Friday, November 19, 2010

"It Doesn't Make Sense To Me"

Have you ever explained why you are a Christian to someone and had them reply, "That's great you feel so strongly about what you believe. But for me, it just doesn't make sense"? You probably walked away feeling frustrated, wondering what it was you should have said to have changed their mind.

In recent times we have made great advances in our pursuit of higher learning. But there is one area of our lives that refuses to be overcome by our search for knowledge and that is the spiritual side of us. Try as we might, we human beings are never going to figure out God completely. In fact, we are never going to find him on our own. At first glance, that seems like a pretty pessimistic statement. Unfortunately, it is all too true. The reason we won't ever find God by ourselves is due to the fact we deep down don't want to find him. Sure, we want to find a God who will protect us and help us when we are in need and who will leave us alone when things are just fine, but we definitely don't want the God who claims the #1 place in our lives on a permanent basis.

While we can talk about "finding God", the truth is, it is God who finds us! This week our study of the Apostles' Creed brings us to the phrase, "I believe in the Holy Spirit". Sunday, we are going to see not only who the Holy Spirit is and what he does for us, but just as importantly, how much we need his activity in our lives. Until we understand how distorted our human view of life is without the Holy Spirit, we will continue to hinder his ongoing work in us. He is the One who enables us to "make sense" out of the cross of Christ. He is the one who leads us to bring our lives to Jesus and say, "Take my life and let it be, consecrated, Lord to Thee."

Join us Sunday (November 21st at 10:00 am) and start making sense not only out of life, but also of all eternity.

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.