Pastor's Blog

Work Hard This Year

Work Hard This Year

So how are your New Year’s resolutions going? Still going strong? It’s about this time that the momentum and adrenaline is running low from with you made that resolution and it becomes easier to skip a day or a meal. Easier to watch just one episode, drink just one...

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Stand Firm Together

Stand Firm Together

What would you say to someone who’s suffering? You’d probably try to encourage them, right? But you’d need to know what they are suffering from. In 2 Thessalonians chapter 1, this church that Paul wrote the letter to was suffering from persecution, probably by the...

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Ready For Anything

Ready For Anything

Paul wrote 2 Thessalonians to a church that was suffering. They were experiencing some kind of persecution, probably from the city officials. And the picture we get is that they're enduring this suffering miraculously well. Even though these people had just begun...

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Hope For Death

Hope For Death

Do you have 10 minutes free to think about your death? Some of you are like, "I'd love to have 10 free minutes, but even if I did I wouldn't want to spend it thinking about my death!!" We don't think about death too often. It's not all that, well, fun. But that...

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Pursuing Holiness Together

Pursuing Holiness Together

You're not in it alone. This life of following Jesus, fighting against sin, and changing to be more like him was never intended to be a solo adventure. Paul highlights that in his letter to a new, young, inexperienced church. Check out 1 Thessalonians 4 verse 1:...

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How To Increase Your Love For Others

How To Increase Your Love For Others

Check out Paul's prayer in 1 Thessalonians 3 verse 12: "And may the Lord cause you to increase and overflow with love for one another and for everyone, just as we do for you." That’s the kind of love that God wants us to have for each other; an increasing and...

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How To Have Joy No Matter What’s Happening In Life

How To Have Joy No Matter What’s Happening In Life

 In the beginning of 1 Thessalonians 2, Paul says that he was treated outrageously in Philippi. What happened in Philippi? Well, when Paul was there, there was this little girl who was demon possessed and some older men realized that they could make a lot of money off...

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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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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.