Week 3: Monday #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 6 (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 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.

Week 1: Thursday #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)

Thursday’s challenge: Try reading the chapter in a different translation and see if anything else sticks out to you.

There are a variety of translations that have been created for the purpose of helping us better understand the original language. Most people lean toward one translation and stick to it. Sometimes it’s very beneficial to read a passage in another translation as it may help grasp the scripture or see something deeper in the text.

Some suggested translations for John 3 (click the names to read this week’s passage):

Like Monday: Read, reflect, and respond. Catch something new. Meditate (stop and think) upon something that caught you eye and heart. And whatever way you feel challenged, respond in that way.

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

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

Week 1: Wednesday #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)

Wednesday’s challenge: Read the chapter with a friend/spouse/child and discuss the content with them.

This is my favorite day of the #KfirstReadingList week. Find someone to take this journey with. Here’s some ideas:

  • Connect with your family. Make the “Reading List” series a marriage/family opportunity to dig into the scriptures.
  • Connect with a friend over coffee. Meet up for coffee to go over the chapter for the week.

Talking points: 

  • What are your thoughts of the chapter?
  • What scriptures did you find yourself reflecting on?
  • What does the scripture challenge you to do?
  • What does the Word remind you to do?
  • Is there a particular verse that meant a lot to you?

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

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

Monday Kfirst Kickstart: #Empowered week 6 “Equipped for Expectations”

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.

We wrapped up our current series in our Kfirst community that focuses on the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. And our focus turned to the issue of the in-filling of the Holy Spirit. In Acts 4, we see a council of men who were astonished at Peter and John who operated in the empowerment of the Holy Spirit.  (Click here for yesterday’s notes.)

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At Kfirst, we are a church that embraces the deep work of the Holy Spirit as He baptizes believers in His presence. The word “baptize” is a work in an ancient language that is derived from piece of cloth that was dipped in dye so that the cloth is:

  • IMMERSED in the color.
  • SOAKED in the color.
  • CARRIES the transformation.

Ephesians 5:18 has the challenge to both “be filled” and to “continued to be filled.” And that empowerment is there to IMMERSE us, SOAK into us, for the sake of us CARRYING the transformation the Holy Spirit brings.

Every day this week, invite a fresh inflow of His presence into your life, not to make you feel full, but to empower you to use you. In the words of Charles Spurgeon, “Let your heart commune with Jesus while your hands are busy with the world.”

Love you all.  See you on Friday at 7pm for Good Friday and Sunday for Easter.

BTW: Here’s a song for your week!

Monday Kfirst Kickstart: “Lentils and Legacies” #PivotPoint

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

Loved the day we at Kfirst yesterday. We continued our series “Pivot Point” as we are studying the life of Jacob. Even though he didn’t have the “model life”, God always had something beautiful in store for him. Our goal yesterday was to help “My unchecked vulnerability wants to compromise my LEGACY (what is given, what is lived, what is left).

We put focus into Jacob’s interact with his brother where he used his brother’s fatigue and hunger (vulnerability) against him to get his birthright. We can “trade” our rights by:

  1. Listening to the wrong voices. 
    • Be cautious of the external influences who want to engage you when you are in a vulnerable situation.
  2. Listening to our internal appetites. 
    • We don’t confront truth with our feelings; we confront our feelings with truth.

Our warning: When we are at our weakest, sin is at its strongest.
Our encouragement: Even at its strongest, sin is no match for the power of God.

This week, if you’re feeling depleted and tired. Take some next steps to “fill up your soul.” First, lock in on the truth of God’s word. Read it. Meditate on it. If you need a reading plan, click this link. Second, learn the value of the word “release.” Release the need to be strong and the need to control the situation. Let the Lord be the strength you need. Lastly, look the Lord for your strength. Don’t think you need to “drum” up the capacity to do what needs to be done. Let the presence of God flow in and through your life.

Love you all.  See you on Sunday as we continue our series, “Pivot Point.”

BTW: Here’s a song this week for your devotions 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: