school year, we see people posting about them or hear people talking about them. Of all of the books we want to soak up, the Bible is at the top of that list. At Kfirst , we believe that scripture is not just helpful for following Jesus but necessary. It stretches our thinking and challenges our living and it clues us into the heart of God and directs our paths. In July and August we’re hosting a summer series called “Reading List.”

Each Sunday, we’ll introduce a new chapter to focus on while equipping you to daily “soak it up” throughout the week. If you’ve never read the scriptures, this is a great place to start. If you’ve never read the scriptures as a friend, a couple, or a family, this will be a great opportunity to begin a new trend (visit Kfirst’s media to listen).

This week’s passage: Matthew 3 (click to read)

Saturday’s challenge: Respond in prayer. Pray through what you’ve been reflecting over the past week.

Today is a day of prayer and intercession. As you look at the chapter that you’ve been focused on all week, what type of things come to mind?

  • Specific people.
  • Areas of the world.
  • A need in someone’s life.
  • Area of personal change/challenge.
  • Stirring to serve others.

It may not even be on this list. But I submit: This may be what the Holy Spirit is trying to bring to your attention. Use today, the last day of focus on this chapter to go into prayer over the list you’ve made. When you are done praying, make a list of action steps of what you feel you need to do about what God laid on your heart. Share those with a trusted friend.

Love you all. It’s gonna be an amazing Saturday.

BTW: Here’s a song for your reading time.

Week 2: Tuesday #KfirstReadingList

There’s something about having a “reading list.” Usually, around the end of the school year, we see people posting about them or hear people talking about them. Of all of the books we want to soak up, the Bible is at the top of that list. At Kfirst , we believe that scripture is not just helpful for following Jesus but necessary. It stretches our thinking and challenges our living and it clues us into the heart of God and directs our paths. In July and August we’re hosting a summer series called “Reading List.”

Each Sunday, we’ll introduce a new chapter to focus on while equipping you to daily “soak it up” throughout the week. If you’ve never read the scriptures, this is a great place to start. If you’ve never read the scriptures as a friend, a couple, or a family, this will be a great opportunity to begin a new trend (visit Kfirst’s media to listen).

This week’s passage: Matthew 3 (click to read)

Tuesday’s challenge: Take some time to memorize one verse that stuck out to you.

Here’s an easy way to approach memorizing scripture:

  1. Pick out a verse that stood out to you.
    • Maybe it was a key word or phrase that caught your eye. Perhaps it was something that connected to you.
  2. When you spend time in prayer, use it in prayer. 
    • I say there’s no better way to pray God’s will than to pray the Word. Not only does it help your prayer, it helps you memorize scripture.
  3. Write it down. 
    • Use a journal. Try a notecard. Post it on social media (use #KfirstReadingList).
  4. Tell someone your verse. 
    • Not only does it help you memorize your scripture, it will encourage someone, and possibly help them memorize it.
  5. Repeat. Repeat. And repeat it again. 
    • Repetition is the best way to get something rooted.

Love you all. It’s gonna be an amazing Tuesday.

BTW: Here’s a song for your reading time.

Week 1: Saturday #KfirstReadingList

There’s something about having a “reading list.” Usually, around the end of the school year, we see people posting about them or hear people talking about them. Of all of the books we want to soak up, the Bible is at the top of that list. At Kfirst , we believe that scripture is not just helpful for following Jesus but necessary. It stretches our thinking and challenges our living and it clues us into the heart of God and directs our paths. In July and August we’re hosting a summer series called “Reading List.”

Each Sunday, we’ll introduce a new chapter to focus on while equipping you to daily “soak it up” throughout the week. If you’ve never read the scriptures, this is a great place to start. If you’ve never read the scriptures as a friend, a couple, or a family, this will be a great opportunity to begin a new trend (visit Kfirst’s media to listen).

This week’s passage: John 3 (click to read)

Saturday’s challenge: Respond in prayer. Pray through what you’ve been reflecting over the past week.

Today is a day of prayer and intercession. As you look at the chapter that you’ve been focused on all week, what type of things come to mind?

  • Specific people.
  • Areas of the world.
  • A need in someone’s life.
  • Area of personal change/challenge.
  • Stirring to serve others.

It may not even be on this list. But I submit: This may be what the Holy Spirit is trying to bring to your attention. Use today, the last day of focus on this chapter to go into prayer over the list you’ve made. When you are done praying, make a list of action steps of what you feel you need to do about what God laid on your heart. Share those with a trusted friend.

Love you all. It’s gonna be an amazing Saturday.

BTW: Here’s a song for your reading time.

Week 1: Friday #KfirstReadingList

There’s something about having a “reading list.” Usually, around the end of the school year, we see people posting about them or hear people talking about them. Of all of the books we want to soak up, the Bible is at the top of that list. At Kfirst , we believe that scripture is not just helpful for following Jesus but necessary. It stretches our thinking and challenges our living and it clues us into the heart of God and directs our paths. In July and August we’re hosting a summer series called “Reading List.”

Each Sunday, we’ll introduce a new chapter to focus on while equipping you to daily “soak it up” throughout the week. If you’ve never read the scriptures, this is a great place to start. If you’ve never read the scriptures as a friend, a couple, or a family, this will be a great opportunity to begin a new trend (visit Kfirst’s media to listen).

This week’s passage: John 3 (click to read)

Friday’s challenge: Take some time to memorize one of the other verses that stuck out to you. 

Do you remember your verse from Tuesday’s challenge? Today is about taking that next step and committing another passage out of this chapter and committing it to memory. When Jesus was in the wilderness, he used the Word as his weapon against the Devil. The more we fill our lives with the Word, the more we have to draw from.

If you missed Tuesday, here’s an easy way to approach memorizing scripture:

  1. Pick out a verse that stood out to you.
    • Maybe it was a key word or phrase that caught your eye. Perhaps it was something that connected to you.
  2. When you spend time in prayer, use it in prayer. 
    • I say there’s no better way to pray God’s will than to pray the Word. Not only does it help your prayer, it helps you memorize scripture.
  3. Write it down. 
    • Use a journal. Try a notecard. Post it on social media (use #KfirstReadingList).
  4. Tell someone your verse. 
    • Not only does it help you memorize your scripture, it will encourage someone, and possibly help them memorize it.
  5. Repeat. Repeat. And repeat it again. 
    • Repetition is the best way to get something rooted.

Love you all. It’s gonna be an amazing Friday.

BTW: Here’s a song for your reading time.

Monday Kfirst Kickstart: #KB17 week 3 “Actions of Adjustment”

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.

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Our current series is highlighting the shift in our giving in our Kfirst community. We continued the series with our focus upon the prophet Elijah’s interaction with a widow in 1 Kings 17. (Click here for yesterday’s notes.)

It seems like we live in a culture that constantly adds onto busy lives that are already maxed out. Schedules and resources are ran at their max. So when it comes to God, far too often, we want to add God in the mix but want Him to adjust to what is comfortable to us. It’s not a lack of desire for God, but with such a crowded life, we don’t give Him room to move.

The challenge: Instead of adding God to the busy life, we start with Him and ADJUST to what his Holy Spirit is speaking and what His Word is confirming.

The word of the Lord to the widow: “Do not fear” (v. 13). She was being asked to give what little she had. She was being challenged to lay down her own needs for the sake of someone else. And on top of all of that, she saw no future for her or her son.

Yet her response was priceless.

1 – She took a step of faith trusting the word of the Lord. Faith isn’t always easy or convenient. But she took a step of faith by giving FIRST even in the face of her own personal needs. Her step of faith placed what she had in the hands of God for  Him to work a miracle.

We gave what we called the “giving equation.” And it’s simply this:

What’s in our hand [X] God’s hand = Divine opportunity

God doesn’t “add” to our giving; He multiplies it. Regardless of what we have in our hands (our time, talent, or our treasure), when we offer it to the Lord, He multiply it beyond what we can imagine.

2 – The widow didn’t add God onto what she was doing, she adjusted to what God was speaking. She stepped back from her plans and purposes in order to make room for the direction she was given. And because of that, God worked a miracle that provided for her family beyond anything she could expect or imagine.

Our ending question: What adjustment(s) do I need to make, to make room for my step of faith? What area(s) in my life do I, or should I, need to make in order give the Holy Spirit a greater opportunity to work a miracle.

This is our heart regarding launching our Kingdom Builders vision. We are willing to make adjustments in our serving and our finances in order to see God impact the community through Kfirst.

Want to be a Kingdom Builder with us? Start with the tithe. The tithe helps support the local church ministries and its missionaries impacting the world. Above the tithe is our offerings, we call it “Kingdom Builders.” And these monies enable us to extend the love of Jesus to the surrounding community.

If you’d like to give, click on the link below:

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Love you all. We’ll see you next week.

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

Monday Kfirst Kickstart: Forgivness in Perspective #Playlist

Today I want to give you a place to start your week. It’s Monday, and sometimes in the wake of a great weekend and long workweek ahead, you just need a “kickstart” to get focused.  So grab some coffee let’s start a great week together. 

Yesterday we had a fantastic day at Kfirst. Pastor Matt brought the word as we continued our series “Playlist” He brought us to  Psalm 130 (Read Psalm 130) as we put our focus onto the forgiveness that God provides. 

In his message, Pastor Matt reminded us of some great truths:

My two challenges for this week: 

  1. Read Psalm 130 every morning this week. The nature of God is mercy and forgiveness. And as you do read, you can’t help but be reminded what you have been saved from. Spend some time in quiet worship and gratitude to Christ for his amazing grace. 
  2. Let your life be a beacon of the grace of God. 
    • Personally:  As Pastor Matt challenged, if you’re struggling with sin, find a fellow believer to confess to. Why? God’s grace and forgiveness doesn’t empower us to sin, it propels us to live a life that exemplifies Christ. And what confession does is bring healing and accountability. 
    • Community: Look for an opportunity to express the width and depth of forgiveness you have received from Jesus. By reading Psalm 130, and seeing how much you’ve been forgiven of, it is incredibly difficult to hold onto bitterness, anger, and hate. 

Love you all.  See you on Sunday as we continue #Playlist by focusing on Psalm 131.

 

BTW: Here’s a song to put on your #Playlist this week: