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Politics is Meant to Divide

Posted by Colby Kinser on

I attended a webinar last week by the Barna Group on the state of pastors in the U.S., addressing a variety of issues, including race, technology, sexuality, economics, relativism, Millennials, and much more. Because it is Barna, everything was backed up by research. During one of the sessions...

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Tags: gospel, politics, unity

PREGA

Posted by Colby Kinser on

We have studied the BLESS rhythms as a way to love our neighbors as ourselves, to bless them in the name of Christ without putting any conditions or expectations on them. To review: Begin with prayer (don't do anything before this)Listen (to the Spirit and to their stories)Eat (share a meal...

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Tags: bless, discipleship, prega

Giving Our Responsibility

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Cliff Coss' 1st article of 12 on the stewardship of money.

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Tags: finances, giving, money, stewardship

κατὰ, ἐν, εἰς

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In our introductory message to 1 Peter, we observed in 1:2 that the Trinity shows up. Specifically, the readers of Peter's letter were elect and living as foreigners by something specific each member of the Trinity did: according to the foreknowledge of God the Father,by the sanctifying work of...

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Tags: father, holy, peter, son, spirit, trinity

Reading Plan 2017

Posted by Colby Kinser on

Why do we have reading plans?

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Tags: bible, plan, reading

New Year's False Promises?

Posted by Colby Kinser on

Do you make New Year's resolutions? Is there a better way?

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Tags: goals, new, resolution, year

Christmas Hypocrite

Posted by Colby Kinser on

That would be me. The Christmas hypocrite.I hate, hate, hate the questions, "What do you want for Christmas?" and "What's on your Christmas list?" Very kind, well-intentioned people (to whom I am related, in most cases) wanting to know how to shop for me. I don't blame them. I already have...

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Tags: christmas, gift, giving, receiving

Taming the Selfish Jerk

Posted by Colby Kinser on

Recently, I had an evening ahead of me that I was not looking forward to. I'll save the details, but I was facing back-to-back events that I knew would not be enjoyable. In fact, they would be very taxing to me because of my particular personality. Others could well have enjoyed themselves, but...

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Tags: discipleship, selfish, selfless

Too Small

Posted by Colby Kinser on

I love science. I love the discipline, the process, the inquisitive posture, the discoveries, the imagination, and the accountability of community. But science is not big enough to satisfy my soul. I'm moderately interested in politics and government. I see the necessity, I see the potential...

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Tags: church, fellowship, government, grace, jesus, leisure, politics, purpose, reason, religion, religión, science, self, sports

Compared to What Fixates

Posted by Colby Kinser on

I have been reading in 1 Peter in my quiet time lately, and was particularly struck by three verses in chapter 1 as I was considering the context that Peter wrote into. The readers were suffering and dispersed because of their faith, so Peter wrote to give them some perspective to encourage...

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