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Suffering In Community

Suffering In Community

James writes his short letter to the twelve tribes dispersed abroad. So his primary audience is Jews who’ve been scattered around the world because of the persecution that we see the book of Acts. They’d given their lives to Jesus, just like James, but now they’re...

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We’re All Influencers

We’re All Influencers

Titus is just a tiny letter that a guy named Paul wrote. In the Biblical timeline, Jesus had already lived and was crucified and was resurrected from the dead and then ascended to heaven alive but just before he did, he said this to his followers: “All authority has...

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A Life Of Influence

A Life Of Influence

We’re gonna look and see what the letter of Titus can teach us about being influencers.That’s a buzz word right now in our culture. And it’s a really freaky word in my opinion. Because it used to be that the influencers in the world were people like Albert Einstein,...

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Not Missing Out On Everything

Not Missing Out On Everything

This is King Solomon’s conclusion to his investigation of life. He started out Ecclesiastes wondering what the point of all of life was, and we’ve gone on this journey with him, seeing all the things he explored, all the rocks he uncovered. He’s laid it all out for...

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The Key To All Of Life

The Key To All Of Life

Have you ever looked back and realized that some of the things you thought existed weren’t really even a part of the world? Like, as a really little kid I thought that I’d be interacting with farm animals far more than I am these days. Our 1 year old knows every sound...

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What Money Can Do For You

What Money Can Do For You

Solomon can talk from experience about what money can do for you... dude had a bunch of it. He was the king, so he had all the wealth you could imagine. He built himself houses, threw nightly parties for all his friends with the best food and drinks. Solomon was one...

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How Not To Miss Out On God’s Blessings

How Not To Miss Out On God’s Blessings

Why do you go to church? I mean like, really? Why do you go? Maybe you go to… impress God... serve God... make or keep friends... worship God... not upset your parents or grandparents... put God in your debt... or to earn God’s favor.  Why do you REALY go?  That’s...

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Are You Living A Successful Life?

Are You Living A Successful Life?

"But after this week things will slow down a bit." Being an adult is just saying that over and over again until you die. Isn't that what it feels like? Life can get so busy and stressful, and all-consuming, and usually it’s because we’re all trying to be successful in...

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Not Missing Out On The Good Life

Not Missing Out On The Good Life

In Ecclesiastes, an older man named Solomon is writing to a bunch of younger readers who live in a time where their economy was booming. International trade was taking off and fortunes could made quickly. And Solomon’s watching the younger generation get drunk on...

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Redeeming Your 9-5

Redeeming Your 9-5

What are you called to do? What’s your work? Your vocation? Every person has one. If you’re a Christian, that literally means that you’re called to Christ. That’s your primary job, or vocation, to be a Jesus follower. Jesus isn’t just an add-on to your life, like the...

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About Justin

Justin has lived in Hawaii for 13 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, play basketball, and critique movies.