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THOUGHT OF THE WEEK

April 7, 2024

Jesus was seen at least 8 different times after his resurrection and each of these situation seem to be part of a "victory tour" that included the following victories: over despair (Mary Magdalene), victory over death (I Cor. 15), and victory over all things (Matthew 28).

March 31, 2024

This year for Resurrection Sunday, our theme was "Tetelestai"- It is finished. Well, if it was finished, was was started? What or who needed to finish it? How was it completed? When was it finished? .... Wow, take a look at Matthew 21-18 and follow the preceeding events to Jesus final statement of "Tetelestai"

March 24, 2024

This is the start of Passion Week for Jesus some 2000 years ago. His passion was to follow in obedience the work of the cross....even unto death... waht is your passion? Would you be willing to lay down your life for another?

March 3, 2024

In Hawaii, we celebrated Girls Day today. We also used the passage of the virtuous women in Proverbs 31. What would we want our young girls to turn into- well, The Virtuous Women. Read Proverbs 31 again...

Feb. 18, 2024

We summaraized Eschatology into the two following categories (designed to hopefully make it a little easier to understand) First, Eschatology has to do with God's taking care of sin in preparation for the very final days of this earth, and second it also deals with God resortation and blessings to follow to all that have believed upon this name. This will come into the form of the Marriage Supper of the Lamb and our eternal life in heaven.

Jan. 28, 2024

We took an in depth look into the ordinance that Jesus bought forth in the term on the Lord's Supper. Looking into I Cor. 11 has some very important instructions  on the execution of this ordinance, and the warning of taking the communion in the wrong fashion. Take some time to really study this passage and understand what the Lord wants His believers to know in performing this covenant.

Jan. 7, 2024

For most personal, businesses, schools, etc will often use the the New Year to set and cast their vision and mission statements and PBC is no different.

Our vision has always been from Matt. 28 and to share the gospel, and our mission from Acts 2:42 to remain steadfast in the fours areas of the Bible, Koinonia, Breaking of Bread, and Worship. Happy New Year!

Dec. 17, 2023

It is always an enjoyment to study some of the 500 prophesies covering the birth and life of Jesus the Christ. What a testament it is to God's power and glory that all of these prophesies have been fulfilled impeccably-- only God could do that. The odds on a human level is so astronomical that one mathematician put it at 1 in 10 followed by 157 zeros that even just 48 of these could come true, imagine how zeros would need to be added for all 500 prophsies to come true...... wow

Nov. 26,2023

Part 2 of our Thanksgiving celebrated God's goodness and graciousness to our great country. our founding fathers made sure that we included God as the premise and foundation of each state constitution. I challenge you to look up your State's founding papers and find the reference to the almighty God and creator. Praise the Lord.

Nov. 19, 2023

We celebrated our Thanksgiving service today and used Psalm 100 as our text. I would like to think that the early Pilgrims may have used this passage during their 1621 Thanksgiving celebration. Translating these verses into the Hebrew is a powerful and poignant way to becoming truly thankful not only during this season, but during our day to day worship.

Nov. 12, 2023

Part of the Eschatology in Rev. 16, we find the simple but poingnant word, repent. Part of the tibualtion is that the "people" repent and call upon the name of the Lord. We find this same situation in the Pentateuch with Pharaoh and his refusal to repent and turn his ways unto the Lord.

Nov. 5, 2023

On a recent conversation, the noticeable power and structure that we see in God throughout the study of Eschatology. The amount and attention to detail given in the book of Revelation shows God impeccable work in the prophesies of the Old Testament.

Oct. 29, 2023

As we delve more and more into the end times, God reveals more and more of His majestic glory-and that we are truly blessed to have a Lord and Savior who was willing to save us from ourselves and sinful nature. Part of the tribulation is God's judgment of sin, but also His rememptive and reconciliation of mankind through repentance.

Oct. 22, 2023

We looked at the four horseman from the four seals of Eschatology... which the imitation of the God almightly and the replication of the devil and his temporal triune... but in the end will never hold up against the Lord of Lord and King of Kings.
 

Oct. 15, 2023

Today we looked at the Crowns that Christians will receive during the Bema Seat "session as part of our faithful service here on earth. The Christian life is not just a life that is lived without any direction, but a life with God's guidance filled with rewards if we follow God's precepts.

Sept. 24, 2023

As we continue our study in the last half of the tribulation- we can fully see and attest for God's wrath upon sin. The seals, trumpets and bowls are the series of end times judgments of God. We often forget God's view on sin and the choice of disobedience that this world has perpeuated. God must now in the end times of the tribulation execute His judgments.... So let's know take care of our sin and share the gospel to the unsaved world.

Sept. 17, 2023

Sometimes the outside world does things better than Christians.... this ought not be... the world should be taking lessons from the Christians. God tells us many times that we should be an excellent and virtuous work. Corinthians instructs us to "run to win" but to do it with self-control. Let's show God's love through the excellence of our work.

Aug. 27, 2023

In our continual study of the End Times and making the way to the tribulation, part of God's plan is too eliminate "transgression". Part of the definition of transgression means to revolt and rebel-- coming from pride- which the Lord tells us in Proverbs 6 that he hates pride... HMMMM

Aug.20

Eschatology and the study of these end times can often be divisssive especially among those that are of the household for faith-- and specially with the tribulation, millenium, second coming, etc. II Timothy insructs us to "study to shew thyself approved unto God." Lets make sure we are "bathed in God's Word and asking for the truths according to the scriptures.

Aug. 6

PBC believes in the pre-tribulation position based on I Thess 5:9, that tells us that God has not appointed us to the "wrath", and with the following verses expositional study of I Thess. chapter 5, God saves those Christians living now from the Seven Year Tribulation. 

July 30, 2023

We often forget the importance of the home, the influence it has and should have on the family. Too often, parents allow the "world" to take precedent in the home... this ought not be... God established the home first back in Gen. and it is our honor and duty to set the foundational stones for our family to live a life that is pleasing and fruitful to the Lord. 

July 15, 2023

In our Ecclesiology  study on Sunday morning worship, we are doing an outline of the home and what the biblical home should look. We are looking at two parallel passages from Ephesians 5 and Colossians 3. Both of these passages start with the preparation of a merry heart.

July 9, 2023

Today we celebrated God's faithfulness we our 11th year anniversary services. We look backed at what God has constructed and look forward to what God has in store for us in His impeccable providence. Praise the Lord.

June 25, 2023

We are starting our study in the theological systematic study of the church (Ecclesiology). Some obvious questions to answer such as the role, function, purpose, and structure will be included in our sessions all starting with Acts 2:42.

June 18, 2023

Today we celebrated Father's Day and those males that have left an impact in our lives. We looked at the fruit of the spirit, long suffering from the father of the prodigal son. However long it would take to see his son's return was however long the father would wait for his son... same as our Father in heaven and his patience with us. Praise the Lord.

May 21, 2023

Today marked our graduates on Graduation Sunday-- what do you remember about your graduation? Any biblical wisdom that was passed down to you or words of wisdom that you can share with the graduates. We chose Psalm 37 as our text today. Trust, Delight, Commit, Rest, Wait, Cease from anger.

May 7, 2023

We celebrated Boys Day in Hawaii this past Friday and kept the same theme with boys found in the Bible and lessons we can learn from them. Jesus was about 13 years old in Luke 2:52 where he was describe as being mature in wisdom and stature. Daniel purposed in heart, and Joseph forgave and forgot. Let's all learn from their lives.

April 16, 2023

We do not often speak about the next 40 days of Jesus' walk here on earth after the resurrection-but it is note worthy because a couple of statements that explains what we face today. First, that many still doubt the resurrection of Jesus (including many Jews) and secondly, what Jesus left us with what was to be expected by the believers- The Great Commission, and then the mission of Acts 2:42.

April 9, 2023

"It is finished" was Jesus cry as He was about to complete God's vision and mission for all of mankind. "Tetelestai"- paid in full, are sins are covered by the precious, spotless, lamb of God... and now He is risen the third day and we can serve a risen savior. Praise the Lord. Ruminate on these words and God will give you a "peace that passeth all understanding.

April 2, 2023

It is always amazing each year as we focus on Passion Week, and the "events" of Jesus last week before his crucifixion, burial, and resurrection. This week was pack with completing why He ultimately came to earth- "to seek and save the lost". From His triumphal entry, cleansing the temple, Olivet discourse, implementation of the Lord's Supper, and the Garden of Gethsemane- Jesus served and ministered even on the cross with the thief and His mom. We praise the Lord...

March 26, 2023

The next doctrine following Hamrtiology is Salvation (Soteriology). It has been very helpful taking the time each week to delve into the doctines that God has laid forth in His word. Sometimes, we often overlook this particular doctine and it is very apropos as we enter into Palm Sunday, Passion Week, and Resurrection Sunday. Titus 3 arguably has one of the best passages dealing with the overview of Soteriology.

March 19, 2023

Another detriment to sin is that is distorts our thinking and thought process. It deceives us into thinking that we "are our own", but the bible tells us that we are not our own, for we have been "bought with a price" and a life of thinking we can do things on our own is a sure pathway to destruction. Proverbs tells us that "there is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the ends thereof are the ways of death."

We find an interesting word in Philippians 4, "anxiety" which in Greek means to "be divided into parts". Secularism classifies this as being bipolar. Bible tells us the cure for this is to "proseuche" or to worship. See and know who God is, and Phil. 4 tells us that we will have our hearts and minds "kept" or under control and calm. (Pretty simple-- easier said than done) but it is a God given promise. The world's solution is to medicate...

March 5, 2023

Galatians tells us that we need to bear one another burdens and we should always be ready to restore one another in meekness. We should never look down or condemn others because that is not our role- but we are here to help and assist and another warning to us is that we are to be careful because we have the same capacity and susceptible to fall into temptations as well. 

Feb. 26, 2023

Although there is much to read and learn about Hamartiology from the scriptures, we are wrapping this part of the series with a review from how sin entered into this world (Adam and his choice) and the effects of sin for the unbeliever and the believer as well. Sin is real and we need to remember how God treated and treats sin and the God's remedy for our iniquity.

Feb. 12, 2023

Today we celebrated Heart Day as Feb. 14th is right around the corner. The Bible tells us about our spiritual heart in Proverbs 4:23, that we need to put a guard around it as it releases the "issues of our life". What comes out is exactly what we put or allow in...We can not place the blame of anyone else or even God (as James tells us that God can not be tempted with evil). Let's take heed the God's warning about our heart and inculcate our heart with God's Word.

Feb. 5, 2023

James tells us that we sin because of our lust--- we sure do not like this word, but this is what God tell us-- we sin because we lust. We want our own way-- which is pride, which turns into contention, which leads to destruction... (James 1:14-16) Let's be honest and forthright with ourselves.

Jan. 29, 2023

In our continuing study of Hamartiology (sin), we find ourselves today in Gen. 4 and Cain. In just a few shorts verses, we watch Cain- through his own sin of lust- turn his heart toward anger which led to murder. Sin is "lying" in wait right outside our heart as Gen. 4 tells us, and the wages for sin is death (Romans 6:23) and the effects of sin can often bring a life of seclusion and distraught (Cain in the wilderness). However, never intended to leave us if we are willing to seek forgiveness and restoration.

Jan. 15, 2023

Because Christmas and New Years landed on Sunday this year, we decided to let the families worship and celebrate these days with their individual household. We still had services for these occasions, but on previous Sunday's. We are back in full force after the Christmas season and we had our annual business meeting last Sunday along with our vision casting  service. We thank the Lord for a great 2022 and looking forward to His provisions and blessings upon 2023.

Dec. 18, 2022

The more one reads Luke 2 (The Christmas story), the more the phrase "good tidings of comfort and joy" becomes a more spiritually intimate meaning for us. We find the "anointed one"(messiah), the "Saviour" (Soteriology) right here in this passage. Once we fully read and grasp the full meaning of this passage, the more we can fully appreciate the "good tidings of comfort and joy..." Merry Christmas

Dec. 11, 2022

As many highlight this time of year with the celebration of the advent of Jesus the Christ, each year it always amazes me about the some 300 messianic prophecies  that are found in the Old Testament. Just a quick study of these long ago foretelling of this "anointed one" to come is fascinating at the very minimum and continues to build in the inculcation of one's mind and thoughts about the one who will save us from our sin.

Dec. 4, 2022

As we enter into the Christmas season, behaviors and thought of many can become heighten and escalated in sometimes negative actions... God reminds in a very powerful verse  found in Isaiah 26:3 that God "will keep you in perfect peace", which can be translated into a form of completeness" and also that God will be our side during these times. Let's "keep our minds stayed on HIm."

Nov. 6, 2022

Tackling the modern issues of "mental illness" from a biblical perspective can be arduous especially even within the Christian community. Since our premise that these modern psychology definitions are part of the sinful nature of man, we then start our study on hamartiology with Philippians 4- "Be anxious for nothing but everything by "proseuche" ( to worship). Pretty simple...most of our problems will stem from where are our affections...is it to worship God or worship our self.

Oct. 23, 2022

In our continued systematic theology study, our last two weeks has been in the study of hamartiology, (sin). Which has been a very poignant and enlightening. I think in general, we like to think we are "good" people, but this is not what God tells us, in fact, God tells us that we are from a depraved thinking and lustful hearts (wow). Sorry to step on toes... but we need it... however, God does not leave us here... He has also given us soteriology (salvation).

Oct. 9, 2022

Today has been declared Pastor Appreciation Day, and there are two distinct passages in the New Testaments that gives us the qualification and duties of a pastor that make him a true servant of the Lord. We thank all pastors (shepherds as defined in the Old Testament) for their dedication to the Lord and His church and diligence for serving in the church.

Oct. 2, 2022

Today, we had evangelist Frank Shelton for our morning worship- and he challenged us on looking unto Jesus (our rock) as the "author and finisher of our faith". As the end times are near, we need to be even more intentional as to where we place our heart and values. 

Sept. 25, 2022

As part of the hamartiology study, we looked into the seven sins that God himself stated was an abomination  (putrid). Any or all or combination of these sins will create disruption and disharmony in any relationship (home, work, school, team, etc...) Take some time to look into your self first and then in your areas of influence and take care any of these "things"

Sept. 18, 2022

Continuing on in our systematic theology study, God introduces the penalty for sins beginning with the English word- emnity. Translated as hatred... so we now can start to understand the perils as a result for sin- hatred... Sin brings hatred to any situation .... wow.

Sept. 11, 2022

Honoring and remembering 9/11, 21 years later is important in more ways than one...God tells us that even through the evil acts of man on mankind, God can still use this for "good". Looking back on the horriffic acts of militant terrorists, God still worked His goodness in the restoaration of our country. Psalms 33 tells us that "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord...." USA has been truly blessed (make straight) our paths from that frightful day.

Sept. 4, 2022

It is good from time to time to take the time to remember and reflect upon Yahweh- as the Nation of Israel does and has done for time immemorial. Yahweh has been the quintessential "name" for their people. Do we look upon God, in reverence to Him in the same way as the Israelite's did... ? Does His name bring us to our knees and "proseuche"..

Aug. 29, 2022

Almost immediately in our systematic study of God's Word-we come to the Anthropology (study of mankind) and in that section we find Hamartiology (study of sin) in the book of Genesis. Our sinful nature entered in through Adam and we need to see what kind of depraved, prideful, and selfish heart right from the start. 

Aug. 14, 2022

Continuing on in our study of Gen. 2 and the home- man is commanded to leave and cleave. We are to prepare for the Lord's calling of the man to be prepared to leave his family home, and cleave unto his wife (Lord providing in holy matrimony). We need to get back to teaching what God has intended for the man and women to seek, and practice abstinance until marriage. (The original home was blameless and withour shame)

Aug. 7, 2022

As we study that God formed us and made us in His image means that God made us to: Love, worship, make decisions, and all of this under a "free will". God did not make robots, but creatures that would choose, and that choice should be to worship the Lord with everything we "got".

July 31, 2022

Today's message starts in Genesis where we find two distant terms: created and formed. God created everything else, then formed man and women.  The etymology of this word formed is one of that "of a purposeful and intentional design." God "fearfully and wonderfully made man."

July 17, 2022

Part of our celebration of God's faithfulness at Poamoho Bible Church for the last 10 years, was our inaugural church family camp (Lord willing- annual camp). We were able to secure a unique camp site for the week and enjoy our koinonia time together with singing praises, sharing rua's, activities, and of course plenty of food. Praise the Lord

July 10, 2022

We celebrated God faithfulness to Poamoho Bible Church this Sunday with our 10th Year Anniversary services. God is always good and only good. What a wonderful Lord and Savior we have that in His supreme Sovereignty Poamoho Bible was established July 8, 2012 and in His goodness we serve at Poamoho for His glory and honor. Praise the Lord

June 26, 2022

Next up- systematic Theology- Anthropology

We will be spending several weeks on this subject, starting from the beginning that God made man in the image of himself. What a thought? Contemplating that we are in the same image of God can be frightening and poignant. What does this actually mean? Let's begin in Gen. 1...

June 12, 2022

Question: When was the last time that you studied or heard a sermon on the topic of Angelology? (Me too) Probably for most of us, it has been a while or because of the nature of the subject, we talked about it from time to time with family or friends--- well, here is a great time this week to spend some time and delve a little into what the "duties" of an angel.

June 5, 2022

If you could go back and juxtapose what the Old Testament would follow for certain "issues" and placed them side by side with what the New Testament fulfillment did- it is really fascinating to see how God was preparing us in the OT and often fulfilling those in the New Testament. The Pentecost and the Holy Spirit are those two "juxtapositions" that you should often remember especially during time of the year.

May 29, 2022

The Day of Pentecost as found in Acts 2 is just one week away and with this event we see the ushering in of the Holy Spirit 50 days after the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. I have heard it recently that we do not often talk about the Holy Spirit and the role that he plays--so now is the time to study and remember the impact of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer.

May 22, 2022

Today, we celebrated our four high school graduates. What biblical advice would your offer? The more we delved into the biblical study, the more that seemed to surface---but these three rose even higher. From Ecclesiastes, Solomon's last declaration- Fear God and keep his commandments. Second, Joshua tells us that as "for him and his household they will serve the Lord.". Finally, Apostle Paul declared to"not be ashamed of the gospel of Christ."

Go on Seniors and give glory to whom glory is due.

May 15, 2022

We are continuing on in our study of the Holy Spirit and this will be in tuned with the Day of Pentecost coming up shortly when the Holy Spirit comes down to earth as found in Acts 2. The Holy Spirit works a mighty work in the believers life from comfort to counsel to chastise. Praise the Lord.

May 8, 2022

Today, like most church services honored the mom's and motherly influences in our lives. It is always an enriching study to review and learn more about the Proverbs 31 Virtuous Women. It is written in a specific literally term that will "repeat" and expand on the attributes of this godly women. From protecting and preparing the household to being the supportive helpmeet and wife to her husband. But the greatest characteristic she exudes is the fear and love she has for her Savior.

May 1, 2022

In Hawaii, we celebrate Boys Day as part of our culture--- (not sure of the actual origins) but we usually will dedicate a service to honoring our young men and boys and implore (exhort) them to follow the path that God has laid out for them. One passage that we use is the Psalm of the shepherd of #23. King David penned the words of describing God in the form of the good shepherd. What great attributes are attributed to God that our young men should emulate in their walk for the Lord.

April 24, 2022

Jesus spent 40 days on earth after His resurrection and immediately in the gospels we find these three groups that has "formulated". First we see in Matthew, that some worshiped, some doubted and some question. if we were honest, most of us would have fallen into the doubted section- mainly because that is where the disciples were- not one of them were even at the tomb (like the women-who were there to embalm the body and to mourn), and Thomas needed proof before believing... wow, wow, wow... We are a generation of "little faith"

April 17, 2022

I felt led by the Lord this year to have a Vespers type of format for our Sunrise Resurrection Service today. It was a combination of the proper biblical contextual hymns that vividly declared and depicted from Good Friday to Resurrection Sunday. Praise the Lord for His wonderful gift of salvation through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus the Christ and his work on the cross.

April 10, 2022

It is Palm Sunday and what a great week it was for us as believers as Jesus was now set to fulfill the rest of the prophesies surrounding His Passion Week. Take time this week to look into the synoptic gospels of the events of Jesus final week.

April 3, 2022

We were challenged today from the Acts 10 passage and Peter's rooftop experience that the gospel was given for all mankind, and to see others as God sees mankind, and to remove all obstacles that will hinder us  (Hebrews 12:1-3), and to be used in whatever capacity that God sees fit.

March 27, 2022

Continuing on in John 14:18, that the Lord will not leave us comfortless. One of the main roles of the Holy Spirit is to indwell in the believer and to never leave us or forsake us. Breaking further down this word and concept means that God will never let us be as an orphan with no "parents". Many people and even Christians "suffer" from this idea of being alone (in fear) and as we find in the Great Commission (Matt. 28), God is always with us...Praise the Lord.

March 20, 2022

We are now moving into the study of Pneumatology (Holy Spirit) in our Sunday morning worship series. This is a vital part of the Trinity and sometimes sadly most often neglected on the role of the Holy Spirit- especially in the heart of the believer. Do a word search(topical study) on the Holy Spirit and this may really enlighten you on how important this study is---We are closing moving in on the Resurrection Sunday, and then the Day of Pentecost where we find the induction of the Holy Spirit.

March 13, 2022

What a privilege is has been to continue our study about Christ and for the last several weeks, we have been focusing on the pragmatic side of Jesus examples that he left for us. This past week we look at the parable of the talents and we are instructed that we are to "double" our "talents", and to :love our neighbor as Christ loved us. Wow- those are some great challenges that appears to be daunting at times--but God tells us that we are never alone as his child through our salvation with him.

March 6, 2022

We are continuing  our study of the doctrines- and in the study of Christ (Christology). When was the last time you did an in-depth study of Christ? Today, we looked at four pragmatic examples that Jesus left for us to emulate. Here are the four we choose: 1. Jesus deferred his will (hypostatic) to God the Father in "not my will, but thy will be done." passage. 2. In Luke 2, Jesus "increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.", 3. Jesus went out of his way to meet the needs of everyone. (Meeting with the Samaritan women). Last, Jesus shows us with proper preparation, a Christian can have righteous anger. (Matt. 21:13)  

Feb. 27, 2022

In Hawaii we celebrate "Girls Day" this week, and the theme of today's sermon are the faithful women we find in the bible. Here is your challenge for this week-especially for all you females (whether young or older) to do a bible study on one the following: Ruth, Lois, Eunice, Esther, Virtuous women. See what biblical characteristics they have that maybe you have and what areas can you work on...

Feb. 13, 2022

Tomorrow is Valentine's Day, and we at Poamoho Bible, call it Heart Day. We challenged our church congregation to come up with at least 10 references about the spiritual heart. Some verses are about the what kind of heart we should strive for, some are warnings and some verses will be of encouragement. Another exercise that we participated in was the take your favorite bible character and  see what kind of heart they have that we can emulate.

Feb. 6, 2022

From time to time in your bible reading, you come across a passage that "jumps" out to the reader or maybe after having read through the passage, you never noticed a certain principle.... well this was case in this week's message found in Nehemiah 9. This powerful reading includes the full compliment of our "proseuche" (worship) structure to follow. Nehemiah shows us what the nation of Israel did in their worship to to God after the completion of the wall.

Jan 30, 2022 (Side note- Last Sunday in Jan--Wow!!!

Continuing on with our Theology Proper study- and let me challenge you that if you have not done this or haven't done this study in a while-make some time to go back.

We have found that as you go through the study and see the many attributes and nature of God--- the commandment that God has for us to worship will be even more prevalent after this study.

Jan. 23, 2022

Part of the "building blocks" series for our Sunday morning worship time- this week included the difference between request and demand. In Phil 4:6, the bible tells us that part of our prayer time does include requests. First and foremost, Prayer is about worship, then supplication, and finally requests. Let's make sure that they are requests and not demands--which I think we often treat this time-- we are demanding from God and not politely and properly requesting. 

Jan. 9, 2022

Back to our vision study on the building blocks of living a "hagios" (sanctified - Romans 1:1) life unto the Lord. Part of the review this week goes back to the study of God. himself, Theology Proper. May I challenge you as part of your daily routine to "proseuche" (bow down) before the Lord your God without ceasing ( IThess. 5) "O worship the King all glorious above..."

Jan. 2, 2022

The New Year: God tells us to make sure that we have the correct vision (Prov. 28). Without the correct vision- we will perish (be lost). Just as a person who has not visited their eye doctor and have not the corrected vision- it will be difficult to find your way. Part of the vision in this verse is to make sure we are following the Decalogue.

Dec. 19, 2021

This year for our Christmas service message we looked at Christmas from the song writers perspective. Take some time this season to actually read all the stanza of the familiar Christmas hymns. You will find the messianic prophecies being brought to "life" right in front of your eyes, like a good movie portrayal. Merry Christmas

Dec. 12, 2021

Christmas is in full season, and as always we are reminded not to forget the real reason for this season.... The Messiah! The anointed one was called not only to be born, but to die... This is really the whole gospel and good news for all of mankind. The good news is that we have a gift that was given to us in Jesus, the Christ, the Messiah, the chosen one to be our propitiation for our sins. Maybe not always the most pleasant thought around the Christmas time, but that is the truth for Christ to be born, a Savior to save us from our sins to all who believe in Him.

Dec. 5, 2021

n the USA and especially here in Hawaii, this time of year is always a poignant part of the season as we remember the attack on Pearl Harbor, now marking its 80th year. From time to time, we run into individuals who lived on Oahu during this horrific event and it is always an honor to hear some of their details of that day. To think that we actually worship literally right under the same landscape that hundreds of Japanese attack planes traveled is sometimes very surreal. But as we are reminded in Proverbs, "the horse is prepared for the day of the battle, but the victory is of the Lord."

Nov. 28, 2021

Someone a while ago told me that we should look for the gospel message in every text that we read in the Bible. Sometimes I think we often forget about the good news of Jesus, His birth, His death, His resurrection, and His free gift of salvation-- and to share this with the "world". Christmas season is nearly here and a great time to spread His gift.

Nov. 21, 2021

Like many churches, we celebrated Thanksgiving today- and for all the 'Rua's (Praises) that God has bestowed upon our great country. Each time I study about the early Pilgrims and their God driven vision, we see the "Blessed by Providence" (author unknown) on literally each step of early settlers.

Take some time to read in the history of our country and look for God's Hand in every situation- Praise the Lord.

Nov. 7, 2021

Today's message challenge was to actively look for God's promises when we are in the trials and tribulation. When we see Daniel, Joseph and Ruth, we see individuals that totally relied on God, never question God, or even ask for relief, but worshiped and served their almighty God. God never promised an "easy" life, but He did promised us to see us through each trial.

Oct. 31, 2021 We celebrate our 5th Sunday of a month with usually a luncheon koinonia, and today was no different. Today, one of our members brought his grill and we had corn of the cob, bacon-wrapped hot dogs, and grilled chicken- what a treat. While waiting, some of the young people where playing boards games and since we live in Hawaii (time difference) , some of the other members were watching the football game. It is such a blessing that we can come together and enjoy the koininia together as we also see in the book of Hebrews.

Oct. 24, 2021 "We're back- was stuck on the mainland for almost a month due to the Covid Virus"

Despite the situation I found myself over the last month, God, as part of His sovereignty, showed me something completely different than one might have anticipated. Rather than dealing with the virus, God was showing a verse that may not be familiar to some. The bible tells us that "Whoso findeth a wife, findeth a good thing and obtaineth favor from the Lord."

The more and more I found out what my wonderful wife was doing from over 5000 miles, the more I began to understand this verse. I was receiving favor from the Lord through my beautiful wife. There was airline details, housing arrangements, hospital stay, and with all of this, it was the timing that was also needed to be met--- and she did this all from what I have called "Command Central"

The Lord is good, and always good.

August 29, 2021

Even more than ever, we as a bod of believers need to "ready to give an answer of the hope" that we have in Jesus, the Christ. Matthew tells us that the end times are clearly seen and devastation throughout the world is imminent.... Be ready, be prepared, be faithful...

August 22, 2021

What a week that we have all experience in Afghanistan. I was reminded as I was preparing for the sermon today, that we often overlook the "faith" in our lives. Hebrews tells us that "without faith it is impossible to please him, and that we be believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him."  Question, Did you seek God first this week? or.......?

Aug. 15, 2021

We as Christians state that everything we need "unto life and godliness" is found in the Bible, but we often do not believe it... such as with vaccines... where is this found in the Bible. Were there vaccines?.... Well, I believe God tells us to ask for wisdom and using this wisdom based on God's Word to determine many of these issues. We are to investigate and understand what dangers there may be and since we are stewards of this body that God has entrusted unto us, we are to be very careful of what we are to put into it. 

Aug. 2, 2021

Wow, we are in August- and for this summer coming out of Covid, God blessed with two summer team groups. This last one were 8 young men from North Carolina that assisted with our outreach program, church "lot" clean up and maintenance , mini-VBS time and and End of Summer Youth Rally. It  is always refreshing to see how the Lord provides and works out these situations. "Wait on the Lord: be of good courage." Psalm 27:14

July 18, 2021

Often time in our lives, we do not really know what type of spiritual foundation we really have. Sometimes it is not until a "storm" in our life hits really hard and our foundation or lack thereof is exposed. James tells us that these trials that are sent will exposed what condition our "walls" are in. What kind of foundation and what kind of mortar have you been using from the Bible that will withstand the storms in our life.?

July 4, 2021

Today was not only the celebration of God's goodness to America (1776), but also was our 9th Anniversary of Poamoho Bible Church. God's goodness and faithfulness has been clearly seen throughout the nine years at Poamoho. What a privilege it has been to be a part of God's universal church. God provides, directs, instructs..... we simply need to be found faithful as it tells us in II Cor.

June 27, 2021

This Sunday we had some friends from South Carolina that are visiting us and they will be assisting us with our mini-one day VBS service on Wednesday. We are reminded in Romans 15:32 about how Paul used the words "joy" and "refreshed" in this passage. It has been a great joy to be refreshed with others that come and help in the ministry.

June 20, 2021 Father's Day

We chose Job as our Father figure today (not sure if I have ever heard a message about Job on father's day), but we see some powerful lessons to learn from Job. The first and foremost is that in the all of the harrowing news that Job received, we find that he immediately worships. Let's not overlook this part of the passage. He worships!, He does not complain or ask why,He worships. He does not ask for relief or charge God foolishly, He worships!

June 13, 2021

It is always such a blessing how God works and provides for our lives. Last week was the first of two summer camp weeks, which generally comes with the "hosting" of the summer team members. We will have them over for our Wednesday service in which they use to promote the camp. This year we had two brothers that that were able to make it for the first week. They came back very excited with some new bible stories that they enjoyed and new friendships that were formed with the summer staff.

May 30, 2021

Today, we went back to part of our ex positional study in II Peter 1 as it declares that God has given to His children everything we need to live our life unto godliness and excellence. Part of this study includes building the foundation that is first found in the doctrine of Theology Proper- who is God? The illustration that was used was that of a bank teller being trained to detect the counterfeits-they are trained with the real and authentic bills and then as a counterfeit is introduced- the touch and feel is demonstratively different.

May 23, 2021

This is the day marked in Acts 2 as the Day of Pentecost (birth of the New Testament Church) and fulfillment of the Holy Spirit in every believer. Growing up the church I am not sure if I remember the importance of this day in Acts. Maybe it was preached, but I sure do not recall an emphasis of the Day of Pentecost. Therefore, I try each year to place a special notation on this day, the day of the official introduction of the Holy Spirit... will you take some time this week and add to your daily study, a study of Pneumatology - the study of the Holy Spirit.

May 16, 2021

Today was our Mother's Day service (one week later than usual) and what a great time of Koinonia we enjoyed in honor of our mothers and women in our lives. We choose the Proverbs 31 passage that many churches will use and the focus on some new literary terms we learned that is offered in the passage. One of them involved the use of the "mirror effect". This technique uses the repetition such as listed an attribute in the beginning of the passage and reiterating it again in the end. The obvious one in Proverbs 31 is the virtues and execellency of the virtuous women character.

May 9, 2021

In Hawaii on May 5th of each year, we celebrate Boy's Day. Our challenge this morning in our worship service to God was to develop our young men to live a life in relationship to God. We chose Psalm 23. What a great chapter for our men, both young and old to follow. From "making" others "to lie down in green pastures",... to "anointing" (bring prosperity) to those that are being discipled. Happy Boys Day.

April 25, 2021

Back in II Peter 1:3. God not only gives us everything that we need to live a life with godliness, but also we are reminded in this verse to do it with excellence. We often forget about the fact that God wants us to produce a product that is worthy of His name. A famous football team has as its mode, commitment to excellence.

April 18, 2021

From time to time, I believe the Lord impresses and  moves in our hearts to change or take a break and share something different during our normal routine. This week was one of those weeks. The Lord moved in my heart just as a coach will do in their season to take a step back and review what and why we are doing things- getting back to basics if you will. We choose the the passage in Romans 15:32 to set our stage.

Paul, who had not been to Rome yet, wrote in the end of his letter to the Romans, that he was looking forward to seeing them with all joy and refreshment. We often need to be reminded on part of the reasons why we come and gather together. One, to worship and glorify God. Second, we come and meet to bring joy (thriving) and refreshment (synthesize) with one another. Today was our halftime speech, reset ourselves as we head into the summer (busy) months. Be careful as to not get caught up in the minutia of the work and bring joy to every situation. 

April 11, 2021

Doesn't appear at times that after a "special event" (Resurrection Sunday), that the devil is hard at work to destroy whatever good that had been reaped. This past week from Hawaii to the South Carolina, we hear of shootings and all types of mayhem that is taking place in our society. Sometimes we may wonder what is going in mankind, but we really do not have to looked that far and see in Romans that we have an unthankful heart, and in II Peter, we find that our hearts are filled with lust. The bible reminds us that a life without God is filled despair and gloom, and a life with God is hope and peace. We are left to make the choice--- "what say ye?"

April 4, 2021

This is always an exciting week for all Christians and often heart-wrenching at the same time.  as we look into Jesus last week here on earth and the conclusion of His earthly ministry here with us- we are left to marvel at the "passion" that He had despite all the external circumstances. Then we are left with a treasure trove of attributes about Jesus that causes as to take reflection and comfort at the same time: Here are just a few that we often overlook: Love (Agapao, Agape, Phileo) from John 3:16, Grace (Chen and Charis) from Eph. 2:8-9, WOW!!!

March 14, 2021

We are going on just about a year since the Corona Virus "shutdown" turned our world upside down. As we reflect upon this very unusual year, one of the areas that God has shown us is that He is still and will always be in charge. Second, we need to as God's people, humble, seek, and worship Him as we find in II Chron. 7:14.

March 7, 2021

Today's message included the last part of what is the role of the government in our society. If you remember, this series was entitled,"Its all there", meaning according to II Peter 1, God has given us everything we need to function as a Christian in today's world-- even to the degree of what a government is bound to do. From the size and limits of our officials to taxes and form and function. Let's get back to God's Word as our final and only resource. (II Chronicles 7:14)

Feb. 28,2021

In Hawaii, we celebrate Girl's Day on March 3rd of each year... We used the character of Ruth as our epitome of a godly girl and her attributes. Ruth chapter 1 is a beautiful display of what a young girl should posses as a Christian. From loyalty, altruism, and kindness, we want our girls to be this testimony.

 

 

Feb. 21, 2021

From time to time, the weather conditions (usually rain and wind) will not allow us meet under our normal "tent" conditions. Well, this week was slightly different, we were able to make it through the Sunday School hour, but had to stop for the morning worship service due to the raining conditions. We meet under the pop-up tents and the rain prevented us from finishing our second service, but we are thankful that we still were able to have our first service and we trust that God will still bless this time.

Feb. 14, 2021

We list Valentine's Day as Heart Day at the church and today's message was a little different than maybe the norm. We looked at two areas of the spiritual heart. A heart without God and a heart with God. Take some time this week to especially look in God's Word to see what he tells us about a heart that is without God- it may turn out to be a very poignant but necessary study.  Happy Heart Day...

Feb. 7, 2021

We concluded our series on II Peter 1:3 on what a "country" should be in subjection to and in the directives of God. Anywhere from taxes to how a government should function is all found in the bible. If we want to be blessed and prosperous, we first need to place God at our forefront. I believe USA has been blessed because of our  initial call to serve and honor God, but over the years we have left our first love and lost our "candlestick" light in our communities and families. Wake up call: II Chron. 7:14 tells us to humble, worship, seek, and turn away from our wickedness and then the promise of God to heal our land.

Jan. 31, 2021

Today's message on the continuation of II Peter 1 that comforts and guides us in life and godliness focuses on what mankind's response to what we face in today's world. When was the last time you went back to the bible and the instructions to follow with the following events: new presidential and congressional electees' , Corona Virus pandemic, local policies. etc? Do you know how to biblically respond to these and all of life's issues?    

Jan. 24, 2021

As we continue in our text from II Peter 1, in that Peter tells us that God has given us everything we need in order to live a life unto God with godliness. This portion from the Bible give us much comfort during these times which the Bible also tells us will be  worse and worse, but God will always prepare a pathway for His believers. Do we believe it?

Jan. 17, 2017

From time to time, due to certain weather conditions we are unable to meet at our usual location for our worship services, today was one of those days. Since we meet under "pop-up" tents, the rain  and wind made it impossible to meet at Poamoho and due to the certain "Tier" restrictions placed in Hawaii, we thought it best to cancel the services. We would generally meet at our house, but wanted to make sure that we are not only following the proper guidelines but also being a good testimony to our neighbors. One blessing that still arose from the cancellation, we were still able to meet as a family and had a wonderful time or worship and koinonia.

Jan. 3, 2021

Our church's mission verse for 2021 is Romans 1:1. To be a "doulos" (willing bond servant), called and separated unto the gospel (salvation and  sanctification) of Jesus Christ.

Dec. 27, 2020

As custom, we shared and challenged our church today with our vision and mission for 2021. Proverbs tells us that without a vision, the people perish. We need to keep the law (bible) and God's precepts as we enter in to a new year of 2021

Dec. 20, 2020

Today we looked at the spiritual lineage that surrounds the birth of Jesus the Christ. We have the immaculate conception of the Holy Ghost, and we often forget who God choose to be the earthly parents. In Joseph, we find a just and upright man of extreme integrity, and Mary, a virgin, and of purity. Let's not forget our spiritual ancestry as believers in Jesus, and let's also leave a spiritual legacy for the next generation.

Dec. 13, 2020

Usually this time of the year, we have a two part series on Jesus the Christ and the events that surround His birth. The first part of the series includes the bevy of prophecies we find the Old Testament- over 500 references. We also discuss the unbelievable probability that all these messianic prophecies from well over 500 years earlier, from so many individuals could actually come true barring a miraculous phenomenon -which we see in the power of our almighty God. The conclusion from any rational thinking is that only God, and God alone could make this event come to fruition. Praise the Lord.

Dec. 6, 2020

Living in Hawaii and meeting at a site that most likely could have been an area that the Japanese had flown over on Dec. 7, 1941 in route to the attack on Pearl Harbor-leaves us to contemplate each year at this time on some historical and providence of God in our place in history. We still know some residents in the area that remember as a child that fateful day in Dec. We try and focus on God's sovereignty and providence as we are the beneficiaries. 

Nov. 29, 2020

If you have some time this week, take a look at our nation's first president Thanksgiving proclamation. God showed me this document this past week and we used it as part of this Sunday's message. It is a quintessential example of a "proseuche" (Worship prayer) that I believe Paul addresses us in Philippians 4, that we should not anxious about anything, but to worship God and then He will give us the peace that passeth all understanding. The country at this time in history and the perils both in past and for the present were ominous, but George Washington in the proclamtion simply looked unto the marvelous creator. Praise the Lord for our found fathers. 

Nov. 22, 2020

Today marks our annual Thanksgiving Service and time for "rua's" praises unto our Lord. Psalms 100 tells us to "make a joyful noise unto the Lord. Although there may be some debate on when the first actual Thanksgiving meal was held, we do know that the feast of 1621, which lasted 3 days, was a time to give thanks unto the Lord for His bountiful supply. Take time this week to count our many blessings and name them one by one."

Nov. 15,2020

We have started a series on the sufficiency of God as found in II Peter I:3 that "all things unto life and godliness" are found in the bible. Today we looked at the "landscape" of today's reality of mankind. In II Tim. we find that in the last days, terrible times will be here, but also for time immemorial, God's Word of guidance, strength, and comfort will be with us.

Nov. 8, 2020

What a roller coaster of emotions this past week has caused with our national election. Probably, like you, we all turned to God- and for me, God chastised me. Over the past few years, God has been teaching me from Phil. 4 and "to be anxious for nothing...". Translating anxious is the term of "being all tied in knots". This was surely my disposition, but the scriptures tells me that I need to worship in these times of distress. We follow the examples of Joseph in the Old Testament, Daniel and his three friends and Job. What was the clear distinction of their affections- it was to worship.

Not once do you see them asking for relief or understanding, but they get down most likely on their hands and knees and worshipped (proseuche)--- because God is sovereign. Wow!

 

Nov. 1, 2020

This week's national and local election is one of the most important election's in our nation's history. We know that America is not found in bible prophesy, but we certainly can see that God has truly blessed our nation. One reason I believe is that our fore fathers made an intentional and distinctive efforts to recognize and place God at the forefront of all that we do.

Oct 11, 2020

Hawaii's recovery stage from the Corona Virus is in the "Tier 1" stage as classified by our local leaders. We thank the Lord that we can still meet as a church (following the appropriate guidelines) but no singing. God reminds us to be faithful stewards. Let's remain steadfast... Acts 2:42

Oct. 4, 2020

We partake in the Lord's Supper on the first Sunday of each month and we also go over the stipulations as found in I Cor. 11. Let's not forget that Paul tells us that there are severe consequences if we do not follow the format that is laid out for us in this part of the bible. Many are weak, sickly and even death to some for not adhering to these commands. Let's us follow reverently.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sept. 27, 2020

Our "In the garden" trials and tribulations continue on with the Corona Virus epidemic. Whether what you choose to believe regarding this virus, it has definitely affected and disrupted every part of our lives. God tells us in Luke 21 that we can by our reaction be a testimony to the world and God also promises that not one hair on your head will perish.

Sept. 13, 2020

It almost appears that the writer of Psalm 46 is "setting" us up. The chapter starts with a "proseuche" type of rendering and then quickly turns to the calamities that we find in our world. Then in verse 10, it tells us to "be still". The author takes us down a road of despair and destruction- but in the same train of thought- he tells us that God is in control and to be still (meaning to forsake all others) and know just who God is.

August 23, 2020

We are always challenging or we should be challenging ourselves with Proverbs 3:5-6. "In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths. Do we really believe this? Then here are some challenges... Where in the bible do we find the following?  ADD/ADHD. Anxiety attacks, "O, they are just being shy", PTSD... Stay tuned next week, for what I believe is one of the main passages regarding some of these issues that the modern day psychology has constructed and unfortunately many Christians have also bought into  as well.

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