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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

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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Tags: relevance, relevant

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

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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

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

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

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