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  Date: Sunday, March 11, 2018       Teacher: Kevin Hayashida     Duration: 40 mins 48 secs    
Passage: 1 Peter 5:5-7    
  Series Different
  Description: Recap
I have a box full of hopes, dreams and desires.
My box can feel like expectations to my spouse/partner.
Mutual submission is the most important relational dynamic.
1 Peter 5:5-7
What do I do with my box?
1. Ask "what would a humble person do?"
2. Know that humility is an invitation to God.
3. Cast your anxiety on God.
How do I cast my anxiety on God?
Reach out.
Pray honest prayers.
See Psalm 55.
Digger Deeper
Read Psalm 55:12-23. Are you currently holding back with God by praying polite prayers? What would it look like for you to be unfiltered when you take your concerns to your heavenly Father?
Read 1 Peter 5:5-7. Is there an area of your relationship about which you need to ask, "What would a humble person do?" What can you do to put the other person first?
  Date: Sunday, March 04, 2018       Teacher: John Katagi    
Passage: Joshua 1:1-5    
  Series Guest Speaker
  Description: The audio portion of this message will be posted to the website after 3/18 per request of the speaker.

Pastor John Katagi is the head of South American missions for JEMS. He is in charge of sending missions teams to Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina. In 2015, he started kidney dialysis. In 2017, he took the step of faith to still go to South America despite the medical challenges that he faced.

We all face difficulties and trials. In Joshua 1:1-5 we see the Lord speaking to Joshua after the death of Moses. There was an entire generation of people that were barred from the promised land - wandering for 40 years in the desert. Joshua lead a new generation into the land. Entering the land would take great effort and bravery. What stresses are you facing today?

The Lord tells Joshua to trust in God and his law. He tells him to be strong and courageous over and over. One way to be strong and courageous is to work together as a group. Together we are stronger. We have a choice to bind ourselves to an almighty God.

Let's stop living alone and isolated. Don't let being busy prevent you from making connections.

Meditate on the book of the law day and night. Being strong goes together with having a relationship with the word of God. Our hearts need to be responsive to God's word. Pastor John encourages us to be sponges that fully absorb the word of God, to be so full of the word that when we are squeezed, the word of God comes out.

Remember that the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Pastor John used to be afraid of flying. Now he has the image of God holding the plane in his hands. That helped him overcome his fear - he has now flown over 300 times. God tells us not to be dismayed. With God inside we have the strength to stand. So our effectiveness is not about us but about the presence of God living in us.

God promises that he will be with us always. When we pray, we can be specific in our requests because we know that God is already there.

In summary:
1. Be bound together
2. Soak up the word of God.
3. Allow the Holy Spirit to work strongly within us.

Pastor John encourages us to go on a short term mission to South America. This is the way we can put this message into action. You will be blessed beyond your imagination.
  Date: Sunday, February 25, 2018       Teacher: Kevin Hayashida     Duration: 39 mins 44 secs    
Passage: 1 Peter 3    
  Series Different
  Description: Expectation: a strong belief that something will happen or will be the case in the future.
Expectations lead to bargaining and debt-debtor relationships.
Expectations prevent us from receiving and recognizing love.
1. How are you to relate to one another?
I am to love as Jesus loved me.
John 13:34
1 Peter 3:1
1 Peter 3:7
These commands are applications of living out Christ's sacrificial love.
2. Why do we chafe at the idea of submission ?
Because Jesus elevated the status of women. He taught that men and women are equally valuable. This was brand new.
See Matthew 19:1-10
3. How am I to treat my spouse?
I am asked to put my spouse before myself. Jesus taught mutual submission.
Ephesians 5:21
Ask yourself, "what is in my box of hopes, dreams and desires?"
Ask yourself, "what is in your spouse's box of hopes, dreams and desires?"
Listen to your partner.
  Date: Sunday, February 18, 2018       Teacher: Kevin Hayashida     Duration: 33 mins 34 secs    
Passage: 1 Peter 4:12-19    
  Series Different
  Description: Perspective Amidst Opposition:

What should my perspective be?
1. Expect SUFFERING.
Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. (1 Peter 4:12) If you are living boldly for Christ, you should expect suffering. Spiritual battles come with spiritual opposition. If we aren't suffering, perhaps we aren't trying hard enough. We may not be in the game.
Beware the temptation to "coast". Don't rest on your laurels, have some "skin" in the game. Don't fear discomfort.

Peter actually tells us to rejoice as you participate in the sufferings of Christ. God's power can be present in any situation.

2. Godly suffering results in BLESSING.

But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the spirit of glory and of God rests on you. 1 Peter 4:13-14

Don't suffer because you are just foolish. We should have a spirit of love and wisdom.

3. Do what is right and TRUST God with the RESULTS.

So then, those who suffer according to God's will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good. 1 Peter 4:19

...All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. Humbles yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because He cares for you. 1 Peter 5:5-7

Choose to LIVE BOLDLY. That is how you break the "comfort" cycle.

How to live: Live Boldly > Face Opposition > > Faith Strengthens > Become closer to Christ > Live Boldly! This is how we grow. Historically, the church has thrived when opposition was the greatest. Perhaps God allows trials to purify the church. How not to live: Pursue comfort > Avoid opposition > Faith weakens > Life's empty > Pursue comfort. This is a downward spiral into a meaningless life.
  Date: Sunday, February 11, 2018       Teacher: Kevin Hayashida     Duration: 49 mins 33 secs    
Passage: 1 Peter 2:13-17    
  Series Different
  Description: 1 Peter 2:13-17
Submit to those in authority.
God is the ultimate authority.
Philippians 3:20
Living With Dual Citizenship
I.E. Heavenly citizenship and national citizenship
1. We proclaim God's unchanging, eternal truth.
Zechariah 7:9
2. We humble ourselves before God and others.
See Acts 12:21-24
3. As a church, we make disciples.
What Can I Do?
1 Timothy 2:1
Galatians 5:14
  Date: Sunday, February 04, 2018       Teacher: Kevin Hayashida     Duration: 32 mins 1 sec    
  Series Different
  Description: Types of calling: (God's call for us)
1. Eternal call to Christ. God does not wish anyone to perish. See Rom 8:28, 1 Cor 1:24.
2. Temporary call to an assignment. See Rom 1:1, 1 Cor 1:1). Moses was assigned to shepherd sheep for a while.
3. Daily call to a different standard. See 1 Peter 2. To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. Christ is our model for living. God is more concerned about who you become than what you do.

When you know who you are, you will know what to do.

Who are you?
1. ...a living stone. 1 Peter 2:21 you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood. Jesus is th cornerstone of the building that we are a part of. We are part of a spiritual house. A house is where a family lives. A house is also a place where God dwells. We are part of God's church. When we serve the church, we are acting on what we are as members of the body.
2. ...a member of the royal priesthood. 1 Peter 1:9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's special possession. This is a radical concept. We have access to God directly and can serve him directly, not through a priest alone. Each one of us has a special relationship and gifting with God. A pastor does not have special access to God beyond ordinary Christians.
3. alien and a stranger. 1 Peter 2:11 Dear fiends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul. You are in a "foreign" culture and you are here temporarily. Do not put down firm roots - this earth is not your final home. As a result, don't be surprised if you don't feel comfortable on this earth. Our soul lasts forever, earth will not. Don't give up the eternal for the temporary.

This means
That you are on call...

and you are called to do good.

1 Peter 2:12 Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.
As a follower of Christ, we have a call to a different standard. You are on call to do good wherever you go. Keep your eyes open for opportunities to bless others.
  Date: Sunday, January 28, 2018       Teacher: Kevin Hayashida     Duration: 32 mins 36 secs    
Passage: 1 Peter 1:13-21    
  Series Different
What is a major obstacle to following Jesus?
My desire to conform, or fit in..

Remember that you are a foreigner, or a "temporary resident" during your time on earth. Peter describes living our your time as foreigners here in reverent fear.

How to be different:
1. Actively engage your mind. (13) Be alert and fully sober so you can think clearly. Your mind is how you interact with reality and with God. All actions and decisions begin as thoughts in your mind. Set your hope on the grace to be brought to you by Jesus Christ. Think magnificently about God.

2, Avoid evil patterns of the past. (14,18) 2 Timothy 2:22 Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
Pre-decide what to do before you do it.

3. Pursue holiness by seeking the Lord. (15) Ephesians 4:22-24 You were taught, with regard to your frmer way of life to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
Holiness is NOT the path to Christ, Christ is the path to holiness. Knowing Jesus leads us to holiness. Obedience to God's truth is the path to transformation.
  Date: Sunday, January 21, 2018       Teacher: Kevin Hayashida     Duration: 36 mins 58 secs    
Passage: 1 Peter 1:1    
  Series Different
  Description: 1 Peter 1:1
1 Peter 1:6-7
Faith that is Lacking (Inauthentic Faith)
Inherited Faith.
Shallow Faith.
Conditional Faith
How God Uses Trials
1. Trials reveal your faith.
1 Peter 1:7
James 1:2-4
2. Trials draw you closer to God.
1 Peter 1:8-9
In times of trial, get a bigger perspective.
  Date: Sunday, January 14, 2018       Teacher: Craig Matsuda     Duration: 35 mins 28 secs    
Passage: Micah 6:8    
  Series Guest Speaker
  Description: If God answers the prayer you've been praying, would it change anyone else's world but your own?
Micah 6:8
How to be different as a Christian in this world:
* Act justly
Deuteronomy 6:5-7
* Love mercy
Matthew 22:37-39
James 2:1
* Walk humbly with God
Jeremiah 29:11-13
  Date: Sunday, January 07, 2018       Teacher: Roger Lee     Duration: 34 mins 29 secs    
Passage: Colossians 1:9-12    
  Series Guest Speaker
  Description: Roger described a time that he went to run through a forest pathway which was lined with guidepoints. He wanted to read these descriptions so he decided to slow down and read each one. In so doing, he experienced the beautiful forest just as the planners had intended.

How do we receive all that God intends for us?:

1. Keep learning all our lives. Paul prayed that we would grow in the knowledge of God. Real growth and knowledge is hard to achieve. So hard that we may want to avoid it. Growth can be uncomfortable and disturbing as our old concepts and perceptions are changed. Don't fear disruption. Paul prayed that we would be humble enough to learn new things.

2. Live a life worthy of the Lord and please HIM in every way. Please God, not ourselves. He calls us to die to ourselves so we can live to God. We die to our dreams and desires so God can replace them with something better. His plans are always better than what we can come up with.

3. Prayer is the conduit through which God changes us. Praying impossible and life changing things into being is a part of Christian life. So Pray! We are called to change things around us through prayer.


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