Saturday, July 30, 2016

Worship When You’re Hurting

Pain and suffering have a powerful way of discouraging worship. And yet so many of the Psalms are prayers of worship coming from people who are mired in a pit of troubles. This Sunday we’re going to study Psalm 42, a prayer written by a man who was cornered by problems. He didn’t understand why God was allowing so many horrible things to happen, but in spite of it all, he also knew he didn’t have anywhere else to turn.

If you’re going through a challenging period in your life and you feel it difficult to worship and praise God, join us this weekend for one of our services. You’ll find you’re not alone. Believers throughout the ages have struggled with their feelings about God in the midst of suffering. God doesn’t expect us to enjoy the hard times, but he does invite us to trust him to bring us through.

Are you convinced Christ died on the cross for our sins and rose again from the dead? That’s the place to begin. If the Son of God would make that kind of sacrifice for us so that we can spend eternity with him, he is not going to needlessly put us through the ringer of life. Worship the Lord in your pain. In his way, he will begin to help you work through it. And you will be showing your love for him in a way you couldn’t apart from the suffering you are enduring.

Worship Services
Saturday night: 6:00 pm
Sunday morning: 10:00 am

Friday, July 22, 2016

When Guilt Won’t Go Away

The word guilt does not bring a pleasant image to mind. Rather, we can almost feel its crushing effect on our lives, weighing us down with feelings of failure, gnawing at us with accusations of moral responsibility for the pain and suffering of others.

Psychologists have written volumes on the impact of guilt on the human psyche. Some have even suggested that the majority of mental health issues find their origin in some form of guilt.

When you first looked at the photo above, how did you react? Did you feel empathy? Did you identify with the agony expressed by the individual?

We’ve all experienced guilt. We’ve seen it destroy peoples’ lives. But what to do about it? How does a human being get rid of guilt when it won’t go away?

A Jewish king who lived about three thousand years ago named David was no stranger to guilt. If you’ve read his story, you know his guilt was not imaginary or invented, it was as real as guilt gets. He tried to hide it. He tried to pretend it didn’t matter. But he was found out. His lies exposed. The naked truth confronted him like the noon day sun and he realized he had nowhere to turn, except to the very One against whom he had sinned so terribly – God.

Join us for one of our weekend services as we study what David learned about getting rid of guilt God’s way. What he writes is good news, news that all of us need to hear.

Worship Services
Saturday night: 6:00 pm
Sunday morning: 10:00 am

Friday, July 15, 2016

Being Part of Something Huge

Every person wants their life to mean something. Nothing causes depression more effectively than the gnawing sensation that, no matter how hard we try, our lives don’t matter.

On the day Jesus Christ ascended into heaven, he shattered any notion that his followers would lead meaningless existences. He gave them just one directive, but what a command it was:

“Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

As a disciple of Jesus, you are part of that mission. At the time he first sent out his disciples, there were only about 120 who trusted in him as their Savior and Lord. Today, people who call themselves “Christian” number in the billions. And yet, there are still billions of people needing to hear the message of Christ’s forgiveness and to have contact with his representatives in this world.

Jesus offers us the opportunity to be part of something not only worldwide, but eternal. Now that is huge!

Worship Services
Saturday night: 6:00 pm
Sunday morning: 10:00 am

Friday, July 1, 2016

Being Part of the Solution

The unfortunate truth is, the longer we enjoy any type of favorable situation, we begin to see it as something we deserve, a right which is owed us. On the eve of this 4th of July weekend Christian Americans throughout the country should spend some time in thoughtful consideration of our attitude towards these United States of which we are privileged to be called citizens.
We do well to ask ourselves, “Have we become so accustomed to the freedoms, opportunities and lavish prosperity which our country enjoys that we have come to expect these blessings which are unknown to most of the world?”

Many people are predicting a gloomy future for America. Anyone who has even read a short history of our country knows that there have been many perilous times which we have faced and overcome. For Christian Americans, our responsibility to our country is certainly not to criticize and complain, but to roll up our sleeves and be a part of the solution to our many problems. It is very evident that government programs, no matter how well planned and executed, will resolve the problems of the day. What our country needs are Christians living, talking and thinking like the One they profess as Savior and Lord.

Difficult times may be in the future. What an exciting thought that the all powerful God of heaven and earth will give us the opportunity to be a part of his solution.

Join us this weekend for one of our services. Celebrate America by recommitting yourself to living like a Christian each and every day!

Saturday evening: 6:00 pm
Sunday morning: 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.