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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

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

Cracking the Code

Posted by Colby Kinser on

Let this sink in: Your zip code is a better predictor of your success than your genetic code. According to statistics, which zip code you live has a greater impact on your success in school, work, social standing, health, mental health, and overall wellness than your DNA does. There's no...

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Tags: code, dna, gospel, missionary, success, zip

Why Me?

Posted by Jill Reitz on

During the week leading up to Challenge I was tired. Exhausted to be honest. I felt ill equipped and unqualified to join the youth on this adventure and being run down didn't seem like a great start. I started to question my role altogether. “Why me?” This question weighed heavy. I...

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Tags: challenge, youth

Fishing Lessons

Posted by Cliff Coss on

Fishing Lessons From Jesus’ Encounter with a Rich Young Ruler and a Chief Tax Collector Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem where He was to partake of His last Passover meal with His disciples. On the way, He and His disciples meet two men who were both seeking eternal life. The first one...

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Tags: discipleship, evangelism, fishers

Continue our Faith Trip

Posted by Cliff Coss on

cf. Matthew 10:16-23 Last month I described an exciting faith trip I took the summer of 1973, which was intended to follow the pattern and instructions given in Matthew 10:1-15. The impact of that trip on my life has been acontinual source of encouragement. However, the disciples faith...

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Tags: discipleship, evangelism, faith

Nathan, My Hero

Posted by Colby Kinser on

Psalm 51 is my favorite of the "penitential psalms" - psalms expressing the penitence and confession of the author. Verse 6 has burrowed itself deep into my thinking and motivation: "Behold, You delight in truth in the inward parts." David wrote this psalm after he came to terms with his sin...

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Tags: david, discipleship, forgiveness, nathan, psalm, repentance

Sent on a Faith Trip

Posted by Cliff Coss on

Matthew 10:5-42 1973, what a year! The USA and North Vietnam signed a cease fire agreement; the Watergate scandal  reached the Nixon White House; OPEC imposed an oil embargo in response to the USA support of Israel creating gas shortages, lines, and rising prices; and I spent the...

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Tags: discipleship, evangelism, faith

Looking at Gifts Backwards

Posted by Colby Kinser on

We have talked about giftedness plenty of times - in this blog, in sermons, in casual conversations, in the business of the Nominating Committee - no lack of ways. Giftedness is some ability that God gives you. It's not a skill that you develop from scratch, like tying your shoes. Rather, it's...

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Tags: gift, giftedness

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