1509, 2020

Destined to Win (my Portland Marathon experiences)

September 15th, 2020|

Ephesians 2:10
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

God has created you to do specific things. These are moments of destiny. Christian theology includes doctrines of predestination, election, and sovereignty. We believe that we will fulfill our destiny through obedience, as long as we don’t mess things up with our free will. This tension is the focus of a theological debate that has been going on for centuries without a winner. Most would agree that much of our destiny has to do with who […]

1009, 2020

The Good Neighbor

September 10th, 2020|

This is our full service from this past weekend. I believe this is an important word for the church right now.

909, 2020

In this the end?

September 9th, 2020|


Acts 2:19-21

God says, in the last days…

I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke. The sun will be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood, before the coming of the great and glorious Day of the Lord. and everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

Add to the fires, a global pandemic, civil unrest, anger, and conflict.

People are wondering, what is going on? What is happening?

Without a  doubt, we are living in the last days. Every day we are one day closer […]

909, 2020

The Tide

September 9th, 2020|

Where I grew up, Tom Sawyer did not read like fiction. It mirrored the life of my childhood on the South Slough. I was raised in a small house on three acres surrounded by endless wilderness and water. It cultivated in me an appreciation for the outdoors. It birthed in me the pursuit of adventure and exploration. It has always appeared to me that God unceasingly beckons us to adventure, exploration, and the enjoyment of the beauty of our surroundings. I have often wondered if we are guilty of sin by ignoring this majesty and the peace of God that […]

409, 2020

The Ranch

September 4th, 2020|

Life ends in a moment. One false step. One lapse in our attention. One wayward bump in the road and mortality collects its dues. Life and death are determined by fractions of time and distance.

Our close friends are part owners of a 4000-acre ranch in the mountains of Humboldt County. It is not a ranch like you might be thinking of, with flat pastures, barns, and grassy fields. No, this is a hunting ranch intersected by the Mad River with streams, old-growth forests, rugged peaks, valleys, oak stands, grasslands, lots of poison oak, amazing fishing holes, and abundant wildlife including […]

3008, 2020

The Cannibal Cave

August 30th, 2020|

Cannibalism is a tragic footnote in the history of Fiji. It is a place that has historically been called, “Cannibal Island”. The last documented case of cannibalism took place in 1867 when a 35-year-old missionary named Thomas Baker made a cultural blunder and tapped a chief’s head with his hand. He and seven Christian companions paid the ultimate price for his mistake. The village responsible for this atrocity has been trying to lift a curse that fell upon them, ever since. Fijians say that the practice of cannibalism has ceased since that event.

When researching activities to do while in Fiji, […]

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