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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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Tags: stewardship`

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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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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