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Reading Scripture Together

Reading Scripture Together

As Paul wrote his final words to Timothy, he told him that tough, difficult days were here and were coming for his young friend. In response to these difficult days, Paul says this to Timothy: "But as for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed. You...

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Bless Ewa Project

Bless Ewa Project

Recently our church was able to launch and complete a project we called the "Bless Ewa Project" where we were able to bless and encourage 100 essential workers in our community. Our hope and prayer is that God would continue to use us, and motivate other churches to...

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A Time Of Uncertainty

A Time Of Uncertainty

The book of Esther opens with the King of Persia, King Ahasuerus, getting all party crazy, right? King Ahasuerus, the guy who ruled the greatest empire the world had ever seen, decides to throw a party a day for 180 days for these important people in his Kingdom. And...

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The Peace You Can Have Right Now

The Peace You Can Have Right Now

Peace is so delicate. The smallest thing can disrupt it, or eliminate it completely. A single word can shatter our peace on a visit to the doctor's office. One day in the stock market can turn our peace upside down. A virus can test every fiber of our peace. And...

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7 Ways To Stay Connected

7 Ways To Stay Connected

There are unique times, as you know. At Harbor West, we're looking for ways to stay connected, both to God and to each other. Here are 7 helpful recommendations for staying connected during self-isolation.  Harbor Youth GroupOur middle and high schoolers will still...

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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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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.