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: 

“Warning: Choking Hazard” New series starting @kalamazoofirst

As a kid, the idea of choking frightened me.  If you’ve never choked on anything, you’ve never felt the sheer panic of fighting to regain the breath of life that we take so for granted.  Just one act of “choking” will have you monitoring the size of food going into your mouth and the amount of times you chew your food.  That single act of “choking” will so traumatized you that as a parent, you’ll fight to make sure your children NEVER experience the terror of choking and the deadly ramification that can come from it.

On most toys containing small parts, you’ll read a warning label:

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It’s there for a simple reason: to caution parents that have little ones that there are objects within your purchase that are a choking hazard for your child.  You’re little ones have a nature to take what is given to them and place it in their mouths regardless of the nutritional value.  We give them a bit of grace because, hey, they’re so young and innocent that they cannot possibly know better. 

That nature still lies in all of us.  If we’re not careful, we will taking and consume what life gives to us with no thought or prayer behind it.  Life is full of choking hazards.  Jesus talks about them in Matthew 13 in the “Parable of the Sower.” It is in verse 22 where he says, 

As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches CHOKE the word, and it proves unfruitful.

This is the “warning label” of life.  This is the label we forget about as we go into life thinking “Hey, I’m a believer.  I’m going to heaven and I don’t need to worry about anything else.” and we don’t even realize that life is FULL of choking hazards.   Jobs, marriage, family, church…there’s nothing wrong with these wonderful opportunities.  They’re a part of life.  But, like anything, they’re going to be filled with choking hazards.  

This is what our message series is about at Kfirst.  

Life is tough to consume.  Like a child, we blindly devour our heavy schedules along with the tough (normal) seasons of life that naturally comes.  We read scriptures like John 10:10, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy…” and we don’t realize that one of the ways “The Thief/Devil” wants to kill is by you CHOKING on life itself.  He wants to stifle your life with every care of this world so that your life is completely unfruitful

It’s time to reclaim the breathe that the cares of this world have been choking off.  It’s time to learn that as much as life is filled with “choking hazards”, we can be a people who, according to Matthew 13, who hears the word, understands it, and has a life that bears fruit.  After all, Jesus says in the other half of John 10:10, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

Join us this Sunday at 10am as we bring some exposure to some of these “choking hazards” and help people breathe deeply and freely in their walk with Christ.   

Thanks for letting me ramble…