Friday, December 30, 2011

Fellowship of Christian Athletes Competitors Creed

I am a Christian first and last.
I am created in the likeness of
God Almighty to bring Him glory.
I am a member of Team Jesus Christ.
I wear the colors of the cross.

I am a Competitor now and forever.
I am made to strive, to strain,
to stretch and to succeed
in the arena of competition.
I am a Christian Competitor
and as such, I face my challenger
with the face of Christ.

I do not trust in myself.
I do not boast in my abilities
or believe in my own strength.
I rely solely on the power of God.
I compete for the pleasure of
my Heavenly Father, the honor of Christ
and the reputation of the Holy Spirit.

My attitude on and off
the field is above reproach -
my conduct beyond criticism.
Whether I am preparing,
practicing or playing;
I submit to God's authority
and those He has put over me.
I respect my coaches, officials,
teammates and competitors
out of respect for the Lord.

My body is the temple of Jesus Christ.
I protect it from within and without.
Nothing enters my body that
does not honor the Living God.
My sweat is an offering to my Master.
My soreness is a sacrifice to my Savior.

I give my all - all of the time.
I do not give up. I do not give in.
I do not give out. I am the Lord’s warrior -
a competitor by conviction
and a disciple of determination.
I am confident beyond reason
because my confidence lies in Christ.
The results of my efforts
must result in His glory.


Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Leadership Begins With Trust

There are many places you can start as a leader, but the best place is…The Beginning.

Leadership begins with Trust. No matter who you are, or who you are with, if you don’t have trust no one will care what you say. Trust is hard to earn, and very easy to lose. It’s an asset we must guard with great diligence.

I have seen three critical steps to being effective as a leader.

Trust > Influence > Authority

We should gain the trust of those we are called or intend to lead. Trust comes before influence. Leadership is all about influence, influence gives you the “critical mass” necessary to create movement and momentum with those you’re with. Influence comes after, and only on the heels of trust. No trust, No influence.

After Trust and Influence comes Authority. Authority gives you the ability to make decisions that will affect the outcome of the vision and the team you’re leading. Authority should be used as tool for the movement of the vision, not as weapon of reprisal or punishment. If you abuse authority, or use it for personal gain, you will soon be without it.

Hmmm… What happens if you come into a position where you are given authority, and haven’t had the opportunity to earn trust and influence. Well…”Put your big girl panties on.” That’s a hard assignment, and not for the impatient or power hungry. That spot requires humility, love, servant leadership and patience.

The best scenario is to earn it before you get it. If you get it before you earn it…You will have to pay a higher price. But…Trust and Influence is worth the cost. You will never be effective without them.

~Artie Davis

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Are You Waiting On God With Any Expectations For 2012?

Psalm 5:3 NIV says, "In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly."

KJV says, "My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up."

As the new year draws closer, there's a growing anticipation in my heart for the things that God has in stored for me, my family & Destiny Christian Church. I hope that you're also excited for this upcoming year.

I love this passage because it teaches us to direct our prayers to the Lord so that He can consider our request. Unfortunately, at times, we try to direct God about our request and expect Him to be a genie in a bottle that makes our wish His command. Let's resolve instead to say, "Lord your command is my wish." If we know that God loves us. Let's believe and expect that God has our best interest in mind. Let's choose to believe that His Word that according to Jeremiah 29:11 He has a divine plan for us that are of peace and not of evil. Let's believe in Philippians 1:6 and be confident in this that He who began a good work in us will complete it. Let's continue to believe that the God of Hebrews 12:2 is the author and the finisher of our faith.

I don't know what you're expecting in the new year but just remember, God's got your best interest in mind - because He loves you.

Pastor Joe

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Destiny's Temporary Move To Aloha Tower: "When you're thrown a curve ball - hit it out of the park."

Our new Church had to relocate from our usual meeting place at University of Hawaii Campus Center Ballroom & Art Building in Manoa Valley, because UH decided to close their facilities for the holidays for three weekends. We were caught off guard & had to scramble to find a place. Through a great friend (TC), we were able to get usage of the Aloha Tower Marketplace outdoor concert area.

Ever gotten last minute news that forced you to scramble around and make major adjustments to your normal routine. Well, it happened to us recently and we had to find a new location for our church service for three straight weeks before we return to UH. I'm grateful for such an awesome team of leaders that helped me to strategize quickly and adjust to the challenging situation that we were facing. We chose to see this situation as a God opportunity. We decided that we were going to take this curve ball and hit it out of the park.

The Lord put on our hearts to use these three weeks at Aloha Tower to be used more as an outreach opportunity to our community. So today, we had our Aloha Kalikimaka Concert with some of our awesome artist from our church. Worship filled the air & it was so awesome. We also started an annual outreach called the Aloha Kalikimaka Blessing that gives away $100 cash to every single parent we invite to church. It was a tear jerker for sure to see our single parents receive their blessing from the Lord. Our church attendance increased & many lives were touched by God's love.

Next week, we have our New Year's Barbecue Bash. We are having our regular church service with praise & worship then a Inspirational message from the Bible. It will be followed by some good ole barbecue and fellowship. We are anticipating a great turn out. Lesson learned: Sometime's life will throw you some curve balls...but remember, take a swing and hit it out of the park. Let's Do This!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Why I'm Excited For This Christmas Morning

The Lord impressed upon the hearts of our church members - an assignment - to care for the single parents. Although, we hope to reach out to everyone in our sphere of influence. This assignment was specifically for us for Christmas day. On Christmas morning we will begin an annual tradition for our church called the "Aloha Kalikimaka Blessing" in conjunction with the "Aloha Kalikimaka Concert". The atmosphere of Aloha Tower will be filled with worship as we are displaying some our local artist. We know that God's presence will bring healing and restoration through His music. At the end of our service, we will be awarding "single parents" who are referred by our church members to receive a $100 cash gift. We are totally stoked for this!

We are honored by this divine responsibility to share God's love to His single parents on Christmas day. We know that some single parents within our communities could use the extra monetary gift. We are blessed as a church family to give of our resources to be a blessing to families that are in need. As a 9 month old church, we are only blessing 40 single parents this Christmas. We believe that this number will increase every year.

We know that this is just one of many assignments that the Lord has given to DESTINY. We are honored and blessed to be a part of God's plan to reach out to our communities. Please pray for us as well as all the great churches in your cities that are sharing God's love in their own unique ways.

That's why I'm excited for this Christmas Morning.

Pastor Joe Onosai

Friday, December 23, 2011

If You're A Parent Believing To Send Your Kids To College. Here's Some Encouragement...

So I thought I might blog about feeling so blessed that my youngest daughter, Shayna, completed her college studies at UNLV last week. Earlier in May my middle daughter, Careena, graduated from the University of Hawaii. My oldest daughter, Talia, attended a small college in the bay area called Menlo College several years ago.

I couldn't help but get a bit emotional when Shayna walked to the middle of the stage to receive her diploma before a packed out arena. As her named was called out, I couldn't help but thank the Lord for His amazing provision. In the natural, my wife and I didn't have the means to put all three of our daughters through college but God is so faithful. I truly believe that when we take the steps of faith to fulfill a desire in our hearts, God will some how make a way when there seem to be no way. He is the dream giver and the dream fulfiller. All we need to do is believe. Even when we are faithless - and trust me when I say that I was there many times - but God continued to show his faithfulness through scholarships & grants. We just needed to believe. I'm not sure what you're facing in your life during this holiday season. But I want to encourage you to not give up on your dreams. Remember, God is the dream giver and He is the dream fulfiller. Hang on to your dream. The Way Maker is near. If He can do it for me and my family, He will do it for you.

Stay The Course...your Destiny awaits. Since my three daughters were with us, we decided to enjoy some vacation time at the Vegas malls & Mount Charleston.

1. Starting Destiny Christian Church
2. Ministering for two weeks in Auckland, New Zealand
3. My daughter Careena's graduation from the University of Hawaii
4. My 25th Wedding Anniversary to my high school sweet heart & Queen
5. Celebrating my Grandson Mavricc's 1st Birthday with a grand luau
6. My 45th Birthday
7. My daughter Shayna's graduation from University of Nevada Las Vegas
8. Family vacation in Las Vegas
9. Writing My 1st book (autobiography): The Power of Destiny
10. Celebrating Christmas with the Destiny Christian Church family at Aloha Tower @ 9 am.

Glory To God For All He Has Done In 2011. Looking forward to an amazing 2012.

What is your top 10 list?

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Quote by Mark Batterson

In the grand scheme of God’s story, there is a footnote behind every headline. The footnote is prayer. And if you focus on the footnotes, God will write the headlines.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Destiny Christian Church Invades Aloha Towers For 3 Weekends!

Make plans to join us on December 18, 25th & January 1st at Aloha Tower. UH Manoa Facilities is closing down their facilities for the Holidays, so we will be relocating to Aloha Tower. Gonna be awesome.