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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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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

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

Happy Refugees

Posted by Colby Kinser on

If you're reading with us in our reading plan for 2018 (Walk Through the Bible 365, found on YouVersion at https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/2129-walk-with-god-for-35-days), we read through Psalm 2 this week. It's a great Psalm even in our own time and situation. The psalm begins by...

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Tags: happiness, happy, joy, psalm, refuge, refugee

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

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

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

The Purpose-Given Life

Posted by Colby Kinser on

In 2002, Rick Warren published The Purpose-Driven Life, which struck a chord with millions of people about living a life with a purpose in mind. Living life for things or experiences does not satisfy, and Warren's encouragement on how to live life driven by some purpose was food...

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Tags: driven, given, life, purpose, will

Litmus Test

Posted by Colby Kinser on

Have you been given a "litmus test" lately? In the laboratory, a litmus test is the way to determine the acidity or alkalinity of a substance. It's an either-or test. In colloquial language, a "litmus test" is any either-or test that someone uses to judge someone else (rightly or...

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Tags: litmus, test

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