Pastor's Blog

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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A Totally New Person

A Totally New Person

Have you ever had something amazing in your life, like it was yours, you were living with it, but didn’t realize at all that you had it? Maybe you bought a FitBit so it would count your steps, and then like a year later you realized that you could receive text...

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Something Greater To Hope In

Something Greater To Hope In

What are your hopes for the future? What are you stoked about that could be in your future? Maybe it's purchasing a singing family home...or getting to the point where all of your kids are out of the house so you can travel...or maybe reigniting the spark in your...

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Stand Out On The Journey

Stand Out On The Journey

So this is a story that you’d expect to see on Dr. Phil or Jerry Springer instead of in the Bible. A guy marries his brother's wife, who is also his niece, and then he beheads a dude who doesn't like it. Crazy! But this messy story shows us a few things that we can...

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Go All In

Go All In

Mark 5 will change your life. In Mark 5, we see Jesus change 3 lives directly, and we see people respond to how those lives were changed. How would you respond to what Jesus did? Let’s jump into the story at verse 22: "One of the synagogue leaders, named Jairus, came,...

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Jesus: Stronger Than Every Evil

Jesus: Stronger Than Every Evil

It's crazy, mysterious, and unbelievable! Mark 5:1-20 is one of the wildest stories in the Bible. A ridiculously strong, self-abusive, naked, homeless man runs up to Jesus, worships him, and then Jesus kicks out thousands of demons that are tormenting him. The demons...

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Growing With Jesus

Growing With Jesus

They didn't always get it. Jesus' closest followers didn't always understand what Jesus was talking about when he was teaching. He would often have to sit them down and explain his teaching again.They were still growing in their understanding of who Jesus is, what...

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Your Fruit Are Showing

Your Fruit Are Showing

In Mark 4, Jesus starts speaking and teaching in parables. A parable is a short story that teaches a truth. The first parable he teaches the crowds is about a sower who sows seed, and the seed falls on different types of soil. Depending on the soil, the seed either...

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Ordinary, Diverse, And Broken

Ordinary, Diverse, And Broken

Jesus stayed up all night praying. After that sleepless night, he chose 12 men to be his closest followers for the rest of his life. That decision must have been really important, and Jesus needed to spend time praying for guidance, wisdom, and direction. And here's...

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You Can Have A New Heart

You Can Have A New Heart

Our church (like any church) is filled with people who put on smiling faces most of the time and give the appearance that our lives are together. But our church (like any church) is actually full of people who've fought sin all week, and sometimes failed. Husbands in...

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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.