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, February 12, 2016

Who is the Greatest?

“Pride is your greatest enemy; humility is your greatest friend.”
John R.W. Stott

On the night before his crucifixion Jesus’ disciples were have what they thought (and our society would agree) was a critical discussion concerning which one of them was the greatest. Jesus’ response was unexpected. He pretty much told them to get the focus off themselves and look to meeting the needs of other people.

Having just witnessed one more Super Bowl, which is a non-stop celebration of personal achievement and athletic greatness, it’s hard to get our thinking around terms like “humility” and “looking out for the needs of others”. And yet, that is exactly what Jesus Christ’s earthly life was all about. In one part of the Bible it says that even though Jesus is in every way God himself, he didn’t tenaciously cling to his rights and privileges as God but instead humbled himself to become a human being and then allowed that he be put to death on a cross! That is a quantum leap from jumping up and down shouting, “I’m Number One”.

During the next six Sundays we will be commemorating the season of Lent which is a forty day period leading up to Easter Sunday. It’s a time of serious reflection about who Jesus Christ is and for what reason he came to this earth. Even a casual reading of the Gospel accounts shows clearly he didn’t come to flaunt his greatness but to change our eternal future through humility.

“Pride is your greatest enemy; humility is your greatest friend.” If humility was the path of God, will it be any different for us?

Saturday evening worship: 6:00 pm
Sunday morning worship: 10:00 am

Friday, February 5, 2016

Afraid of Dying? Check out the Jesus Solution!

According to some, the whole subject of death has become passé. Even though no one can say, “Been there and done that,” about death, it seems that people have heard the subject discussed so much they are bored with it. Maybe that is possible when a person is healthy, happy with their situation in life and with little prospect of dying in the next 50 years.

As the inevitable day approaches, however, it is difficult to imagine that any human being would not begin to take more of an interest in discovering what happens after death. It is one thing to enjoy a certain spontaneity in life, but it is just plain dumb to be totally unprepared for what will definitely be the most significant moment of one’s life.

When it comes to what happens after death, everyone goes by faith. No one can prove beyond a shadow of human doubt what happens. Everyone believes something. But as we all know, some things are worth believing and others aren’t. Join us for one of our weekend services as we discuss the subject of the fear of dying. While there are many views about life after death circulating in our society, the Jesus solution remains after all these years the most powerfully convincing.

Saturday evening worship: 6:00 pm
Sunday morning worship: 10:00 am

Friday, January 29, 2016

Build Your Family on the Rock

The young couple gaze into each other’s eyes as he slowly repeats the words, “I promise to be faithful to you, as long as we both shall live.” A tear drop falls from her cheek as she does everything to hold herself together at this moment she has dreamed of all her life.

And yet, the magic moment is fleeting. The months and years go by and something is lost in the relationship. The romance, the tenderness…it just isn’t there like it used to be. Then the doubts begin. “Was he really the right one? Why did he change?” The cracks in their marriage have become noticeable and if something is not done, they will turn into gaping holes which will eventually tear the two apart.

Family is hard. Let’s be honest. Husbands, wives, children – we’re all self-centered and without the right motivation, that “me first” attitude will destroy all our close relationships.

Jesus talked about building our lives on the “rock” of his person and his teaching. This weekend we are celebrating God’s gift of family in the most effective way possible – by seeing what he teaches us about the family unit which he himself instituted. Join us for our Saturday seminar and one of the two weekend worship services. Get your family back on the rock solid foundation it needs to go the distance – Jesus Christ!

Saturday evening worship: 6:00 pm
Sunday morning worship: 10:00 am

Friday, January 22, 2016

What Is More Important to You: To Be Accepted by People or God?

It would be nice to answer that question with, “God”, but the reality of everyday living demonstrates a much different priority for most people. The way we dress, the music we listen to, the cars we drive (and the list can go on and on) demonstrate we human beings have a tremendous fear of being rejected by other people. No, it may not be a blatant, verbal, “Get out of here, I can’t stand you” type of rejection. But simply being ignored has just as powerful an effect on us.

Our concern over what people think of us leads to a yo-yo life which is often based on our own impressions and hypotheses. How often don’t we conclude people dislike us based only on a look or a single statement or even on the fact that the other person didn’t say something we thought they should have said. And we end up building a self-image whose foundation is made up of our personal impressions and feelings. It really is enough to drive anyone crazy!

Some of the most crucial teachings of Christianity deal directly with the issue of our worth as an individual and our reason for being on this earth. In both cases, the answers the Bible gives have nothing to do with what other people think of us. If you’ve been living a yo-yo life, worrying about what other people think about you, it’s time to put an end to being a slave to endless highs and lows and start building your life on the rock solid foundation of who God is and what he means to you.

Saturday evening worship: 6:00 pm
Sunday morning worship: 10:00 am

Friday, January 15, 2016

Are You Frozen in a Fear of Failing?

It is all too easy to settle into a routine of life, even if that routine isn’t all that fulfilling. After a few years the known seems safe and secure, even if we dream of a life with more significant activities.

Maybe it was a bad experience in the past when we tried something new, something different and we failed miserably. Or, it might be our parents tended to be negative about anything we tried which was different from their way of looking at life. Whatever the reason, it is easy to find oneself reluctant to try new things or get involved in challenging projects. When we do make the attempt, we sabotage ourselves, falling victim to procrastination or excessive anxiety. We end up telling ourselves, “I should have never tried in the first place. I knew it wasn’t going to work.” And so, unless our success is 100% guaranteed, we settle for a mediocre life of the “same old, same old”.

Fear isn’t always necessarily a bad thing. There are some dangers which should definitely cause us to be afraid because if we ignore those fears, we could end up hurting ourselves or someone else very seriously. But that kind of fear is usually pretty easy to identify. The fear which cripples us from growing as Christian people can be subtle and difficult to uncover.

Join us for one of our weekend services as we continue our series “Facing Fear with Jesus”. We’ll be looking at what Jesus said about debilitating fear and how we can overcome it with his help. If you are frozen in a fear of failing, maybe it’s time to hear what Jesus has to say and start thawing out!

Saturday evening worship: 6:00 pm
Sunday morning worship: 10:00 am

Saturday, January 9, 2016

What Do You Fear?

Fear has a way of paralyzing our ability to act, leaving us helpless to take the needed action to overcome whatever it is we are afraid of. For some it is a fear of failing, for others pain and probably for all of us, there is the fear of dying.

What about God? Do you fear God? For most Christians, we would say, “No, I don’t fear God, I love him because he loves me!” And that would be a good answer. Still, there are dozens of verses in the Bible which speak of the necessity of fearing God. In fact, it isn’t until we learn to have a healthy fear of God that we are able to fully overcome the other fears in our lives.

This Sunday we are going to start a new sermon series entitled “Facing Fear with Jesus”. Maybe you are worried about the future or taking on a new responsibility or entering a relationship. We’ll be looking at those things which cause us to be afraid to move ahead in our lives and what Jesus says about them. But the basis of any victory over fear in this life begins with a proper fear of God.

Join us for one of our weekend services and start overcoming your fears.

Saturday evening worship: 6:00 pm
Sunday morning worship: 10:00 am

Friday, December 11, 2015

“Just Wait Until…”

An angry little girl shouts to her brother who has just broken her favorite doll, “You just wait till Dad gets home!”

The teenage boy who is being pushed around by bullies in his classroom mutters, “Just wait until the teacher finds out.”

As the thieves run from the man they robbed, he thinks, “Just wait until the police get a hold of you.”

In each case the people involved were in a tough situation and they couldn’t do anything about it. They felt betrayed by justice. Bad things had happened to them unfairly and they couldn’t do anything about it. Their hope was in a person who they believed had the ability and the desire to help them right the wrongs done to them.

We live in an unjust world. That’s not being negative, that’s the truth. Bad people do bad things to good people and get away with it. Good people do good things for others and somehow end up suffering for doing what is right. No, the good guys don’t always win. In fact, they lose a lot. So what are we to make of this unfair world in which we live? Are we forced to give up in despair?

No way! The message of Christmas is God announcing to the world, “Just wait until the Messiah comes. He will right the wrongs, heal the unfairly broken and bring perfect justice to a corrupt world. Just wait!”

This weekend we’re going to be looking at the credentials of the coming Savior as the Old Testament prophet Isaiah described him more than 700 years before his birth. While those credentials are impressive, more importantly, they give us strong, solid hope to fight for justice in a very imperfect world with the certainty that our Messiah will return to make all things new, all things right.

Saturday evening worship: 6:00 pm
Sunday morning worship: 10:00 am

Friday, December 4, 2015

Our Greatest Need

If our greatest need had been information,
God would have sent an educator.
If our greatest need had been technology,
God would have sent us a scientist.
If our greatest need had been money,
God would have sent us an economist.
But since our greatest need was forgiveness,
God sent us a Savior.

The best Christmas present is the one Jesus offers all people, every year. If you haven’t opened it yet, what’s holding you back? Join us for one of our weekend services to celebrate the only lasting reason for the season!

Saturday evening worship: 6:00 pm
Sunday morning worship: 10:00 am

Hawaii Lutheran Church (WELS)

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Honolulu, HI
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.