Posts from 2020

Posts from 2020

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The Opportunity to Love

Just before the COVID-19 pandemic caused us to cease in-person assemblies temporarily, I preached a sermon on the opportunity that we would have as a result of that particular situation. Although the pandemic is not over, a new pressing opportunity has arisen. Over the past two weeks, our nation’s attention has shifted from a contagious medical condition and focused on a continuing cultural crisis. The death of George Floyd while being restrained by police officers reignited an ongoing cry for…
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What Are You Seeing Now?

Let me tell you a story of a friend of mine.  He began believing in Jesus. He began attending a church to worship God and fellowship with other believers. He was very excited to read and discuss the Bible. He learned new things every day in the Bible and couldn’t wait to share them with his friends the next day. He was crazy about Jesus and people were amazed at his unquenchable passion. He influenced those around him to become…
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Get On Board

Some of the most pivotal moments in human history happened on a boat or ship of some kind. Without the Ark, humanity as a whole would have been destroyed in the flood of Genesis 7. The very first miracle Jesus performed in front of His initial followers was when Peter, Andrew, James, and John were in a boat, and He told them to cast their nets on the other side in Mark 1. Who could forget when Jesus calmed the…
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CANCELLED

Cancelled. With the news of summer camp at Inagehi cancelled this past week, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about this word and how it’s affected me personally. Not many positive thoughts come to mind when I think of its connotation. Unfortunately, it’s a term we have all had to hear a lot recently. From ceremonies to deadlines, trips and activities, national and even global happenings to personal plans, it seems as if the word “cancelled” has crept into…
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Why Honor Your Father and Mother?

Throughout the Bible, children are viewed as a blessing to their parents. Such is the case in Psalm 127:3-5, where children are referred to as “a heritage from the Lord,” “a reward,” and, ultimately, a blessing. However, in order for children to truly be a blessing to their parents, they must understand the proper relationship they are to have with their parents. That is where the biblical command to “honor your father and your mother” comes into play (Exodus 20:12;…
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The Righteous Shall Live By Faith

  The word of God is alive and powerful. We need that power now more than any other time. Habakkuk 2:4 includes this popular saying, “The righteous shall live by his faith.” This is a word of God that gives power to us as we are going through an unprecedented difficulty during the pandemic. What does this verse mean, and how does it give us power? This verse is God’s answer to Habakkuk’s appeal in chapter one. Habakkuk was asking…

Step Ten: More Than A Neighbor

The evangelism process can be tumultuous; there are ups, and there are downs. Throughout the journey, there are moments that can leave you with such a positive outlook. However, some moments bring doubts that your neighbor will ever see God’s will for their lives. Pursuing someone’s soul requires a commitment that few are willing to sign up for. Seeing our spiritually dead neighbor next-door, at work, at school, a friend, or a family member who needs Jesus and making the…
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Giving Thanks During This Crisis

In 1 Thessalonians 5:18, we are instructed to “give thanks in all circumstances,” and, in Philippians 2:13, we are instructed to “Do all things without complaining.” When life is calm, these instructions are easy to follow, but when life is tumultuous, these instructions are difficult to follow.  Right now, we are facing a crisis unlike anything any of us have ever experienced before, and it is extraordinarily easy for us to complain about the situation rather than express gratitude. How…

The Truth Under The Pandemic

The current pandemic makes many things different than what we thought normal. As a sister rightly said, “we had no time when we missed the routines more than now.” The life of a Christian is not an exception. Worship and Bible class are through the internet, the contribution is through Paypal or mail, and Skype and FaceTime replace face-to-face fellowship. These abrupt changes invite us to think about what has to remain unchanged regardless of the situation. I’d like to…

Step Nine: We’re Part of the Family

Have you ever wondered how people who have no affiliation with a church family get through life? When you think back to some of the darkest times in your life, for many of us, the church family we were a part of was one of the greatest supports during that storm. This is not by accident; the people of God are designed to fill that exact role and function as part of God’s Family. Lanny Wolfe, in 1974 said it…

Articluhaphobia

What are you afraid of? What is something that gives you chills or makes you feel uncomfortable when you see it, feel it, or even just think about it? When it comes to the population of America, there are a few fear or phobias that affect the majority of people. See if you fall into any of these categories: Arachnophobia – fear of spiders. Affects as many as 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men. Ophidiophobia – fear…

How Do We Look?

The Korean number among us is growing, and it will continue as we are fervently reaching out to the growing Korean community around us. As we grow more diverse, I want to consider what our church looks like in comparison to what the church was supposed to look like. The book of Ephesians gives us an idea of what the church should look like based on what Jesus accomplished through the crucifixion. It says He broke down the dividing wall…
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