Friday, March 26, 2021

The Invitation


There is within the human soul a call to greatness. It is stronger in some than others, but it is present in all of us. It is the dream of adventure, to rise above the monotony of daily life and embark on a journey which will lead to something far bigger than ourselves. Throughout the centuries people have given up their lives following this dream and in some cases, incredible changes have occurred because some people followed their hearts rather than their stomachs.

No more spectacular or important invitation to a life of greatness exists than the one Jesus Christ offers us. It is an invitation not to comfort, ease or pleasure. On the contrary, he describes it as “carrying a cross”. But it is an invitation firmly rooted in eternity; an invitation which produces benefits which cannot be measured; an invitation that gives human life it’s highest meaning.

We are living in a time in history when the common person is more and more encouraged to accept that they really can’t think or take care of themselves, that there are smarter, more intelligent people to do that for them. There is an encouragement to be content with the status quo, with a life of little pain, few challenges, but even fewer rewards. Jesus Christ offers just the opposite. He says that if we follow him, the risks will be great, the chance of suffering even more so, but the end result of it all will be out of this world incredible.

What do you want out of life? What do you want out of eternity? If you believe there’s more to life than a fast internet connection and a big screen TV, join us for one of our weekend services.

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

Saturday, March 20, 2021

The Committed God


It was dark. They were alone. Breathing heavily the teenage boy whispered to his girlfriend, “I love you so much. Show your love to me,” as he started to move closer.

Fast forward fifty years. The same couple, now in a doctor’s office hearing the words, “I’m sorry but the signs are unmistakable, it is Alzheimer's.” The teenage boy who now has thinning white hair takes his wife’s hands in his and says, “I love you so much. I’m right here for you, always. We’re going to beat this together.”

The same person using the exact same words but with a meaning worlds apart. As a young man his love was self-centered. As an old man, it had become committed. His love was no longer based on getting what he wanted, but rather on what was best for his wife, regardless of the cost or sacrifice to himself.

Committed love is a rare sight in this world. That’s why we tend to tear up when we see it. But committed love is not rare at all for God. It is in fact, the only kind of love God has – doing what is best, regardless the cost.

There are so many misconceptions of God circulating today. And the result is many people have come to the conclusion, “If that is the way God is, I don’t want anything to do with him.” If you’re confused about God, join us for one of our weekend services. We’ll be studying a story Jesus told about a boy gone wrong which will set you straight about The Committed God.

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

Friday, March 12, 2021

“Who Do You Say I Am?”


It is a simple question which demands a simple answer. People often will give a long and complicated response, but that is usually because they do not want to give a simple answer. It’s a technique we all use when we find ourselves confronted with something we don’t really want to meet head on. But the question “Who do you say I am?” will be answered by all of us simply and directly at some point in our lives. Sooner or later, we will give our response.

Some 2000 years ago a man named Peter answered the question with the words, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” The One who asked the question told Peter he was spot on. But not everyone at that time responded the way Peter did, nor do they today.

The reason the question is so challenging is because of the claims Jesus made. He said in no uncertain terms that he is God and that he alone opens eternal life to all members of the human race – past, present and future. Those claims are either true or they are false. As one person put it, based on the claims Jesus made about himself, we can answer his question “Who do you say I am?” in one of only three ways: 

      1. Jesus was sincerely deluded into thinking he was God – He was a lunatic.

      2. Jesus purposely deceived people into thinking he was God – He was a liar.

      3. Jesus is exactly who he claimed to be – He is Lord!

Jesus is the single most influential personality in all of history. It is understandable why people feel uncomfortable choosing one of the first two options. So, what is holding them back from embracing the third option? That is an excellent question which needs to be confronted for certainly Jesus left us with enough evidences that he is God.

If you are having difficulty answering the most important question you’ll ever be faced with, join us this weekend for one of our worship services. You know in your heart Jesus wasn’t a lunatic or a liar, what then is holding you back from receiving him as Lord?

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

Friday, March 5, 2021

"The War"

In 1790 “The War” referred to the Revolutionary War. In 1870 “The War” meant the vastly more deadly Civil War. Fifty years later, World War I took so many lives that it was called “The Great War” or “The War to End All Wars”. However, in 1950 “The War” took on a whole new horrific meaning in light of the millions upon millions of deaths in World War II.

World War II ended any illusions that people throughout the planet might some day live in an unbroken peace, understanding that it is much better to sacrifice and do without rather than go to war in an effort to satisfy national greed. People talk about peace. We yearn for peace. But as the old Civil War era hymn reminds us, “There is no peace on earth.”

There is a war going on right now, which is very personal to you. It is the war for your soul. It is a war that every single human being must face. It is the war which caused all the other wars mentioned above. The good news is, this war can be won. In the center of the graphic there is a drawing of a foot coming down on the head of a snake. It refers to the victory of Jesus Christ over Satan when he died for the sin of humanity on the cross. Because of Christ, you can have the victory over evil. That means you can have the hope of eternal life.

In “The War” for your soul, has the outcome been defined? Are you aware of “The War”? Whether you know you’ve won “The War” through Jesus Christ or this is the first time you ever thought about it, join us for one of our worship services this weekend. “The War that Ended All Wars” was won for your benefit. You owe it to yourself to claim it.

 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.