Friday, June 17, 2016

Being a Great Dad Begins with Knowing a Great Savior

This Sunday is Father’s Day. Like Mother’s Day, it’s one day out of the year we try to give our dads a little bit more TLC than usual. But it’s also a day that can bring a certain amount of regret to a lot of men. Why? Because many of us don’t think we do a particularly good job of being a dad. There seems to be so much on the plate of fathers that parenting so easily can be unconsciously shoved to the side. And then suddenly, we look at our kids, see they have grown up and feel that maybe we were so busy with life that we might have missed what is most important – being a dad.

Like moms, dads need to be encouraged, not torn down with criticism. There isn’t a father in the world who hasn’t, at times, questioned if he was doing enough for his kids. The past can’t be changed, but each day is a fresh start at parenting – especially for Christian fathers.

What we need is not another book or article to read about how we men have failed in our attempt to raise our children, but rather an encouraging reminder that being a great dad begins with knowing our Great Savior – Jesus Christ. Join us this weekend for one of our services. When men see what kind of God we have, regardless of our past, we’ll be motivated to become the father Christ saved us to be. And that, in his eyes, is a great dad!

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

Friday, June 10, 2016

The Cure for the Distorted Life

Very few people will disagree with the observation that we live in stressful times. What is debated, however, is the cause of that stress. While busy schedules, increasing demands on our time and ever rising prices all contribute to a frenetic pace of life, one has to admit that today we have many, many benefits which people of past generations could not even imagine.

Could it be that maybe our view of life and ourselves is distorted? Like the man looking at himself in the carnival mirror doesn’t get an accurate reflection of his appearance, it may be that our way of looking at what is important in life may be just as skewered.

As we continue our study through the book of Psalms, we have the opportunity this Sunday, to meditate on one of the best known chapters of the Bible, Psalm 23. We have all read those beautiful words often, “The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want…..” Just hearing them gives one a sense of calm. But this Psalm offers much more to us than just a temporary sense of peace. It can change the way we see our lives.

If you feel like you’ve been watching your life go by through a carnival mirror, it’s time to get a reality check – for the better. You’ll be amazed at how good life can be when you see things through the eyes of your Good Shepherd.

Friday, June 3, 2016

“What Should I Do?”

“What should I do?” That is a very uncomfortable question to ask because it means that there are various ways to respond to that question, we’re not really sure which one to choose and most often, regardless of the answer we decide on, there is a likely chance we’re going to experience some difficulties in our lives.

“What should I do?” times demand a source of answers that have more to offer than, “I think this might be a good way to go”. We look for someone with some experience in what we are dealing with, who has the qualifications to say, “Look, this is what is best for you. You can count on it.”

In Psalm 19 David (the same David who killed the giant Goliath and then became the greatest king of Israel about 1000 BC) tells us where to go for the “What should I do?” moments – God’s Word. In a beautiful prayer David encourages us to open our ears, minds and hearts to the One who made the heavens and the earth. Why? Because what he has to say is both true and exactly what we need to hear.

When you have tough questions to answer in life, have you opened your Bible to find those answers? Join us for one of our weekend services. You may find life isn’t so confusing after all!

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.