Whimsical Thursday- A Place in the Shade

16 01 2014

The pursuit of whimsy, the light-hearted, yet serious, adventure.

Sometimes love means finding a place…

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in the shade to enjoy God’s beautiful creation.

“…rest yourselves under the tree.” Genesis 18:4

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Whimsical Sunday- Clouds

22 12 2013

The pursuit of whimsy, the light-hearted, yet serious, adventure.

Love means realizing that sometimes the clouds

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present in our lives are meant to make us better
not be the source of our undoing.

Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.
I John 4:17





Whimsical Sunday- The Path

8 12 2013

The pursuit of whimsy, the light-hearted, yet serious, adventure.

Love sometimes means staying on the path…

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Even when the outcome is unknown.

Your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path
Psalm 119:105





Two Announcements…

6 11 2013

God’s House Maui
This Sunday, our church is having its first service at Pu’ukukui Elementary in Wailuku (see directions below).  Brothers Steven and Kris Miyake, Maui born and raised, returned the island to start this church after several years on the mainland doing ministry. This church and its leadership share a similar heart and vision for ministry on the Hawaiian Islands with our ministry, Pray Hawaii, and because of those connections, we recently joined the pastoral leadership team as Life Transformation pastors.  We are excited for this new opportunity and ask for your prayers as we begin to serve in this new role.
Please read below for more information about God’s House.

The heart of this church is to see the island transformed by the love of Christ.  The cornerstone principle for God’s House comes from Matthew 6:33.  “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”  The vision is drawn from John 12:32, “When I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to Myself.” The vision for God’s House Maui is “to lift Christ high above the islands of Hawaii to draw all people to Him.”  The mission comes from the great commission found in Matthew 28.  “To disciple people into an authentic relationship with Christ by teaching them how to love God genuinely, to love each other unconditionally, and to live obediently by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

Prayer Requests
Will you join us in praying for our Church begin services at this new location. Please pray for the Lord to bring the people He wants to this fellowship.  Please pray for the pastors and staff of this church as they seek to follow the Lord faithfully.  Pray also for a release of resources to help this church meet its new obligations.  Finally, pray for protection for Pastors Kris and Stacey Miyake, Worship Pastors, Arthur and Amanda Criste, and all other pastors and staff at God’s House Maui

Finally, if you are on Maui and would like to attend services, the first service is Sunday November 10 from 10-12.  Here are some directions to help.

Coming from Wailuku (on High Street)
1.Drive past Wailuku Elementary.
2. Turn right onto Kehalani Makai Parkway.
3. Drive straight up the hill.
4. As the road curves, take the left turn into the gated street.
5. Welcome to the Pu’u Kukui cafeteria and campus!





Whimsical Saturday- Art

22 09 2013

The pursuit of whimsy, the light-hearted, yet serious, adventure.

Sometimes love means making art…

Greg Poppy Maui

Simply for the joy of creating.

          For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
        Ephesians 2:10




Whimsical Saturday- Reading

14 09 2013

The pursuit of whimsy, the light-hearted, yet serious, adventure.

Love sometimes means getting lost in a world 

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of Elves, Dwarves, and Hobbits.

So was fulfilled what was spoken through the prophet: “I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter things hidden since the creation of the world.” -Matt 13:35





Loving the Unlovable

11 09 2013

I was reminded this week of Jesus words in Matthew 5:43-48 where He tells us that we are to love our enemies. Instead of, doing things the old way, you know, loving our neighbor and hating our enemies. Recently, these verses have taken on a special significance in my life. I found that I looked forward to dealing with a certain kind of people, while, simultaneously, I dreaded spending time with another. And I don’t mean like simply trying to avoid someone who I find annoying. I mean D-R-E-A-D-I-N-G talking to, looking at, pr hearing from this type of person. What I really discovered is that I didn’t like them because they weren’t very easy to love.

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Which brings me back to this passage, Jesus didn’t say love those who are easy to love. He said love your enemies. While I don’t consider them my enemies, my attitude toward them has been unloving. Which is a nice way of saying I hated them. That last part was difficult to write. Because as a Christian, I should, and do “know,” better.

Another thing interesting happened to me, as I pondered these verses and my hateful feelings. I started substituting for a life skills/work place readiness teacher at a local high school, and the first subject that I was going to teach was about attitude. This interesting item that got my attention was the definition of attitude contained in the materials. The chapter of the book defined attitude as your feeling toward something.

The light went off for me when I read that definition. You see, I have been taught my whole life that my attitude in life was my choice. I could choose how I would respond to my circumstances or to people I encountered. In other words, I can choose my feelings, and my choices reveal the true condition of heart.

What does this have to do with love? For me, it means that I don’t have “right” to be annoyed by, to dislike or to hate a person. I, especially, can’t show those feelings toward that person. I do believe that this “demanding” position of Jesus on loving our enemies is impossible under our own strength or “will” power.

I do believe a proper perspective helps us in this struggle. This perspective to me come from Romans 5:8, ” But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” This verse coupled couple with verse 10, “while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son,” clearly indicates that God loved me as His enemy, a sinner. How can I do any less for those I view as enemies?