Trusting God For Our Promotions
by Joe Yoshihara on March 5th, 2021
Acts 1:21-2621 So one of the men who have accompanied us during all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, 22 beginning from the baptism of John until the day when he was taken up from us—one of these men must become with us a witness to his resurrection.” 23 And they put forward two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also called Justus, and Matthias. 24 And they prayed and said, “Y...
Truth in Our Kids' Lives
by DeWayne Strange on February 19th, 2021
It still surprises me that, with how big and verbose the Bible is, it has relatively little to say about how Godly parents are called to raise kids. Sure, there’s a great verse on dealing with rebellious children that’s helpful, (Deut 21:18), if you want to go to jail that is. Seriously though, there are some solid general statements about conduct in the home in Ephesians 6 like “don’t provo...
His Story Our Story
by Joe Yoshihara on February 5th, 2021
February has been designated as Black History month where we honor and recognize the achievements of Black Americans throughout our history. I took it as an opportunity to refresh, educate, and relearn the stories of men and women who have contributed to and shaped our society. I was amazed to read about inventors like Marie Van Brittan Brown, who received a patent in 1969 for a closed-circuit TV ...
You Did It To Me
by Anton Lee on January 22nd, 2021
34 Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37 Then the righteo...
by Joe Yoshihara on January 8th, 2021
Yesterday my heart was heavy as I followed the news reports of the mob that stormed the Capitol and desecrated our national symbol of democracy. This was not a peaceful demonstration, but an ugly act of bully tactics instigated by our President. The thought of a sitting President stoking the fires of this insurrection on our Capitol is beyond comprehension or justification. And what was the rallyi...
Reflections From the Middle
by Joe Yoshihara on December 10th, 2020
James 1:1-41 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,To the twelve tribes in the Dispersion:Greetings. 2 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.As we draw closer to the end of the yea...
Thankfulness in Our Hearts
by Daryl Siu on November 25th, 2020
I’ve never had a problem being thankful. It’s one of the things that my mom always said that I’ve had ever since I was little. I find I’m a fairly optimistic person, sometimes to the point of naivete. This year though has been tough. It seems like every time we get through one crisis, another emerges (or re-emerges as with COVID). Even for myself this year, I’ve found challenge with losing my ...
Fighting the Right Battles
by Joe Yoshihara on November 20th, 2020
A couple weeks ago I met with our youth for a Q & A session where they could ask the “expert” questions on just about anything that captured their imagination. I use the term “expert” very loosely but since I was the oldest person in the room by a wide margin that has to count for something! A few softball questions related to my basketball abilities were a nice set up for the questions that the s...
A Prayer for Unity
by Joe Yoshihara on November 3rd, 2020
Heavenly Father, today our nation will be electing a man who will lead our nation for the next four years. We pray that whoever occupies this office will lead humbly, righteously, and courageously. We ask that you surround him with people who are wise as they work for the good of our nation and the world. We ask that you would use them to bring our nation together. For those whose candidate is ele...
Hope Beyond the Vote
by Joe Yoshihara on October 29th, 2020
We are just days away from our election and while there are many local public offices on the ballot, our presidential election has the greatest repercussions both domestically and internationally. On November 3, or whenever all the votes are finally tallied, we will have chosen the man who will lead our nation for the next four years. No matter who is elected, there will undoubtably be allegations...
by Joe Yoshihara on October 1st, 2020
It seems that we’ve spent the better part of 2020 in crisis mode, trying to fight against the invisible enemy of COVID-19. The physical threat from the virus, especially to our loved ones who are most vulnerable, has been piled onto by the cascade of all of the falling dominos that have come because of it – isolation, children trying to learn remotely, parents caring for kids while trying to maint...
Talking Religion and Politics
by Joe Yoshihara on August 27th, 2020
As we enter the four-year spin-cycle of the presidential election, the unwritten rule for many family dinners and social gatherings is to talk about anything but religion and politics. No doubt, this aversion to talk about these volatile subjects comes with the hope that everyone can get through the gathering without bloodshed or at least avoid a heated argument. The reason these two topics have b...