George Hsieh - Elder


Have you ever been too distracted, lazy, or tired to pray? Over the summer, I took my family on a wonderful 3-week trip to Taiwan and Japan to spend time seeing relatives and enjoying new experiences. During that time, the Lord placed it in my heart that I should be spending more time with Him. That gentle reminder helped me to realize that wherever you are and whatever you do, God is with us and He can’t wait for us to bring our prayers of forgiveness, thanks, and petitions. I’ve learned that being intentional about spending time with the Lord is so vital in building our faith. Whether it’s using your commute, family devotionals, or family prayer time – the Lord hears us and we can be comforted by his abundant grace, mercy, and wisdom. “Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always” (1 Chronicles 16:11) .


Corey Johnson - Teaching Pastor

Monica and I have been discussing getting a new family portrait, but kept putting it off. So this year we changed our approach and listed all the things we wanted to get done. During the summer we made the necessary plans and soon we’ll have a new portrait hanging on the wall.

However, as I think about that list I realize it only contained experiences that we would like to have and remember. This sanitized list focused only on accomplishments and not on failures. But failures are part of life and, while unexpected, an important aspect of our life journey. It can be very sobering as they awaken us to the realities of life and with the right attitude, we can learn from them. Though you might have experienced failures know that God is able to redeem you and craft something beautiful from those seemingly dark experiences. Paul reminds us “... that God causes all things to work together for good…” (Romans 8:28)

May the grace of God be with you today as you trust him, with your failures and your list.

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