But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Thursday, 16 November 2017 16:00

Baptism: a Step of Obedience and a Public Profession

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Here are some video reflections on baptism from NFL linebacker Demario Davis.

Randy again:

Just before ascending, Jesus commissioned His disciples to go, make disciples, baptize people in the name of the triune God, and teach them to obey all His commands (Matthew 28:18-20). Baptism should be...

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image Recently a prolife group at Portland State University (not far from my hometown of Gresham, Oregon), hosted a mobile display for the Genocide Awareness Project (GAP), a project which shows images of aborted children next to victims of historical and contemporary genocides and other injustices. It...

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In his groundbreaking article I shared on my blog earlier this year, Joe Carter communicated something that has been heavy on my heart concerning the different nature of the heretics the church is facing today. He used the term “Broken Wolves,” which he defined as those “who use...

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Thursday, 09 November 2017 16:00

God’s Offer of Forgiveness and Freedom

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Here are some great thoughts about salvation, forgiveness, and repentance from NFL special teams standout Matthew Slater.

Randy again:

As Matthew says, it’s vital we understand who God is, and what He says about us and our sin. To fall short of a touchdown is disappointing, but our problem is...

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I don’t agree with everything Søren Kierkegaard wrote, but I do agree with this: “The tyrant dies and his rule is over, the martyr dies and his rule begins.” 

Napoleon Bonaparte is also not my go-to guy for great quotations, but he made a great point when he said,...

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image David Brainerd (1718–1747) served as a missionary to the Delaware Indians of New Jersey. He was orphaned at fourteen, and in college he suffered from debilitating tuberculosis. Having endured great suffering while serving in a fruitful ministry, he died at age twenty-nine. His biography...

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Thursday, 02 November 2017 17:00

Communion with God Through Prayer

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This blog is excerpted from a five-day devotional I wrote for Sports Spectrum, available on YouVersion. Each day’s entry features video reflections from NFL stars, including Drew Brees, Ryan Tannehill, Matthew Slater, Matt Forte, and Demario Davis. They discuss topics such as the daily...

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Tuesday, 31 October 2017 17:00

He Suffers With Us

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image Safely Home, the painting by Ron DiCianni pictured here,has special meaning to me. I wrote a novel, also called Safely Home, set in China and telling the story of Li Quan, a modern day martyr. It was inspired by this beautiful work of art. To this day Ron’s painting hangs on my office wall.

Th...

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In 1967, 50 years ago, a diving accident left Joni Eareckson Tada a quadriplegic at age seventeen. Years later Joni wrote about what she was thinking:

I desperately wanted to kill myself....

Why on earth should a person be forced to live out such a dreary existence? How I prayed for some accident or...

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Thursday, 26 October 2017 17:00

The Daily Refreshment of God’s Word

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Today’s blog is excerpted from a five-day devotional I wrote for Sports Spectrum, available on YouVersion. Each day’s entry features video reflections from NFL stars, including Drew Brees, Ryan Tannehill, Matthew Slater, Matt Forte, and Demario Davis. They discuss topics such as the...

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The concept of a bucket list, a list of things you want to do before you “kick the bucket,” is entirely understandable for people who believe that this is the only life they will ever live, and that after they die they will no longer exist. It’s even understandable for those who...

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Recently, a strong Christian friend, who owns a business here in my home state of Oregon, asked my opinion about his doing work that would either directly or indirectly facilitate the legal growing and selling of marijuana. I’m sharing my edited response to him because this is a subject that...

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I know some people, including a few old friends, who say they are still following Jesus, but are walking away from God’s truth. They’re no longer believing that people need to trust Jesus to be saved and rescued from Hell (some don’t believe in Hell at all), and are no longer...

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Tuesday, 17 October 2017 17:00

Under Grace, Not Sin

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God’s grace is His giving to us, at great cost, the goodness we don’t deserve.

Sin always has been and always will be irrational. It seems to make sense for the moment, but it lacks all perspective and denies reality so that truth eventually catches up with it. Scripture tells us,...

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Sunday, 15 October 2017 17:00

How Should We Approach Debt?

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One hundred years ago, debt was regarded as an earned privilege for the few. Now it’s seen as an inalienable right for all. Borrowing has become an integral part of our lives.

Why do I receive mailings telling me that $5,000 or $10,000 or $20,000 has already been approved for me and to receive...

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I find that most Christians are surprised but open to these ideas about happiness, including that God is a happy God and offers us His own happiness. Yet some remain doggedly determined to believe and teach that God doesn’t want His children happy and happiness is inherently wrong. This is so...

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I’ve written in my books (including Managing God’s Money and Money, Possessions, and Eternity) and on my blog about the false doctrine of prosperity gospel. This philosophy teaches that the more money you give away, the wealthier you will become. Following God through giving and other...

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In August I signed the Nashville Statement about marriage, addressing gender issues and homosexual marriage. While controversial and perhaps in some parts imperfectly worded, I still believe that was the right thing to do.

Recently I also signed an Evangelical Leader Statement of Principles on...

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I recently got back from a trip to Texas, where I spoke at two churches and at a fiction writers’ conference.

image I enjoyed speaking in Plano at First Baptist Prestonwood, a mega-church that is Bible-based and Jesus-centered. I thank God for Jack Graham and the other pastors and staff. In this...

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Words are sadly inadequate as a response to all the recent natural disasters, and this week we had to face the added dimension of human evil in the Las Vegas murders. This isn’t the first time, and won’t be the last, that we who are Jesus-followers either ask or are asked by others,...

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Here are some thoughts on how God values humility and what it looks like, based on 1 Peter 5:5-6:

All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty...

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In a recent episode of his podcast, Russell Moore discussed the question, “What Should You Say at an Unbeliever’s Funeral?”He gave a helpful answer for both those who attend such funerals, and those who conduct them.

I addressed a similar question in a blog post How Do I Minister...

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From Randy: Fetusis a Latin word variously translated “offspring,” “young one,” or “little child.” Though fetuswas once a good word that spoke of a young human being, it is now used with a subhuman connotation. Referring to the fetus allows us not to use the...

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Sunday, 24 September 2017 17:00

Trusting God When the Pain Seems Pointless

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I’ve written nine novels. Suppose you could interview characters from my books. If you asked them, “Would you like to suffer less?” I’m sure they’d answer, “Yes!”

I empathize with my characters. But as the author, I know that in the end all their suffering...

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Thursday, 21 September 2017 17:00

What About Animals and Pets in Heaven?

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One question I’m frequently asked related to myHeaven book is whether there will be animals on the New Earth, and specifically whether it’s possible that our pets might be there too. (I devoted two chapters of the book to animals.) Nanci and I love animals, and especially the pets...

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