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WAITING ON GOD

Sometimes the most challenging aspect of faith is waiting on God’s timetable. If you are like me, then in your impatience, you have asked God questions like these. Lord, when will You lead me to a better job? Lord, when will I not be single anymore? Lord, when will You bless our family with children?  Lord, when will I be well again? Lord, when will the grief subside? Lord, when will I get past this storm in my life? As…
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THE TRUTH ABOVE THE TRUTH

The word ‘truth’ is misleading sometimes. For instance, when I believe something is the ‘truth,’ I become intense in support of it, and I push it to others. In spite of my good intention, pushing the ‘truth’ to others does more harm than good. I am like the North Wind of the Aesop’s Fable, who competed in vain with the Sun to unclothe the man. This is a big fallacy in the concept of Truth. Many will be surprised to…
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Spiritual Maintenance

Towards the beginning parts of last week, our office staff suffered a major blow to morale. The refrigerator had unknowingly taken a casualty. A perfectly fine, full, and delicious can of Coca-Cola had exploded inside. The sweet elixir covered the entire inside of the refrigerator. The culprit completely saturated all the other waters, cans, shelves, and walls within. How could this have happened?! What could we have possibly done differently to avoid such calamity? It just so happens that with…
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Interns Are Incredible

In January of 1818 an author by the name of Mary Shelley published a book under the title of The Modern Prometheus that would go on to create and define a whole new literature genre, science fiction. This classic novel follows the intertwined story between mad-creator and even madder creation as they fight each other to figure out life’s meaning and their own destiny. One of the most famous quotes from this work, that is often recognized by its retitling,…
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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…