Friday, November 13, 2015

Judgment Day Is What Makes Life Worth Living

Let’s be honest, Judgment Day is out of style. People don’t want to think about it, much less talk about being held accountable to God for their lives. The whole concept is associated with scare tactics from the Dark Ages. Even churches don’t make much mention of it in their worship services.

Regardless of what people might think about Judgment Day at this particular point of world history, it is what gives definition and meaning to our everyday lives. Without an accounting for what we human beings do each day, what would be the lasting meaning of our lives? If there were no Judgment Day, what are we to make of all the people who sacrificed their lives to fight evil? In fact, if God does not judge us, how do we know what is evil?

It is easy in our culture to get so caught up in having fun today, that we become totally distracted and even turned off to the reality that God is concerned with the way we spend our lives. But if God doesn’t care what we do, why should we? And what eternal significance will our lives have?

Judgment Day has suffered a massive public relations attack but that doesn’t make it less a reality. Jesus spoke of it time and time again in the most explicit terms. Make no mistake, according to him, it’s going to happen.

But when Jesus talked about Judgment Day, he never meant it to scare the people who love him. In fact, he said that Day is one to look forward to, to pray for! So why don’t you join us for one of our services this weekend? Rather than spoiling your life, Judgment Day will make it worth living!

Saturday night service: 6:00 pm
Sunday morning services: 10:00 am

Friday, November 6, 2015

Why Martin Luther Still Matters

If, when you saw the name Martin Luther, you thought of a German Christian who lived in the 1500s, you are probably in a small minority. Despite the prominence history books give this man, few people today see his relevance for a modern, secular world. And so for most, Luther and the Reformation has been relegated to the dusty backroom of history along with the Roman Empire, Middle Ages, Renaissance and even the Revolutionary War!

But there are questions which are timeless, which, no matter the age, are as relevant as the air we breathe.

What happens when I die?
What is true?
Does my life matter?

There’s not a single living being who does not, on a regular basis, consider these subjects and wonder, “Is my response adequate? Do I know what I’m talking about when I try to answer these questions or am I just spewing words in an attempt to fool others and myself that I know what I am talking about?”

If you are getting older or having health issues, you’re thinking about death and what happens afterward. If you have lost a job, a spouse has walked out, or you have gone through a totally unjust experience, you are asking, “Is there right and wrong? Does truth matter or is life just about getting what you want?” If you feel like you are stuck in a rut that is getting so deep you don’t think you’ll ever get out, you could well be asking, “Does my life matter?”

You might be surprised to learn that the primary reason Martin Luther is a giant of history is because of the answers he gave to the three questions above. If you still aren’t sure of your own answers to these questions, join us for one of our weekend services and check out what Luther had to say about them.

Saturday night service: 6:00 pm
Sunday morning services: 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.