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What Are You Thinking?

Posted by Colby Kinser on

I admire the hospice workers and chaplain who have served my family through my father's terminal illness. Amazing people doing amazing work with excellence, patience, and compassion. They've been through the process dozens of times, but we hadn't, and yet they never acted like it was just...

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This Door is Locked

Posted by Colby Kinser on

This door is locked. It's on the ramp leading up to the balcony of Municipal Auditorium where the main sessions for Challenge are being held this week. Unmarked, short, locked door that hides a mystery. I just walk by the door. Every time. It's not my door, and what's behind it is not my...

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Tags: challenge, youth

Please Stop and Breathe

Posted by Colby Kinser on

I'm going to step onto thin ice, here. Please take care to see what I actually do and don't say, without inserting someone else's words into my own. I will try to parse my words carefully. I'm watching this controversy about immigrant children being separated from their parents. But...

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Tags: children, controversy, immigration, news

Launching Claudia

Posted by Colby Kinser on

This coming Sunday will be Claudia's last day with us as our Children's Ministry intern. She has been a fantastic addition to our team, and a reliable leader. She has been what we prayed for as our intern, and we continue to pray for the next step in her journey (especially the new role as a...

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Tags: intern

I Knew it Was You!

Posted by Colby Kinser on

This week at VBS, I got to play the character of the marooned Jim Noland. My costume was pretty simple - some raggedly shorts, a dirty and torn t-shirt, and one sandal. Not exactly the master of disguise! After the opening skit, I would change back into my normal clothes for the day and hang...

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Tags: jesus, jesús, recognize

Made to be Broken

Posted by Colby Kinser on

Last week in our gathering, I mentioned in prayer that God didn’t create Grace Fellowship just to gather on a Sunday morning. That’s not why Grace Fellowship exists, and I know for certain that it’s not why a number of people call Grace their church family. He did, however...

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Tags: break, church, heart

Awana Thank Someone

Posted by Colby Kinser on

Last Monday, we drew the curtain down on another year of Awana. All in all, a great year. The leaders shared stories at the banquet this week to share some of the highlights of the year, and I'm so very grateful for what God has done. Kristin Marsh deserves special mention. This was her first...

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Tags: awana

Fearing the Lord

Posted by Colby Kinser on

"Fear the Lord!" In both the Old Testament and the New, we are not only told to fear the Lord, but that it's one of the most important things we can ever do as human beings. It's mentioned at least 8 times in Deuteronomy alone. We know that those without the grace of Christ should be afraid of...

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Tags: fear

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

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