Friday, August 19, 2022

Sin Never Stays Small


If you’ve ever experienced the pain of food poisoning and wondered how it came on so fast, read the following description of how bacteria multiply.


When conditions are favorable such as the right temperature and nutrients are available, some bacteria like Escherichia coli can divide every 20 minutes. This means that in just seven hours one bacterium can generate 2,097,152 bacteria. After one more hour the number of bacteria will have risen to a colossal 16,777,216. That’s why we can quickly become ill when pathogenic microbes invade our bodies. 

There is something much more dangerous than bacteria which also reproduces at an exponential rate when left unchecked – sin. Within three chapters of the first book of the Bible, Genesis, human life free falls from paradise to prison. The decision of Adam and Eve to be their “own gods” and live life on their terms produced a son who really did take matters into his own hands by killing his brother over hurt feelings. 

When human beings decide to be the masters of our destiny we get farther and farther away from God which in turn leads to greater corruption, violence and evil. At the end of Genesis chapter 1 God looked at all that he had made, and it was “very good”. In the opening part of Genesis chapter 6 we hear, “The Lord observed the extent of human wickedness on the earth, and he saw that everything they thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil. So the Lord was sorry he had ever made them and put them on the earth. It broke his heart.

What follows this description is one of the most well-known stories of the Bible – the Flood. 

The Flood account is an example of God’s perfect justice combined with his perfect grace. It is a judgment and a fresh start. Above all, it is a story which gives human beings hope that God hasn’t given up on us. Join us for one of our weekend worship services. None of us can hear that message too often. 

Weekend worship service times: Saturday: 6:00 pm – Sunday: 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.