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Friday Night Reflection, Week 6: James 1:5-12

At Large Group, Matt Ng spoke on James 1:5-12. As we are going through James in GOC, Matt reminded us how James is a New Testament book filled with wisdom and application. As Jesus’ brother, James knew Jesus his whole life and saw how Jesus truly did what He preached. In the message, Matt shared some points on how Christ, through James, calls us to know the perspective of divine wisdom, divine economy, and divine reward. 

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Friday Night Reflection, Week 3: James 1:2-4

“Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say: it is well, it is well with my soul”

I watched as the time on my computer changed to 11pm, but the list of assignments and studying that I had to do that night had not dwindled a bit in the past few hours. As I reluctantly entered midterm season, one thought rang in my head: “It’s almost over. I just have to wait until this weekend and then I’ll be okay.” But is that how we are to look at trials?

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Friday Night Reflection, Week 2: The Purpose of Wisdom: The Book of James

Prize her highly, and she will exalt you; 

she will honor you if you embrace her. 

She will place on your head a graceful garland; 

she will bestow on you a beautiful crown.”

Proverbs 4:8-9

In this chapter of Proverbs, King Solomon urges his children to consider the abundant treasures of godly wisdom. The lush language and personification in these two verses both burgeon powerfully with promise. The pursuit of wisdom is greatly rewarded, Solomon says. But, why is obtaining wisdom so important, both for the new believer and the mature, seasoned one? As Matt preached last Friday on an overview of the book of James, a book of practical wisdom likened to the Proverbs of the Old Testament, he considered this question. 

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Friday Reflection, Week 1: A Clarion Commission

Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me. Colossians 1:28-29

By the Lord’s grace in the hearts of His people, I pray that these reflections on this past week’s  large group sermon by Matt Ng will be of great exhortation to you.

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Testimony of the Week: Nick Kaneshiro

Nick is a second year Public Affairs pre-med who enjoys being in nature, singing in the car, and hanging out with his small group homies (past & present!).

***QUICK NOTE: if anything in my testimony resonates with you, please feel free to reach out! I’d love to be your amigo (: ***

I used to think the best life someone could have was to grow up as a non-Christian so they could experience all the “joys” of life when they were young, and then at some point, when it was time to get serious, God would save them and then they’d get to go to heaven. Even though I professed to be a Christian for most of my life, this was basically how I saw the world. I knew that living by the Bible was right, but I believed that living by the world was better.

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