Friday, February 19, 2016

Do You Have to Understand Something to Benefit from It?

Living in a world which values data, we would like to think of ourselves as people who make good, solid decisions based on the hard data available to us. The truth is, however, we do a lot of things based on emotions, what other people say and gut feelings. Sometimes, we even ignore that hard data because it tells us to do the exact opposite of what we want to do.

When it comes to our relationship with the Lord, however, we very often change the rules and demand from him thorough and detailed explanations which we can understand on our terms for everything he does in our lives. It’s really an impossible demand, but only because of us – we’re just too limited in every way to be able to grasp what the unlimited God of our universe is doing in our lives.

This weekend we are going to be studying the first time Jesus celebrated Communion with his disciples. It is a powerful celebration of God’s commitment to forgive us. But to be honest, what happens in Communion is something beyond us. It is, to put it mildly, a God thing. For some, what Jesus offers in Communion is so incredible, so miraculous, they change the meaning of his words to make it more appealing to our human reason. But in the process, they lose the benefits.

If you are serious about going on in your Christian life. If you want to see growth. If you believe God has got more blessings for you than you are currently experiencing, join us this weekend. Let the words of Jesus stand as he spoke them. You’ll be opening up your life to blessing – guaranteed. Jesus said so!

Saturday evening worship: 6:00 pm
Sunday morning worship: 10:00 am

Friday, February 12, 2016

Who is the Greatest?

“Pride is your greatest enemy; humility is your greatest friend.”
John R.W. Stott

On the night before his crucifixion Jesus’ disciples were have what they thought (and our society would agree) was a critical discussion concerning which one of them was the greatest. Jesus’ response was unexpected. He pretty much told them to get the focus off themselves and look to meeting the needs of other people.

Having just witnessed one more Super Bowl, which is a non-stop celebration of personal achievement and athletic greatness, it’s hard to get our thinking around terms like “humility” and “looking out for the needs of others”. And yet, that is exactly what Jesus Christ’s earthly life was all about. In one part of the Bible it says that even though Jesus is in every way God himself, he didn’t tenaciously cling to his rights and privileges as God but instead humbled himself to become a human being and then allowed that he be put to death on a cross! That is a quantum leap from jumping up and down shouting, “I’m Number One”.

During the next six Sundays we will be commemorating the season of Lent which is a forty day period leading up to Easter Sunday. It’s a time of serious reflection about who Jesus Christ is and for what reason he came to this earth. Even a casual reading of the Gospel accounts shows clearly he didn’t come to flaunt his greatness but to change our eternal future through humility.

“Pride is your greatest enemy; humility is your greatest friend.” If humility was the path of God, will it be any different for us?

Saturday evening worship: 6:00 pm
Sunday morning worship: 10:00 am

Friday, February 5, 2016

Afraid of Dying? Check out the Jesus Solution!

According to some, the whole subject of death has become passé. Even though no one can say, “Been there and done that,” about death, it seems that people have heard the subject discussed so much they are bored with it. Maybe that is possible when a person is healthy, happy with their situation in life and with little prospect of dying in the next 50 years.

As the inevitable day approaches, however, it is difficult to imagine that any human being would not begin to take more of an interest in discovering what happens after death. It is one thing to enjoy a certain spontaneity in life, but it is just plain dumb to be totally unprepared for what will definitely be the most significant moment of one’s life.

When it comes to what happens after death, everyone goes by faith. No one can prove beyond a shadow of human doubt what happens. Everyone believes something. But as we all know, some things are worth believing and others aren’t. Join us for one of our weekend services as we discuss the subject of the fear of dying. While there are many views about life after death circulating in our society, the Jesus solution remains after all these years the most powerfully convincing.

Saturday evening worship: 6:00 pm
Sunday morning worship: 10:00 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.