Newsletter – July 2008

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Jesus, Others, and You
by Pastor Dennis K. Sallas

Aloha Kakou,

When I was a young boy, growing up in a small community called Papakolea in the outskirts of Honolulu, I remember getting up early in the morning to go into the mountains. My sister and some of our friends would get together, and we would explore the hillsides. It was dark and dense with trees, hanging vines, flowers, and fruit trees deep in the forest.

We could walk for hours in the mountains, eating whatever fruits we could find along the way. When we got thirsty, we would just drink out of the stream beds as we explored the wilderness.

We were about eight or nine years old and having so much fun with no cares in the world, creating our own toys and games that we found as we walked.

We never got lost. We may have lost our way at times, but we always managed to find our way back home.

In a sense, God calls us to explore this world we live in, and to get out into the world. There are lots of good things out there. He created all things for us to use, and to use them wisely. He wants us to have fun and laugh. He wants us to let people know why we are the way we are: because we have Jesus in us.

Greater who is in you than who is in the world. (1 John 4:4)

He knows that sometimes we will get sidetracked and depressed, but He wants us to know that we can always find our way back to Him.

Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength. (Nehemiah 8:10)

Remember one of the fruits of the Spirit is JOY. (Galatians 5:22)

Jesus, Others, and You. It spells out JOY.

God bless,

Pastor Dennis K. Sallas

 

Trust In God
by Donna Sallas

Our God is an awesome God. He is faithful, and I know his timing is always a blessing. But, I must confess at times, I wish His timing was more on my schedule, even though I know that there are lessons to be learned, and that through these lessons, I always get closer to our Lord.

For over a year, my doctor told me that I had to have a full hysterectomy to remove a large fibroid. He said that it was in such a bad position in my body that it could not be removed in any other way.

He left the decision in my hands, with a warning that until it was removed, I would continue to feel miserable every month.

I prayed to the Lord to please make it possible for my doctor to find another way to remove this fibroid. I put my trust in the Lord and He did not fail me. It took about nine months, but praise God — He made a way for the doctors to remove the fibroid. And the fibroid was cancer-free. Another blessing from God! My doctor even had to admit that this was a miracle.

When I look back on these past months, I’m still in awe of how many times our Lord has lifted me up and carried me through. Thank you Lord for always being there for me.

I will praise you O Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonders. (Psalms 9:1)

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