Saturday, January 28, 2023

Managing Your Mind


Almost four hundred years ago a Frenchman by the name of Descartes wrote, “I think, therefore I am.” Throughout the centuries people have debated and discussed the meaning of these words. Thousands of PhD candidates have written their doctoral dissertations on Descartes’ statement in order to unlock the mysterious power of the mind. One thing we can say to which few will object, the mind is absolutely critical to the outcome of a human life. What a person thinks will lead to what they say and what they do. It is in our minds we develop our priorities which direct the course of our day-to-day speech and behavior. 

Given the massive influence our minds have on our lives, it is not surprising that Jesus spoke often of our thoughts. What he said is strongly criticized by some, while for others, those same teachings have radically transformed lives. Unlike current thinking, Jesus taught our minds are much more than a complex sequence of chemical reactions. In his most famous discourse, the Sermon on the Mount, he said what is produced in our minds ultimately depends on our relationship with God. He made the unpopular statement that there is a right way and a wrong way to think. He said that motives matter. And what goes on in our minds has eternal consequences. 

Maybe most shocking of all, Jesus said that when a human being is rightly related to God, that person can powerfully manage their mind for their own personal good and the benefit of others. We are not helpless victims of circumstance to the most powerful part of our being. That’s not just good news, that’s life-changing news. Your mind matters. How you manage your mind matters. Join us for one of our weekend services. Together, let’s begin the journey with Jesus in making the most of managing our minds. 

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.