Friday, September 25, 2020

The Incredible Life


When you saw the title, “The Incredible Life”, did you stop for just a brief second and think, “I sure wish my life was a little more incredible?” If you did, you have a lot of company. Most of us long for more adventure, excitement and especially importance. Who doesn’t want to live a life that is valued, which makes a difference?

If anyone had an important life, it was Moses. From beginning to end, this man seemed to experience everything and more of what fills an action movie. But when you take the time to read the account of his life in the Bible and think about what was happening, Moses had little to do with it all. The incredible life he lived was because of the incredible God who was working in and through Moses.

Each day you wake up, you have as much of an opportunity to live an incredible life as Moses did. Does that mean you’ll be able to part the Pacific Ocean so you can take a trip to the mainland? Probably not, remember, God only did that once! But is the value of our life to God measured by miracles? If that were the case, John the Baptist wouldn’t measure up very well. God has a unique life plan for each and every one of us. He doesn’t ask us to be more like other people, rather he wants us to be the people he created us to be in the place he has put us in this world.

Stressed out that your life isn’t having as much impact as you had planned? Join us for one of our weekend services. Relax in the fact that God has you just where he wants you. Walk the walk he has given you at this time of your life and begin to experience a little more of the incredible!

Worship service times: Saturday: 6:00 pm, Sunday: 9:00 am & 10:30 am.

Friday, September 18, 2020

The Master’s Touch


Walking through the rooms filled with the work of budding young artists, people dutifully praised the developing talents of the students. In the corner of one of the rooms, however, a crowd gathered around a painting. Even the usual hushed tones reserved for libraries and art galleries had given way to exclamations which result when coming upon a masterpiece. “This couldn’t have been done by one of the students,” gasped one man. Another person said, “There’s something about this painting. It has to be the work of a master. It just doesn’t fit with the other pieces.”

There was a man who lived 4000 years ago. His name was Abraham. Although he was reasonably prosperous, there wasn’t much else about him that would lead people to call him a “masterpiece”. But then God got a hold of him and everything changed. The result? Through Abraham, God altered human history. But that’s what happens when the Master works in human lives. 

If you are feeling as though your life resembles more of a second hand piece of art rather than a masterpiece, join us for one of our worship services this weekend. If God made a masterpiece out of Abraham’s life, why can’t he do the same for us?

Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. New Living Translation

Worship service times: Saturday: 6:00 pm, Sunday: 9:00 am & 10:30 am.

Friday, September 11, 2020

Every Cloud Has A Silver Lining


The imagery is beautiful, a ray of light or a colorful rainbow in contrast with dark, menacing clouds. The saying embedded in the photo above means that for every hard, difficult or bad experience we go through, there is always something good which comes out of it. Sometimes we have to look long and hard for that good, but it’s there.

When we read the account of the Flood in the first book of the Bible, however, it can be hard to find a silver lining among so many dark clouds. It’s a familiar story: the ark, the animals, the flood, the rainbow. But what possible good would come out of the destruction of so many people?

One of the greatest obstacles we have in appreciating what God does in human history is our point of view. We limit God by forcing him to act within our limitations. When he doesn’t, we often accuse him of being unfair or just plain mean. No doubt, the Flood was a harsh judgment. But who rejected who? A quick glance at the opening chapters of the Bible make it very clear the Flood was never God’s intention. Instead, it was a reaction to human rejection.

Taking into account everything we know about God, Noah, and the people of that era, the Flood is all about fresh starts. And who doesn’t need one of those on a regular basis.

Worship service times: Saturday: 6:00 pm, Sunday: 9:00 am & 10:30 am.

Friday, September 4, 2020

The “Hands On” God


When people talk about God’s involvement in the history of the human race they often describe him as rather “hands off” in his approach. Their view is that probably the Almighty had something to do with the beginning of everything, but once he got things started, stepped back and is now a casual observer of the human drama. 

Even the most superficial reading of the early chapters of the Bible dispels any notion that God is disinterested in what is going on in this world. Instead we find he is passionately involved in the minutest details of human life. While that tells us much about God, it should lead us to want to understand even more what God’s active participation in our existence means to us!

This coming weekend we’ll be starting a six week sermon series during which we’ll be studying how God revealed himself during the Old Testament and what affect it had on people. It will be fascinating, at times bewildering but always encouraging. God was most definitely “hands on” thousands of years ago and he continues to be today. And that is ultimately our greatest hope. For if we were on our own…well…the implications of such a tragedy are too terrifying to contemplate.

Worship service times: Saturday: 6:00 pm, Sunday: 9:00 am & 10:30 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.