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OHANA……OUR FAMILY! Ephesians 3:14-21

“…from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named…” Ephesians 3:15

When Kathy and I first relocated our family to Hawaii just over 40 years ago, we left behind in

California a large and very precious extended family in order to continue ministry in music in Hawaii, and in a much broader scope. Now these many years later, we have just about half of our family that have relocated here to Hawaii, and we are so blessed to have them here! It’s been especially sweet in that we’ve been able to share in the final years of both my Mom and Dad as well as Kathy’s Mom.

The special bond in sharing common commitment and love through DNA is difficult to describe, and has really very few similar levels outside of that of this kind of profound relationship. Marriage is one of course, and another particularly precious one is adoption! This beautiful picture of pure love and devotion that is found in someone adopting an orphan, or otherwise rejected individual is, at heart, the pure message of Christianity! All human kind is truly orphaned in spirit, and God the Father saw this distorted display of His original intent for Ohana (the Hawaiian word for family), and set His plan in motion for restoration. And so began the story of the resurrection of God’s original “Ohana plan” for man! It started with the sacrifice of His only Son, with the knowledge that in doing so, the Family of God would multiply astoundingly! When any orphan spirit says “I believe in you Father God, and the gift of your Son’s sacrifice”, that individual’s spiritual DNA is completely changed, and his or her identity is immediately made new, and welcomed into an eternal family, a worldwide family!

The fact is that in 2022, estimates of the number of Christians around the globe put it close to 1 in every 3 individuals who are now born into this family of faith! This beautiful Ohana, this massive bonded clan of believers is a reality today, because of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ!

You who believe and have known this awakening of your DNA into an awesome international, multi-cultural, multi-generational and eternal family of God, Blessed Birthday this Resurrection Day! In the words of some of my favorite song writing mentors, Jimmy and Carol Owens…..


Ephesians 3:14-21 (ESV)

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

For Resurrection Day 2022, I have released a collection of songs, “For The Joy Set Before Him”, to commemorate and celebrate Jesus’ ultimate victory that we all are welcomed to receive. Find it at


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