Generous

I pray this week is treating you well, if its not we know a God who cares. I personally have had a whirlwind of a week. I can’t believe it is Thursday already. Last Sunday, I spoke about the importance of generosity. The Focus for Sunday and this week was that When we realize everything we have is a gift, giving becomes natural.”  An example of  generosity I experienced recently was when I swung through the Chick-fil-a drive thru here in Branson for lunch. They were busy, as normal, but I patiently waited. When I got to the window they told me the person in front of me paid for my meal. I was surprised, I pretty much know what everyone I know drives, just my thing, so I knew I didn’t know the person. A complete stranger, who has probably never met me, bought my lunch. It helped lift my spirits that day. What that person didn’t know, was that, that morning was rough for me. Work was a struggle, and I was frustrated. That complete strangers generosity brightened my day. They may never know the effect their generosity had on me. 
 
Matthew 6:33 says “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” 
 
I challenged us to be generous, not just to give you a challenge or to hear myself talk. I challenged us to be generous for the sake of those around you, for the total stranger even. We never know what someone is going through, but if we can make someone else feel better, have a better day, and know that someone else really cares, it was worth it. Here in Matthew, Jesus tells us that if we seek first His kingdom, and His righteousness and everything will be added to us. The things that we worry the most about, God will provide. Be generous to others, because everything you have is a gift. It all comes from God, ever single piece. 
 
Pastor Kevin Plain
Reach. Redeem. Revive. Repeat.


Devote yourself to prayer

As I write this, I am away at a training in Carthage MO. Some people hate these things, and some people love these things. I am the latter. I believe that learning, educating and applying what I learn is most beneficial to me, my family and the people around me at our church and community. There is something exciting, and invigorating about learning to me. Something we talked about yesterday was the importance of prayer. As a church, we know that prayer is important and I hope and pray for you, and that you have seen God move in new, exciting and big ways. 
 
A verse of scripture I have been holding onto for guidance is Colossians 4:2-3  Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving; praying at the same time for us as well, that God will open up to us a door for the word, so that we may speak forth the mystery of Christ, for which I have also been imprisoned;
 
Paul in his letter to the church tells them to devote themselves to prayer. If you have been praying and fasting, then you have been devoting yourselves to prayer. The big thing I want you to know, it doesn’t have to stop here. You may not continue the fast, but you can and should continue the prayer. Pray to God for your desires, pray to God for your needs, and pray to God thanking him for his goodness in your life. Pray for me, and pray that He will open the door for you to share his word with those who do not know Him. Pray each day for His guidance and His wisdom. Pray.
 
Pastor Kevin Plain
Reach. Redeem. Revive. Repeat. 


Fire within

     This weekend has been a little crazy. I can’t say for you, but for me, the snow pretty much came out of nowhere. It was a minimal 30% chance of precipitation the last I saw on Friday night. I got up Sunday morning to a message from Fernan about the snow coming in. He and I were both up around 530, within an hour (630) the ground and roads were covered. By the time we would have been getting out of church at noon, there was at least 2-3 inches of snow on the ground. It was a good thing we canceled for the safety of everyone. Today, somehow the snow sequel continued.
 
    While the weather may be crazy, our spiritual life can take the same path as well. If we take the “foot of the pedal” and start to coast or worse, not even move, our spiritual life and our relationship with God can grow cold. It is not that God leaves us, or we have left him necessarily but the fire diminishes inside of us when it is not fed. There are multiple times in the Bible that the Spirit is referenced as fire or it comes with fire.
 
My favorite verse of these is in Matthew 3:11 “As for me, I baptize you with water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, and I am not fit to remove His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
 
This is specifically referencing Jesus, Jesus is the one who baptizes us with the Holy Spirit and fire. Notice, how the fire is not the Spirit, the fire comes with the Spirit. This metaphor implies: (1) Purification, (2) Fiery zeal or enthusiasm, (3) Enlightenment; all which are gifts of the Holy Spirit.
 
When we invite the Spirit into our lives, the first step is a step of purification, those are the life changes that we hear so much about from people who used to be drunks, drug dealers, abusers, addicts, and more. God begins a process of purification when we invite Him into our lives. Second is that fiery zeal, the enthusiasm. If you have been saved for very long, you may remember how excited you were. I remember when I got saved, I was telling people, excited all over the place, but I was also ignorant. But my passion and enthusiasm seemed to have made up for it. Third, is the last step and that is as we feed that fire with prayer, Bible reading and living a God honoring life, we begin to receive enlightenment. God enlightens us to new things all along the way as long as we are willing to listen.  
 
How is your fire? If you feel your fire is good, which step are you on? Are you still on step 1, or have you moved to step 3 now? Take a moment and really think about it. Is your fire burning hot, or has it gone cold?  
 
If your fire has gone cold, or isn’t as hot as it once was, or even as hot as it should be, pray and ask God to renew that fire. But don’t let it end there. Tell someone today about what God is doing in your life. Tell someone today, do not wait, do not get distracted, stay on task and tell someone about it. Taking one small step can help ignite the fire you need. Text, call or in person, tell someone today.
 
If you have never experienced that fire, that purification and enlightenment. Ask God to reveal himself to you, to reveal His fire to you and your life. 
 
Pastor Kevin Plain
Reach. Redeem. Revive.
 


Change is Good

I have prayed that you are having a great day, each and every person reading this. When I say, a great day, I do not mean necessarily an easy day, or a pleasant day, but a day that you are feeling God’s presence and a day that you are seeing God move in your life. Sometimes those are days that go well, and days that do not. 
 
Changes are not something any one really likes. As we are on day 10 of our prayer and fasting challenge, I hope you are seeing change. I hope you are seeing change in your dependence on God. I hope you are seeing change in your relationships, your free time, your spare time and your overall mental state and attitude. Change is a good thing. You cannot have new life without change, you cannot have another breath without change. You have to move to breath, you have to move to live. Our spiritual life is the same. So, do not be afraid when something new is beginning in you, because that is good!
 
Philippians 1:6 says “And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue His work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” 
 
If God is beginning a good work in you, is changing that good work within you, celebrate! Celebrate that you are moving closer to being finished for the day that Jesus returns. The work is never done, change is never done, until we are perfect. So, do not be afraid of change, celebrate change and the new life, the new breath, the new liberation that it brings!! 
 
As you are fasting and praying, ask God to show you his new work in your life, ask God to give you the faith and wisdom to share that new work with those around you! God will do big things through this prayer and fast challenge, that I certainly know!
 
Pastor Kevin Plain
Reach. Redeem. Revive. Repeat. 
 


Pray & Fast

Hey everyone!
 
I know this week is a little different on the blog, but I feel that this is the direction that God is leading us. We will have less blogs, but we will have better blogs. They will relate to what we are doing more so than the verses on Facebook.
 
Sunday, we talked about Mission, Vision and praying and fasting. That is what we are to do, what we want to be. Praying and fasting is the way of seeing what God has for you. We as a church are going before God and asking his guidance in our plans and for him to make our paths clear and to direct our path.  Joshua 3:5 says “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.” The word consecrate means to “make or declare sacred; dedicate formally to a religious or divine purpose.” Consecration is also another word for sanctification, or make holy. Consecration is not something un-achievable, and is about dedicating time and our life over to God. When you consecrate yourself, you are saying Lord, I will do what you need me to do. I will do what you want to do. Or as Isaiah 6:8 says when the Lord says who shall I send, who will go for us? Isaiah responds, “Here I am, send me.” When God asks you to do something, you say I will go, that is consecration. 
 
The next thing from that verse in Joshua chapter 3 is that tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you. If we allow ourselves to listen to God, and to move as he would ask, God will do amazing things. Not just ok things, good things or not bad things, but amazing things! Do you want God to do amazing things in and through your life? Set yourself apart for His purposes, and for His good, and they will follow?
 
How is the praying and fasting go? If you have messed up, or maybe not started, its not too late to start now! You can start fasting something today, and praying for God to move and God to guide you! He will lead you, and He will bless you! 
 
Pastor Kevin Plain
Reach. Redeem. Revive. Repeat. 
 


Happy New Years

Good morning and Happy New Year! 
 
I pray and hope that 2018 is a fabulous year of God showing you His grace, glory and power on a regular basis. To help facilitate that, do not forget to join in on the Prayer and Fast Challenge! I want to hear your stories of what God is doing through your fast. Remember, it does not have to be food, but it can be. Pick the things that you feel God has led you too. I strongly advise you to pick the ones that are not the easiest. For instance, if you almost never drink soda, don’t “fast” from soda. If you drink a 2 liter a day, you may consider it! 
 
The point of the fast and prayer is encouraging all of us to draw closer to God. James 4:8 says Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” We  can take this time, in the beginning of 2018 to start off with a closer relationship with God than ever before, and it is only 21 days. You can make it! If you get to day 2, or day 20 and make a mistake on your fast, do not quit! Just start back over. 
 
If you do this, I believe you and I will both experience God in a new and mighty way. Pray for our church and our community and ask God for guidance to help us fulfill our mission here! Also, Please join us in the prayer time of 7:14am if you can! 
 
Have a great day, and if you need anything please let me know.
 
Pastor Kevin Plain
Reach. Redeem. Revive. Repeat.


My Redeemer

Isaiah 48:17
   “This is what the Lord says— your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is good for you and leads you along the paths you should follow.”
 
     One of my favorite titles for God is Redeemer. Growing up, one of my friends moms would sing a song “My redeemer lives” and that song always meant a lot to me. She has since gone on to be with the Lord, but every time I hear that song, I think of her. When we look to God, he is our Teacher. As our Teacher, he shows us what is good for us, and leads us on the path we should follow. Why then do we stray? We like to take our path, and be “unique.” To be unique we think its going against the grain constantly and fighting against what powers are in control, and that means fighting against God. So, what does that mean to us? It means, we need to step back and let go of the things we are fighting. Another pastor and mentor of mine, told me this week, that many Christians and fellow pastors he sees and talks to are where they are, not because Satan is fighting them, but they are fighting against God and His plan. Are you afraid to step into what God has called you to do? I promise, from the youngest kid in our church to the oldest adult, God has a calling and a reason for each one. No one is exempt from a call, no one is exempt from a purpose. My friends mom had a purpose, and using her powerful voice was part of it I think. What about you? As we nearly close the books on 2017, what does your path look like? Do you know your purpose? Do you know what God has called you to do? If you do, send me a message so I can help. If you don’t, send me a message so I can pray with you.
 
I pray that God may bless you greater than ever before in this coming year, hope to see you Sunday. 
 
Pastor Kevin Plain
REACH. REDEEM. REVIVE. REPEAT.


 
Pastor Rachel


Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone! I pray that today is a day that you have great joy and time with family and friends. Take a moment today by yourself or with your family to reflect on what the gift of Jesus means to you. Have a Merry Christmas!! 



Life to Live

Galatians 2:20
   “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.”
 
     Choosing to live your life for something or someone bigger than yourself is a choice you must make daily. When you decide to live your life for God, you no longer live in the flesh, that means no longer live fulfilling your own desires, but instead you live in the Spirit doing the things God wants you to do. Christ, the baby that we celebrate being born in just a few short days, ultimately came and laid down his life for you. When you live for him, you give your life to him. Not because you first loved him, but because He first loved you. 
 
Go today and tell someone about Jesus, tell them Merry Christmas, pray with them, and be sincere. Have a great weekend! 
 
Pastor Kevin Plain
Reach. Redeem. Revive.