Posts from 2017

Knowledge or Relationship?

I convey the difference between knowledge gained through a relationship with Christ and knowledge gained from human efforts. God wants to give us knowledge, but if we are not careful our desire for knowledge will result in the same separation that Adam and Eve experienced. Philipians 4:6-7 “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by…

What is God doing in the Earth Today?

What is God doing now? God is working on you! So the question is, how are you relating to God’s gifts in you? How are you relating to yourself as the temple of the Holy Spirit? How do you relate to the fact that God chose you? God so loved you that He gave His…

Why Do We Pray for Bread?

As I meditated on the Lord’s Prayer I noticed some deeper truths that sometimes it is easy to forget. The first thing that we must always remember is that prayer is a relationship. It is also important to know that the Father already knows what we need (Matthew 6:8). Prayer is not giving God a…

To Love is a Commandment

I connect our Christianity with the example of Love that Christ gave us. If we want to be like Christ, we must study how he related to the world. His life was an expression of Love and forgiveness, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in…

A Relationship of Prayer

I started meditating on the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13). Jesus was teaching His disciples to pray. Sometimes it is easy to think about prayer related to the things that we need, things we are looking for, problems that need to be solved, and circumstances that we think that need to change. The Lord’s Prayer starts…

The Early Church was a Family

I illuminate Jesus Christ’s desire to include us in His Father’s family. In Matthew 12:50 Jesus was not closing a door on his physical family, he was opening the door for everyone to become part of his spiritual family, “For whoever does the will of My Father who is in heaven, he is My brother…

Christ in You, the Hope of Glory

It may be hard to understand the way that God executes His plans. When Jesus Christ was born, His parents could not find a proper place for His birth. According to our way of thinking, a manger and a simple stable would not be the right place for the Son of God to be born.…

Be Driven to Press On

I express the passion we must have in our walk with God. We must have a personal drive like Paul and identify with his cry in Philippians 3:12, “Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also…

The Olive Tree

A while back my husband was gifted a beautiful potted Olive tree. Our last name, Oliveira, means Olive tree, and it was a sweet gift. We placed it in a corner where we can enjoy it and it receives water and sunshine every day.  Around spring time it usually has a few olives on its…

Thanksgiving Day!

Our family has lived in the United States for the past ten years and I have to say that Thanksgiving has become my absolute favorite holiday! What a brilliant idea to have a national day to give thanks. Thankfulness is such an important trait to have and to teach our children. We read often in…

Plant Good Seeds

I connect our ability to receive God’s provision of communion with Luke 6: 37 & 38. When we plant seeds of judgment and condemnation that is what we receive, but if we plant seeds of forgiveness, kindness and love, we will receive those blessings from our Father.

In Everything Give Thanks

In this season of thanksgiving it is so important for us to find a place of solitude to meditate on the Word of God. It is important to stop and give thanks to God for His unconditional love for us.  As I was taking this time for myself, I came across these verses from the…

A Season of Change

I was sitting in a meeting recently when I heard these words: “We are in a season of change. Learn how to give away what you have.” These words confronted me in a positive way and I immediately remembered the words of Christ, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Acts 20:35. I…

Maturing into Adoption

I talk about the maturing of God’s sons. Galatians 4:1 compares immature children to slaves under the authority of guardians and managers. It is time for us to mature as sons and grow up into the measure of the fullness of Christ. The key to this maturity is obedience, Christ was diligent to do and…

Maturing Into Adoption

When we read the scriptures we see that in Christ we are born again. Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the…

His Precious Gifts are Your True Self

I teach about Gods plan for you. God has a vision for you way bigger than the vision you have for yourself. When he is removing the blocks in your life it may seem unpleasant but it is because he sees you the way he saw you before the foundation of the world. He has…

You are God’s Treasure

When God created us He put a treasure in our hearts. 2 Corinthians 4:7 reminds us, “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves.” How then can we look at ourselves with disgust or sorrow? You may think you look like…

Bob Poulson – A Great Man of Faith

Our beloved Bob Poulson passed on to be with the Lord at 7:25 pm Sunday evening on September 24th, 2017. Bob has been an associate pastor of Hale O Nā Kāula Church for many years. He was born in 1949 in Los Angeles, California. He moved to Illinois when he was 11 years old after…

Receive a New Level of His Love

I convey our deep desire to return to the Lord and abide in His presence. God jealously desires the spirit He has made to dwell in us and the spirit in us desires to reconnect with Him. His love is the only thing that can satisfy this yearning hunger within us. By faith we open…

Food Drive 2017 – Helping Maui Food Bank

We have been blessed with the opportunity to bless our island community in helping Maui Food Bank over the years. We have attended some of their events and they do such a good job in providing for needy families. This year, again, we are joining efforts at our church to help and be a blessing…

And They Celebrated Tabernacles

Every year we anticipate our celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles. We always want it to be special and fun for everyone, but especially for the children. The Feast of Tabernacles is a time of remembrance and teaching the next generations about the importance of knowing the Word of God. This week I have been…

Want to be Free? Forgive

I link the parable about forgiveness in Matthew 18:21 to the fundamental teaching on love from Luke 6:27. Love your neighbor and relate to them the way you want God to relate to you. By the grace of God we must start relating with compassion and truly forgiving one another.

The Meaning of the Celebration of Tabernacles

The period of the Feast of Tabernacles is very rich and deep in spiritual meaning for us. It is a statute that Moses received from the Lord in the wilderness. “Let them construct a sanctuary for Me, that I may dwell among them.” (Exodus 25:8, NAS) We understand that from the beginning it was God’s…

Receive His Unchanging Love

Last week I brought a practical message about why we celebrate the Biblical Feasts. It is not about do’s and don’ts, it is about relationships and God’s Unchanging Love. This will not work in isolation, but in our unity. We need to receive and be a channel of God’s unchanging love to one another.

Feast of Tabernacles 2017

As part of our celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot), we camp together and have fun with our children, teaching and imparting to them the heart behind our experience in walking with the Lord and our faith for His presence to always be with us. It is always a very fun time when we…

Worship to Know Him

I express the need for us to worship. Worship is the most important thing we can do because it is what God is looking for. It is not about engaging in a religious routine, but rather entering into an intimate relationship with our Father. “God is spirit and those who worship Him must worship in…

How Do I Control my Spirit?

I believe it is so important for us to always be aware of our spirits and of how we are growing and moving in what God has given us. I often ask myself these questions: “How am I walking with God?” or “Am I applying God’s word in my life in a practical way?” I…

Who is My Neighbor?

I explain Jesus’ teaching from Luke 10. Jesus reminded the disciples that the first and foremost commandments are to love the lord your God with all your heart and love your neighbor as yourself. Trying to justify who is or is not our neighbor is an excuse to not do what we are supposed to.…

Biblical Feasts Celebration – Fall 2017

We are approaching the time of the Feast of Tabernacles. As Christians, we do not only celebrate it in remembrance of what God did in the past, but we also anticipate the fulfillment of what God is doing during the Feast of Tabernacles today. We believe that there are truths hidden in plain sight in…