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Are You Feeling Distracted During Worship?

Are You Feeling Distracted During Worship?

This past Sunday morning, one of our prayer team members approached me after worship service and said, “Just wanted to let you know that we were praying for you this morning. We know that Sunday mornings can be distracting for you as you need to manage issues that...

Unleashing Your Unique Influence

Unleashing Your Unique Influence

When you see someone using a plastic straw, what do you think? Maybe you think that person is a monster just for touching a plastic straw. You think a straw is a symbol of evil. Or maybe you think that person is standing up for their right to drink a Ginger-Lime Diet...

Does God Want Me To Be Happy?

Does God Want Me To Be Happy?

Have you ever heard people say, “God cares about your holiness, not your happiness?” I’ve heard it before, and I heard it because I used to say that. In a culture filled with people telling us to go after things that make you happy as if that’s the only thing that...

You’re an influencer. What kind?

You’re an influencer. What kind?

The modern definition of an "influencer" is someone who gains a ton of followers on social media so they can get paid by companies to advertise their products. For real? It's time to re-claim that word. Because according to the Bible, every Christian is an influencer....

How to Embrace the Chaos of Life

How to Embrace the Chaos of Life

We all want to find significance in life. We all want to make a difference in life. And in our fast-forward existence, we all feel like doing something meaningful in life has to wait until the busy-ness and chaos of this season of life has passed. We're like the...

Spreading Sunday Aloha

Spreading Sunday Aloha

The other day I was listening to a Casting Crowns song, “If We are the Body”, and the lyrics started to make me uneasy. “It’s crowded in worship today. As she slips in trying to fade into the faces. The girls teasing laughter is carrying farther than they know. But if...

You’re either moving too fast or too slow.

You’re either moving too fast or too slow.

Here's something I've noticed about myself: There are some seasons of life when I feel like I'm charging ahead blindly. There are other seasons when I feel like I've fallen behind where I should be. It's rare that I feel like I'm going exactly the right direction at...

Why Do You Help?

Why Do You Help?

“So what made you go into social work?” This question normally pops up whenever someone asks me what I do for work. I usually talk about how I’ve seen this “massive need” in our islands, and it motivated me to want to do something to help. But in the last couple years...

You Might Be Missing Out

You Might Be Missing Out

Don’t you hate it when you miss out on something good? You see a crazy Black Friday ad offering 65-inch TV's for $100. You say to yourself, “Man, if only I needed a new TV right now, I would be all over that.” Then the next week your TV breaks. You buy a plane ticket...

The Answer to Your Anxiety

The Answer to Your Anxiety

According to a poll by the American Psychiatric Association, 40% of Americans are more anxious now than they were a year ago. Nearly 20% of Americans struggle with ongoing anxiety. What's driving this anxiety? For many of these folks, it's worries about the future. As...