Friday, May 29, 2020

It is one of those humbling experiences of life. There is this funny shaped part sitting on one of our shelves. We pass it every day, pick it up, examine it closely and then ask ourselves the agonizingly frustrating question, “What is this thing for?” We race through the past, trying to locate the memory of taking apart a machine to which it belongs. But we always draw a blank. This scene repeats itself regularly for months until finally, in exasperation we either throw the piece away or put it somewhere we’ll never find it again, just so we won’t have to look at it anymore.

And then it happens. Six months, maybe years later we remember what the part was for and we need it. But, it is either in the dump or tucked away in a box we’ll never locate. When we don’t understand the value of something, the consequences can be significant.

Prayer is one of those areas of our life with Jesus we tend not to appreciate. Now, we will talk about the importance of prayer. We’ll sing “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” with tears in our eyes. We will even tell a hurting friend, “I’ll pray for you.” Yet, after all our words, we rarely find ourselves praying. We need to be honest, we spend our time doing those things we think are most important. Does the amount of time you spent in prayer today reflect you believe it is crucial to your life?

This weekend we’re starting a sermon series on the Lord’s Prayer. It’s going to be a fascinating study. We’re all going to learn a lot. But there is really one key take away from the entire series: Just pray. In fact, why don’t you pray right now. Don’t wait to find out what a benefit it is!

New worship service times: Saturday: 6:00 pm; Sunday: 9:00 am & 10:30 am.

Friday, May 8, 2020

All love is not created equal. There is a huge difference between selfish and selfless love. Selfish love is what we express and experience in most relationships. We do nice things for other people because we expect them to give us something we want in return. Our motivation in loving the other person is selfish in the sense that we are being nice to ultimately get what we want.

Selfless love, on the other hand, does good things for the other person without keeping score as to whether the individual responds the way we want. It doesn’t count the cost of how much time, effort or money was required because the goal of selfless love is the betterment of the other person.

Each year on the second Sunday of May we celebrate Mother’s Day. It is a day we talk about selfless love because there is no other human relationship which better characterizes selfless love than that of a mother and her child. Mothers love their children regardless of what they look like or what they can do. It’s a love based on the incredibly strong connection which is begun at conception.

Selfless love, however, is not just for moms. It is something our world so desperately needs on every relationship level. A love which is able to look beyond ourselves to the needs of others. A love which ultimately, is rooted in the love Jesus Christ shows for us. If you’re serious about making a difference with your life, selfless love is going to be high on your priority list. Join us for our online service. Because of Jesus, you don’t have to be a mom to be a master of selfless love.

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.