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Advent – Jesus Is Your King

We were made to have a king. That’s why every fairy tale has one. That’s why you can flip on Hawaii News Now and see stories about the royal family, even though we’re not British and we live on the opposite side of the planet. We were made to be ruled. We want to have...

Advent – Jesus is Your Priest

Two thousand years before you were even born, Jesus was praying for you. That's what a priest does. He represents you before God, and intercedes on your behalf. Here's what Jesus prayed for you: I pray for them. I am not praying for the world but for those you have...

Advent – Jesus is Your Prophet

    The strange man at the well said something intriguing to her. “Everyone who drinks from this water will get thirsty again. But whoever drinks from the water that I will give him will never get thirsty again. In fact, the water I will give him will become a well of...

You Were Created for Community

We all feel the need to be part of a community. That's why all the concomformists at the skate park wear the same Vans shoes. That's why all the rebel Harley riders wear matching vests as their herd ambles down Kamehameha Highway. We all want to belong. And that...

How to Stop Being a Hypocrite

If someone wants to attack Christianity, the first arrow they pull out is that we're a bunch of hypocrites. "You say you stand for morality and righteousness, but the people you vote for are totally immoral and unrighteous. You say you’re all about love, but it seems...

Why Humility Is Not Your Default

Nobody's default is humility. Not even the people who act humble. That's what Paul says in Philippians: Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the...

10 Ways to Love the Word More

When the Psalms describe a follower of God, they say things like, "His delight is in the Lord’s instruction, and he meditates on it day and night" (Psalm 1), and "The ordinances of the Lord are more desirable than gold, than an abundance of pure gold, and sweeter than...

It’s Possible to Be Godly

Many Christians live in a continual state of low-level depression. They work hard to conquer their bad habits and sins, get depressed when they fail, and then feel like giving up on the whole struggle. They're not sure it's even possible to be what Scripture so...

What A Loving Person Looks Like

If I have $1,000,000,000, what will I have if I take the first digit away? Zero. Just one little number makes a gigantic difference. In the same way, Paul says in 1 Corinthians 13 that I can have great experiences ("speaking human or angelic tongues"), or lots of...

What’s Your Life’s Destination?

I saw a fascinating article this week. According to a recent study, Hawaii has the highest rate of employment in the nation. Most of us are working really hard. At the same time, we have the fourth-highest amount of leisure time spent per day in the nation. Which...