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Friday, June 11, 2021

Are We Victims of Circumstance?


The question of whether a human being can make significant changes in behavior is undergoing a drastic re-evaluation. The idea of humans having the capacity to make moral choices which reflect the principles of right and wrong/good and evil are fast giving way to the belief that all human behavior is caused by physical, chemical reactions over which the individual has little if any control. The upshot of such a hypothesis is people see themselves more and more as victims of circumstance. “Why try to change destructive lifestyle habits if my behavior is already pre-determined by chemistry?” If such thinking is true, it paints a grim picture for the future!

The good news is, the idea “I can’t change!” is another of the many popular urban legends which sound sophisticated but have little substance to support such views. We are not victims of circumstance. Just the opposite, we not only have the ability to change our lifestyle, we have the promise of the God who created us that he will be the primary driver in that change. You’ve heard the saying, “God loves us too much to leave us the way we are.” That’s true! Join us for one of our weekend services and learn what that means in your life. It could be the beginning of the change you’ve been looking for. 

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

Friday, June 4, 2021

Nothing tears apart the human psyche like a gnawing, deep seated hurt which settles into our souls like a cold winter storm. Depression takes over, tears flow spontaneously, and we wonder if there is hope. And often, we doubt there is a God who cares. Pain has a way of shaking the foundations of what we build our lives on and what we believe to be most important. Questions ricochet inside our minds asking, “Why me? Is God angry? What possible good can come out of this?” Above all, we want it to end, to be free from the hurt. But sometimes, that just doesn’t happen, or maybe it doesn’t happen as quickly as we think it should.

In times of hurting, our natural reaction is to wonder if God has lost his temper, his control or even his mind. We’re so programmed to associating pleasure with blessing and pain with punishment that we don’t even entertain the thought that through the hurt God might well be bringing about a healing we would never imagine.

Someone has said, “If you’re not suffering now, you’re near someone who is. If you’re not suffering now, you will someday.” To pretend to ignore the pain of human life is to live outside of reality. For if there is no greater reason for the hurt we feel other than a series of random chance coincidences over which we have no control, then we are lost in a sea of hopelessness. Human suffering must be faced head on and we must find a solution for it. Jesus Christ is that solution. Join us for one of our weekend services. Together let’s start the process of God turning our hurt into healing.

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.