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Friday, September 18, 2020

The Master’s Touch

 


Walking through the rooms filled with the work of budding young artists, people dutifully praised the developing talents of the students. In the corner of one of the rooms, however, a crowd gathered around a painting. Even the usual hushed tones reserved for libraries and art galleries had given way to exclamations which result when coming upon a masterpiece. “This couldn’t have been done by one of the students,” gasped one man. Another person said, “There’s something about this painting. It has to be the work of a master. It just doesn’t fit with the other pieces.”

There was a man who lived 4000 years ago. His name was Abraham. Although he was reasonably prosperous, there wasn’t much else about him that would lead people to call him a “masterpiece”. But then God got a hold of him and everything changed. The result? Through Abraham, God altered human history. But that’s what happens when the Master works in human lives. 

If you are feeling as though your life resembles more of a second hand piece of art rather than a masterpiece, join us for one of our worship services this weekend. If God made a masterpiece out of Abraham’s life, why can’t he do the same for us?

Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. New Living Translation

Worship service times: Saturday: 6:00 pm, Sunday: 9:00 am & 10:30 am.


Friday, September 11, 2020

Every Cloud Has A Silver Lining

 


The imagery is beautiful, a ray of light or a colorful rainbow in contrast with dark, menacing clouds. The saying embedded in the photo above means that for every hard, difficult or bad experience we go through, there is always something good which comes out of it. Sometimes we have to look long and hard for that good, but it’s there.

When we read the account of the Flood in the first book of the Bible, however, it can be hard to find a silver lining among so many dark clouds. It’s a familiar story: the ark, the animals, the flood, the rainbow. But what possible good would come out of the destruction of so many people?

One of the greatest obstacles we have in appreciating what God does in human history is our point of view. We limit God by forcing him to act within our limitations. When he doesn’t, we often accuse him of being unfair or just plain mean. No doubt, the Flood was a harsh judgment. But who rejected who? A quick glance at the opening chapters of the Bible make it very clear the Flood was never God’s intention. Instead, it was a reaction to human rejection.

Taking into account everything we know about God, Noah, and the people of that era, the Flood is all about fresh starts. And who doesn’t need one of those on a regular basis.

Worship service times: Saturday: 6:00 pm, Sunday: 9:00 am & 10:30 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.