A Culture of Hope

Hanging in a hallway of our church offices is a beautifully framed text, with flourishing calligraphy, which simply says, “Caring relationships are key to the life of every endeavor.” This is one of the core values of New Hope Oahu. Healthy relationships are so important to the Lord that he would rather we didn’t have church without them. Jesus said that …

How To Say NO Graciously

Often I get caught between services(we do five every weekend) with a sincere person desperate for answers. Precious people will want me to pray for their cat, their distant cousin who is going in for an appendectomy, or help them iron out a problem at work. Should I listen? I know it will be a fifteen minute commitment with a …

When Someone Insists Only the Pastor Will Do!

People will take everything you have, all the time you’ve got, and all the energy you can spare if you will let them. It will leave you burnt out and you’ll start to hide. Your favorite Scripture becomes: “Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest.” (Ps. 55:6) But that is not …

The Under-Developed Leader

It’s not a sin to be an under-developed leader, we all started that way—but it is a sin to remain that way! The under-developed leader can wreck the potential of churches. Under-developed leaders are dangerous. They rarely cast vision. They don’t build teams, resolve problems, or let things die that ought to die. They don’t pay attention to the warning signs …

Taking Hold of Your Future

Wayne Cordeiro “Whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever looks at the clouds will not reap” (Eccl. 11:4) Solomon is teaching us a “life essential.” It is a class on taking the initiative to take hold of your future. What is it that needs to be accomplished? What needs to be done this week that you have been procrastinating …