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Speaking to a group of students at Liberty University recently, Pastor and author Francis Chan challenged the group to live biblically and to stay culturally relevant. Reflecting on his college years, Chan said that time of his life was full of hypocrisy and was some of the worst of his life. He admitted the problem was not with the school, but with him. Chan earned a bachelor’s from The Master’s College and received a Master of Divinity from the Master’s Seminary. He said he found it difficult to be genuine because he lived “in a Christian Cultural bubble that failed at inspiring him to go deeper in his faith.” He said the experience led to a personal lack of peace.

Chan told the student he was having fun, and doing Christian things, and blending in. He said the problem was he learned the right words and learned how to fit it, but knew he was not all he could be. He encouraged the gathering saying, “You gotta work so hard to live biblically.” He encouraged the students to go beyond blending into the culture by studying the Bible and asking what each passage said, and their life should look in light of that passage. Writing on the website of Eternity Bible College, Chan added, “Too many people waste precious years of their lives chasing after the temporary and unfulfilling. Our mission goes beyond education to discipleship. At the core of all we do is discipleship.”

--Bestselling author Francis Chan makes first visit to Liberty;

http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=18495&mid=41858, November 14, 2011, Illustration by Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell

1 Peter 2:2-3 (GW) “Desire God's pure word as newborn babies desire milk. Then you will grow in your salvation. (3) Certainly you have tasted that the Lord is good!”

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