Monday Kfirst Kickstart: “Clear the Stage” #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:

  • You are not your worst sin, your biggest mistake, or your blowout failure; you are the temple of God’s spirit.
  • Life is not a DIY project. When the Holy Spirit convicts us, it’s to invite us into a new way of living with Him.
  • Spirit of God doesn’t just contend WITH us, the Spirit of God contends FOR US.
  • The Holy Spirit is what separates “I can’t” from “God can.”
  • Pentecost is both the birthday and the birthright of the Church.

Holy Spirit this is more than a message, this is more than a series, this is about me rediscovering who You are so that I can recognize the way You intercede for me, the way You hover over my life, the way You contend for me, the way You anoint me, so that I could grow in a relationship with You and engage my world at full capacity with You.
Here I am. Interrupt anything keeping me from a deeper understanding of You. I am yours. Amen

 

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Love you all. Have an amazing week.

BTW: Here’s a song for the week…

Meditative Moments Day 2 – Psalms 23 #TheGoodBook

I thought I’d meditate through Psalms 23 with all of you this week.

This week at Kfirst, we are focusing on a meditative approach to the scriptures. “Meditation” is, perhaps, the most underused and misunderstood approach to the bible. Often, “meditation” is associated with eastern religions or New Age “disconnecting.” Scriptural meditation is not about disconnecting but engaging with the text in order to digest it.

Check out Day 1 HERE

As we are taking a meditative approach to Psalm 23, we’re going to do it bit by bit. One of my favorite “meditation” tactics is using the 5 senses in the context of the scripture. Other tactics can include memorizing scripture, focusing on specific phrases, speaking aloud, journaling, and praying it.

He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul.” ESV
He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength.” NLT
You have bedded me down in lush meadows, you find me quiet pools to drink from. True to your word, you let me catch my breath and send me in the right direction.” MSG
He offers a resting place for me in his luxurious love. His tracks take me to an oasis of peace, the quiet brook of bliss. That’s where he restores and revives my life.TPT

My meditative thoughts today:

Sometimes I do not realize the value of rest. Our bodies were not designed to run without rest. So I listen to the leading of the One who designed me. And the Designer leads me to a place(s) where I can find:

A quiet place for my soul.
A calm moment for my mind.
A resting place for my body.
Resources to refuel my innermost being.

In the Passion Translation, the words, “…He offers me a resting place…” pierces my heart.

He offers…and it is my choice to ignore it or embrace it.

Yet he still offers.

While I selah (stop, pause, reflect) on this a song begins to play in my ear. It perfectly meets me in this meditative moment of needing His refreshing winds in my spirit.

So today Lord, I let out the sails of my heart. Here I am, here You are.

Check out the service yesterday from the website or from the Facebook livestream. 

Other thoughts from the Youversion notes from Sunday:

 

Love you all.

 

Thanks for letting me ramble…

 

Meditative Moments – Psalms 23 #TheGoodBook

I thought I’d meditate through Psalms 23 with all of you this week.

This week at Kfirst, we are focusing on a meditative approach to the scriptures. “Meditation” is, perhaps, the most underused and misunderstood approach to the bible. Often, “meditation” is associated with eastern religions or New Age “disconnecting.” Scriptural meditation is not about disconnecting but engaging with the text in order to digest it.

This is what makes the bible so different. It is meditative literature designed to impact and shape our faith in Christ. Which means:

  1. You were not meant to get it all at once. 
    • We are given a text that doesn’t have every detail of every story. Why? Because the scripture is an invitation to a lifetime of learning and growing. It forces you to slow down and read carefully.
  2. It’s not about religious achievement.
    • Reading the bible isn’t about getting the “Christian checklist” done for the day to make God happy. This is about engaging in His story and narrative.
  3. It was meant to be worked through in community.
    • This is one of the beauties of scripture. While personal study is fantastic, there is something about how it unfolds in community when you enter into discussion with other believers.
    • The point isn’t to get someone to believe what you believe. The point is engagement with people so that the Kingdom of God is built and others are better because of what was shared and it was shared.

As we are taking a meditative approach to Psalm 23, we’re going to do it bit by bit. One of my favorite “meditation” tactics is using the 5 senses in the context of the scripture. Other tactics can include memorizing scripture, focusing on specific phrases, speaking aloud, journaling, and praying it.

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.” ESV
The Lord is my shepherd;I have all that I need.” NLT
God, my shepherd! I don’t need a thing.” MSG
A Psalm of David. Jehovah [is] my shepherd, I do not lack.” YLT
The Lord is my best friend and my shepherd. I always have more than enough.” TPT

My meditative thoughts today:

  • Jesus, do I allow you to lead?
    • How often do I want the role of the shepherd to lead you instead of resting in your guidance? How often do I wrestle you for my wants and blame my lack of happiness because my happiness is dependent upon my “wants” instead of being thankful for my “needs” being provided for.
  • My peace doesn’t rest in my hands but from the covering and care of an ever-present Shepherd.
  • “All that I needed thy hand hath provided.” – song “Great is thy faithfulness”
  • How much gratitude do I exercise in my life? Do I focus on what God has given me in Christ or what I feel I lack (or deserve)?
    • If I only had today what I was thankful for yesterday, would I possess anything?
  • I must approach what God gives as “blessing” and not “entitlement.”

Check out the service yesterday from the website or from the Facebook livestream. 

Other thoughts from the Youversion notes from Sunday:

 

Love you all.

 

Thanks for letting me ramble…

Monday Kfirst Kickstart: “Cows in the Pasture” #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 Facebook livestream. 

Other thoughts from the Youversion notes from Sunday:

  • The purpose of scripture isn’t just information to know of God but an invitation to experience God.
  • What you produce out of your life is a result of what you digest within your life.
  • Jewish Meditation Literature:
    • You were not meant to get it all at once.
    • It’s not about religious achievement.
    • It was meant to be worked through in community.
  • Scripture wasn’t meant to be an accomplishment to grasp but an experience that grasps us.
  • The Bible is alive, it speaks to me; it has feet, it runs after me; it has hands, it lays hold of me.”Martin Luther
  • Questions to ask when I’m reading scripture:
    • Why is this in here?
    • What is God revealing about Himself in this passage?
    • What does the passage teach me about myself and relationships?

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Love you all. Have an amazing week.

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

Monday Kfirst Kickstart: “Faith, Scripture, and Intellectual Doubt”

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 Facebook livestream. 

Other thoughts from the Youversion notes from Sunday:

  • Christ is the source and object of our faith; Scripture shapes our faith.
  • Scripture is trustworthy historically and has been preserved reliably.
  • Intellectual doubt, for some, is a normal part of the Christian life.

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

Love you all. Have an amazing week.

BTW: Here’s a new song (not really “new”) song I came across this week;

Monday Kfirst Kickstart: “Generactivity” #IAmChurch

I love our church. In fact, I think that you love our church too – otherwise you wouldn’t be here.

But what is it exactly that we love about our church community? Why do we gather every Sunday here? Why do we volunteer here? Why don’t we see the people, not the building, as the church? We believe when the Church is working right, there is nothing like it. The Church is not an organization. It’s an organism designed to live, move, and have being. January is all about celebrating what Christ established. In Matthew 16, Jesus gave us this promise that He would build His Church, and that nothing could prevail against it. So, we don’t just attend a church and we don’t just tolerate the Church — we celebrate it, because we are part of that Church that Jesus is building! This month, we celebrate everything that God has done, while looking forward to the future. We have a rich history here at Kfirst, but we believe that the best is yet to come.

Check out the service yesterday from the website or from the Facebook livestream. 

Other thoughts from the Youversion notes from Sunday:

  • A church that is neat is no longer necessary; real ministry is always messy.
  • The cross is the common ground where the generations can stand together.
  • We need to hear the PAST stories to equip us for our PRESENT journey.
  • You cannot pick up what you are not in proximity of.
  • Dealing with other generations:
    • 1 – LISTEN humbly to those with different preferences.
    • 2 – EVALUATE fairly and change as needed.
    • 3 – Be PROACTIVE in reaching across generational lines.
  • Generational bridges are not built through our perfection but through our brokenness.
  • Your surplus can meet another person’s deficit.
  • If the Kingdom was worth Jesus’ life to give for, its cause is worthy of our devotion.

Love you all. Have an amazing week.

BTW: Here’s the new song we introduced last week…

 

Monday Kfirst Kickstart: “A ‘Yes’ Church” #IAmChurch

I love our church. In fact, I think that you love our church too – otherwise you wouldn’t be here.

But what is it exactly that we love about our church community? Why do we gather every Sunday here? Why do we volunteer here? Why don’t we see the people, not the building, as the church? We believe when the Church is working right, there is nothing like it. The Church is not an organization. It’s an organism designed to live, move, and have being. January is all about celebrating what Christ established. In Matthew 16, Jesus gave us this promise that He would build His Church, and that nothing could prevail against it. So, we don’t just attend a church and we don’t just tolerate the Church — we celebrate it, because we are part of that Church that Jesus is building! This month, we celebrate everything that God has done, while looking forward to the future. We have a rich history here at Kfirst, but we believe that the best is yet to come.

Check out the service yesterday from the website or from the Facebook livestream. 

 

Other thoughts from the Youversion notes from Sunday:

  • God never asks for my perfection; He only wants my “yes.”
  • When we say yes to God, we open ourselves up to receiving the good things He wants to do in and through us.
  • Church isn’t supposed to be perfect, it’s supposed to be home—that’s why we all fit in.
  • Jesus does not ask for people to clean up the lives before following him.
  • I wonder how many times I’ve missed God’s “yes” because I didn’t push through someone else’s “no.”
  • Life is messy. Church is messy. Faith is messy. Let’s get over it, and get on with helping people experience God’s grace.
  • “Jesus comes not for the super-spiritual but for the wobbly and the weak-kneed who know they don’t have it all together, and who are not too proud to accept the handout of amazing grace.” Brendan Manning ‘The Ragamuffin Gospel’
  • It’s a dangerous prayer to ask “God, what do you want me to say yes to today?” But it’s even more dangerous not to.

Love you all. Have an amazing week.

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