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The Core: The Holy Spirit and the Church

Posted by Colby Kinser on

We believe that the Holy Spirit, in all that He does, glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ. He convicts the world of its guilt. He regenerates sinners, and in Him they are baptized into union with Christ and adopted as heirs in the family of God. He also indwells, illuminates, guides, equips and...

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Tags: church, spirit, holy, ecclesiology, pneumatology

I Resolve

Posted by Colby Kinser on

Let's start with this: I'm not one for New Year's Resolutions. But then add this: I'm not against those who like them. Use them, don't use them - if they work for you, great. If not, don't let that heap guilt on you. There's no biblical mandate to make and keep New Year's Resolutions...

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Tags: church, resolution, goals, 2021

My Friend Sam

Posted by Colby Kinser on

Once a quarter, I host a "pastor cluster" here at Grace - a group of EFCA pastors in the KC Metro area who meet to learn, discuss current church issues, or share what we've been learning, and then share a meal and have about an hour and half for prayer. All of us find it hard to make time for...

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Tags: church, body, serve, local, bride

How much I want to meet with you

Posted by Colby Kinser on

I really don't like wearing a mask. I don't like the feel, I don't like how it's a little harder to take in a deep breath, I don't like not seeing someone's expressions, and I don't like them not seeing mine. So I wear my mask. And I really don't like wearing a mask when we gather for worship...

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Tags: church, online, mask, coronavirus, covid

Re-Easter

Posted by Colby Kinser on

When is Easter this year? That's a much weirder question than Christmas, Fourth of July (obviously!), and even Thanksgiving. The Western tradition for Easter has to do with the lunar calendar in the springtime, which means it changes from year to year. I've always found that odd. For 2020, the...

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Tags: church, worship, easter, resurrection

I Love My Church Family!

Posted by Colby Kinser on

OK ... so ... ummm ... that was a weird week. But one of the positives is yet another reminder of how much I love my church family. All of you have been incredibly flexible on how to be and do church. I'm hearing of many of you reaching out to others, checking on them, offering to...

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Tags: church, 19, coronavirus, covid

I Wish I Were More

Posted by Colby Kinser on

I wish I were more for you. For 2019, I wish that I would be able to teach you more, comfort you more, encourage you more, inspire you more, and redirect you more. I wish that I would be able to do more for the long-term success of your family and of our church family. I wish that I was more...

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Tags: 2019, church, discipleship, fellowship, least, most, pastor, spirit

Made to be Broken

Posted by Colby Kinser on

Last week in our gathering, I mentioned in prayer that God didn’t create Grace Fellowship just to gather on a Sunday morning. That’s not why Grace Fellowship exists, and I know for certain that it’s not why a number of people call Grace their church family. He did, however...

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Tags: break, church, heart

Too Small

Posted by Colby Kinser on

I love science. I love the discipline, the process, the inquisitive posture, the discoveries, the imagination, and the accountability of community. But science is not big enough to satisfy my soul. I'm moderately interested in politics and government. I see the necessity, I see the potential...

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Tags: church, fellowship, government, grace, jesus, leisure, politics, purpose, reason, religion, religión, science, self, sports