Pastor's Blog

Depending On Jesus

Depending On Jesus

What's the one thing you have that, if you lost it, it would completely and utterly devastate you? So much so that you wouldn't give it up for anything. That usually shows us what we're dependent on in life; what we depend on to give us significance, purpose, and...

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Get In The Fight

Get In The Fight

It's like Jesus' disciples weren't even in the fight. In Mark 9, they were arguing about which one of them was the greatest, and Jesus point out to them that he doesn't value greatness the way that they do. He says that whoever humbles himself and serves is actually...

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The Search For Glory

The Search For Glory

You and I are searching for glory. It's what we all want. What would happen if God showed it to you? What if he showed his glory to you...but you totally missed it? Peter and a few others saw God's glory in Mark 9 verse 2: After six days Jesus took Peter, James, and...

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New Life Seen In Baptism

New Life Seen In Baptism

Harbor Church West Oahu was able to celebrate the new life that Jesus gave Jenny and Addison by gathering at the beach, hearing the story of how Jesus saved them, and then witnessing their baptism. From empty to full, sinful to repentant, hopeless to hope-filled,...

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Can You See Clearly Now?

Can You See Clearly Now?

Do you remember a time when your eyes were open to believe something that you hadn't previously? I used to make fun of people in those inflatable air chairs at the beach. It just looked so silly. But then I encountered one, experienced one, took a nap in one, and now...

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Everything You Need And More

Everything You Need And More

In Mark 7, a Gentile woman comes to Jesus because she has a demon possessed daughter that she'd do anything to see healed. A man is dragged to Jesus by his friends because he's deaf and mute and they hope that maybe Jesus can heal him. Both of these people came to...

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Seeing Jesus In The Storm

Seeing Jesus In The Storm

I used to enjoy flying so much. As a kid, I loved being on a plane when it hit turbulence. You know that feeling you get in your stomach on a roller coaster? I wanted to experience it on every flight! But now, turbulence messes me up. I get light headed, start to...

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Jesus Provides More Than We Need

Jesus Provides More Than We Need

What needs do you have in life? Probably a few. When we're needy, especially beyond our own skill, wisdom, or capacity, we usually turn to the most trusted thing that we know of that will meet our needs. Jesus taught his disciples that they could trust him, and that...

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Transforming The Terrified

Transforming The Terrified

Imagine a person locked in a room, terrified of the people outside. Our imaginary person believes in Jesus, but is crippled with fear to share their faith with anyone outside that room they've locked themselves in. Now imagine, that not long after, that same person is...

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More Beautiful Than You Can Imagine

More Beautiful Than You Can Imagine

John 17 is one massive prayer. It’s Jesus praying just before he’s arrested and crucified. He starts out praying for himself as he’s about to die, then he prays for his disciples, these guys who’ve been following him around for years now, and then he ends by praying...

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About Justin

Justin has lived in Hawaii for 11 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 serves as the Executive Director for The Gospel Coalition Hawaii, 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.