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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

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

Building the Church

Posted by Cliff Coss on

Become A FishermanJesus Christ gave this promise to His followers, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men (Matthew  4:19 ESV).” Over the course of three years and beyond, Jesus did just that by transforming a group of rough commercial fishermen and sinners into a...

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Reunion of Temporaries

Posted by Colby Kinser on

Last weekend, I went back to Rolla, MO, for my alma mater's homecoming weekend, meeting up with friends I haven't seen in almost 30 years. We are all in the band together (marching band and concert band). We ignored all the homecoming activities on campus, checked out the new buildings, hung out...

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Tags: meaning, reunion, temporary

Fair Weather Fans

Posted by Colby Kinser on

The Royals have now been mathematically eliminated from the postseason this year. it was just a couple of years ago this week that tickets were impossible to get, the stadium was full, and the excitement rippled throughout the city. Now, this week, the last week many of our favorite players will...

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Tags: discipleship, follower, weather

Ahead of Prayer

Posted by Colby Kinser on

Every few months, I get together with other EFCA pastors in the greater KC metro area. These are always rich, challenging, and encouraging times, and I come away from these meetings with at least a gem or two. In the last couple of meetings, we've batted around the difference between two...

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Tags: ahead, behind, follow, prayer

Give Every Minute a Job

Posted by Colby Kinser on

We switched the software we use for personal budgeting late last year, and the difference it has made has been surprising. One of the main differences is the philosophy of the whole system. Our old software was a lot like most budgeting programs, but the new software looks at the same need...

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Tags: budget, job, minute, time

"And remember those less fortunate..."

Posted by Colby Kinser on

Have you ever prayed something like, "And Lord, please remember those less fortunate" or "Lord, we know that not everyone has this freedom/benefit/blessing that we have..."? You're thanking God for something good, like dinner, and then it strikes you that not everyone has that good thing, and...

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Tags: grace, poverty, thanksgiving

Pardon the Mess

Posted by Colby Kinser on

Business and leadership training almost always has some version of "start with the goal in mind." Envision the desire outcomes, define your goals clearly, and design toward the finished product. You can't measure progress unless you know what you're shooting for. And it all makes sense. So, we...

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Tags: discipleship

Nothing to Lose

Posted by Colby Kinser on

I wonder what it would be like to have nothing to lose. I know this seems a bit morbid, but if some disaster came and wiped out everything I have to lose, how would I live? If my family, my home, my work, and my possessions were taken away from me ... or I was taken away from them ... how would...

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Tags: lose, nothing, self

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