Posts by Kelly Kinder

Posts by Kelly Kinder

Matthew 6 | Believe Me, You Have Nothing To Worry About

“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Mt. 6.34 In Matthew 6.25-34, Jesus teaches us that it never pays to worry. Instead, we must learn to trust God to meet our every need. It’s true that we all have things in life that can distress us and cause us to be anxious so that we often dwell on our difficulties and troubles. Jesus’ word on…

Matthew 19 | 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…

Matthew 27 | Born To Die

You may have heard or sung it this week – the familiar Christmas carol, “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”. The third verse of the song concludes with three crucial lines that hint at the central theme from our Scripture reading today – Born that man no more may die:  Born to raise the sons of earth,  Born to give them second birth.  While in this season, we celebrate the wonderful and beautiful truth that Jesus entered human history as a…

Hebrews 8 | Replacing The Obsolete

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…

Hebrews 4 | Why Don’t You Give It A Rest?

Just the other day, I was watching a scientist from NASA describe the incredibly detailed pictures we now have of the sun. What only before had been a very limited awareness of the sun’s activity has now become vastly more refined. This new knowledge was all due to the movement of an exploratory satellite designed to come closer to the sun than anything ever had before. The pictures it sent back were astounding in their ability to capture solar events…

Colossians 1 | Who’s Number 1?

Our reading today brings us to the second of what is commonly known as the prison epistles (Ephesians, Colossians, Philemon, Philippians) since they were likely penned during Paul’s first imprisonment in Rome (Acts 28.30). Paul is writing to defend the gospel against the heretical teachers, both Jewish and proto-Gnostic, that had invaded the church at Colossae (modern day Turkey). While Paul is awaiting trial in prison, he receives news the very life of this church is threatened by this distorted…

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…

Ephesians 2 | The Walking Alive

I can’t help it. When I read Paul’s words as he opens chapter 2 of Ephesians, my mind is drawn to a most macabre and distasteful reminder of one of this decade’s most-watched TV series – “The Walking Dead”. If you have not seen it, please don’t watch. While it’s based on a comic book series, it is not comical. The gritty drama portrays life in the months and years that follow a zombie apocalypse. The zombies colloquially referred to…

Acts 27 | How To Handle A Crisis

It seems every so often the news reports tell about a cruise liner that ends up with its passengers stranded without power or food and water out on the open sea. Or, some safety issue ends up with the loss of someone’s life. You may remember the headline back in 2013 when one such ship was left adrift in the Gulf of Mexico. It read, “Carnival Cruise Passengers ‘Blessed’ to Finally Be Home After 5 Days Without Power” after being…

Acts 23 | Looking for a Ride to Rome

Our reading today provides an example of how God uses the events of our lives to accomplish his purposes, even when “what we’re going through” at the time often makes no sense to us at all. It’s no secret Paul held a great desire to visit Rome and preach the gospel (Rom. 15:22-24). Yet, no matter how hard he tried, it just never seemed to work out. As we have read in Acts 19:21-22, Paul once again made these same…