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Ahead of Prayer

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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

Give Every Minute a Job

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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..."

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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

Pardon the Mess

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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

Nothing to Lose

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Posted by Colby Kinser on

I wonder what it would be like to have nothing to lose. I know this seems a bit morbid, but if some disaster came and wiped out everything I have to lose, how would I live? If my family, my home, my work, and my possessions were taken away from me ... or I was taken away from them ... how would...

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Tags: lose, nothing, self

Be Safe!

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Posted by Colby Kinser on

I know she meant well. But to be frank, I got very, very tired of my mom telling me to "be safe!" every time I left the house. Every. Time. Never mind that I do the same thing. That's different. We are careful parents as a society, especially compared to childrearing from just a few decades...

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Tags: discipleship, risk, safety

Show Me Some Identification

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Posted by Colby Kinser on

Where is your identity located? Not your driver's license or student ID card, but your identity? What gives you the sense of who you are, why you have value, how you want people to know you, what would be a fitting epithet for your life, and so on? Most believers can properly answer...

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Tags: good news, gospel, identity, jesus

Translators

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Posted by Colby Kinser on

You have the job of a translator.

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Tags: discipleship, interpret, servant, translate, witness, world

Cooking Without Ingredients

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Posted by Colby Kinser on

Back in the olden days ... perhaps 15 or 20 years ago ... way, way back ... people used to make cakes out of things called ingredients. Ingredients could include ancient artifacts such as flour, butter, eggs, salt, baking power, vanilla, and other...

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Tags: cake, discipline, disciplines, growth, spiritual

Honi is a Bunch of Hooey

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Posted by Colby Kinser on

Mark Batterson, pastor of National Community Church in D.C., is selling thousands of books and products related to his 2011 book The Circle Maker. It's based on an event in the life of a 1st C BC character named Honi Ha-Ma’agel, who might not even have actually existed. The products...

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Tags: batterson, circle, prayer

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