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Reminders We Avoid

Posted by Colby Kinser on

Lynne and I painfully watch my mother's battle against dementia continue to lose ground. Indeed all of us have someone close to us who has some profound struggle with atypical daily living, whether it's mental, physical, emotional, or spiritual. Some of us have those struggles ourselves. Many...

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Tags: grace, fallen

Emeth and Hesed

Posted by Colby Kinser on

It doesn't take long at Grace Fellowship for someone to hear me use one or both of these Hebrew words, emeth (truth) and hesed (lovingkindness). These words carry far more than a single English translation can convey. Both words are prominent in the Old Testament, but interestingly...

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Tags: truth, grace, boldness, hesed, tension, lovingkindness, emeth

Windfall Freakout

Posted by Colby Kinser on

If someone walked up to you and gifted you with five million dollars, would you immediately know what you wanted to do with all of it? Your head might start spinning so fast and the largess of the gift might keep you a little bit off-center enough to where you would end up not making the most of...

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Tags: grace, gift, abundance

Poor me!

Posted by Colby Kinser on

Recently, a talk show host mocked the idea that God can speak to us today, calling such claims as a "mental illness." Predictably, many Christians publicly reacted with anger and demands for the host to issue a public apology to the person she had insulted. I suggest a different...

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Tags: anger, apology, grace, insult, rejection

People are Falling

Posted by Colby Kinser on

People are falling. Some people I have agreed with and some people I have disagreed with (but disagree with completely when they violate others). It seems that every day or so, there's a new, well-known person who's losing their job over abusing people. Correction: People have fallen. We are...

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Tags: fallen, falling, grace

"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

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