Posts by Kelly Kinder (Page 3)

Posts by Kelly Kinder (Page 3)

Romans 12 | For The Love of God

“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God,” (Romans 12:1 ESV). In The Christian Leader, Don Ratzlaff recounts a story from Ernest Gordon’s book, Miracle on the River Kwai.  Set in some of the most difficult days of World War II,  Ratlzlaff tells of Scottish soldiers who were forced by their Japanese captors to labor on a jungle railroad under cruel and barbaric conditions. In spite of their adversity, one afternoon something happened that would change the…

2 Peter 2 | A Word for Thrill Seekers

“But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you… and many will follow…” (2 Peter 2.1,2a). Recently, I was watching a video of two men who had boarded a small boat down in the gulf and were heading out to get closer to a series of five waterspouts that had dropped down on the ocean.  Waterspouts, if you don’t know, are simply tornadoes that occur over water. The swirling power of the…

Mark 13 | The Time Is Now

” …what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake.” (Mark 13.37) As a young man in my early 20’s, I recall daydreaming about what I’d be doing in my 40’s and 50’s and thinking about what life would be like in the 21st century. I could only picture being in ministry in what I felt would be the most momentous time in history and playing my little part in God’s plan. What I couldn’t picture then was…

Titus 2 | Teach Sound Doctrine

“But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine” (Titus 2:2). In chapter 2, Paul calls Titus to do his part in opposing the practices of those false teachers who, according to chapter 1, had failed to proclaim God’s truth accurately (Vs. 1:10-16). Titus is to do just the opposite. Rather, he must “teach what accords with sound doctrine.”  “Sound doctrine” refers to healthy, solid, reliable teaching. He is to do his best to teach without error, distortion, or…

Rev. 19 | The One Invitation You Should Not Ignore

“Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!” Rev. 19:9 On occasion, I will receive an invitation in the mail to come to a banquet meal at a pricey restaurant here in Knoxville. The invitation is motivated by an attempt to sell you something or promote involvement in a cause. I usually don’t go. It’s not the food that keeps me away. It’s the fact that I don’t really want to sit through what they’re…

John 16 | The Power of Conviction

“And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment:  concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer; concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged” (John 16:8-11). The third major section of John’s gospel shows Jesus ministering to his disciples on the night before his death (John 13:1-17-26). In chapter 16, Jesus tells them that in his…

What Kids Teach Us About Following Jesus

 Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people, but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”  And he laid his hands on them and went away. Mt. 19.13-15                                                         In the face of growing opposition and rejection, Jesus has been steadily teaching his disciples, preparing them for what was coming. In chapter 19, he…

The Greatest Message You’ve Never Heard

“When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law” (Mt. 7.28-29).  One of the members of our church is an audiologist. Dr. Tony Evans tests people’s hearing. The hearing tests he conducts for his patients require all distractions to be removed. So, he has them enter into a little soundproof room so nothing else can compete except for the…

Replacing The Obsolete | Hebrews 8

A recent online article caught my eye this week. It reads, “Company Breaks Open Apple Watch to Discover What It Says Is ‘Planned Obsolescence’.”   The point of the article was to explain what most of us already know — that manufacturers build products that are intentionally designed not to last. They have a sort of built-in “expiration date”, requiring us to replace them with something new and better (and usually, more costly). While the motivations are certainly different, we find…

Philippians 4 | “What Do You Think?”

I recently came across a story about a guy who was just about to jump from a bridge. A police officer noticed and walked slowly and carefully over to the man and began to engage him in a conversation. The officer was finally able to get within inches of the man and then said, “Surely nothing could be bad enough for you to take your life. What’s going on? Talk to me.” The man who was about to jump then…