Monday Morning Reflections

Delayed, Not Canceled

For the love of God is this, that we obey God’s commandments. And God’s commandments are not burdensome, for whatever is born of God conquers the world. And this is the victory that conquers the world, our faith. 1 John 5:3-4 Our next Presbytery meeting comes this...

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The Opposite of Reparations

“Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.” Mark 12:43b-44 We are...

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Friends for Life

“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater lovethan this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:12-13 I hope you have a meaningful Memorial Day today. I don’t assume what kind of meaning you might have,...

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“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8 Yesterday was Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit came to fulfill Jesus’ promise to empower his...

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I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches...

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Snatched Away

When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away; the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing. Acts 8:39 Last night, San Marino Community Church bid farewell to Jeff and Lynn O’Grady, as Jeff retires and they get ready to...

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Love in Action

How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help? Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action. 1 John 3:17-18 I am quite the procrastinator. You may have noticed...

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Fear of Joy

While they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”  They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost. Luke 24:36-37   Alleluia!  Christ is risen!! It is generally understood that...

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Some Thoughts on Opening Our Buildings

Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when all is revealed, we will be like Christ, for we will see him as he is. 1 John 3:2 Alleluia! Christ is risen!! What an interesting coincidence that today, a...

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Wendy S. Tajima
Executive Presbyter

Wendy has a creative, spiritual and prophetic way of seeing the world that offers deep insights for practical living. She believes the Church is renewed from the edges, not the center, when those who’ve been marginalized are embraced.