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Advice for the Rich (and Poor)

Posted by Cliff Coss on

1 Timothy 6:17-19 (ESV)17  As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. 18  They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous...

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Tags: stewardship

Prayers Aren't Working!

Posted by Colby Kinser on

With every tragedy, the same cycle replays, but with increasing intensity each iteration: Tragedy hits. Some people declare, "I'm praying for the people in _______." Other people counter with, "Your prayers aren't working! It's time for _______." That last blank is always filled with...

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Tags: prayer, tragedy

Reunion of Temporaries

Posted by Colby Kinser on

Last weekend, I went back to Rolla, MO, for my alma mater's homecoming weekend, meeting up with friends I haven't seen in almost 30 years. We are all in the band together (marching band and concert band). We ignored all the homecoming activities on campus, checked out the new buildings, hung out...

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Tags: meaning, reunion, temporary

On Being the Away Sibling

Posted by Colby Kinser on

Last Saturday, we hosted an Elder Care seminar, with 11 different providers giving overviews of their specialty within the elder care space. The content was rich and every attendee sought out one or more providers to find out more in-depth information. I was able to start the time off with a...

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Tags: care, elder, family

A Good Use of Money

Posted by Cliff Coss on

Money is associated with so many negative things. If you have money it brings anxiety over losing it some way. If you don’t have much money it creates anxiety because you don’t know how the needs of your family will be met. If you love money you will do anything to get more of it...

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More Than We Realize

Posted by Colby Kinser on

A black man living in a upper middle class neighborhood pulls out a knife and threatens to kill his family. The cops are called, the man charges the police, and they are forced to shoot him twice, putting him in the hospital. What are you thinking? What images come to mind? What parts of the...

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Tags: judging, listening

The Purpose-Given Life

Posted by Colby Kinser on

In 2002, Rick Warren published The Purpose-Driven Life, which struck a chord with millions of people about living a life with a purpose in mind. Living life for things or experiences does not satisfy, and Warren's encouragement on how to live life driven by some purpose was food...

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Tags: driven, given, life, purpose, will

Fair Weather Fans

Posted by Colby Kinser on

The Royals have now been mathematically eliminated from the postseason this year. it was just a couple of years ago this week that tickets were impossible to get, the stadium was full, and the excitement rippled throughout the city. Now, this week, the last week many of our favorite players will...

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Tags: discipleship, follower, weather

Look for the Overflow of Giving

Posted by Cliff Coss on

2 Corinthians 9:12-14 (ESV) For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God. 13  By their approval of this service, they will glorify God because of your submission that comes from your...

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Tags: overflow, stewardship

Relevance

Posted by Colby Kinser on

Whenever I spend a lot of time among those who are very unfamiliar with what following Christ is about, I think about relevance. What do I have that would be relevant to this group of people? Since they don't care deeply about the things that move me deeply, how can I remain in their...

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