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 17, 2017

It’s All About People

You’re busy. Lots to do. Deadlines to meet. Life is hectic!

For the next 10 seconds, just stop and ask yourself, “What would happen to my overcrowded schedule if there weren’t any other people in the world?” Sounds like a stupid question, but it does put things into perspective. If there weren’t any people in the world, your schedule would probably clear up immediately. You’d have all sorts of windows to work with for the rest of the day.

The point is, our existence is all about people. That’s the way God designed it. Actually, God is all about people. Just look at the God stories in the Bible. While we find Him doing many different things, whatever it is He is doing, it always has something to do with people. Doesn’t it follow then, that what we’re here on this earth for has something to do with people?

For the last four weeks we’ve been talking about why God has us here on this earth as individuals and as a congregation. Every sermon study has had something to do with Jesus’ parting words to his followers, “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” We’re here to help people get to know Jesus. Is your life all about people, especially helping them get to know Christ? It’s what we’re here for!

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

Friday, February 10, 2017

Bearers of Good News

How do you react when someone says, “I’ve got good news and bad news, which one do you want to hear first”? Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to say, “Just tell me the good news and keep the bad news to yourself”? Good news is so good to hear! Almost as thrilling as receiving good news is being the one who brings it. When we have particularly good news for someone we might even dramatically say, “I come bearing good news!”

The great tragedy of humanity is that the best news is not recognized as such. And even those who have the privilege of sharing it keep the message of Christ to ourselves because we are intimidated by the negative reaction people often have toward it.

On the evening of Easter, the day Jesus Christ rose from the dead after his crucifixion, he appeared to his disciples and gave them a startling message:

As the Father has sent me, I am sending you. If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.” John 20:21

That may not sound all that earth shaking until we consider that it is God’s forgiveness we’re talking about and it is precisely that forgiveness which opens eternal life with God to human beings. If you are a follower of Christ, you are a messenger of that greatest news. What a privilege! God doesn’t just give you an opportunity to change the world, his message changes eternity!

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

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Does the Message Matter Anymore?

With “alternative facts” and “fake news” hitting us on a daily basis one wonders if the whole concept of truth is even relevant to most people. Have we come to the point where truth is determined by the individual, that each person can decide for themself what is true and what isn’t? In many, many areas of our lives no one accepts such an idea. Imagine going to the store and trying to convince the cashier that your one dollar bill is the same as a $100 dollar bill just because for you, that is the way things are! What would your boss say if you told him that for you 8:00 am really means 10:30 am?

Regardless of the influences of the culture in which we live, deep down we have an intense desire to discover the unifying truth which holds our lives together. For Christians, that truth came in the person of Jesus Christ. His resurrection from the dead gives us the necessary proof that his claim to be the Way, the Truth and the Life is valid.

Yes, the Christian message still matters, just as much as it did when Christ first sent out his disciples with it. The torch of that message has been handed down generation after generation until today. We have the privilege of carrying it in our time. That is what we are here for.

Sunday morning worship: 10:00 am

Friday, January 27, 2017

The Salesman

“Don’t you see the sign? It says, ‘No Solicitors’.”

“I’m not trying to sell you anything, sir. I just wanted to give you this invitation to our Easter church service.”

“Don’t give me that stuff. You church people are just like salesmen, trying to get people to believe the way you do.”

Unfortunately, it isn’t just non-Christian people who view Christians trying to share their faith as salesmen. We ourselves can fall into that thinking. Some of us convince ourselves that if we say things in just the right way and have a convincing answer for every question we will be able to get people to believe in Christ. Others of us give up without trying because we know we won’t say things just right nor will we have any kind of an answer for our skeptical friend’s tough questions.

Last week we started our series “What We’re Here For” on reaching out to non-believing people. We saw from Christ’s last command to his disciples that our mission is to take what he did out to as many people as possible. But far from being the art of the sell, sharing Christ is about using the tools God has given us. While it is only to be expected that we’ll prepare ourselves as best we can to speak about Jesus, our confidence is in the unchanging Bible message, Baptism and Holy Communion to create faith in the hearts of people.

God gives us the privilege of joining him in what matters most to every human being. We don’t have to “sell” them on that, we just need to give them the tools which the Holy Spirit uses to bring them to faith. A thousand years from now, nothing you have done in your life will compare to the lasting effects of joining God in touching peoples’ lives.

Sunday morning worship: 10:00 am

Friday, January 20, 2017

Choices


Years ago I was talking with a young man who was about to start college. He was very intelligent and so just about any type of major would have been open to him. But the enormous variety of study options was exactly what rendered him unable to make a decision about what course of study to choose. Soon after he left college, frustrated that he couldn’t make up his mind about the career he wanted to pursue.

We love choices, but too many choices leaves us with an exaggerated fear that we will make the wrong choice and so condemn ourselves to a miserable life.

Jesus doesn’t leave his followers with any choice when it comes to the mission of our lives. He says, “Go, make disciples wherever you are.” Geography, occupation, economic status really don’t mean much. What matters to Christ is that we, his followers, are representing him wherever we are, whatever we are doing.

In a culture which celebrates the ability to be one’s own person and do whatever we want to do, there is the great temptation to be distracted from the mission Christ gives us and invest ourselves in all the interesting activities around us.

The great challenge of the Christian today is not failing, but rather succeeding at what does not
matter. Pleasure, popularity and power are all attractive, very attractive, but they will not accompany anyone through the door of death. Only one thing lasts – people. And the mission Jesus Christ gives us is all about people.

Are you ready to take on your mission?

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

Friday, January 13, 2017

The Lines in the Sand of Our Times


Drawing a line in the sand means a person takes a stand on a certain issue which communicates something to the effect of, “I cannot compromise after this point.” Drawing a line in the sand is sometimes seen as a bold and courageous action; at other times it is interpreted as being intolerant and unloving.

At the present moment our country is torn apart over controversial moral questions such as abortion, euthanasia, homosexuality, and transgender. Christians have been described as narrow minded, intolerant and uncaring because of our attitudes in regards to these issues. Some have even suggested that Christianity will soon die out if it does not readjust its view on these moral subjects.

So what do we do? Do we compromise what Jesus Christ and the Bible clearly teach in order to become more acceptable in the eyes of our society? Or, must we courageously draw a line in the sand and, speaking the truth in love, present our truth to the confused culture in which we live?

What would Jesus do? What did Jesus do? He engaged with people. He never compromised his teachings, but he reached out to people with one goal, to bring them to faith in him. Above all, Christ died for them, just as he died for you and me. Knowing how much Christ values each human life, even the lives of those living in radical and challenging disobedience, we are compelled to reach out to them with the truth of Christ.

If you’re confused about the Christian reaction to the changing moral values of our day, join us this weekend for one of our services. See how you can draw a line in the sand which may seem controversial, but is actually the greatest act of love.

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

Friday, January 6, 2017

Being Intentional

“The road to Hell is paved with good intentions.”

We start 2017 with such good intentions to become better Christians by the end of the year. It’s not that we don’t care about spiritual growth. We do! In fact, we’re passionate about it and feel genuinely repentant that we don’t seem to make much headway in this whole matter of becoming the kind of people God wants us to be.

Now to be sure, it is God himself who works in us the changes we so desperately need. Yet, in most cases he seems to work best when we intentionally commit ourselves to actually doing something that has to do with spiritual growth.

Most of us treat spiritual exercise much like physical exercise. We are totally agreed that we need to get into better shape but that’s about where it ends, nodding our heads and saying, “Yep, I got to exercise more this year.” Of course, that statement in and of itself never got anyone physically fit. Until we start putting the tennis shoes on and hitting the pavement, no progress is made.

This coming weekend we’re going to be looking at what the Apostle Paul wrote about intentional Christianity. It’s challenging and it’s exactly what we need to hear at the beginning of this new year. If there is going to be spiritual growing in 2017, it’s got to be intentional. Join us for one of our weekend worship services. Start being “on purpose” in your Christian living.

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

Friday, December 30, 2016

You Have a Part in God’s 2017

How do you feel about the coming of the new year – 2017? Some people are extremely pessimistic while others believe this year might be the beginning of good things for them. Christians have emotions like everyone else, yet, for whatever we feel, we are part of something much bigger. When Jesus left this earth he made it clear he wasn’t abandoning it, just ruling it in a less visible way.

As you look ahead to the future, give the following passage some thought.

Ephesians 1:22 God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made him head over all things for the benefit of the church.

The church is made up of all people who have received Jesus Christ into their hearts as Savior and Lord. Now that passage from Ephesians says that Christ is ruling human history so that the church will be blessed.

After Jesus rose from the dead he told his followers that they would be his visible, physical representatives in this world. That means in 2017 we will have a part in Christ carrying out his plan for each human being and humanity as a whole. That massive truth shatters any fear we might have of the coming year and it overwhelms any positive expectations. To put it simply, you have a role to play in God shaping eternity. What could be more exciting?

There is no better way to begin the new year than to be in the presence of your Lord with other Christians: worshiping, singing, praising, praying, confessing, learning and taking Holy Communion.

New Year’s Eve worship at Rainbow Pavilion: 5:30 pm
New Year’s Day worship: 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.