From One to Many

Many people explain Jesus’ parable of the mustard seed as a metaphor of something small growing into something beautiful. Anyone who knew about gardening in ancient Israel would know, however, that the mustard plant is an intrusive weed. In Jesus’ parable, Jesus describes the uncontrollable and sometimes undesirable growth of the Kingdom of God. So many times we […]

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A Legacy for the Poor in Spirit

Jesus is clear, the Kingdom of God is not for the rich, the well-to-do or the accomplished, His Kingdom is for the weak, the vulnerable and the poor in spirit. When we think about the lasting impact of our ‘ohana, our family, it has to be directed towards those who will inherit the Kingdom of God. As […]

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Aunties, Uncles and the ‘Ohana Life

As much as we hear about Christian family values throughout our culture, Jesus, throughout his ministry, challenges the ‘focus on the family’ mindset. Jesus urges us to see our family as more than our nuclear family. In the Gospel of Matthew 12:46-50 Jesus says his mother and brothers are those who do God’s will. In Hawaii […]

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For and Because of the Other

There is no questioning that we are fearful of the ‘other,’ the person on the other side of whatever spectrum we create–conservative or liberal, citizen or undocumented immigrant, Christian or radical Muslim. A common assumption is that our lasting impact and our legacy we leave behind is with those who are similar to us. The […]

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Looking for a King

The story of Israel is one of a people continually trying to control their own destiny. In Samuel, Israel asks Samuel for a king, even though God has made God’s guidance on the matter clear. They, however, thought it was more important to have the same sort of protection, security and power as the other nations […]

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Our Legacy is Now

Throughout the summer we are talking about our Family Legacy, the lasting impact that we have in our community. One of the temptations is to thing that legacy is something only for the future and something that only the older members of our community contribute to the ‘next’ generation. The story of David and Goliath, […]

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Learning to Adapt

Paul is passionate about spreading the good news of the Gospel, so much so that he is willing to adapt to the intellectual framework of the people he is trying to connect to. All to often in faith and in our life as the church, we rely too heavily on the set practices that have […]

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To See God

Jesus says, “I am the way the truth and the life” and that if you have seen him you have also seen God. Similarly, our parents, our mentors and our elders embody God’s love for us. We experience God through Jesus and through those who follow in Jesus’ footsteps.

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Re-living the Story

Palm Sunday is a significant Sunday in the Christian liturgical calendar year. We follow the Christian year to re-live the story of God’s passionate love. As we end the sermon series on Liturgy, we look to Holy Week to walk in the footsteps of Jesus during his last days as he pours himself out for […]

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Sacraments and the Body

Communion, or also known as, the Eucharist, is the single most significant act of worship in the Christian faith. If the goal of liturgy is to become something greater together, than that something great is the Body of Christ. Through God’s active role in communion, God forms us into the Body of Christ. When we […]

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