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God Is Greater Than Your Pain

God Is Greater Than Your Pain

In Daniel 8, God gives Daniel a vision that clearly shows that God's people will experience pain in their future. In Daniel's vision, he sees this "little horn" that goes to battle against God's people and causes a massive amount of chaos. Almost every scholar agrees...

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God Is Greater Than Your Kings

God Is Greater Than Your Kings

Daniel 7 is pretty crazy. God gives Daniel this vision of these 4 beasts that rise up out of the sea, and these beasts are super weird and honestly kinda terrifying. We find out later that these beasts are kingdoms, nations, that are going to rise up in the world and...

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God Is Greater Than Your Ego

God Is Greater Than Your Ego

My whole childhood was about one thing: getting trophies. I was vain enough to love the feeling of receiving a trophy, and I put myself in position to get all of them: baseball, football, basketball, golf, soccer, track, karate. Anything that was giving a trophy, I...

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Greater Than Your Work

Greater Than Your Work

We find such a strange scene in Daniel 2. In that chapter, the most powerful man in the world at the time, King Nebuchadnezzar, had a dream that got him all worked up. He demanded that the smartest people in his kingdom tell him what he dreamed, and then the...

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God’s Greater Than Your Trials

God’s Greater Than Your Trials

When I first moved to Hawaii 12 years ago, I’d never surfed. I started out learning by borrowing my buddy’s 9 foot longboard on bunny waves here at white plains. Then one day in November a guy who grew up on the North Shore asked me if I surf. At this point, I...

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Work Hard This Year

Work Hard This Year

So how are your New Year’s resolutions going? Still going strong? It’s about this time that the momentum and adrenaline is running low from with you made that resolution and it becomes easier to skip a day or a meal. Easier to watch just one episode, drink just one...

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Stand Firm Together

Stand Firm Together

What would you say to someone who’s suffering? You’d probably try to encourage them, right? But you’d need to know what they are suffering from. In 2 Thessalonians chapter 1, this church that Paul wrote the letter to was suffering from persecution, probably by the...

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Ready For Anything

Ready For Anything

Paul wrote 2 Thessalonians to a church that was suffering. They were experiencing some kind of persecution, probably from the city officials. And the picture we get is that they're enduring this suffering miraculously well. Even though these people had just begun...

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Hope For Death

Hope For Death

Do you have 10 minutes free to think about your death? Some of you are like, "I'd love to have 10 free minutes, but even if I did I wouldn't want to spend it thinking about my death!!" We don't think about death too often. It's not all that, well, fun. But that...

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Pursuing Holiness Together

Pursuing Holiness Together

You're not in it alone. This life of following Jesus, fighting against sin, and changing to be more like him was never intended to be a solo adventure. Paul highlights that in his letter to a new, young, inexperienced church. Check out 1 Thessalonians 4 verse 1:...

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About Justin

Justin has lived in Hawaii for 12 years, and is head over heals in love with his wife Heejung. Justin served as Pastor for Connection at Harbor Church Honolulu for 4 years before being sent out to plant Harbor West. He served as the Executive Director for The Gospel Coalition Hawaii for 5 years, loves to longboard White Plains and Pokai Bay, plays basketball, and critiques movies. He’s working on his Korean so that he can understand Heejung’s Korean reality shows.