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Gospel-Powered Self Control

Gospel-Powered Self Control

Galatians 5:16 says this: "Walk by the Spirit and you will certainly not carry out the desire of the flesh." We are going to have fleshly desires in life. Even as followers of Jesus, who have God the Holy Spirit living in us, we’re STILL gonna have fleshly desires....

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God’s Making You Kind And Patient

God’s Making You Kind And Patient

God has been patient and kind with you. When you were sinful and rejecting God, He patiently loved you and in his kindness he saved you. It was God's patience and kindness that made it possible for you to be adopted into his family. And now, in Galatians 5, God said...

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Love For The Word

Love For The Word

God said to Abraham, I want you to leave your country and your family and go to a land that I will tell you about later. And, after you do that I’m going to make you a big nation and will bless you and give you a great name. And then God said something even more...

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Where Do You Go For Joy And Peace?

Where Do You Go For Joy And Peace?

We’re all looking for joy and peace in life, aren’t we? You’ve been looking for it all week. Almost every decision we make is because we’re looking for joy or peace. You work long hours or multiple jobs because you want the joy of having lots of money and what that...

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Love For Each Other

Love For Each Other

Paul spends a lot of time in Galatians explaining that following Jesus isn't about law keeping, but about faith working through love (5:6). But he also explains that it's not about living however you want because you have grace, but it's about loving your neighbor as...

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It’s Finished! Now Go…

It’s Finished! Now Go…

At the end of Mark 15, all of Jesus' disciples are hopeless. They've just run away from Jesus, and now he's dead. Jesus, who they've given their lives to, looks like he's disappointed them. But then in Mark 16, we see Jesus raised from the dead. We see new hope. We...

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We’re All Tempted To Betray Jesus

We’re All Tempted To Betray Jesus

In Mark 14 we see ALL of Jesus' closest friends drop Jesus like a fad. They openly argue against what he's saying, fall asleep when he asked them to stay awake with him, betray him for money, and then completely run away from him when he gets arrested. Jesus’...

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Eating With Jesus

Eating With Jesus

Have you ever sat down for a meal with family or friends and the meal took a left turn toward awkward-ville? I remember a few meals that ended up being shocking or awkward in my life. Most of them were first dates. There're two meals in Mark 14, and something shocking...

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Two Years Of God’s Grace

Two Years Of God’s Grace

Harbor Church West Oahu just celebrated our 2 year anniversary since our launch Sunday. We've experienced a massive amount of God's grace as we've been on this journey together. When launched with a hand full of families who believed that God was calling us to worship...

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Are You Actually Rejecting Jesus?

Are You Actually Rejecting Jesus?

A vineyard is used to talk about the nation of Israel in the Old Testament. Israel was the people that God chose to be his particular people, to follow him closely. They weren’t a great nation when he chose them. They were just a patch of dirt. But then God built this...

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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.