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Friday, July 23, 2021

Are You Where God Wants You to Be?

 


Do you ever ask yourself that question? I think we all spend a lot of time considering where we want to be in life and very often we find ourselves dissatisfied that we aren’t where we think we should be. There may be many different reasons why we haven’t met our life goals, but one very important cause may be God wants us to be somewhere very different. That truth is literally played out in the life of a believer named Jonah. God wanted him in Nineveh and Jonah wanted to be in Spain vacationing on the Mediterranean. Jonah forced God’s hand by getting on a ship headed for the Airbnb he had rented and so God sends a fish to swallow him for a few days in order to get this man where the Almighty wanted him to be. 

Some people ridicule the Bible for the shocking miracles we find in the story of Jonah. A man surviving three days in the intestines of a fish!!! But if you are into communication, can you think of a more powerful way to get across the point: “You can’t fight God and win”? And this is where each of us finds a personal application. God has a very definite plan and purpose for our lives. When we resist that plan it upsets him, yes, because to tell the Creator of all things he is wrong, well, that is just a bit arrogant, wouldn’t you say? But more than that, God is committed to us and in spite of our delusional thinking about what’s best for us, God uses whatever means necessary to get us back on track, to get us where we need to be. 

You may be feeling a bit let down by God. Why don’t you join us for one of our weekend services? It could be that what happened to Jonah is happening to you, a life course readjustment. It may not be pleasant (at least you probably won’t have to spend time in the stomach of a fish), but some day you will be eternally thankful that the Lord stepped in and put you back on the right path. 

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


Friday, July 16, 2021

Ignoring God

 


Sometimes we ignore God intentionally, but most of the time it happens because we’re so caught up in making our lives turn out according to our hopes and dreams that we just leave God out of the picture. We’re so sure our ideas of how our lives should go is spot on that we just assume God agrees with us. We lose sight of the fact that what is important to us might not be important to him and vice versa. 

In the Bible there’s a story about a guy named Jonah. You probably know it. In fact, when most people hear the name Jonah the first thing that comes to mind is this poor man huddled in a ball inside the belly of a huge fish. No doubt about it, Jonah is a fish story, but it is so much more than that. It’s a story about ignoring God and then running from him. It’s a story about God and how he reacts to people who run from him. And it is a story about what is truly most important in life. 

You and I probably will not spend any time inside a fish’s intestines, but we do live in the same kind of a world in which Jonah lived. It is a world of ups and downs, ecstasy and tragedy, good and evil, happiness and sadness – all served up in varying degrees and quantities. It’s a world that is hard to make sense of, especially if we ignore God. 

If God is just an occasional afterthought in your daily life, the lessons Jonah learned thousands of years ago might be a refreshing alternative to what you experience each day. Far from being just the account of a wayward believer, the story of Jonah presents truths that transform our lives. 

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.