Recommended Resources: November 23, 2020

Book Recommendation from a Pastor “Chasing Contentment” by Erik Raymond Recommendation by Pastor Francis Chow For many people, the holiday season ironically exacerbates a struggle that’s common to all of us—the search for contentment. No matter who you are, we’ve all daydreamed “if only…”, thinking that our lives would be so much better if we got that thing that we want. That’s why I found Erik Raymond’s book, “Chasing Contentment,” to be such a valuable resource. Raymond defines contentment as “the inward, gracious, quiet spirit that joyfully rests in God’s promises.” He also......

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Recommended Resources: November 16, 2020

Book Recommendation from a Pastor “All That’s Good: Recovering the Lost Art of Discernment,” by Hannah Anderson Recommendation by Pastor Eric Cai When you think of the word ‘discernment’ what first comes to mind? The skill and ability to point out what’s false, erroneous, bad, and wrong? Typically, the word ‘discernment’ appears in the context of someone assessing the wisdom of pursuing a relationship, the wisdom of listening to this podcast over against this other one, the wisdom of voting for this person or that person. For many of us, the word ‘discernment’......

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Recommended Resources: November 9, 2020

Book Recommendation from a Pastor “Weep With Me” by Mark Vroegop  Recommendation by Pastor Mat Pau In a year characterized by difficulty, hardship, suffering and hurt, “Weep With Me” is a timely read – especially regarding the issue of racism. Now wherever you might stand on the topic, ask yourself: “What is your first impulse when someone brings up the topic of systemic racism?” Is your first thought to bring up statistics? Critiquing or defending certain social movements? Or is your first impulse to simply weep with those whose stories take into account......

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Recommended Resources: November 2, 2020

Book Recommendation from a Pastor “Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands,” Paul Tripp Recommendation by Pastor Tim St. John What has been the focus of your relationships lately? How often do you think about how to build up a fellow brother or sister in Christ? The writer of Hebrews says that “building others up” must be a constant question that we contemplate as believers. He writes in Hebrews 10:24, “and let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works.”1 While we must think carefully about our own hearts and......

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Recommended Resources: October 26, 2020

Book Recommendation from a Pastor “From Pride to Humility by Stuart Scott” Recommendation by Pastor Wayne Hu One of the greatest ways we can grow as a Christian is to grow in humility. Without humility, we cannot come to God, we cannot love God supremely, we cannot love and serve others genuinely, we cannot resolve conflict fully, we cannot resist our sin effectively, and ultimately we cannot become like Christ. One of the most helpful resources in this area is Stuart Scott’s “From Pride to Humility.” Not only does it describe helpful definitions......

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Recommended Resources: October 19, 2020

Book Recommendation from a Pastor “Missions: How the Local Church Goes Global,” by Andy Johnson Recommendation by Pastor Gavin Kajikawa   As our church family focuses on evangelism for the month of October, I’d like to recommend “Missions: How the Local Church Goes Global,” by Andy Johnson. What I appreciate about the book is the focus on the local church holding to biblical truths in teaching, preparing, sending, and supporting missionaries around the world to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ. Here is a paragraph that will give you a sense of how......

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Recommended Resources: October 12, 2020

Book Recommendation from a Pastor How the Nations Rage: Rethinking Faith and Politics in a Divided Age by Jonathan Leeman Recommendation by Pastor Kim Kira For this week’s book recommendation, I wanted to commend to you, “How The Nations Rage: Rethinking Faith and Politics in A Divided Age” by Jonathan Leeman. It is a book I recommended in one of the recent sermons on politics and though I don’t think you will agree with every conclusion he comes to, I really appreciated his thoughtful, measured approach to politics. The point of the book......

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Recommended Resources: October 5, 2020

Book Recommendation from a Pastor Compassion (&) Conviction by Justin Giboney, Michael Wear, and Chris Butler Recommendation by Pastor Eufemio Magsombol, Jr. I really appreciate Pastor Kim’s sermons on how we can live out our faith during this time of political divisiveness. I must admit this is an area of weakness for me, as I didn’t have much interest in politics growing up. One resource that I’ve found to be helpful as I strive to grow in this area is a book entitled Compassion (&) Conviction: The AND Campaign’s Guide to Faithful Civic......

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Recommended Resources: September 28, 2020

Book Recommendation from a Pastor Before You Open Your Bible by Matt Smethurst Recommendation by Pastor Francis Chow How would you describe the relationship between your life and the Bible? Even though we are constantly exhorted and reminded about the critical role of Scripture in our Christian lives, I’m guessing that, like me, it’s still challenging. It’s challenging to always be consistent in reading. Even when we do, it’s challenging sometimes to understand or apply what we’re reading. There are many practical steps that we can take to grow in getting the most......

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Recommended Resources: September 21, 2020

Articles Denying Yourself Is Loving Yourself We might be tempted to believe that denying ourselves is the opposite of loving ourselves. Yet the Bible often flips our assumptions on their head and shows us a surprising but better way. How Shall I Love My Neighbor? By Keeping the Law! To return to a similar point from Sunday’s message, the love of God and the command to love are not in contradiction. This article reveals how obedience to God’s law enables, guides, and strengthens our call to love one another. No Hand But His......

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