Friday, November 3, 2017

You Can’t Always Get What You Want

When it comes to truth, the singing group “The Rolling Stones” is not going to be a go-to source. Most of their songs present life from a very unrealistic and deceptive perspective. But one popular phrase they wrote years ago still rings true today: “You can’t always get what you want.” The irony of that statement is that deep down we believe we should always get what we want. And when that does not happen, we are miserable.

The greatest joy thief in human life is not the pain and suffering we must all endure (although these things are very significant), it is rather the expectation that we should always have our way and the total horror and disgust we experience when things don’t turn out as we wish.
So, the great question is: How can we be happy and joyful in life when that which makes us happy and joyful is an impossibility?

The Apostle Paul wrote a letter to a group of Christians in a Greek city called Philippi. He was in jail at the time he penned the letter. We could say he was in about the worst possible situation a person could be in. He probably wasn’t getting anything he wanted. Yet, the one word he repeats over and over again is “rejoice”! How can a man say “be joyful like me” when he is in prison? Is he a big fake or, did Paul know something we don’t.

One thing for sure – Paul knew Jesus Christ. And it was Jesus Christ that served as the bedrock for his joy, even in a horrible prison cell. Are you struggling with being joyful in your life? Maybe you’re letting it be stolen from you. Join us for one of our services this weekend. Start experiencing the joy Jesus Christ wants you to have.

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.