Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Cascade College to Close Its Doors

It was announced yesterday that Cascade College will close its doors after the Spring 2009 semester. I attended from 1996-2000 and received a Bachelor's degree. I met people who will be friends for the rest of my life. I found a new desire and passion to lead worship and to be involved in the church. Because of Cascade College, I joined with a group of people starting a church plant in Salem, Oregon. It is the place where I met my wife. I have many memories from that place even after I left. I directed the singing group, Witness, and developed relationships with people that I never even went to school with, bound simply because of the love we had for this school.

Pray for Cascade College and the future of Christian education in the Northwest, pray for the churches that will be impacted by this loss, and pray for the faculty, staff, students, alumni, and people that will be affected by this unfortunate event.

Cascade College to Close Its Doors

Pray for God to work through all of this in the lives of people in the Northwest.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

New Home

Our offer to buy a house was accepted. We are going through the process of buying a house built this year (2008) on the South end of Keizer, Oregon. It's a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom house with a decent backyard. No more rent, just a bigger payment that will eventually, in 30ish years, turn into no payment (except those pesky taxes). We hope to have our friends and family visit us soon, unless something freak happens and we can't buy it. Also, if no one gets any Christmas presents from us this year, now you know why.

Go to my wife's blog to see pictures: Kori's blog.

Thanks to Trevor Elliott for all his help.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Spiritual Crisis

We are currently in a crisis in our country and in the rest of the world. Our citizens are losing or have lost trust in our politicians and our government. We are facing a rapid decline in the integrity of our economy. Falling housing values are eminent. Even in our interconnected world, people are lonelier than ever. None of these, however, are the crisis I am talking about. We are in a spiritual crisis.

People are putting their trust in faith in politicians to fix our struggling economy and to make decisions affecting our standing in the world and the country's citizens. I see people putting their hope in a certain candidate to uphold a morality for our country and to lead us into better times. People are looking for hope in a crumbling world around them for love, friendship, and acceptance through buying a certain image and level of comfort that is unprecedented in the history of our country. People are criticizing government for all it does yet look to it to solve their problems. People are looking for direction where there is none.

Christians should know better than to put our trust in people, or money, or a false hope or anything besides God. Our trust belongs to God alone, yet He allows us to give it freely to whom we choose. Hope can only come from God, for without God there is no future for anyone. God loves His people so much that He gave up everything to prove it to them. These current crises are simply evidence to us that we Christians have a lot of work to do. We have got to stop worshiping money, power, comfort, people, government, and everything else this world has to offer. God must be first and only in everything.

Here is my encouragement to you: with God you have nothing to worry about. If the government falls apart and is no more, there is still God. If the economy implodes and you lose everything you have, there is still God. If you and your family are hungry and homeless, there is still God. If you lose your life, there is still God. With God there is a kingdom in heaven prepared for us, where there are no moths or rust or rot and where streets are paved with gold, where no one goes hungry or thirsty, and where everyone lives forever. This is the hope that people need. This is the hope that we are called to share with others. This is the hope that will change our country and the world.