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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

Moral Outrage and Compassion

Posted by Colby Kinser on

One of the objections people have to God existing as described in the Bible is the suffering of the innocent through man's violence or natural disaster. If God is good, why does He allow these things to happen? Is He not strong enough? Is He not good enough? Let's skip for a second the argument...

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Tags: apologetics, compassion, doctrine, innocent, moral, outrage, suffering, theodicy

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

Resurrection Senior Style

Posted by Colby Kinser on

I will not move my parents into Assisted Living on Easter weekend. I will not move my parents into Assisted Living on Easter weekend. I will not move my parents into Assisted Living on Easter weekend. I will not move my parents into Assisted Living on Easter weekend. ... We...

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Tags: easter, move, parents

Poor me!

Posted by Colby Kinser on

Recently, a talk show host mocked the idea that God can speak to us today, calling such claims as a "mental illness." Predictably, many Christians publicly reacted with anger and demands for the host to issue a public apology to the person she had insulted. I suggest a different...

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Tags: anger, apology, grace, insult, rejection

Fasting and Sabbath - Woo Hoo!

Posted by Colby Kinser on

Fasting and Sabbath - two habits from the Old Testament that we try really hard to ignore exist prominently in the New Testament. Fasting: Abstaining from a normal staple of life (most often food, if medically safe) for a long enough period to feel its absence, in order to 1) use the...

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Tags: discipline, fasting, sabbath, spiritual

Fishers of Men: Urgent, The Need For Laborers, Part 2

Posted by Cliff Coss on

Matthew 9:35-38 records another instance of Jesus working to make His disciples into fishers of men.   Last week’s lesson comes from Matthew’s observation that Jesus had compassion on the crowds because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd...

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Tags: discipleship, evangelism, faith, sharing

Fishers of Men: Urgent, the Need for Laborers

Posted by Cliff Coss on

Matthew 9:35-38 records another instance of Jesus working to make His disciples into fishers of men.  Last week’s lesson comes from Matthew’s observation that Jesus had compassion on the crowds because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.  This...

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Seeing with Compassion

Posted by Cliff Coss on

Matthew 9:35-38 records two great fishing lessons in these four verses. This week’s lesson was summarized by Matthew after the disciples had observed Jesus as they traveled though the cities and villages of Galilee. Matthew says, “He had compassion on the crowds because they...

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Tags: discipleship, evangelism, faith, sharing

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