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Set Apart, not Set Aside

Posted by Colby Kinser on

1 Peter 1:2 says that we are presently "being set apart by the Spirit for obedience and for sprinkling with Jesus Christ’s blood." This isn't even a full sentence, but it's packed! First, we are being "set apart." Some translations say "sanctified." The root word is related to the...

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Tags: discipleship, obedience, holy, sanctified, set apart

Giving Giving a New Thought

Posted by Colby Kinser on

Every January, we talk about giving - your financial support of the ministries of Grace Fellowship Church, which goes along with all the other ways you help Grace be a church for God's own purpose. Without us coming together financially, we wouldn't have the capacity to do the ministries we...

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Tags: finances, giving, spirit, holy, transform

Thankful New Year!

Posted by Colby Kinser on

With the New Year come some changes in our leadership team - always a bittersweet transition for me. I have been blessed by those who are finishing their terms of serving: Howard Holthaus: serving as an elder, and most recently as chairman of the elders, Howard has helped us walk through the...

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Tags: service, officers

A Truly Successful Identity

Posted by Colby Kinser on

It was made more clear to me recently just how much of my identity I get from my successes. "Getting one's identity from" is a phrase we use to describe how someone knows oneself. Who am I? What makes me valuable (if anything)? How do I know I'm living the life I should? What should I feel good...

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Tags: identity, worth, self

Called Out Of and Into

Posted by Colby Kinser on

Scripture is clear - we are "called." We're not always sure what that means, but we know that Scripture says it, and so I believe it's true. All those in Christ are "called" by God, whatever it means. We'll be talking more about this calling in our series starting in 2020, so I won't try to...

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Tags: calling

Unsurrender

Posted by Colby Kinser on

We look at sin in many ways: doing bad things, disobeying God, acting against God's will, fallenness, imperfection, just to name a few. All of these views have good merit. They all help us to see the nature of our sin. One way that I am finding helpful lately is to look at sin as Unsurrender...

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Tags: sin, repentance, surrender, confession, unsurrender

You Pick the Christmas Carols

Posted by Bruce West on

This Sunday (12/8/19), the worship time will include a strictly traditional carol sing. The Congregation will have an opportunity to pick from a list of carols to sing. I hope I haven’t missed your favorite. I tried to make it as complete as possible. We anticipate singing 4-6 carols...

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Tags: music, christmas, carol

Dirty Money

Posted by Colby Kinser on

Every dollar in your wallet, indeed every dollar in your bank, has passed through both evil and clean hands. Every single dollar. You have (most likely) never had a buck that has remained completely free from someone's avarice, evil intent, or pride. Sometimes we get the notion that some money...

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Tags: money, redemption

Doing the Works of God

Posted by Colby Kinser on

In John 6, Jesus teaches the people to "work for the food that endures to eternal life" (6:27). He had just miraculously fed the 5000, then people followed Him looking for some more of this miraculous bread. So, He redirects them to the bread of eternal life. They ask, "What shall we do, so...

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Tags: trust, works, believe

Love Risk

Posted by Colby Kinser on

A man and a woman meet at a church function, and soon catch each other's eye. They've seen each other at different events a few times, but have never spoken to each other. But they'd like to. For each, the other seems faithful to the Lord, kind, bright, and interesting. But there will be no...

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Tags: love, trust, risk

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