The Race is Over

One of the challenges of our faith is how to view people who live their lives, and believe, differently than we do. Many people interpret Paul as condemning those that are different, but this interpretation overlooks the very basis of Paul’s mission. Paul’s entire mission to the Gentiles was to include a disenfranchised people into […]

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Don’t Judge You Judger

Most people read the first chapter of Paul’s letter to the Romans as a prescription of the problem of sin. No one is without excuse because God has disclosed God’s laws and commandments in the order of creation. The way to God is Jesus, and that is it. The challenge, however, is that the first […]

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The Freedom of Grace

Grace, God’s gift to us in Jesus Christ, is not something we earn. Grace is a complete and utter gift.  Nothing we do earns God’s love for us, rather, we are caught up in God’s love. As such, the only thing that can change the love of God for us is our participation or reception […]

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Paul’s Eschatology

Paul believed the Kingdom of God was both present and a future hope. When tragic events like the shooting in Las Vegas happen, we cry out with “sighs too deep for words.” Even though we question God during difficult times, Paul reminds us that God’s story is always a story of love. The question, then, […]

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Nothing Can Separate Us From God’s Love.

Paul’s two profound and straightforward keys to the Gospel. Nothing can Separate us from God’s Love. Paul makes his understanding of the Gospel clear in his letter to the Romans. The heart of his understanding is located in chapters 5-8. He says, “While we were weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.” […]

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While we were weak

Join us as we begin our Romans sermon series. Explore the book of Romans with us throughout the fall. ‘sRomans chapter 5 heart of the Apostle Paul’s argument to the people in Rome. Paul’s personal experience grounds his entire understanding of the Gospel. God met and transformed Paul, or formerly known as Saul, when he […]

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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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