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Why Me?

Posted by Jill Reitz on

During the week leading up to Challenge I was tired. Exhausted to be honest. I felt ill equipped and unqualified to join the youth on this adventure and being run down didn't seem like a great start. I started to question my role altogether. “Why me?” This question weighed heavy. I...

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Tags: challenge, youth

Fishing Lessons

Posted by Cliff Coss on

Fishing Lessons From Jesus’ Encounter with a Rich Young Ruler and a Chief Tax Collector Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem where He was to partake of His last Passover meal with His disciples. On the way, He and His disciples meet two men who were both seeking eternal life. The first one...

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Tags: discipleship, evangelism, fishers

Continue our Faith Trip

Posted by Cliff Coss on

cf. Matthew 10:16-23 Last month I described an exciting faith trip I took the summer of 1973, which was intended to follow the pattern and instructions given in Matthew 10:1-15. The impact of that trip on my life has been acontinual source of encouragement. However, the disciples faith...

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Tags: discipleship, evangelism, faith

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

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

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

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

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

Gutter Leaves

Posted by Colby Kinser on

A couple of weeks ago, I was in San Antonio for the EFCA's annual theology conference. While KC was getting dustings of snow, San Antonio still has dried leaves falling from trees and blowing in the warm breeze. During one of the breaks, I went outside to enjoy being outdoors without having to...

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Tags: spirit, wind

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