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…

Monday Kfirst Kickstart: “And It Came To Pass” #TrueNorth

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.

I’m not sure if you knew this, but a magnetic compass doesn’t always show “true north.” It has been historically known that “magnetic north” waders in diverse directions. At some periods in the earth’s history, it reversed so that magnetic north pole has been near the geographic south pole. What we know as “true north” is north according to the earth’s axis. Most of us only know magnetic north. We follow what a needle driven by a magnetic PULL and have learned to follow that.

There are many things “pulling” at our attention attempting to get the focus of our lives. Jesus is our “True North.” And in this series, we’ll dive into the Old Testament prophets who spoke out to draw the people of God back to “True North.”

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

Other thoughts from the Youversion notes from Sunday:

  • Joy is not what pushes a smile but what positions my heart.
  • “…this too shall pass” vs. “…and it came to pass”
    • One, places trust that something will pass.
    • One places trust the God will show up.
  • Joy is a statement of security.
  • Happiness is a symptom of circumstances. Joy is a byproduct of perspective.
  • God heals your past and secures your future so you can find joy in your present.

Love you all. Have an amazing week.

BTW: Here’s a great song for this week…

Monday Kfirst Kickstart: “The Missing Piece to Peace” #TrueNorth

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.

I’m not sure if you knew this, but a magnetic compass doesn’t always show “true north.” It has been historically known that “magnetic north” waders in diverse directions. At some periods in the earth’s history, it reversed so that magnetic north pole has been near the geographic south pole. What we know as “true north” is north according to the earth’s axis. Most of us only know magnetic north. We follow what a needle driven by a magnetic PULL and have learned to follow that.

There are many things “pulling” at our attention attempting to get the focus of our lives. Jesus is our “True North.” And in this series, we’ll dive into the Old Testament prophets who spoke out to draw the people of God back to “True North.”

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

Other thoughts from the Youversion notes from Sunday:

  • Peace is marked by the presence of Christ, not by the condition of our circumstances.
  • Lasting peace can be found when we realize Jesus is our source for peace and He is always with us.
  • “God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because…there is no such thing.” – C.S. Lewis
  • We are not called to be peace keepers but peace makers.

Love you all. Have an amazing week.

BTW: Here’s a great song for this week…