0 “Aloha `Oe” (Live at Keahou Bay)

I grew up in Kailua Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii back in the 1980s while my parents were missionaries with YWAM. Kona will always be home even when we live elsewhere and my wife and I recently had the chance to take a 2 week trip to visit Kona again after 5 years!

I’ve been starting to work on learning to play the ukulele and learning some Hawaiian songs so I’m still a bit of a novice on it. I had the chance to record this version of the beautiful song Aloha `Oe (Farewell to Thee) by Queen Lili`uokalani out by Keahou Bay on our last day in the Islands. As this song is a tender song of farewell it seemed appropriate. Hopefully we will return soon! Until we meet again… A hui hou aku!
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0 Trip to Hawaii & New Music Video Shoot


My wife and I just got back from a 12 day trip to Kona, Hawaii and it was fantastic! For those who don’t know, I grew up in Kona in the early 1980s when my parents were on staff with the missionary organization YWAM. Since then I have had a chance to return several times and still have close friends living there. This was the first time we’ve had a chance to go back in 5 years since our honeymoon and the first time I’ve been there together with my parents in 14 years!
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0 Peace When I’m Anxious

Dealing with anxiety over bills and finances today and this was the verse of the day in my Bible app:

When I said, “My foot is slipping,” your unfailing love, Lord, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.
—Psalm 94:18-19

And the previous day’s verse goes along with it. We need to rest in his peace that passes all understanding, and allow the peace of Christ to calm any anxiety that threatens to take control in our lives. He is on the throne and in control and we need to trust that he has a plan even if we are going through trials and storms in life.

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
—Colossians 3:15

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
—John 14:27

Jesus recognizes that we are going to have difficulties and troubles in this world, but he gives us hope because he has overcome the world and we can rest in that!

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
—John 16:33

So do not be anxious! Bring your worries and cares to the foot of the throne and leave them there and God’s peace which goes beyond this world’s understanding will rest upon your shoulders!

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
—Philippians 4:4-7