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Are we keeping traditions of men?

“Now these things happened to them as an example, and they were written for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the ages have come” (1 Corinthians 10:11). Every time I read my bible I think of this verse and I look for lessons that I can learn from the examples that we have in the scriptures. “Then some Pharisees …

The Spring of Living Water

“I will say, ‘My dear children of Israel, keep in mind the road you took when you were carried off. Mark off in your minds the landmarks. Make a mental note of telltale signs marking the way back. Return, my dear children of Israel. Return to these cities of yours” (Jeremiah 31:21, NET). Jeremiah was warning the people before they …

We Put on Love

Today I discuss Gods concern for each one of us. As individuals we all experience things in unique ways. It is important to put on a mind of love when relating with each other. Colossians 3:12 “So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”

Back to the Roots – The Gospel of Mark

This week we will start the Gospel of Mark in our Back to the Roots series of the New Testament study. As we study each of the books of the New Testament, we want to identify the differences in each of the gospels, and the purposes for each one of the books. For instance, each one of the letters was …

Why Are We Here and Why Are We Together?

Today I bring a communion message about love and oneness. We come humbly asking our Father to wash us and equip us to walk in this new day. Isaiah 43:19 “Behold, I will do something new, Now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, Rivers in the desert.”

He Is Looking For A Change Of Heart

Today I teach about the law of Jesus. Some people think it is legalistic, but today we explore it as a beneficial way of relating. Deuteronomy 5:16 “Honor your father and mother, as the Lord your God has commanded you, that your days may be prolonged, and that it may go well with you on the land which the Lord your God gives you.”

Back to the Roots – The Gospel of Matthew

For several weeks we have been studying the Gospel of Matthew together, and we are only about half way through it. It has been an amazing time of study and discussion about the characteristics of the book of Matthew. The Gospel of Matthew was written to address the Jews, and because of that it is filled with Old Testament quotations …

My Goal As A Mother

“First things first!”- I love that phrase! It is so simple and it reminds me all the time of how important it is to prioritize my time and my focus. As a mom, wife, pastor, administrator, friend and neighbor I have very limited time and I need to use it wisely. Truly, I am not wise enough on my own, …

Turn and Strengthen Your Brother

Today I bring a communion message about strengthening our brothers. When Jesus washed the disciples’ feet, he was loving them and giving them an example of what they would need to do for each other. John 13:34 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.”

Helping Mothers

Recently, I put together a series of bible study lessons to help some of the young moms at our church. I have observed them going through a challenging season of life where they are juggling the roles of being wives, mothers, homemakers, income-earners, and women of God. I believe moms are amazing, but they still need all the help they …

When we Walk in the Faith of Abraham

Today I relate a walk of faith to the life of Abraham. Abraham faced many challenges throughout his life, but he faithfully pressed on in his walk with God. We too face many challenges, will we waiver in disbelief or will we continue to trust in God’s plan for us? Romans 4:20 “yet, with respect to the promise of God, he did not waver in unbelief but grew strong in faith, giving glory to God.”

Salvation is More Than Forgiveness of Sin

Today I convey Gods desire for a relationship through salvation. Galatians 4:4‭-‬5 “But when the time was right, God sent his Son, and a woman gave birth to him. His Son obeyed the Law, so he could set us free from the Law, and we could become God’s children.” As children it is important for us to deepen our relationship with our Father.

Don’t Carry the Idols of the Past

Today I urge us to set our sights on God’s plan. Too often we find ourselves clinging to the past and making idols out of memories. We must let go of yesterday and trust God as He leads us forward. 1 Corinthians 13:9‭-‬10 “For we know in part and we prophesy in part; but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away.”

What is Triggered by Our Prayers?

Today I talk about the importance of prayer. Whether we identify it as such or not, it is likely that what we are facing today is the result of prayers or lack of prayers. We often pray with a preconceived idea of what we think we need, but God’s answers do not always look the way we anticipate. Our prayers are effective even when we don’t experience the results we originally anticipated.

Why is Maturity Important?

Today I continue imploring us to seek the truth and grow in our walk with God. There are many lies that come to hold us back and divide us, but Christ has opened the door for us to grow together in oneness and love. Ephesians 4:15-16 “but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.”

Back To The Roots – Bible Study

While working on my Master of Divinity degree, I studied about Christian faith and history,  learned about the Jewish roots of Christianity,  and the fact that Jesus was a Rabbi that taught His disciples according to the traditions of His time.  So, I thought it would be good to go back and read the New Testament with the knowledge I …

Am I Open to Hear the Truth

Today I encourage you to ask yourself an important question. Am I open to hear the truth? In John 8:32 we read, “And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” Each one of us have a different perception of the Truth. Without being open to hear the truth in love we will miss out on the deep freedom that truth can bring.

When Love is the only Law…

It is interesting to understand that when God first took the people of Israel out of Egypt, He was separating a people to Himself by making a covenant with them through the giving of the Torah, the first five books of the Bible. One of the most significant parts of this process is the fact that God gave Moses the …

We Have Been Included Through Christ

Today I entreat you to dig into the scriptures about God’s plan for inclusion. Sometimes we might think that for God to accept one He has to reject another, but He is unlimited! 2 Chronicles 6:14. “He said, ‘O Lord , the God of Israel, there is no god like You in heaven or on earth, keeping covenant and showing lovingkindness to Your servants who walk before You with all their heart;'”

A Willingness to Hear and Obey

Today I reiterate how just having the word is not enough, we must hear and obey Gods word. What makes the distinction between hearing and not hearing? A willingness to do His will. John 7:17 “If anyone is willing to do Gods will, they will know of the teaching, whether it is of God or whether I speak from Myself.”

Abraham – A Walk By Faith

I have been thinking a lot about Abraham and his life, so I finally went back to read his life story in the Scriptures. It was so good for me to read it, because it really made sense to me to think about Abraham as our father in the faith. I thought about the fact that a lot of times, …

Women’s Bible Study

Hale O Nā Kāula Church Women’s Bible Study Outline By Debbie Oliveira Goal: To empower women, give them tools to pray and wait on the Lord, Give hope and lead them to the heart of God! Bring healing and purpose in being a wife, mother, but first of all, a worshiper and child of our loving Father.   Thursdays from 6pm …