Recommended Resources: March 29, 2021

Book Recommendation from a Pastor “Love to the Uttermost” by John Piper Book Recommendation by Pastor Tim St. John Since it was published in 2014, reading “Love to the Uttermost” during passion week has been a precious tradition for our family. As Piper says, “there’s nothing intrinsically holy about particular days, but for most of church history Christians have set aside eight days between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday for solemn focus (Romans 14:5-6).” Just as it is vital to set aside time each day to pursue God through prayer and meditation on......

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Recommended Resources: March 22, 2021

Book Recommendation from a Pastor “Building Bridges” by Julie Lowe Recommendation by Pastor Wayne Hu Whether you are a parent, a youth or children’s volunteer, or just someone who regularly interacts with children, “Building Bridges,” by Julie Lowe is a resource that will help you grow in winsomely connecting with and getting to know the hearts of the children. Through case studies, Scriptural insights, and explanations of how we are created and impacted by our world, Lowe provides numerous ways to better understand and love. This book is not just theologically rich but......

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Recommended Resources: March 15, 2021

Book Recommendation from a Pastor “Before You Open Your Bible” by Math Smethurst Recommendation by Pastor Gavin Kajikawa For this week’s book, I’d like to recommend, Math Smethurst’s, “Before You Open Your Bible.” A new year means a new commitment to be in God’s Word. This is a life-giving endeavor, but it takes work. Unfortunately, many of us focus on finding the right Bible reading plan, finding the right time to read the Bible, or even finding the right Bible to read. But many of us don’t think about our attitude towards the......

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Recommended Resources: March 8, 2021

Book Recommendation from a Pastor “In Light of Eternity,” by Randy Alcorn Recommendation by Pastor Kim Kira As we are coming up on Easter next month, one book I want to recommend is “In Light of Eternity” by Randy Alcorn. It is a quick read, but places before us the importance of considering heaven in our everyday life. I’m ashamed to say that for the first 30+ years of my life I thought very little of heaven and eternity (aside from the idea that I knew that is where I would go if......

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Recommended Resources: February 22, 2021

Book Recommendation from a Pastor “When Pain is Real and God Seems Silent” by Ligon Duncan Recommendation by Pastor Eufemio Magsombol, Jr. What do we do when God seems silent during times of suffering and isolation? How do we relate with God when we’re left with unanswered prayers? In his book, “When Pain Is Real and God Seems Silent,” Ligon Duncan encourages us to find hope in the laments of Psalms 88 and 89. In them we find truths that help us to see that the immense hardships that the Lord allows in......

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Recommended Resources: February 8, 2021

Book Recommendation from a Pastor “Christ-Centered Worship” by Bryan Chappell Recommendation by Pastor David Lee My first real experience with Christian worship was the small, conservative Lutheran church connected with my elementary school. Its corporate worship practices were alien to me. A formal altar at the front of the sanctuary, stained glass windows lining the walls, pastors and deacons with flowing robes, service bulletins the thickness of small books, formal recitations and chants, multiple Scripture readings, a mysterious thing called a lectionary. It brought seven year-old me to tears of boredom. Eventually as......

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Recommended Resources: February 1, 2021

Book Recommendation from a Pastor “The End of the Christian Life” by Todd Billings Recommendation by Pastor Eric Cai About eight months ago, my wife and I had the profound, no, sacred and bittersweet privilege of visiting a beloved member of our church in her family’s home as she was nearing the end of her life. Megan and I were merely flies on the wall as we witnessed her palpable anticipation of concluding her pilgrim journey in her mortal body and resting in the arms of her Savior. She spoke warmly and tenderly......

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Recommended Resources: January 25, 2021

Book Recommendation from a Pastor “Conscience: What It Is, How to Train It, and Loving Those Who Differ” by Andy Naselli and J.D. Crowley Recommendation by Pastor Francis Chow Pastor Gavin preached a couple Sundays ago about our need to pursue unity in Christ despite the many differences that might exist within the church. But what about when those differences have to do with moral issues? The good news is that Scripture speaks to those situations when believers don’t see eye to eye concerning matters of conscience (1 Cor 8, 10; Rom 14-15).......

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Recommended Resources: January 18, 2021

Book Recommendation from a Pastor “Placed for a Purpose” by Chris and Elizabeth McKinney Recommendation by Pastor Mat Pau In this past year, I’ve been thinking a lot about the idea of “neighboring.” Maybe it’s the fact that more and more our country is characterized by divisiveness. Maybe it’s the fact that we’ve had to stay home. Or maybe it’s simply the conviction I get when I read Matthew 22:35-40 that the greatest commandments are to love God and to love our neighbor. It’s a verse that we’re all familiar with, and while......

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Recommended Resources: January 11, 2021

Book Recommendation from a Pastor “Discovering the Good Life” by Tim Savage Recommendation by Pastor Tim St. John Do you remember the last time you savored the joy of being a Christian? When did you last feast on the Bread of Life, drink from the Living Water, andsense the joy of the Lord as he satisfied your heart? In his book, “Discovering the Good Life,” author Tim Savage invites both Christians and non-Christians to taste and see that the Lord is good. He describes the good life through the lens of the gospel......

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