With Liberty and Justice for All
by Joe Yoshihara on May 28th, 2020
“…with liberty and justice for all.” Those words stand tall in the collective conscience of our nation. Most of us will recognize those meaty words as the closing refrain to our pledge of allegiance. This week there were two events that gave me pause and a chance to reflect on those words. The first was our annual Memorial Day holiday and my time serving as the co-chaplain for the Nisei Veterans ...
by Joe Yoshihara on May 21st, 2020
One of the blessings of the ‘stay at home’ order is that families have been spending a lot of time together. Rita and I go on walks together and we often see husbands and wives along with children walking or riding their bikes together, dads shooting baskets with their kids, building things with them, kicking soccer balls…In the midst of a global pandemic and a weakening economy, many families hav...
by Joe Yoshihara on May 14th, 2020
It’s been almost four months since Kobe Bryant died in the tragic helicopter accident that shocked and shook our country and was felt in other parts of the world as well. No doubt that this aviation tragedy made the news and stayed in our collective conscience and conversations largely because Kobe Bryant was a basketball icon. Bryant’s accomplishments included 5 NBA titles, 15 All-NBA team select...
Opportunities Disguised as Interruptions
by Joe Yoshihara on May 7th, 2020
A couple of weeks ago, Rita, Kyle, and I donated blood as part of the Bloodworks NW blood drive. It was exciting to see our ministry center transformed into a pop-up donation center and filled with people from the community giving this precious, life-saving resource. There was a wonderful sense of being part of a worthy cause as people from all walks of life are stepping up to care for others. The...
Living Consistent with our Calling
by Joe Yoshihara on May 3rd, 2020
‘I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.’ Ephesians 4:1-3What does it mean to walk in a manner worthy of the calling we have received? The Apostle Paul wrote this letter whi...
Prepared and Preparing
by Joe Yoshihara on April 24th, 2020
At the beginning of the new year, no one was talking about Covid-19. In just 4 months the entire world has been turned upside down and no one saw it coming. Government leaders around the world have been criticized for being slow to respond and ill prepared for this crisis. There’s no shortage of finger pointing and blaming going around for the scarcity of PPE’s, the tanking economy, food shortages...
Sowing Through Generosity
by Joe Yoshihara on April 17th, 2020
Like many of you, I’ve been working mostly from home for the last couple of months. Sometimes I will break up my day by taking walks with Rita throughout our neighborhood. We see many people walking their dog, strolling with their toddlers, shooting baskets, or doing yard work. Many are using this time to tackle that home project that was at one time very low on the ‘to do’ list but has risen to ...
Good Friday Devotional
by Daryl Siu on April 9th, 2020
Pastor Joe's thoughts for Good Friday 2020...
Raising Our Flag
by Joe Yoshihara on April 3rd, 2020
Psalm 16:8-108 I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. 9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure. 10 For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption.’During my trip to the east coast I visited the World Trade Center memorial. It was a sobering experience to relive the...
by Joe Yoshihara on March 26th, 2020
The 1970's and 80's saw the emergence of the mega-church - large, highly programmed churches that offered a ministry for just about every age group, special need, and interest. Forty years later we are seeing the birth of the micro-church. Small churches have been around for a long time but many were not intentionally small, they just couldn't seem to ever grow beyond the few loyal followers the...