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Ahead of Prayer

Posted by Colby Kinser on

Every few months, I get together with other EFCA pastors in the greater KC metro area. These are always rich, challenging, and encouraging times, and I come away from these meetings with at least a gem or two. In the last couple of meetings, we've batted around the difference between two...

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Tags: ahead, behind, follow, prayer

Disaster Fatigue

Posted by Colby Kinser on

Disaster fatigue. There is an endless cycle of devastation in the world - hurricanes, earthquakes, terror attacks, drought, and any number of unimaginable, sometimes sudden catastrophes. With each one comes a new, legitimate appeal for donations. So we dig around our budgets, basements...

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Tags: disaster, donation, relief, fatique

Litmus Test

Posted by Colby Kinser on

Have you been given a "litmus test" lately? In the laboratory, a litmus test is the way to determine the acidity or alkalinity of a substance. It's an either-or test. In colloquial language, a "litmus test" is any either-or test that someone uses to judge someone else (rightly or...

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Tags: litmus, test

Mountains & Valleys

Posted by Claudia Oehmler on

Have you ever had mountaintop experience? An experience when you felt closer to the Lord than ever before? I was blessed, through my four years of highschool, to have many mountaintop experiences. Some were on a literal mountain in Colorado at a church camp. Others were when I was far away...

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Give Every Minute a Job

Posted by Colby Kinser on

We switched the software we use for personal budgeting late last year, and the difference it has made has been surprising. One of the main differences is the philosophy of the whole system. Our old software was a lot like most budgeting programs, but the new software looks at the same need...

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Tags: budget, job, minute, time

"And remember those less fortunate..."

Posted by Colby Kinser on

Have you ever prayed something like, "And Lord, please remember those less fortunate" or "Lord, we know that not everyone has this freedom/benefit/blessing that we have..."? You're thanking God for something good, like dinner, and then it strikes you that not everyone has that good thing, and...

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Tags: grace, poverty, thanksgiving

Giving is an Investment

Posted by Cliff Coss on

It is now seven months into a yearlong project to write a series of twelve articles, one each month, on some aspect of giving.  This month I was pulled up short, redirected really, as I was meditating on Philippians 4:17 (ESV) Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to...

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Tags: stewardship

Is that US?

Posted by Colby Kinser on

I recently received a great question about the Bible, asking if perhaps Isaiah 18 is describing the U.S. We read lots of passages and think, "Wow, that sounds eerily familiar to our situation." And then we read what happens to those nations in Scripture! They get crushed, burned, defeated...

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Tags: hermeneutics, interpretation, prophecy

Patriot

Posted by Colby Kinser on

This week, we celebrated the American holiday of Independence Day, the 4th of July. For our society, this day is a day off of work (for most) and a time for fireworks, waving flags, wearing red, white, and blue, giving props for those who have served in the military, and perhaps even remembering...

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Tags: kingdom, nation, patriot, patriotism

Pardon the Mess

Posted by Colby Kinser on

Business and leadership training almost always has some version of "start with the goal in mind." Envision the desire outcomes, define your goals clearly, and design toward the finished product. You can't measure progress unless you know what you're shooting for. And it all makes sense. So, we...

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Tags: discipleship

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