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.