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How to Become Hungry by Eating

Posted by Colby Kinser on

There an interesting article by Barna Research from April of this year on Bible engagement, found out:  https://www.barna.com/research/state-bible-2017-top-findings/. It’s a survey taken each year over the last 7 or so years to measure how engaged Americans are with the Bible. Barna...

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Tags: bible

We've Got a Social Media Problem

Posted by Colby Kinser on

We've got a social media problem. "We" is not just the human race, or just Americans, or just believers around the world. "We" includes you and me as members of the same local church. We have a big problem. You can read elsewhere about the pluses and minuses of social media on relationships...

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Tags: media, social

A Remarkable Truth

Posted by Cliff Coss on

Last June, Nancy and I served the children snacks while they attended Vacation Bible School. While the children ate we also drilled the children on their memory verses. During one drill we showed the children that each verse they memorized had something remarkable to say. For example...

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Tags: stewardship

The Greatest Giver Gave the Greatest Gift

Posted by Cliff Coss on

It is Christmas 2017, which means it is time to celebrate Christmas with gayly wrapped presents, family get togethers, good food, and time off from work. This Christmas also marks the last article that I will write about giving having finished the assignment given to me by our Elder...

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Jesus Wouldn't Vote the Way You Did

Posted by Colby Kinser on

Jesus would not vote the way you did. I'm sure of it. And I don't even know how you voted. Let's just assume for the sake of argument that if Jesus was living in our country in our time and that He would, in fact, go to the polling station on election day. And He wouldn't vote the way you...

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Tags: politics

People are Falling

Posted by Colby Kinser on

People are falling. Some people I have agreed with and some people I have disagreed with (but disagree with completely when they violate others). It seems that every day or so, there's a new, well-known person who's losing their job over abusing people. Correction: People have fallen. We are...

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Tags: fallen, falling, grace

Advice for the Rich (and Poor)

Posted by Cliff Coss on

1 Timothy 6:17-19 (ESV)17  As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. 18  They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous...

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Tags: stewardship

Prayers Aren't Working!

Posted by Colby Kinser on

With every tragedy, the same cycle replays, but with increasing intensity each iteration: Tragedy hits. Some people declare, "I'm praying for the people in _______." Other people counter with, "Your prayers aren't working! It's time for _______." That last blank is always filled with...

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Tags: prayer, tragedy

Reunion of Temporaries

Posted by Colby Kinser on

Last weekend, I went back to Rolla, MO, for my alma mater's homecoming weekend, meeting up with friends I haven't seen in almost 30 years. We are all in the band together (marching band and concert band). We ignored all the homecoming activities on campus, checked out the new buildings, hung out...

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Tags: meaning, reunion, temporary

On Being the Away Sibling

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Posted by Colby Kinser on

Last Saturday, we hosted an Elder Care seminar, with 11 different providers giving overviews of their specialty within the elder care space. The content was rich and every attendee sought out one or more providers to find out more in-depth information. I was able to start the time off with a...

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Tags: care, elder, family

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