Sunday Bible Class: 8:45 a.m.
Sunday Worship Service: 10:00 a.m.

Saturday Evening Worship Service: 6:00 p.m.

A Member Church of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod

Friday, October 2, 2015

Do You Pray Expecting an Answer?

So after you say “Amen” and get up off your knees, how confident are you that God will answer your prayers? Would you say 100% sure? Maybe 75%? Or, after you pray do you feel like the quarterback who has just heaved a “Hail Mary” pass in the last seconds of the game, hoping against hope that things might just work out against all odds?

It could be that our expectations of God answering our prayers might have to do with what we have asked for. If we have just requested a quick fix solution for a problem we need to learn from (like overcharging our credit cards with unnecessary purchases), we might feel a little hesitant about claiming a positive answer in Jesus’ name. On the other hand, when we look at what Jesus teaches us to pray for in the Lord’s Prayer, we might feel that God might more likely honor those petitions.

Here’s something important to remember in our prayer lives: a “no” answer can be just as much a blessing as a “yes” answer. We’ve all read stories about people who have, for example, become incensed over a missed plane flight only to later discover the plane crashed. Their life was saved because of a “no” answer. God can work just as powerfully in our lives through his “noes” as much as he can through his “yeses”.

As we end our series on the Lord’s Prayer, we are going to be studying this weekend, the closing words which are known as the Doxology (or “hymn of praise”). While the words, “Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen” don’t request anything from God, they do express a bold confidence that the Lord to whom we have prayed has all the ability to make good on his promise to answer our prayers in the best way possible.

If you have been feeling your prayers are going unanswered, maybe the problem isn’t your prayers, it could be your god. Maybe he is just too small. Join us this weekend for one of our services. Pray with us to the One who not only answers prayer, but who has no limits or restrictions on how he answers us. You can pray and expect an answer. It may not be the answer you want today. But in eternity, you will not stop praising the Lord for those answers.

Saturday night service: 6:00 pm
Sunday morning services: 10:00 am

Friday, September 25, 2015

“If You Knew for Certain God Was Listening, What Would You Say to Him?”

So what would you say to God? Many people would probably bring up some unpleasant time in their life and ask the one word question, “Why?”

The world is so messed up and God doesn’t seem to notice. “Why?”

There are so many bad people doing bad things and they get away with it. “Why?”

People don’t agree on much these days but one thing everybody will admit is that things aren’t the way they should be and the situation doesn’t seem to be getting better.

This Sunday we’re going to be studying the words of Jesus in the Lord’s Prayer, “Deliver us from evil.” We all have a lot of questions about Satan, evil and how our lives are affected by them. But while the questions abound, there aren’t many solid answers being offered by our society. This weekend we’ll take on a deep, and often, very emotional topic. You may not be totally satisfied with all the Bible has to say on this subject, but one thing is for sure, you’ll get answers to these tough questions that offer a hope you won’t find anywhere else.

Saturday night service: 6:00 pm
Sunday morning services: 10:00 am

Friday, September 18, 2015

Playing With Fire

When I was young the 4th of July meant one thing for sure, a huge bonfire. My dad would collect dry brush from the forest for months until there was what seemed like a mountain in our front yard. It would have only taken a match to light this huge torch, but my dad was given both to the dramatic and the dangerous. At about 10:00 pm we would gather around his pile of brush with friends and neighbors to sing the national anthem. A few minutes before getting everybody together, my dad would pour five gallons of gasoline on the pile. Yes, it was a crazy dangerous thing to do. But that’s what he did, every year, because he wanted to see the expression of shock on everyone’s face when he lit the fire as they sang, “Oh say can you see by the dawn’s early light…” Fortunately, maybe miraculously, my dad never hurt himself all those years of playing with fire.

In the book of Proverbs there is a question: “Can you scoop burning coals into your lap without getting burned?” That’s a no brainer. But the writer isn’t talking about somebody actually holding a burning log in his lap, he is talking about playing with the temptation to sin. My dad got away with playing with gasoline and fire, but no one, no one ever gets away with playing with temptation. We human beings always get burned. The only question is, “How badly do we get burned?”

This weekend we are going to be studying the 6th Petition of the Lord’s Prayer – “Lead us not into temptation.” If you are breathing right now, you are going to be tempted in some way in the next hour or so. That is the world we live in. What matters is, what you do with that temptation.

Have you been playing with the fire of temptation? Do you rationalize it with, “I can stop any time I want?” Join us for one of our services this weekend in order to look long and hard into the face of temptation. See it for what it really is – fire that will burn your soul.

Saturday night service: 6:00 pm
Sunday morning services: 10:00 am

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Forgiveness is Meant to Work Both Ways

“Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.”

Before you read on, look at that sentence one more time. Think about what it says. There are two parts to it. The first half of the sentence is a request which is based on us doing something in the second half of the statement. If you are scratching your head at these words of Jesus, that’s good because they can be confusing. “Does Jesus mean that God’s forgiveness of our sins is based on our forgiving other people? So if we refuse to forgive a friend or relative, then God will refuse to forgive us? If that is what he means, who in the world can be forgiven? Has anyone ever forgiven fully and freely during his/her entire life?”

This Sunday we’re going to be looking into what is called the 5th Petition of the Lord’s Prayer. It is all about forgiveness. And it is very clear that Jesus means for forgiveness to work both ways. There’s no room in Jesus’ teaching for a cheap grace that sucks up God’s undeserved love but refuses to give any of it to other people.

The forgiveness of Jesus Christ is meant to change us radically – and the place it begins is the hardest – being able to forgive other people.

Don’t avoid the hard sayings of Jesus. The ones we like the least are also the ones which we need to most learn.

Saturday night service: 6:00 pm
Sunday morning services: 10:00 am

Thursday, September 3, 2015

How Much Stuff Is Enough

“Nobody knows but it sure is fun trying to find out!”

While most people will admit that money and material things don’t necessarily lead to happiness, deep down the response above reflects the way people live out their view of what we affectionately call “stuff”.

Stuff can even be a dangerous trap for Christians. Unlike so many other temptations, the fine line between a Christian understanding of stuff and a selfish view of the things we have is often very difficult to identify. It is very easy to subconsciously let our stuff become more and more important and without even realizing, it becomes the god of our lives.

In the Lord’s Prayer Jesus mentions stuff only once and in almost a passing way. He tells us to pray, “Give us this day our daily bread.” It’s a pretty simple prayer isn’t it? “Lord, please give me what I need each day to get by. That’s all.” An easy prayer to understand, a hugely difficult prayer to pray sincerely, especially for a culture in love with shopping.

How much stuff is enough? An excellent question. A soul searching question. A painful question. And above all, a question between each of us and God. No one can answer this question for us. It’s got to come from within.

Join us this Sunday. Start asking the questions about stuff so that God can lead you to personally answer the question, “How much stuff is enough in my life?”

Saturday night service: 6:00 pm
Sunday morning services: 10:00 am

Friday, August 28, 2015

Strong Willed or God Willed

“Strong willed” – when that term is used for children it is a code to warn adults, “Those kids are going to do things the way they want. You aren’t going to force them to do anything, so don’t even try!”

The truth is, people don’t grow out of being strong willed just because we get older. How many times have we heard or even said about our own lives, “I know I made a big mistake but at that time nobody was going to tell me what to do. I was going to do it my way no matter what.”?

Jesus taught that this issue of being strong willed is something we need to pray about. He said,

“When you pray, pray like this,

Our Father in heaven,
May your name be kept holy,
may your Kingdom come,
may your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

We wring our hands over the immense and complex problems of the human race, and yet every one of those problems is a result of strong willed people choosing their will over God’s will. As our Creator, God made us in his image – that means we are designed to operate according to the way he made us and the world in which we live.

If you’re strong willed but wondering if maybe there might be a better way, think about joining us for one of our services this weekend. You might just find God’s will is a breath of much needed fresh air.

Saturday night service: 6:00 pm
Sunday morning services: 10:00 am

Friday, August 21, 2015

Who’s the Boss?

Everybody has a boss. Someone might think, “Not me. Nobody tells me what to do. I do what I want.” Well, that person does have boss – themself. Now that might not seem like a “boss” in the sense that we usually use the word, but the bottom line is that individual is the one who calls the shots in their life. Just as a boss tells the workers under him what to do, people make daily decisions based on what they think is best for them.

In the Lord’s Prayer Jesus teaches us to pray about this matter of who’s boss. In a few short words, “your kingdom come,” he says, “God is the only one who deserves to be the boss of our lives.”

Have you recently thought about who is Number #1 in your life? It’s easy to get so busy that we don’t think much about why we are doing what we’re doing. We just get caught up in a routine and don’t reflect on who or what is driving our lives.

Many people in our society resent the idea of someone telling them what to do. In fact, that may be the most common reason so many don’t want anything to do with Christianity. They just don’t want to be told what to do. What a sad understanding of who Jesus Christ is and what he means to our lives.

Jesus said he came to give us a full, rich life. His intention isn’t to enslave us by a set of strict rules, but free us from the stranglehold of our distorted desires. Consider the cross and what happened there. Would the One who suffered on the cross go through what he did for our sake only to later make our lives miserable?

Someday every knee will bow at the name of Jesus and every tongue will confess that he is Lord. The greatest blessing, though, is for those who receive him as the king of their lives now.

Today, pray the words, “Lord, be the king of my life. Your kingdom come to me.”

Saturday night service cancelled this week only.
Sunday morning services: 9:00 am at church - 11:00 am Foster Point – Hickam AFB

Friday, August 14, 2015

Honor God

If a TV journalist conducted a live interview with God, one question to be asked would surely be, “God, just exactly what do you want from human beings? We have all these people claiming to represent you saying, ‘Do this and do that.’ But much of what they say is contradictory. So most people just do what they think is right. Can you clear us up on this subject?”

God’s answer just might be very short, two words: “Honor me. That’s all I ask of you.”

In the Lord’s Prayer Jesus teaches his followers the basics of prayer – who to pray to and what to pray for. After telling us to address our prayers to God our Father, he says, “Honor God.” We say, “Hallowed by thy name” but the meaning of those words is, “Honor God.”

Every human being has hopes and dreams for their life. They are what drive us, what keep us going when things get tough. All too often, however, those hopes and dreams are rooted only in this life. They have little to do with the God who created us and everything to do with us getting what we want. When we die, those hopes and dreams lose their meaning.

When God tells us to honor him, he’s telling us that if our lives are going to have any meaning or purpose or hope beyond the day we die, he must be in first place. In its most basic sense, honoring God is worshiping him and living under his rule. Everything else flows from that relationship.

How often do you pray that – to honor God? If life has been challenging lately, maybe the reason is God hasn’t been getting the honor he deserves. Maybe that honor has been going to someone else who doesn’t deserve it. Join us for one of our weekend services. It could be getting back to the basics of life is just what you need.

Saturday night service: 6:00 pm
Sunday morning service: 10:00 am

Hawaii Lutheran Church (WELS)

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Community Lutheran Church holds protestant chapel services in Honolulu, Hawaii near Pearl Harbor, HI. We are next to the USS Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbor Naval Base, Hickam Air Force Base, and Fort Shafter Hawaii. Look for us directly behind the Salt Lake, Hawaii, Target.