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I Just Ain't Got It

Posted by Colby Kinser on

I was at a luncheon this week attended by local businessmen who desire to integrate their faith and their work. (It's a regular luncheon provided by CMBC, a Christian men's group.) One of the men present said what I feel increasingly each year, "I just don't have the Christmas spirit this year."...

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Tags: christmas

Don't Forget the Most Important Question

Posted by Colby Kinser on

There's a young man that I've been discipling for over a year, now - not someone who is a part of our church family. We've gone through a few books together and are now walking through the Gospel of John. We simply read the next section, make observations, ask questions, and talk about how it...

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Tags: god, identity, jesus, jesús, son

Middle Knowledge

Posted by Colby Kinser on

There's a fascinating theory that involves the omniscience of God (that God is all-knowing) that I repeatedly find helpful. It comes up in conversation here and there, and so I want to give it a very brief treatment here. However, you can read something much more complete and academic about...

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Tags: knowledge, middle, omniscience, philosophy, proper, theology

Am I thanking God because I have what others don't?

Posted by Colby Kinser on

Thanksgiving is always a little awkward for me. I get it, and I like that we do it, and I like that it's a huge deal for many of us. But for me, there's always that awkward moment where we stop and say, "Well, we need to remember to be thankful at this moment..." It's awkward ... if I've not...

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Tags: holiday, thanks, thanksgiving

At the Polls

Posted by Colby Kinser on

This week, Lynne and I worked at two different polling stations for the election. It was Lynne's first time, and my third. She came away with the same odd observation I made after my first time: There's a certain kind of honor helping someone to vote, even if they will vote differently than I...

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Tags: evangelism, persuade, servant, vote

Bowing Down to Addictions

Posted by Colby Kinser on

It's easy to criticize addicts. It's not loving nor respectful of the image of God within them, but it sure is easy. All kinds, too - substance abuse, food, alcohol, porn. We can poke at their lack of self-control, lack of self-respect, and the destruction they bring on themselves. Maybe we also...

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Tags: addiction, idol, idolatry

I Love Storms

Posted by Colby Kinser on

I love storms. I love the rain, the ominous clouds, lightning, thunder, and the wind. I even like tornadoes, as long as they do no damage. To me, it's better than TV … I could watch for hours, and I'm a little sad when the show is over. And earthquakes. We’ve lived through 10 or so...

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Tags: power, security, storm

Where's God in This?

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In the message last week, we noted how Israel may have wondered "Where's God" in the midst of being attacked repeatedly by the surrounding nations. We also thought about times when perhaps we've asked that question in the midst of feeling surrounded by opposing circumstances.  I hope...

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Tags: compass, god, hard, sovereignty, times, where

A Beautiful Cup of Coffee

Posted by Colby Kinser on

I am no expert. I do not invest all the time, research, and money in order to become among the elite. But I do know how to make a pretty satisfying cup of espresso. An aficionado would correct me, but I've learned a few things about the art. I say "art" not because I'm a great artist, but...

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Tags: art, coffee, discipleship, espresso

Some people are like closed countries

Posted by Colby Kinser on

In our last message, I mentioned the idea that some people are like closed countries. Let me put some more flesh on those bones. "Closed countries" are those countries that are closed to the Gospel. They do not grant missionary visas. They do not allow open proselytizing. It might be illegal...

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Tags: bless, disciplemaking, neighbor

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