Newsletter – September 2008

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Opportunity for Prayer
by Pastor Dennis Sallas

Aloha Kakou,

There are many prayers recorded in the Bible. It is interesting how many different circumstances there are where prayer is lifted up to the LORD. King David prayed for his son, who was sick, because David had sinned against the LORD. Moses prayed for the Israelites when they were cornered by the enemy.  Paul prayed for his affliction. The list goes on.

As we look at other people’s circumstances, we have an opportunity to see how GOD answered prayers. For David, the baby did not live because David chose to live a sinful life and did not repent. Although the Israelites complained and questioned their exodus from Egypt, Moses still prayed and God made a way for them. Although Paul had an unhealed affliction, Paul spread the good news of Jesus and even healed other people everywhere he went.

Through other people’s circumstances, we can learn how God intervenes and strengthens people during both the hard and the good times. After his son died, David went into the house of the LORD and worshiped, and said “I will go to him, but he will not return to me.” (2 Samuel 12:23) When all things looked dark and impossible, Moses prayed, and God opened up the sea so the Israelites could move forward and cross over to the other side with any harm. Paul was frustrated with a so called thorn in his flesh, but he was relieved when the LORD said “my grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)  Some of us will be healed and some of us won’t, but let us all worship in the good and the bad. Move forward and let his grace keep us strong for he will turn the bad into good.

The other day, I received a call from someone who said his son had broken his arm close to the shoulder, and the doctors couldn’t put a cast on it. The boy needed to stay in the hospital overnight. So I said, “Let’s pray.” The next morning, the man called me and said “They took another x-ray and found no break.” Praise GOD and give Him all the praise and all the glory.

Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise.  Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. (James 5:13-16)

Na pomaika’i (blessings),

Pastor Dennis K. Sallas

 

Angels Sent By God
by Donna Sallas

God continually sends or puts people in our paths to guide us or help us through the tough times. Sometimes we even are not aware of it.  At least, I wasn’t aware until much later in my life.

The most memorable time God intervened on my behalf was when I had my daughter. I did not plan to have any children. I was living a worldly, selfish life, and a child just was not in my plan. God started changing my heart the day I found out I was having a baby. I moved out of Waikiki and left my partying, self-serving life behind. The first few years were hard, but I knew I did the right thing. We were content, but I knew something was missing in my life. I just did not know what was missing.

My daughter was about four and starting preschool. There, I met a woman named Judy and her four year old son. She was so happy and upbeat. I was drawn to her joyful nature. We became instant friends. She started talking to me about a little church. It was small, but powerful, and she wanted me to attend with her. I felt a pull in my heart, so I decided to go. The church was called Hope Chapel South Shore.

Each week, the pastor’s sermon touched me, but I still had not received Christ in my life. About a month after I started going to church, I heard a sermon that spoke right to my heart. The associate pastor was preaching that week. Dennis Sallas talked about his past worldly life. When he finally gave it all over to the Lord, a whole new life began for him. That Sunday, I accepted Jesus into my life. I felt the power of the Holy Spirit, and realized that the something missing in my life had been Jesus. At that time, I did not know I would marry the pastor who preached that sermon a year and a half later. God always has a plan. Eight years later, I am still at the same church, now called Hope Chapel Waikiki. I have been blessed with countless people who have helped guide me through the years. I look forward to the new people God will bring into my life.

Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels. (Hebrews 13:2, NKJV)

 

Hope Chapel Waikiki – A Smorgasboard of Opportunity
by Robert Clayton

Hope Chapel Waikiki (HCW) Church, previously known as Hope Chapel South Shore, meets at the Waikiki Community Center.  Our theme “Honoring Christ in Waikiki, provides a variety of local flavors through all-time proven favorite recipes, seasonal specialties, and a changing menu of famous recipes to provide success.

Our Sunday menu begins the week with Pastor Dennis K. Sallas’ preaching at 8:30 and 10:30 AM services.  The same day we are treated with an in-depth Adult Bible Study or Youth Group meeting, rounding out the Sunday menu.  As we continue through the week, we have a Tuesday morning Bible Study at Zippy’s. Spam and rice can be the fare for this tasty offering, but the focus is getting into the Word. On Wednesdays, we continue with a Men’s Group Bible Study at the Seaside Grill in Waikiki for a breakfast of spiritual food, plus bacon, eggs, and hotcakes. Wednesdays are filled with still another Bible Study in our office and a special women’s activity.

We all know we need exercise, and our Women’s Group gathers midweek for “Walk & Talk,” lapping the Kapiolani Park in a time of prayer, fellowship, and sharing with one another. The women have a mixed plate of Bible study, and sharing, plus special activities like “Chick Flick” Movie Night.  Yum, popcorn!

We enjoy the proper mix of spices for the other entrees served throughout the remainder of the week. Specialty items include home Bible studies from Tuesday through Thursday, while interactively studying the Word at homes in Aiea, Ala Moana, and Waikiki.

HCW adds evangelistic frosting to the cake with outreach activities several times per year. During our activity, “Claiming Waikiki for Jesus” we pray over each building, street, and area, and claimed all of Waikiki for Jesus.

Church on the Beach includes a church service, prayer, baptism, and outreach to the hungry and the lost in our own Waikiki backyard.

HCW completed its seventh year of Easter Sunrise Services on Kuhio Beach. Over 2000 attended the service at the Hula Mound.

Later in the year, we gathered for the HCW sponsored surf contest Come Surf with the King 2008. All net proceeds were given to a needy cause. Telephone prayer partners round out this menu with “one on one” special opportunities, lifting up one another during trying times and celebrating victories.

We share with you our recipe for success: the flexibility to meet the needs of the Waikiki community, while standing firmly on the Word of God.


Remembering Bill Freda
August 15, 1922 – August 24, 2008

Bill left this world to be with the LORD on August 24th after battling physical complications for the past few months. We’ll remember Bill’s kindness, courage, service to the United States of America, and twinkling smile. Our sympathies go to his wife Barbara and family.

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