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Christmas Is God Saying “I’m With You”

Christmas Is God Saying “I’m With You”

After you've done Christmas a few times (or a few dozen times), it starts losing its power. The words and phrases associated with Christmas blend into the background like elevator music. Words like Immanuel. Which means "God With Us." What a mind-blowing thought....

What Gets You To Church on Sunday?

What Gets You To Church on Sunday?

For some of us who grew up in church—do you remember those Sunday mornings when your mom or dad tried to wake you up for church? Do you remember the kicking and screaming, trying to grab your blanket back out of your mom’s hands, yelling “I’m not going to church! I...

This Thanksgiving? Pray.

This Thanksgiving? Pray.

It's the time of year when we think about brining turkeys, finding the perfect pecan pie recipe, and readying our houses for the hordes to come. But Thanksgiving is supposed to be a day of focused prayer. Whether we realize it or not, we're always praying. We start...

Parents, Don’t Fear!

Parents, Don’t Fear!

Did you know that many of today’s working parents spend as much if not more time engaged in parenting activities with their children than stay-at-home parents did in the 1970s? As a parent of three little children, I found myself shocked to hear that. An article...

How to Find Pleasure in God Alone

How to Find Pleasure in God Alone

Do you wonder why life seems stressful and unfulfilling? Do you wonder why there’s friction with the people you’re closest to? Do you wonder why your plans never seem to turn out quite as good you hoped? According to James, it's because you're looking for pleasure in...

How to Speak the Truth in Love

How to Speak the Truth in Love

Death and life are in the power of the tongue. That's what it says in Proverbs 18:21. Think about how you’ve been given life through the words people have said to you. Someone tells you what a great job you did on the last assignment you had at work. Someone gives you...

How to Pursue Better Prayer in Groups

How to Pursue Better Prayer in Groups

On Sunday we saw in Nehemiah 2 how our pursuit of God will lead us to passionate prayer for God’s people. At Harbor we’re always seeking to grow in our prayerfulness, particularly when we’re together in community. Want to have better times of prayer in your family,...

Are You Different Now From A Year Ago?

Are You Different Now From A Year Ago?

When it comes to the Tower of Terror at Disneyland, I’ve discovered there are two groups of people. One group of people jumps right on without thinking about it. They just have faith that it will be safe. Like my oldest daughter Talia. She didn’t think twice. She...

Introducing Kukuilani

Introducing Kukuilani

by Mike Butindaro | Oct 18, 2019 I recently heard from a guy who works for a local pest control company that back in the day, the Ward-Kakaako area use to be one big marshland. Then investors and developers suddenly came in and built over it. However, this guy said...

Love means welcoming people who can’t do anything for you

Love means welcoming people who can’t do anything for you

It's amazing what we'll do to sit up front in an airplane. We'll fly in a cramped economy seat, flight after flight with the same terrible airline, because that’s how you build up status. If you get enough status, then you can get bumped up to premium economy seat...