Monday Morning Reflections

Reflection

The Lord will guide you continually,      and satisfy your needs in parched places,      and make your bones strong;and you shall be like a watered garden,      like a spring of water,      whose waters never fail.           Isaiah 58:11 Tomorrow evening is the first...

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Reflection

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!  By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for...

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Reflection: When We Need God Most

God proves God’s love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 Even though Christmas is a week away, I don’t experience the loud clamor of Christmas cheer.  I’m not sure if it’s because I don’t spend much time shopping in decked-out...

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Servant of the Lord

As you know, there are four Sundays in Advent. You may have noticed a general pattern of the readings over the years. On the first Sunday of Advent, the gospel passage is a prophecy about the coming day of the Lord, reminding us…

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Expecting

We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies.Romans 8:22-23We are just now in...

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Giving Thanks

Yes, everything is for your sake, so that grace, as it extends to more and more people, may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.2 Corinthians 4:15Good morning!  I pray you had a blessed Thanksgiving.  I have much to give thanks for, of course, including all who...

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Wildfires – Thousand Oaks Shooting

The Lord is near to the brokenhearted, and saves the crushed in spirit.- Psalm 34:18The mass shooting in Thousand Oaks at Borderline Bar and the devastating Woolsey and Camp fires have traumatized and effected many in California. Undoubtedly, the churches of San...

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Monday Morning Update

This past Saturday, November 10th was the last presbytery meeting of the 2018 year. We were welcomed into the Sanctuary of First Thai Presbyterian Church, Covina, to the sight of a beautifully fall decorated sanctuary that was a delight to the eyes. There were fall...

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Monday Morning Update

You see, then, that it is by our actions that we are put right with God, and not by our faith alone.James 2:24A friend of mine who teaches at Yale Divinity School said, “Joy is a work of resistance against despair. This work involves more than feeling an emotion.” ...

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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.