S.T.O.R.M. Japan 2016

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It was an honor to lead a team of PBC students and alumni on a ministry trip to Life Church in Osaka, Japan led by Pastors Joel (BTh ’97) and Kellie (BCM ’97) Kaylor.

This STORM was one of the most stretching, challenging and fruitful experiences in my life. It was such a privilege to serve churches in my home country. Although our daily itinerary was packed and there were many last minute changes, each member of our team did an amazing job to accomplish their ministry tasks without complaint.

We were involved in many things, but our first highlight was a night of worship (concert) and workshops. There were about 60-70 people who signed up for various workshops such as a songwriting, leadership, worship leader, vocal and musician clinics. Approximately 110 people showed up to the concert and we had a great time worshiping God together.

Church leader and alumna, Yukie (Nishihara) Kaylor reported that 70% of participants were from outside of life church. People were really hungry to receive from God. We received wonderful feedback from many participants and this event served as a bridge connecting several local churches in the area.

We led two weekend services. Life church is a worshiping church and the atmosphere was very similar to home at City Bible Church making it very easy to lead the congregation in worship. Each team-member did an amazing job to serve the church and the leadership team. Pastors Carlos Marin and Jeremy Scott led a powerful prophetic ministry session that first Sunday afternoon. During this time we prayed for pastor Joel and his family, as well as the entire leadership team and others in the congregation. The Holy Spirit moved mightily and many people were baptized in the Holy Spirit for the first time.

Another personal highlight of this trip was going down to Kumamoto in order to do volunteer work for earthquake relief. It was definitely heartbreaking for us to see the city in such brokenness. What we could do was a very small thing, yet we saw people who won back their smile because of our volunteer work. I was personally overwhelmed and blessed as we blessed them. There were also several personal divine encounters for me in Kumamoto such as meeting with my cousin who I hadn’t seen for decades, Eiichi (a leader of Ariake Bible Church and a staff of Operation Blessings), and Joshua (associate pastor of Ariake Bible Church).

Our three days in Kumamoto were unforgettable.

Our second Saturday in Life Church was another pretty packed day for us because we ended up leading worship practice to the life church worship team in the morning, hung out with their youth group in the afternoon and had a worship night/service in the evening.

Every event in the day was really fun and meaningful for all of us. It was fun for us to celebrate the life church’s 7 th year anniversary with them
at the second Sunday afternoon. We could meet many people and prayed for them as well. It was very meaningful for us to invite all of the leadership team members to the dinner afterward so that we could show our appreciation for them. Each leader expressed their gratitude toward us with sharing words with us. It was a wonderful way to end our STORM trip. God has great things in store for the nation of Japan and we are blessed that PBC has had such an impact in the lives of many church leaders in that country.

In Him,

Yasuhito Hontani, BCM

S.T.O.R.M. Uganda 2016

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Pictured from left: Pastor Mark Daniels (BTh ’98), Diana (Benton) Sokolof (BTh ’11), Dr. Emily Jones, Kandice Jameson (ATh ’16), Federico Serrano, Seth Sokolof (ACL ’11) and Adrian Allen.

This summer has brought many international travel opportunities to our PBC students. Most recently, students and alumni joined mission trip to Kampala, Uganda, working with Life Church.
The trip included many evangelistic trips to small neighboring villages where hundreds gave their life to Christ.

Here’s a report from alum and professor Pastor Mark Daniels:

Uganda STORM 2016 was a huge success! We were in the country for a total of 12 days within which we ministered in quite a few different places. We ministered to Life Church Uganda during 4 Sunday services and 2 youth services. We traveled to Kibiito in the west of Uganda and ministered for 3 days, seeing over 100 people make recorded decisions for Christ. We spent quite a bit of time building relationships with the Ignite Interns of Life Church (there were 19 of them, plus some of Life Church leaders who worked with Ignite). We spent a lot of quality time with Seth and Diana Sokoloff as well. Overall, we all felt like we were stretched and used by God to advance His Kingdom.

In my interactions with the team, I believe that we all agree on the highlight of the trip being the days in Kibiito. These were three challenging days as it was the first time any of us had lived in that manner – the accommodations were definitely different from what we are used to here in America. The toilet, bathing, food, and even sleeping arrangements were all at least a little bit of a challenge for us. Perhaps the “squatty potty” being the biggest challenge. However, those three days also saw some of the most fruitful ministry of our time in Uganda and I think is now viewed as the highlight of our trip. While in Kibiito we all spoke publicly about our faith (and I mean loud and clear through a sound system run with a generator), prayed in faith for the sick, shared the gospel with individuals through personal conversation and through it all came to love the people of Uganda.

Another highlight for the team is the relationships built with the Ignite Interns and the Life Church leaders that help out with Ignite. I have personally thought about all 19 of them fairly often since returning from the trip – an indication of the depth of love that was formed primarily through our time ministering alongside them in Kibiito. The Ignite interns are all young adults and since our team was pretty young overall, we clicked with them in a special way. I really felt like the team that ended up going on the trip was God’s handiwork in plain sight; there was just a special bond formed. In addition to the trip to Kibiito, we spent a whole morning with them the first Saturday. One of the things we did with them that day was to hear them share “one thing they have learned through the Ignite internship.” The fruit of that interaction was great. We felt like we had an idea of who they were and what their story was. Couple that with ministering side-by-side with them and it’s easy to see how the special bond was formed so quickly.

And then there was our time with Seth and Diana. They are great couple who are doing really cool things there at Life Church. I thought their leadership during the trip was first-class and well planned out. It’s obvious that they have lots of experience with teams coming over to minister. I really appreciated their heart for God, for our team, for the Kingdom, and of course for the people of Uganda. Our team felt like we were able to come alongside them and join their efforts without any trouble or hassle. They encouraged us, pushed us into our giftings, loved on us, received from us, and became a brother and sister to us all. They are a home run couple!

Jesus Culture on Campus

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Highlight: What an honor it was to have Chris Quilala, and the Jesus Culture Band for a worship night on our campus this summer. The band hosted a meaningful Q&A session which was followed by a powerful worship night with hundreds who came out to life up One Name with one voice.

In the midst of all the trials facing our country we have continued to find strength and hope when we come together to worship.

We are blessed to have this wonderful partnership with Jesus Culture and are excited to see that God is doing through their ministry.

Psalms: 7 Days of Prayer

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The Psalms are an amazing gift to believers in the journey and growth of our worship and prayer to God.  The uplifting high peaks of praise, on down to the low valleys of lament and struggle, help us express our longings, emotions, and words.  They direct us in how to verbalize these things to God, providing a vocabulary to say things we find difficult to articulate at times.

This past semester in the Psalms class at Portland Bible College, we have focused on immersing our hearts and minds into these God-oriented songs and prayers, and discovering ways to incorporate their use & deepen our spiritual walk.  One project reflecting this this was putting together a 7-day journey of prayer using selected Psalms, based on specific themes in our experience.

These prayer guides give a daily verse or passage that guide a prayerful response and conversation with God.  Click on the titles to download the attached card.


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Follow Us on Social Media!

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This past month we’ve really been pushing our social media platforms, not only with current students and alumni, but with prospective students! We’ve been keeping our followers updated by highlighting people, announcing events and even sharing some scripture. This consistent presence on the internet allows viewers to feel like part of the family here at PBC and we’re doing everything we can to keep it that way. Whether it’s responding to questions on twitter or reading comments on Facebook, we are able to keep in touch with hundreds of people though social media.

Feel free to follow us on any social media platform, as we follow Christ!


Spring 2015 Events

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GU ConferenceGU Conference

What an amazing year at Generation Unleashed Conference! We had the chance to worship alongside thousands of other young adults and young people, hear inspiring messages from some of the most influences voices in the Christian community, and even connect with future students through the PBC experience. We’re already excited about next year!

FancyFeastFancy Family Feast

PBC students took progressive dinners to the next level by making it a formal event!We even had h’ordeuvres! After dressing up to look our best, we ventured through each dorm having a different course of the meal at each stop. Needless to say it was tons of fun. When it comes to food, PBC knows how to do it right!

InternationaPotluckInternational Potluck

One of the greatest things about PBC is how many different countries and cultures we have represented on our campus. This semester at the international potluck, we gathered to share multicultural food and fellowship, and had an awesome time doing it. Thank you to the Marin’s for opening up your home!

Dodgeball1 copyDodge Ball

They told us that college student students wouldn’t want to play dodge ball… but they were they wrong! We unleashed our inner warrior, fighting for victory amongst our peers. Few survived.. All enjoyed.

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Throughout the entire week, everyone on campus met in their dorms at curfew to gather and pray for breakthrough and revival in both our generation, and our own lives. We welcomed heaven on earth and saw God move in powerful ways!

All Night PrayerAll Night Prayer

After an amazing week of prayer, we couldn’t wait to see what God wanted in accomplish at this semester’s All Night Prayer. From eleven at night to 5 in the morning, we sought the presence of God, allowing His Spirit to move through worship and word. He responded mightily! It was truly amazing to see God speak to so many of us, and to have him bless us with His presence.

Dorm Warm Dorm Warm

This semester we threw it back and decided to celebrate the decade of mullets and pop music. Coming together as one school in one of our dorms for an awesome night of games and hanging out, ‘Forever Young: An 80s Night’ was a huge success. And, everyone looked amazing in their retro outfits!

 DepthsLive Album Recording

‘DEPTHS’ was a live worship recording night put on by the worship department and senior student Jake Haymond. This was the first time in over a decade that we as a school had the privilege to capture what goes on in our weekly chapel service to share it with the world. We can’t wait for it to come out this fall! #Depths

International Chapel International Chapel

Celebrating the diversity of our school, we take one chapel service every semester to focus on the Global Church. This semester we prayed for the nations, worshipped in other languages, and even took an offering for an outreach project in Uganda. From different corners of the earth we gathered to worship God as one big family.

Wildcats Season 2014-2015

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What a turnaround season for the Wildcats. With the 2014-2015 season now in the rear-view, the ‘Cats can hang their hat on a job well done. They had a heartbreaking finish in Circleville, Ohio, but achieved so much in such a short time together. Let’s take a look at how they got here.

Last year, first under head coach Mike Arnold, the team struggled to find it’s chemistry and identity on the floor. The Wildcats ended with a record of 5 wins, 25 losses. Then, the coaches hit the recruiting trail. Hard. With a full year to recruit, the Wildcats were able to land several impact recruits, including senior Bryce Layne, and juniors Marsellus Gray, Mozeek Waggener, and Miles Waggener. Both coaches agree, this was not completely their doing. God is definitely to thank for a lot of these recruits. God made it possible for these student-athletes to be here.

Then the work began. With chemistry at the forefront of his mind, coach Arnold designed a rigorous and balanced training calendar that included cross-fit, weightlifting, running, playing, drill-work, team dinners, and even a cabin retreat. All this, designed to build the sense of family among the team.

When the season came around, the season hit the Wildcats hard. A schedule of four NCAA Division 2 games and several top ranked NAIA Division 1 teams gave the Wildcats their fair share of adversity. With eight losses in a row from Halloween to Thanksgiving, it was not the start they had anticipated. Regardless, they continued to push. They continued to work. They continued to grind it out, with the vision of league play ahead of them. Once conference games started, all these challenges would pay off.

Pay off it did.

The ‘Cats ended the regular season winners of 9 of their last 11 games, including a perfect 5-0 against conference opponents, claiming the #1 seed for the regional tournament. They found their groove and figured out how to win multiple ways. Last year, they came close but could not find a way to win a single conference game. This year they beat their conference opponents by an average margin of 16 points. They reached as high as #5 in the national rankings, and ended the season at #6.

By going undefeated in conference, the Wildcats earned a first round bye in the regional tournament. This year the tournament was held in Lancaster, CA, home of West Coast Baptist College. In the first game, Multnomah University beat West Coast Baptist College, earning a chance to play the Wildcats. In the fourth meeting of the season, the Wildcats once again held them off, earning a berth into the NCCAA National tournament in Circleville, Ohio.
For their play through the regular season, Bryce Layne and Mozeek Waggener earned themselves All-American status, with Bryce taking first team and Mozeek taking second team.

In Ohio, the Wildcats fought well. Senior Bryce Layne led the team in scoring and assists, with 22.5 points with 6.5 assists, and Marsellus Gray came in at 20 ppg. They lost their first game to #5 Dallas Christian by 3 points 77-74, and the next night to #1 Ohio Christian 75-76, with a chance to win it at the buzzer. Ohio Christian was the two-time defending national champions and #1 ranked team all season.

Although the season didn’t end how the Wildcats hoped, it was a great year for both players and coaches, and a drastic improvement from 5-25 the year before. They accomplished several goals they had set at the beginning of the season, including win the western region, and earned a berth to nationals. Next year they look to improve even more, and win a game or two at nationals.
For more tournament information, including rosters, results, and award winners, visit http://trailblazers.ohiochristian.edu/f/2015_NCCAA_National_Tournament.php

Seasons of the Spirit – New Book by Lanny Hubbard

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We’re thrilled to announce the release of a new book by professor Lanny Hubbard, entitled “Seasons of the Spirit”!  Highly respected as a teacher at Portland Bible College for the last 36 years, Lanny is known for awakening a passion in his students for the truth and relevance of the Bible in a down-to-earth, practical manner.  In his first published title, “Seasons of the Spirit” is a clear guidepost for us to consider the patterns and principles we see even in the natural seasons as a reflection for us to understand the seasons of our own lives following after God.

We couldn’t be more excited to let everyone know about this resource from Lanny that you’ll want to read yourself, and share with a friend.  If you’ve had the chance to sit in a Lanny class at PBC or benefit from his ministry in the past, you know what we mean!  Check out the following excerpt and share the social media links & photos with your friends, family, pastors and co-workers with at the bottom of the page.  We encourage you to get your copy today, available for Amazon Kindle (available to read on your computer, smartphone, tablet, or any Kindle device), and leave an Amazon review!

Congratulations, Lanny!


Excerpt from “Seasons of the Spirit”



The Message That Is All Around Us 

“The seasons are what a symphony ought to be: Four perfect movements in harmony with each other.”

– Arthur Rubinstein

For many people, there is a mysterious beauty that comes with each season of the year. Winter brings the muffling blanket of snow that is accented with ice sculptures hanging from the boughs of the trees. Spring brings the first signs of new life that begin to appear. The heads of small flowers push their way up through the cold ground, making their colorful declaration that warmer times are soon to come. The weather patterns of spring often display drastic extremes, as the blankets of cold air clash with warmer ones. Summer is the time of lazy warm days interrupted with the flurry of harvest activity. The air is filled with the sound of harvesting machinery, and the barns are filled with the bounty of the crops. People’s bodies are tired, but their souls are blessed. And finally, fall comes. The brilliant display of fall color is the crescendo to life’s symphony that has played all year. The days gradually get cooler while the air is still filled with the smell of the vineyard and fall apples. Each season is distinct and some people are attracted to one season more than another, yet it takes all of them to form the whole mosaic of life.


The title of this book communicates the idea that just as there are seasons in the natural calendar, there are also seasons in the work of the Holy Spirit. There are set things that He does at specific times throughout the life Seasons-of-the-Spirit---Blog-Quote-Boxof every believer. These are not things that randomly take place in some haphazard way. They have as much of an order and purpose as do their natural counterparts. Because people often make no association between natural and spiritual things, they don’t look to natural things to help understand the spiritual significance of what they are going through. They lack a map to help them see where they are in the unfolding of the Spirit’s activity. Because of this, they can often misinterpret what is going on around them, and in turn they will inappropriately respond to it. They can even belittle the very things that are preparing them for greater blessing. They may miss a deeper work taking place simply because they don’t see signs of how their situation can end up being a blessing. As a result, they might end up complaining about what they should be rejoicing in. They value what is fleeting and ignore what has lasting benefit. This can all take place because they don’t understand the season of life they are in and learn to cooperate with it.

The purpose of this book is to help the readers become more aware of what is going on around them. They need to see how the events of life all work together in one large master plan that God has foreseen a long time ago (Romans 8:28; Ephesians 2:10). Each day has in it important ingredients which help to ensure that the overall plan is completed. The success of any person is greatly affected by being able to know the purpose of those ingredients. It is also important to know the order that the ingredients will come.”

(Read more in “Seasons of the Spirit” (c)2014 Lanny Hubbard)



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Paul’s Mysterious “Thorn in the Flesh”

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Here’s a lecture from my class, Pauline Epistles. It focuses on the closing chapters of 2 Corinthians, a book in which Paul says a lot about hardship and suffering. He doesn’t address all of the questions concerning the issue; but he does provide profound perspective on how God causes suffering to work for the best. He concludes with a description of his highly debated “thorn in the flesh.”

The Call of Moses

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Making of a Leader, Ps Frank

This Sunday at CBC, we observed in the life of Moses several lessons on our significance in Christ. In that vein, here is an excerpt from Pastor Frank Damazio’s book, The Making of a Leader, discussing the call of Moses. He provides a treasure trove of principles from Moses’ calling related to our identity in Christ. Pastor Frank’s focus, of course, is leadership; however, all believers will be encouraged by this message.


 Moses is one of the most interesting men of the Old Testament. Deuteronomy 34:10 states, “And there arose not a prophet since in Israel like unto the man Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face.” Moses was obviously a man with unique relationship with the Lord.

Hebrews 11:23 states, “By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months by his parents, because they saw he was a proper child, and they were not afraid of the king’s commandments.” Moses was born of faith. His parents had a living faith in the God of their fathers. We have the Old Testament account of this in Exodus 2:1-10. The verses immediately following do not tell us what transpired during the early years of the life of Moses. But with the help of Scripture and history, we can begin to understand a portion of what happened.

The Youth of Moses

Moses was adopted and raised in the house of the daughter of Pharaoh, which meant he lived in the royal household. Acts 7:22 states, “And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and deeds.” From this verse we see that Moses had all the education of the known world available while in the royal house of Pharaoh. Any university or tutoring scholar, as it were, would have deemed it a privilege to tutor the son of Pharaoh’s daughter.

Egypt was, at that time, one of the most productive and progressive countries of the known world, with educational achievements far above any other land. Their economic and social life, too, was highly developed. Even today, Egypt’s colossal pyramids, with their mathematical precision, confound the understanding of the most educated builders in the world. This was the environment in which Moses was raised from his youth.

The ancient Jewish historian Josephus gives one account of Moses which provides an insight into his power and ability. Josephus says that Ethiopian armies attacked, and were on the verge of inflicting a terrible defeat on Egypt. Moses, apparently, was appointed to go forth and command the armies of the Egyptians in an attempt to save the country from a disastrous downfall. Moses, reportedly lead the armies into battle and brought a great victory. If true, this account gives us a good glimpse at the man that Stephen described as “the man which was mighty in words and in deeds” (Acts 7:22).

As we look at the scriptures concerning Moses, it is evident that the Lord must have spoken to him something during the early years of his life. Hebrews 11:24-26 states, “By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season.”

This reference makes it very clear that Moses faced a very difficult decision in life. He had to choose between royalty and peasantry. Moses had to choose between all of the wealth, power, influence and glory of Egypt and the slavery of his own people Israel. Would he identify with the royalty of Egypt or the bondage of his own people?

Hebrews 11:27 tells us that “By faith Moses forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king, for he endured, as seeing Him who is invisible.” Moses was at the age of forty when he made this life-changing decision. Moses’ decision challenged and changed his life, to say the least. In saving a Hebrew from a cruel beating, he slew the Egyptian who was beating him. This led Moses directly into a personal forty-year period of wilderness wanderings. Why would God use a wilderness to prepare a leader of His people? God’s ways are always different and sometimes opposite to man’s ways, especially when it comes to dealing with His servants.

The Stripping Process

A transition from the royal courts of Pharaoh to the backside of the desert would have been a drastic change for anyone. But God had a purpose in it for Moses’ development; God was going to put Moses through some years of divine stripping. Moses had been a long forty years in the courts of Pharaoh learning all of the wisdom, ways, power and tools of men. He had, in a sense, all of the academic degrees that Egypt could offer him. But the Lord God of Israel was not going to use these Egyptian methods to free His people from their bondage. God was going to strip Moses of all his Egyptian wisdom, and begin to mold him for a task that only God’s wisdom could accomplish through him.

For forty years, Moses was on the backside of the desert, where he shepherded his father-in-law’s sheep. He could not claim to possess so much as his own sheep. He was just a common herdsman of another man’s flock. In addition, Moses’ wife was just an ordinary woman of the desert. She was a far contrast from the royal young maidens that he could have married in Egypt. The question naturally arises at this point, “What was God’s purpose in all of this?” God was totally stripping the man whom he was going to use greatly.

The effectiveness of all of God’s strippings was very evident in the way that we see Moses respond to God’s call at a later time. As we shall soon see, Moses was stripped of self-confidence and Egyptian pride. These attitudes would have made it impossible for him to accomplish what God had called him to do. In the great task that Moses was going to face, he would need to know that God, not man, was the source of his strength. As with Moses, God has a desert for all of His servants that He is going to use in a mighty way. The stripping process is part of the plan of God for all who will respond to the call of the Lord. A leader dare not challenge God’s process of calling and preparation.

The Burning Bush

In Exodus 3:1-11, we read about the call of Moses. When he was called, Moses was on the backside of the desert. Moses was tending sheep in the dry desert, as any other day’s work would normally have required him to do. Exodus 3:2 states, “And the Angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of the bush: and behold the bush burned with fire and the bush was not consumed.”

The fact that the bush was not consumed was the fascinating attraction that caused Moses to turn aside to see what this strange thing was. Exodus 3:4 states, “And when the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush and said, ‘Moses, Moses.’ And Moses said, ‘Here am I.’ ” When God revealed himself to Moses out of the burning bush, He told Moses to draw near so that He might speak to him.

The Lord told Moses His plan to deliver the children of Israel out of their Egyptian bondage. God told Moses how the children of Israel were in great distress, affliction and mourning because of their Egyptian taskmasters. Because Moses already understood the sad plight of the children of Israel, he did not hesitate to agree with the Lord that Israel greatly needed help. Moses’ agreement with the Lord showed that he had a definite burden for his people. Read More