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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

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

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

One day, I'll be too old

Posted by Colby Kinser on

One day I'll be too old to shoulder some of your burden, but I'll need plenty of others to carry mine. So give me the privilege of bearing some of those burdens now. One day I'll be too old to carry a tune, but others will use music as therapy to help me remember fleeting images of my life. So...

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Tags: prayer, old, age

I'll spend $10 to get $1000, but will I spend $1000 to get $10,000?

Posted by Colby Kinser on

I wouldn't think twice about spending $10 in order to get $1000 in return. It's just $10, so even if it doesn't work out, I'm not out much. It's not gambling - the $1000 is all but certain, but still ... just in case. But 100 times return on investment is a good deal! But would I spend that...

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Tags: prayer

Prayer: Inner, Outer, Upper

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I have tried dozens and dozens of ways to organize my prayer life, all the way from no structure to NASA-level detailed. I've tried a Daily/Weekly/Monthly scheme. I've used the Lord's Prayer as a scheme, and even wrote about it here a few years ago. And so many more. These have all been good...

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Tags: prayer

Fill!

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Have you ever struggled to know how to pray for someone? You don't want to act like you know better than God does about what should be done. You don't want to only pray for temporal relief. You know God already knows, and you suspect He'll do whatever He wants no matter what you pray. One...

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Tags: filling, prayer, spirit

Prayers Aren't Working!

Posted by Colby Kinser on

With every tragedy, the same cycle replays, but with increasing intensity each iteration: Tragedy hits. Some people declare, "I'm praying for the people in _______." Other people counter with, "Your prayers aren't working! It's time for _______." That last blank is always filled with...

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Tags: prayer, tragedy

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

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