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saturday & sunday gatherings

Each weekend we gather as family and friends to encourage and inspire each other in the faith. We understand that schedules are busy, so you can join us on Saturday night or Sunday morning.

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classes to grow your faith

We want to help you discover your redemptive purpose and live the life God created for you. These classes will help you to Know God, Find Freedom, Discover Your Purpose, and Make a Difference. 

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weekly life groups

Life Groups are small group communities that do life together. We feature various Life Groups that you can be a part of at multiple locations across the westside of Oahu.

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bible study tools & apps

Learn helpful bible study methods, find daily scriptures online, worship music playlists, and the latest apps to to help increase your faith.

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nhk sunday messages

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nhk connecting point: renovation of heart

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BY SR. PASTOR GLENN YAMAGUCHI

Dear Ohana,

If you’re like me you probably have some half-finished projects around your house.  Maybe an unpainted room, a leaky faucet, or perhaps those dings in the wall that need to be patched.  I have some rooms at home that need to be painted and they are calling my name right now. 

On a similar note our hearts and lives are like these projects - a work in progress.  Sometimes to make it better means that we have to undergo some kind of renovation.  Renovations inevitably means we live with a degree of mess and it often looks worse before it gets better, it cost us something, and it often takes longer than we had hoped.  God wants to renovate both our hearts.  He wants to take attitudes, actions, habits, character, and renovate it to look just like his Son Jesus.  God has the plans in hand, but before He gets too far along He needs to get the permit signed.  God often gets started without our permission, but He can never get very far without our permission and cooperation.  We must choose to cooperate with Jesus’ renovation plan and schedule.

Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ.   Ephesians 4:12-13 (NLT).

We cooperate by trusting Him, letting Him challenge what has been status quo, and seeking His face and his grace in our life.

It is not enough to recognize the work of God among us.  We need to participate in the work, but not for works sake.  We participate in it to advance His Kingdom, it also is part of the means He uses to grow our faith and knowledge of Jesus, and He uses that to grow us up to be like Him.  Embracing this renovation of our hearts does take work, but more so, it takes letting our lives look messier for a season.  We need to give up control.  We might look a little more out of control but facing (honestly) what was already there, we actually become a bit more like Jesus.  The alternative is to cover up our attitudes, actions, habits, and character that look so different from Jesus, and just clean up our appearances a bit to be more “Christian like.”  We can smile and say “Praise the Lord,” but our hearts are so far from the experience of it.  

Can I encourage you, perhaps Jesus is putting his finger on some place in your life where He has long had renovation plans for you.  He often starts construction before we know it, and so we feel the uneasiness of the noise that happens in those areas of our lives.  We feel him wanting to knock down walls or open things up, or perhaps He is needing to rework some hidden features behind walls.  They usually seem just like problems in our lives, but in reality Jesus is doing his renovation work, if you and I will let him.  We cooperate by trusting Him, letting Him challenge what has been status quo, and seeking His face and his grace in our life.  His grace wants to cover and work in us.  

Even though I was formerly a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent aggressor. Yet I was shown mercy because I acted ignorantly in unbelief; and the grace of our Lord was more than abundant, with the faith and love which are found in Christ Jesus.   1 Timothy 1:13-14 (NASB)

Keep seeking Him and say yes when he asks you to do something, or surrender something, or whatever He asks.  Perhaps you will seek out a fellow brother or sister who has been a little further along the renovation process for support and guidance.  God will give you all the strength and grace you need.

Saying yes to His renovation plans,

Pastor Glenn

 
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