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Fishers of Men Are Sent

Posted by Cliff Coss on

A commission is an instruction, command, or duty given to a person or a group of people. For example, my brother, who is a sculptor, is commissioned to create a work of art made from a tree trunk using only chainsaws as his carving implements. When a customer commissions him to execute a...

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Tags: dei, discipleship, evangelism, fishers, missio, mission, sent

A Beautiful Cup of Coffee

Posted by Colby Kinser on

I am no expert. I do not invest all the time, research, and money in order to become among the elite. But I do know how to make a pretty satisfying cup of espresso. An aficionado would correct me, but I've learned a few things about the art. I say "art" not because I'm a great artist, but...

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Tags: art, coffee, discipleship, espresso

Boldness: An Aspect for Fishing for People

Posted by Cliff Coss on

The dictionary defines “boldness” as the willingness to take risks with confidence and courage. This word describes the way the Apostles declared Christ’s message of redemption after Pentecost. It first appears in the Apostles immediately after Pentecost and spread to...

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Tags: bold, boldness, discipleship, evangelism, fisher, mission

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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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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Why Do We Overthink It?

Posted by Colby Kinser on

Share my faith? I can't do that! It's too … complicated. Too much to remember, too much that can go wrong, too many possible questions I can't answer. Plus … what will you think of me? I can’t remember all the passages of the Road or four laws of a spiritual nature. What...

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Tags: discipleship, evangelism, faith, sharing

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