STAFF BLOG

How We’re Sunk by Self-Esteem

There’s one area where American high-schoolers consistently rank first out of all the high-schoolers in the world. It’s not reading. Last year we ranked 24th in the world, behind Slovenia and Macau. It’s not science. We’re #25, behind Portugal and Vietnam. It’s not...

Where We Are, Where We’re Going

Here's a look back at the amazing places God has taken us over the past year, and a look forward to where he's taking us in the next.  

How to Develop Godly Ambition

The story of Daniel is amazing. He strategically placed himself in a position to become the top advisor to the most powerful man on the planet. But he never seemed to be trying to promote himself. He was always more concerned about building God’s kingdom than his own...

What do you do when the waves hit?

As we all learned from The Princess Bride, life is pain. Anyone who tells you different is trying to sell you something. We've all got challenges to deal with. Waves that threaten to crash on our heads. Maybe right now it's a financial wave. Christmas is over and now...

You Need Something Greater

I don't get to surf as much as I used to, but whenever I do I'm reminded how the ocean forces you to meditate on God's absolute power and control. For example, the ocean forces you to wait on God. Have you ever seen a bumper sticker that said Pray for Well Groomed...

In 2019, Don’t Grow Weary Doing Good

We have lots of hard workers in our church. Hard-charging entrepreneurs. Uber-effective business and government leaders. Energetic teachers. Tireless health-care providers. Multi-tasking super-moms. Many of these folks are also volunteering in multiple ministries,...

Advent – Jesus is the Conqueror

The story of the world is the story of a battle between God and Satan. By the third page of the Bible, Satan had already convinced the people who were made in God’s image to rebel against their creator and provider. So God said to Satan in Genesis 3:15, “I will put...

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...