It’s time to know Him.

Over the last 30 something years I’ve noticed so many well-meaning Christians are more interested in, “What we are supposed to do for God?” than we are about “Who He is.” We get it backwards. We are all wrapped up in the works and to-do’s of our walk (with God) instead of being wrapped up in the One who gave us the works and to-do’s. Does this make sense to you? We need to pursue KNOWING the Lord first. Get to know Jesus and His Father because they know the purpose and plan for every step of our life.

And that is what I did, I began to know Jesus and His Father. Little by little, I was beginning to see this intimate time of knowing God would produce change in my life. The more I stepped into my relationship with the Lord the more I desired to know Him. The more I began to know Him the more He began to show me who I am and what I was to accomplish in my life. With each day, the purpose and plan of God for my life became clearer. The best thing about it was the satisfaction and peace that comes when God directs instead of me.

People make a big splash into the world of Christianity when they first give their lives to the Lord. At that point and time, if they are anything like me, they are hungry to find out who this Jesus is that just entered their life. Eventually though, when the newness wears off, people often slip into the mode of knowing “about” Jesus, instead of knowing HIM. Then, unfortunately they tend to lose their passion for Him. If this continues for any length of time there can come a harsh reality of having “lost their first love.” It doesn’t mean they are a bad person. It just means they have drifted away from the Source of the life that changed them in the first place. I don’t want to see this happen to anyone, especially you.

If we keep doing what we have always done, we will end up with the same results we are getting now. That’s why there has to be a change. And in order to change our life, we first have to change our daily routine. I am writing this in hopes that something will spark that change. Life is too short. You have an open invitation from Jesus and His Father… Get to know God and His Son, and everything else will fall into place.

In Him, Pastor Kevin Kinchen

I will be sitting at His feet.

God uses people in different ways for various things. It’s obvious throughout the Bible that God did not do everything Himself. In fact, after creation, He actually moved through people more than He did by personally visiting them Himself. Pastors, teachers, prophets, friends, family, bosses, and even enemies can all be vehicles that the Holy Spirit will use to speak to us.

Is that God’s favorite way? I am not so sure about that. I am glad God speaks through me to others; after all, I am a preacher. However, I wonder if He would love to speak the majority of what He says directly to the people themselves. Think about it. Do you and I always use a spokesperson to talk to our spouse? Well, why not? It’s because we want to have a relationship with them ourselves, and it starts with conversation. Hmmm, I wonder if God feels the same way. Often times, we are so busy in our own things that we make no time to listen to God.

God has sent a host of people throughout my life and He used them to shape my life with new principles. These principles are now a part of my life. I even had lots of spiritual activity, good things……. and yet I’ve had trouble with the most important spiritual activity of all, Time With God. No matter who you are, or how spiritual you may think you are, YOU are truthfully no more spiritual than those you hang out with the most. Period.

That’s why God needs to be in that first place position in our lives. There can only be one first place; anything else is second. None of us can give away what we do not possess. We cannot impart what we are lacking. I know I have Jesus in my life, but I want a constant flow of the Holy Spirit working through me at all times. I desire something fresh to impart to people. I don’t want a plastic, counterfeit kind of love. I want the real love of our God, who IS love, to flow through me. If He wants to talk to me, He doesn’t have to search for me. All He has to do is speak; I will be sitting at His feet.

In Him, Pastor Kevin Kinchen

WHAAAAT?

Today, I really DID finish reading the entire Bible. There’s something spiritual that happens when we read the whole story of God’s Word. The greatest thing is the TIME and the “understanding” He will give along the way. “Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path.” (Psalms 119:105)

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In Him, Pastor Kevin Kinchen

#5 — UNDER CONSTRUCTION…. THERE IS A BIG HEART

#5 — UNDER CONSTRUCTION…. THERE IS A BIG HEART —
Sometimes, the only way to see a person’s heart is to see them while under extreme pressure. In fact, “the true character of a person is revealed when pressure is applied.” And that’s what happened to my middle son, Joshua, better known as, Josh. He has a construction business called, KinPro, well, now it’s called, AlignPro. While we were in Dripping Springs, Josh and my son-in-law, Jayce, borrowed a flat-bottom boat so they could rescue people in distress. As I watched the news and followed people on Facebook, it felt like I was an outsider looking at the set of an end-times movie production. The devastation was heart-wrenching as I watched videos and saw pictures. So, what about, Josh? Keep reading…

If you follow Josh on Facebook, then you know he has no filter… especially when it comes to God, guns, and politics. Some may not like that side of him, but at least he’s passionate about what he believes in, and you always know where he stands. There is a good thing about “having no filter.“ When Josh puts his heart into something, like rescuing people during a hurricane, he gives his all and doesn’t “filter” who he helps or how hard it will be. I think it was 4 days before he stopped long enough to take a shower. No filter, just caring for people. One of the rescues he made was for a lady that was very pregnant. Someone wrote that the lady went into labor a few hours after the rescue. I asked Josh, “Who was the pregnant lady?” He replied, “I have no idea what her name was.”

OK, last thing. As I was looking at pictures of our water damaged home on Josh’s Facebook… I came across this:

“Thank you to everyone who came and helped at my parents house. They are more than thankful. The people that took my dad out during the storm thank you. I hope that one day I will have people who have my back like the people who take care of my parents. The fact that so many people support my parents and help them shows me that they live the life that God called them to. If you helped my parents through the last week I will be forever grateful to you.”

Speechless.
Grateful.
Humbled.
Proud.
NO FILTER.

In Him, Pastor Kevin Kinchen

#4 — MY SON IS A HURRICANE NINJA

#4 — MY SON IS A HURRICANE NINJA
“He led me to a place of safety; He rescued me because He delights in me.” (2Samuel 22:20 NLT)

I’m typing this today (using my feet) from, Dripping Springs, TX. We have been here since the Sunday night (one month ago) when we were rescued from the second shelter. My son, Jared, and his wife, Rachel (with their 4 boys), have a wonderful home with 9 acres of Hill Country beauty, and we are grateful for everything they do for us. The reason we haven’t been home yet is because Margie is extremely allergic to mold, and I cannot risk my health by breathing where there’s mold. OK, I said all of that as my introduction for this chapter. Here we go….

When we were at the two shelters, Margie and I were trying to think of someone that could come and get us. Sweet little Adalie was exhausted and so were we. Everyone we thought of was either flooded in or the roads getting to us were flooded. We had been talking back and forth with, Jared, who wanted to come three-and-a-half hours to get us… IN A HURRICANE! There were still bands of incredible torrential downpours coming down. Margie told Jared, “Please don’t come now, it’s too dangerous. Roads are being closed everywhere, and even Josh and Courtney can’t get to us.” His reply was, “Mom, me and my friend, Joel, are coming to get you guys in his truck, and we have a metal boat in the back in case we need it. See you soon!”

Let me tell you how serious this was. There was a Policeman nearby when Margie was talking to Jared on FaceTime. After the call she looked at him and asked him if he thought it was safe to drive from the Austin area to our location. He said there were roads closing and he wouldn’t make it through Houston for sure. Then Margie asked him if HE would try to convince Jared. After talking to Jared, the Policeman said, “Um, well, he’s pretty determined to come. Good luck!”

Six hours later, there they were, Jared and Joel walked into the lobby of the 2nd shelter. By then, Courtney and Jayce (who also had water throughout their house) had found their way to meet us. Lots of tears when Courtney was reunited with Adalie. Jayce, whose a fireman and a paramedic, stayed back so him and Joshua could make rescues and help others. All the rest of us piled into the truck and headed to Dripping Springs. Every time we came to high water all you could hear was Margie and Courtney praying like crazy. They had us covered. It was amazing to watch Jared and Joel as they maneuvered cautiously. And, yes, there IS an app. for that. When we pulled into Jared’s house he looked at his phone and said, “They just closed the main highway… AFTER we passed through!” Luck? No. Favor? Yes.

In Him, Pastor Kevin Kinchen