Thursday, December 23, 2010

Wise Men Still Seek Him -- Here's How

Christmas Eve Service - Friday, December 24 at 7:00 pm
Make your Christmas Eve extra special this year by joining us for an inspirational hour of traditional Christmas carols, Bible lessons, dramatic readings and prayers. Jesus is the reason for the season--make Him the center of your celebrations this year.

Christmas Day Service - Saturday, December 25 at 10:00 am
The Christmas story is ancient, one you've heard many times before, but each time we ponder it there's something new to learn and apply to our lives. It is truly the "Good News" which never gets old.

Sunday Worship - December 26 at 10:00 am
Journey out to the fields and listen with the shepherds to the startling message of the angels. The shepherds' lives were never the same after that angelic visit. Come and find out why.

New Year's Eve Supper (5:30 pm) and Worship (7:00 pm)
Sit under the stars, listen to the ocean waves lap against the shore and ponder what the Maker of the stars and ocean has done in your life this past year and what He may hold in store for you in 2010. If you choose to join us for supper, please bring a dish to pass.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Live the "Big Picture" Life!

"Are you saving enough right now to have a secure financial retirement?"
"Are you taking care of your body today so that you will be healthy when you are older?"
"Are the courses you are studying going to prepare you for the work world?"

Each one of the above questions is a "big picture" question. And if we are honest with ourselves, they make us a little uncomfortable, even defensive. Take for instance the first one. Who isn't worried about having enough money for retirement? But when it comes time to actually put money away for the future, how often don't we give in to the rationalization, "I've got to live a little too. What's the use of having all sorts of money when I'm old if I'm not happy now"? In regard to the second question, all we have to do is look at our expensive but unused exercise machines to acknowledge our good physical fitness intentions that never get carried out. The truth is, we can understand the "big picture" of the different areas of our lives, but it is still very hard to live out the "big picture".

This Sunday we are going to end our study of the Apostles' Creed by looking at its final words, "I believe in the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting". Talk about the "big picture"! We all know we are going to die. It doesn't take a genius to figure that out. In our hearts, we also have the very strong suspicion that life doesn't end with death. Something inside says we are going to be held accountable for what we did with our time on this earth. And the more we look at life in the here and now, the more we sense the necessity of that end of life accountability.

Jesus Christ offers us substantial and specific answers to our questions about death and the hereafter. In fact, his life, death and resurrection give us the "big picture" of our lives. He tells us clearly that our current lives on this earth are a preparation for the next life in eternity. He explains how we can have that life and how to prepare for it right now.

Some people have the idea that living the "big picture" Christian life is to miss out on the best human life has to offer in the vague hope of getting something better in the future. Nothing could be farther from the truth. A life of preparing for the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting is a life rooted in reality. It is a life built on the rock of Jesus Christ's resurrection. It is a life that can see through the temporary, empty pleasures which attract and then end up destroying so many. It is a life that is ultimately triumphant.

Join us this Sunday (December 12) at 10:00 am to get a glimpse of the "big picture" life.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Forgiveness--the Best Christmas Present Ever!

Do you remember what you got for Christmas last year? Does it still make you feel like you did when you saw it for the first time? Are you still using that present? Do you even have it?

One of the sad realities of life is that presents lose their novelty pretty fast. And though they can make us happy for a while, that happiness never lasts quite as long as we would like. Since this is an article meant to get you thinking about going to worship on Sunday, you probably already know that somehow, some way we're going to talk about Jesus as the best Christmas present ever. But before you glance down at the announcements, think about what it would mean to you if you could open a box this Christmas that would take away grudges long held within you that corrode your heart like acid. Imagine how you would feel for the rest of your life if you could give up the bitterness you feel toward certain people who hurt you deeply. Wouldn't it be literally incredible to be able to genuinely forgive yourself.

The words, "I believe in the forgiveness of sins" were meant to be much more than a sentence to be recited each Sunday. Those words, which describe why Jesus Christ came to this earth and what he accomplished, are meant to declare that our lives have been changed for eternity and the present. The forgiveness of sins is far from an abstract theological term. Its meaning and significance literally change life as we know it.

Join us this Sunday (December 5th) at 10:00 am and open with us the forgiveness of sins which Jesus Christ offers you!

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.