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A Commencement Address to Live By

graduateIt’s graduation time, and I’d encourage you to be discerning as you hear the message being sent to graduates. Often it is ridiculously overblown and flattering and ego-massaging. Much is said about how great the graduates are; little is said about their need to serve others.


Stewarding Your Time

hourglassIn light of my recent post on biblical illiteracy, I wanted to give some practical suggestions for being a better steward of the time God gives us each day, especially for making time for the study of God's Word.

What should I do to be successful in following Christ?

treesA. W. Tozer wrote "Every soul belongs to God, and exists by His pleasure. God being who and what He is and we being who and what we are, the only thinkable relation between us is one of full Lordship on His part and complete submission on ours."

Psalm 1 says this:

Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers [Paraphrase: Blessed is the man who does not so abide in his culture that the ways of his culture abide in him]


Great Quotes On Prayer

Quotes concerning prayer, assembled by Randy Alcorn and others.

What is your Bible study method?

My Bible study method is eclectic. Sometimes I read through the Bible in a year long program. Other times, I simply open God’s word to a portion of Scripture and meditate on it, asking God for guidance. 

Who we WERE, who we ARE now in Christ

cardboard testimonyA blog reader posted a link to this video (thanks), which I found powerful. I think it’s worth every second of its 8 minutes. And it also may be a great idea for your church.

Are You Willing to Be Hated for Speaking the Gospel Truth?

crossWhen Gianna Jessen spoke at our church a few weeks ago, she said many memorable things. The one that I've been thinking about is that to be a follower of Christ you need to be willing to be hated.

Faith and Football

Tim TebowOne of the reasons we enjoy fall and winter is football. Nanci is more football-crazy than I am, but we both really enjoy the game.

Last January the Florida Gators won the national college championship. Quarterback Tim Tebow was named Most Valuable Player.

If you would have told us four years ago that Nanci and I would become Gators fans, we’d have said “no way.” Nothing against the Gators, but Florida and Oregon, land of Beavers and Ducks, are geographical opposites, and in the past we haven’t followed closely what happens in Florida at the college level.

But last year Tim Tebow and his family changed all that. Tim’s parents, Bob and Pam Tebow, invited us to spend a weekend with them and attend a Gator game last November. They lived in Oregon 36 years ago while Bob attended Western Seminary, where I went after Multnomah Bible College (now Multnomah University).

Tim Tebow, Jason Hanson, and Kurt Warner: Faith and Football

Tim TebowNanci is more football-crazy than I am, but we both really enjoy football season, and sort of hate to see it winding down as the Superbowl approaches. The national college championship game was played a week ago. Congratulations to the Florida Gators and quarterback Tim Tebow, named Most Valuable Player.


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