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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

Be Safe!

Posted by Colby Kinser on

I know she meant well. But to be frank, I got very, very tired of my mom telling me to "be safe!" every time I left the house. Every. Time. Never mind that I do the same thing. That's different. We are careful parents as a society, especially compared to childrearing from just a few decades...

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Tags: discipleship, risk, safety

Show Me Some Identification

Posted by Colby Kinser on

Where is your identity located? Not your driver's license or student ID card, but your identity? What gives you the sense of who you are, why you have value, how you want people to know you, what would be a fitting epithet for your life, and so on? Most believers can properly answer...

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Tags: good news, gospel, identity, jesus

Translators

Posted by Colby Kinser on

You have the job of a translator.

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Tags: discipleship, interpret, servant, translate, witness, world

Cooking Without Ingredients

Posted by Colby Kinser on

Back in the olden days ... perhaps 15 or 20 years ago ... way, way back ... people used to make cakes out of things called ingredients. Ingredients could include ancient artifacts such as flour, butter, eggs, salt, baking power, vanilla, and other...

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Tags: cake, discipline, disciplines, growth, spiritual

Honi is a Bunch of Hooey

Posted by Colby Kinser on

Mark Batterson, pastor of National Community Church in D.C., is selling thousands of books and products related to his 2011 book The Circle Maker. It's based on an event in the life of a 1st C BC character named Honi Ha-Ma’agel, who might not even have actually existed. The products...

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Tags: batterson, circle, prayer

Avoid the Snare

Posted by Colby Kinser on

"Oh, you're a Christian? So, what do you think about the gay issue?" Have you heard this question? The moment someone finds out you're a Christian or a church-goer or a Bible reader, some form this question is often not far behind. It's the current litmus test. But what are they asking? Do...

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Tags: apologetics, witness

PREGA

Posted by Colby Kinser on

We have studied the BLESS rhythms as a way to love our neighbors as ourselves, to bless them in the name of Christ without putting any conditions or expectations on them. To review: Begin with prayer (don't do anything before this)Listen (to the Spirit and to their stories)Eat (share a meal...

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Tags: bless, discipleship, prega

Taming the Selfish Jerk

Posted by Colby Kinser on

Recently, I had an evening ahead of me that I was not looking forward to. I'll save the details, but I was facing back-to-back events that I knew would not be enjoyable. In fact, they would be very taxing to me because of my particular personality. Others could well have enjoyed themselves, but...

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Tags: discipleship, selfish, selfless

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