Are You Living What You Claim

Even though I wrote a book about developing a lifestyle of intimate fellowship with God, I seem to realize the importance of it almost daily. As I read my Bible I am constantly inspired to know Him more. Check this out.

1 John 1:6 (MSG)
If we claim that we experience a shared life with him (The Amplified Bible says, “So if we say we are partakers together and enjoy fellowship with Him…”) and continue to stumble around in the dark, we’re obviously lying through our teeth—we’re not living what we claim. But if we walk in the light, God himself being the light, we also experience a shared life with one another, as the sacrificed blood of Jesus, God’s Son, purges all our sin.

Many people “claim” a shared life with God. They identify themselves as a Christian based on church attendance, a trip to an altar, or an affiliation with their denomination. Yet with this “claim” they still stumble around in an association with darkness. Many still struggle with sin. Why is this? Well, first of all we must live up to what we “claim” and actually become a partaker of fellowship with Him. We need that constant connection to the LIGHT that only Jesus can give. When connected to light…darkness flees. Sin flees. Addictions flee. Light is the solution for darkness, but we have to be plugged-in to that Light in order to truly SHINE.

Plug-in to God today. Connect with Him. Have fellowship with Him. Let the Son of God, Jesus Christ, become your life light. Remember, our Christianity is “who we are” not just something “we do.”

In Him,
Pastor Kevin Kinchen

I AM THANKFUL – A Thanksgiving Poem I Wrote This Morning

I AM THANKFUL
On this day of thanks
That we celebrate each year
I’m forever grateful
For what’s listed here…
For Jesus and all that He did for me
For saving my soul and setting me free
I am thankful!
For my wife, my kids and all of their clan
For my mom and my brothers, the Kinchen fam…
I am thankful!
For pastors and friends and people like YOU
For E-quippers, partners, and Facebookers too
I am thankful!
For a church that accepts me with love and with care
For their prayers and support as I preach everywhere
I am thankful!
For little things too that no one else sees
For example a hug or kids saying “please”
I am thankful!
For technology that allows me to send this to you
For smart phones, computers, and my iPad 2
I am thankful!
For the Word of God and the LIFE that it brings
For my Secret Place time with the King of all kings
I am thankful!
For life, for breath, for strength and energy
For muscles, nerves, and motor neurons that work for me
I am thankful!
For all this and more I am forever grateful
But for now I must go…to indulge in a “plateful” (of turkey and pie…..yummy)
AND FOR ALL OF THIS, I AM THANKFUL!!!
MARGIE AND I PRAY YOU HAVE A BLESSED AND HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

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Getting to know, personally and intimately, The One.

2 Peter 1:3-4 MSG – “Everything that goes into a life of pleasing God has been miraculously given to us by getting to know, personally and intimately, the One who invited us to God. The best invitation we ever received! We were also given absolutely terrific promises to pass on to you—your tickets to participation in the life of God after you turned your back on a world corrupted by lust.”

This is a HUGE verse! Everything for life has already been given to us….kind of. Kind of? Yes, kind of. It HAS been given to us, but it’s through, “getting to know, personally and intimately, the One who invited us to God” that allows us ACCESS to all these things. Knowing ABOUT this great God is not our ticket to having everything necessary for life. KNOWING Him (personally and intimately) is the key. Notice it goes on to say we are given absolutely terrific promises…our ticket to PARTICIPATION in the life of God. God desires us to participate in a life with Him. Just like in a marriage, it’s not enough to have a proclamation of the marriage; there must also be participation.

Make sure you are getting the fullness of the life God has offered to each one of us by, “getting to know, personally and intimately, the One who invited us to God.”

In Him,

Pastor Kevin Kinchen

When Life Gets Really Difficult….

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Are YOU struggling? Discouraged? Frustrated? Having a bad day, week, month, or year? THEN READ THESE VERSES BELOW UNTIL YOU START SMILING AGAIN!

1 Peter 4:12-13 MSG – “Friends, when life gets really difficult, don’t jump to the conclusion that God isn’t on the job. Instead, be glad that you are in the very thick of what Christ experienced. This is a spiritual refining process, with glory just around the corner.”

1 Peter 4:19 MSG – “So if you find life difficult because you’re doing what God said, take it in stride. Trust Him. He knows what He’s doing, and He’ll keep on doing it.”

1 Peter 5:8-11 MSG – “Keep a cool head. Stay alert. The devil is poised to pounce, and would like nothing better than to catch you napping. Keep your guard up. You’re not the only ones plunged into these hard times. It’s the same with Christians all over the world. So keep a firm grip on the faith. The suffering won’t last forever. It won’t be long before this generous God who has great plans for us in Christ—eternal and glorious plans they are!—will have you put together and on your feet for good. He gets the last word; yes, He does.”

Hang in there….it is worth the wait!

In Him,
Pastor Kevin Kinchen

VideoQuip – Overly Occupied & Too Busy

Luke 10:38-42 (AMP) Now while they were on their way, it occurred that Jesus entered a certain village, and a woman named Martha received and welcomed Him into her house. [39] And she had a sister named Mary, who seated herself at the Lord’s feet and was listening to His teaching. [40] But Martha overly occupied and too busy was distracted with much serving; and she came up to Him and said, Lord, is it nothing to You that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me to lend a hand and do her part along with me! [41] But the Lord replied to her by saying, Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things; [42] There is need of only one or but a few things. Mary has chosen the good portion that which is to her advantage, which shall not be taken away from her.

In Him,

Pastor Kevin Kinchen