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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

Upkeep

Posted by Colby Kinser on

There are a few projects around the house that need attention. They have for a while ... some for a few years. I just haven't gotten around to them. When something breaks and leaks water, I get right on that and (try to) fix it right away. But the other projects sit untouched, and in some cases...

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Tags: discipleship, repair, maintenance

I Wanna Better Faith

Posted by Colby Kinser on

A few of us serve in the "Listening Room" of our Monday night AWANA events. The Listening Room is dedicated just to helping clubbers memorize, recite, and understand their memory verses. We have the privilege of discussing Scripture with the children. There are some clubbers who work on their...

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Tags: bible, scripture, dwell, awana

Baptism and Membership

Posted by Colby Kinser on

Baptism: We are baptizing two people this coming Sunday starting at 3pm at the Pattersons' pool (see details elsewhere in Grace Notes). This is one of the most important "stakes in the ground" in the life of faith, so we certainly encourage you all to join us and help celebrate. If you are...

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Tags: membership, baptism

Many Generations, One Church

Posted by Pat Butler on

(Special guest writer: Pat Butler) Starting on Sunday, August 25th, we will be introducing a new multi-generational class to the Sunday School hour (9-10am). I want to take a few paragraphs to outline the concept, objective, and topics for this class – in hopes that we might be able to...

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Tags: sunday, apologetics, worldview, school, class, multigenerational

No harm, but if ...

Posted by Colby Kinser on

I've been working through 1 Peter very slowly in my Quiet Time lately. I am seeing some amazing things there that are deepening my understanding in new ways, and that's always exciting. 1 Peter has a lot to say about suffering, putting it in right perspective. But there's not enough space...

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Tags: evangelism, apologetics, hope, suffering, defense

Sabbatical

Posted by Colby Kinser on

I am so grateful to my elders and my church family for not only making a sabbatical possible, but for being so overwhelmingly supportive of us. I've never had the privilege of a sabbatical in almost 20 years of church ministry, and it's recommended that pastors take 3 months or more every 7...

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Tags: sabbatical

Only Two?

Posted by Colby Kinser on

A few weeks ago, I mentioned a principle about how Christians can respond to controversial issues, and I think it bears repeating here. Our society is highly polarized on many issues, which means that most current events are presented as a choice between Option A and Option B. That's it. You...

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Tags: issues, politics, society

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