Friday, April 9, 2021

What Will Be on Your Gravestone?

 


What Will Be on Your Gravestone?

“Murdered by a traitor and a coward whose name is not worthy to appear here.” 

(Jesse James)

 

“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”

(F. Scott Fitzgerald)

“…There goes the neighborhood.”

(Rodney Dangerfield)

 

“Go away – I’m asleep.”

(Joan Hackett)

 

“She did it the hard way.”

(Bette Davis)

When it comes to tombstone epitaphs, everyone seems to have a different opinion. Some try to get the last word in. Others want to leave something worth thinking about. Still others want to be funny and then there are those who let someone else write on their gravestones. If you do an internet search, you can find dozens of websites offering help in finding just the right words to put on your tombstone.  We only get one shot at it, so it probably is good to spend some time thinking about our final message to the world.

More important, however, is being ready to die. That’s why Jesus talked so much about the subject. It wasn’t that he was morbid, he was realistic. Our life on this earth is extremely short compared to the eternity we step into at the moment of death. This weekend we’re going to be studying some of Jesus’ most specific teachings on being prepared for either death or Judgment Day (whichever comes first). If you are worried about what you will put on your gravestone, join us for one of our worship services. You might get some great ideas!

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


Saturday, April 3, 2021

Needs and Wants


 

Volumes have been written over the difference between what a person actually needs to survive with those “extras” which make life much more pleasant but with which we can live without. As our country has prospered exponentially in the last 75 years, most of us have put a whole lot of wants in our needs category with the result that we have become spoiled with our affluence.

But the whole needs and wants question doesn’t only have to do with our material lifestyle, it very much influences our relationship with God. We pray to God and tell him we need him to fix this or that situation. When he doesn’t act according to our plan we come to the conclusion that God is either unable to do what we want or unwilling. In either case, we’re disappointed with him.

Tomorrow is Easter Sunday. We often say the resurrection changes everything. That statement also applies to our needs and wants. While we tell God we need a life free of problems and pain, Jesus rising from the dead tells us we need eternal life. We say, “God, I need relief!” He replies, “You need the resurrection.”

Not only is the needs/wants issue critical to where we will spend eternity, it affects every aspect of our lives right now. If we are convinced God is obligated to meet our every want in real time, we’ll live in a constant state of frustration and resentment towards him. The resurrection shows us that right now is not the life God intended for human beings, that remains for the future.

Join us for one of our Easter weekend services. Get exactly what you need in life from the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

 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.