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The Land of the Rising Sun

by Bevan Unrau

Matt Christl (Seabreeze Youth Pastor) and I spent seven days in Tokyo at the beginning of this month, visiting Seiji and Kathy Oyama. The purpose of the trip was to reconnect with the Oyamas and explore ways we might be able to help them share the love of Christ in Japan. The Oyamas were part of […]

Speaking Up for The Silent

by Bevan Unrau

The vast majority in our community say little if anything in prayer to God. Some don’t believe God exists. Some are mad at Him and are pouting in silence. Most are just too busy and distracted by the urgent demands of life to stop and look upward. So sins are left unconfessed, mercy is left […]

What happened to our handshake and greeting time?

by Bevan Unrau

Many of you have noticed that we no longer take a moment on Sundays to turn to those around us and greet them before we are seated. Some of you have asked me why, so I’d like to tell you more about the thinking behind this. First of all, I am so glad that you […]

How Great Is That Darkness

by Bevan Unrau

We often don’t appreciate what we have until we are at risk of losing it. After 3 eye surgeries this past month I now realize that I have taken my sight for granted. For the better part of 2 weeks my life came to screeching halt, all because of my eyes. I couldn’t watch TV […]

Perplexed but not in Despair

by Bevan Unrau

Rebecca and I are facing a very perplexing situation. Her parents need more help than they can get living far from family in Louisiana. We would like to move them here to Southern California, but there are many problems to solve in order for that to occur. First of all, it is challenging to get […]

Do you have enemies?

by Bevan Unrau

Do you have enemies? I know there are the Taliban and ISIS, or ISIL; these are enemies of our country, enemies of Christianity, enemies of the American way. But what about you personally…daily? Is there someone who once, or repeatedly, opposes you? Do you endure persecution on some level? Maybe it is minor, like a […]

How to have everything you want for Christmas!

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Our expectations are often very high when we enter this season. We expect a lot from family, friends, circumstances, things, ourselves and God. We envision things going well and when they don’t measure up to our imaginings, we are disappointed. I have always paused over Paul’s words in Philippians 4:11-12 when he talks about contentment. […]

The Way of Escape

by Bevan Unrau

1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. I used to think this verse applied […]

Are You Happy?

by Bevan Unrau

One of my favorite songs right now is the song Happy by Pharrell Williams. Just listening to it can improve your mood. The popularity of this song speaks to the desire we all have to be happy. Recently, I decided to pay attention to the lyrics of this song about happiness:  It might seem crazy […]

The Plans of the Lord

by Bevan Unrau

Sometimes, when we watch or read the news, it is tempting to get angry, anxious, or apathetic about all the horrible things happening in the world. Now that we have 24-hour access to every terrible thing happening, it can seem overwhelming. The world is full of bad rulers, victims, bad decisions, and evil people. Most […]