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Making Good Biblical Applications

Posted by Cliff Coss on

Psalm 119:59-60I considered my ways and turned my feet to Your testimonies. I hastened and did not delay to keep Your commandments.   The psalmist gives us three steps to making good applications from our involvement with the Bible. The first step is to evaluate my life...

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Streams of Tears

Posted by Cliff Coss on

Psalm 119:136My eyes shed streams of tears, because people do not keep your law.One day, during my college years,  I walked into a dorm room and found one of my new Christian brothers weeping.  I knew him fairly well and wondered what tragedy had befallen him that would cause him to...

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Tags: weeps, god's law, psalmist

A Reminder:  The Basic Purpose of God's Spoken Word

Posted by Cliff Coss on

Earlier this year, I was reading Psalm 119 and verse 4 caught my attention.  It reads,  "You have ordained Your precepts, That we should keep them diligently."  But, what really caught my attention was that every word of this verse is significant! The first...

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Tags: freedom, god's word, obey

Goodbye...see you tomorrow

Posted by Colby Kinser on

Thank you for the privilege of serving you, for the grace you've shown Lynne and me, for your collaboration for the good of the church and for the sake of Christ, and for your love and friendship. It's a bit weird to say "goodbye" without really leaving. It's a "goodbye" only to one aspect of...

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Tags: volunteer, leaving

Spiritual Disciplines

Posted by Colby Kinser on

Spiritual disciplines are a set of habits that help a Christian follow Christ more faithfully, collaborating with Christ’s work of completing us (Php 1:6). They are not inherently meritorious, but rather are tools. There is no fixed or mandatory list of disciplines, but many mirror the...

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Tags: prayer, habits, spiritual disciplines

Well, He's Unnecessary

Posted by Colby Kinser on

I'm presently living in two worlds. In one world, I'm the replacer. In the other, I'm the one being replaced. And each gives me perspective of the other.    In addition, both together remind me of how unnecessary I am.   I get to serve, but God doesn't need me. I've...

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Tags: humility, leadership, serving

Finish Well? Not So Much.

Posted by Colby Kinser on

As I reflect on where we've been over these last 11 years, there is much to be grateful to the Lord, for. And of course many decisions I wish I could take back.But there are several things in which I did not make the progress I wanted to, and I don't feel like I can talk about "finishing well"...

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Tags: prayer, discipleship, evangelism, connecting

Setting Off a Stink Bomb in a Room

Posted by Colby Kinser on

If you want to put a tense charge into a group conversation, just say the word "white privilege." It is an incendiary phrase, no matter how you understand it. It's fun - give it a try in a group where there are different views present. And bring popcorn.On one extreme end of the spectrum is the...

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Tags: race, privilege, white privilege

Bless Every Home

Posted by Colby Kinser on

Every so often I want to remind you all of a great resource for reaching out to your neighbors. We've mentioned it a few times in the worship service lately, but I want to also have it written as well. It's called "Bless Every Home," and the website is...

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Tags: prayer, neighbor, bless

Praying for our Neighborhoods

Posted by Colby Kinser on

I love the initiative of the Prayer Catalysts to challenge you to pray for your neighborhoods in February. The idea is simple - at least once in the month of February, you and your family walk through your neighborhood (or drive) and pray for your neighbors. If you know something about...

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Tags: love, prayer, missional, neighbors, bless

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