Faith and Works

How do we get the church out of the church and into the community where God wants it to be? “Dear brothers and sisters, what’s the use of saying you have faith if you don’t prove it by your actions? That kind of faith can’t save anyone” (James 2:14). Sideliners When I was younger, I was a sideliner. I wasn’t that good in sports. I left Hawaii during my junior high years and had Read More

Hidden in Plain Sight

“F2F.” Do you know what that means? “Face to face.” There is a new wave of social networking that can cause us to become people who hide in plain sight. In this socially connected world, people are still not connected. Divorce rates are the same. Families are still breaking apart. Greed in America is at its highest peak and everyone is still looking out for number one. People now have Read More

Relationships That Delight God

God delights to carry out His will through His children. God is looking for children who are in healthy relationship with Him through which He can carry out His will. God could do it all, but He wants to run it through us because He delights in carrying out His will through His children when they have a good relationship with Him. God wants to give people encouraging words. God wants to give people Read More

Impetuous Words

All of us have the same problem. Impetuous words — words that are reckless, words that we speak first and think about later, only to have regret and remorse. In order to train our tongues so that we refrain from evil, we have to do some preparation in advance and practice certain things until they become part of our default system. Then, in times where something is demanded of us, when we are Read More

The Gift of Friendship

We live in a world that’s crowded and busy, but lonely. We’re desperate for friends and there’s no better example than Jesus Himself who said, “No longer do I call you slaves … but I have called you friends” (John 15:15). The more we become like Him, the more we become someone who others may call “friend,” because the best way to find a good friend is to start being one. What Read More

How to Grow in the Stretch

Sometimes, God wants to build our faith like building muscles so God will stretch our faith. Nobody likes to be stretched because there is a tug-of-war of what we should do and what we should not do. We do not like to be stretched because it forces us to make a decision. We have to understand that if God is stretching a portion of our life, it is best to cooperate with Him because God is up to Read More

Faith at Work

As we develop a faith for our everyday lives, we especially want to extend that to our workplace — where we spend so much time and have such consistent contact with others. We may not realize it, but our employers, co-workers and customers can either be influenced, impacted by, imposed upon or annoyed by our faith. We may be the only Jesus they will ever know! Let’s look at what the Bible says Read More

Rich Toward God

There is a way we can be rich toward God. We can expend the energy of our life in such a way that it brings us a balanced life. In today’s economy, we can try to keep up with the Joneses and think that is where life is found. All the while, we do not realize that we are forfeiting life along the way and chasing an elusive rabbit. Once we get where we think we want to be, we find life is not there. Read More

Unspoken Words

The Bible says to guard two things. The first is, of course, your mouth. “Set a guard over my mouth, O Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips” (Ps. 141:3). He says to keep guard over your mouth, but the second thing is important, too. He says the second thing to guard or to keep a lid over is your heart. “Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life” Read More

The Truth About Money

The word “greed” is simply defined as keeping everything we get. When greed begins to obsess or control us, there is no flow through. Even though we do not use certain things, we become greedy and begin to accumulate them because the accumulation is an end in itself. Then our value, our identity and everything is wrapped up in possessions and the devil has got us. The Bible says, “For the Read More