Newsletter – January 2009

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God’s Fireworks

by Pastor Dennis K. Sallas

The sky constantly was lit with the majestic flashes of colors accompanied by loud booms with illegal aerials. Families were singing, laughing, and enjoying the eve of the New Year. It was a time of celebrating a new beginning. In the morning, it was quiet except for a few people lighting their last fireworks, their last booming fireworks. Yes, the New Year is here already. We celebrated with the church ohana, friends, and our ohana (ohana = family). What a glorious time it was, with everyone fellowshipping, eating, and enjoying each other’s company.

Why do we stop celebrating? Celebrations are supposed to be a few times a year on special occasions, but that is not God’s design for us. He wants us to experience His fireworks, of love, mercy, and compassion, His awe, and His power. He wants to light the sky for us everyday so that we will see His majesty. So, let us look toward the skies, invite others and Him into our lives everyday, and watch His beautiful fireworks together.

Christianity is not for us to be alone, but to have a relationship with God, the Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, and one another. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another-and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:25

Have a Happy New Year (Aioli Makahiki Hou)

Na Pomaika’i (blessings)

Claiming My Life For Jesus

by Donna Sallas

It is my prayer for this coming year that I take my trials and turn them into triumphs. I tend to keep some of the same old baggage year after year and find myself tripping over it or falling face first into it. I have asked myself why I don’t leave all that is not of God with him. He knows my needs and wants me to trust his mighty word. But even though I know his word, it’s not always easy to follow it. When this happens I only make it harder on myself and my loved ones because I’m organizing my life according to my plan and not God’s.

This year my goal is to spend more time listening to his voice and letting him direct my steps in life. Instead of holding onto baggage I will hand it over in full. I owe that to God, my family and myself. God’s love is contagious and I want people to see his love in me. This year is a new beginning to a renewed spirit and a stronger relationship with God and family.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; think about Him in all your ways and he will guide you on the right paths. Proverbs 3:5-6

The Man in the Mirror

by Robert Clayton

When preparing a few lessons for our weekly Men’s Breakfast Bible Study, I found a excellent internet site that had a series of Bible Study lessons entitled “Man in the Mirror.” Those lessons contributed the title for this article.

As we begin a new year we, whether man or woman, have a chance to reflect on the past, the present, and look to the future.

Recently, my wife Dorothy and I were doing some small improvements in our condominium. One chore was to install a mirror. One side of the mirror is a regular mirror, and the other side magnifies what you see. Installation of the new mirror had been on the list of “things to do” for a few months, but I always seemed to have a reason not to get it done. “What is the hurry?” I asked myself. Anyway, on December 23, I got out my tools, screws, mirror, and finished the job in a few minutes. After it was done, I had to take a look. Even without my glasses, I saw, things about my physical self that needed change.

The outward appearance is visible in the mirror, but what about the inward appearance, our thoughts, actions, goals, and yes, even our hearts? The magnification of these inward items formed the impetus for this article. I thought about the past. I remembered the words to a children’s song “Jesus loves me this I know, because the Bible tells me so . . .” I realized that many things happen to us to make us who we are today.

We have people in our lives that tell us (witness) about the Lord Jesus, or give us our own copy of the Bible, or encourage us to read it and study it so we can understand that our Lord has a perfect plan for our lives. I have experienced God’s love in so many ways because of those people who witnessed to me time and time again, wanting, hoping, and praying without ceasing, that I would find my personal Lord and Savior. I say “Thank You Jesus for everyone whom you placed in my path. I am different because of it.”

I absolutely am sure He is very patient with me. I need to listen for His Holy Spirit to tell me how I should share the Lord with others. The Lord provides the people, provides the opportunities, and provides the words to say. So, what am I waiting for? His word tells us to “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Matthew 28:19

The Man in the Mirror title is my way of taking a look at what the Lord wants me to do as I enter into 2009. I am sure of one thing. The things I do reflect on my relationship with the Lord and sometimes that is not as good as it might be. On my part, it is usually a matter of not listening. God has perfect hearing and a great deal of patience. He has ways to teach us if we listen to His small voice in our ear. Several recurring themes came into my thoughts this past year: Be obedient, listen to the Holy Spirit; witness to others; start moving my feet; allow the Lord to establish the path He wants me to follow. “But be very careful to keep the commandment and the law that Moses the servant of the Lord gave you: to love the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, to obey his commands, to hold fast to him and to serve him with all your heart and all your soul.” Joshua 22:5

So I challenge myself to take a long deep look inside, and see what I see. I ask the Lord to guide me and to help me follow His directions. The Lord is waiting for me to seek Him in all things. As I follow Him, may the reflection of the man in the mirror be more like Jesus.

PS: Dorothy appreciates the new mirror!

[We Were] Looking for a New Church

by Carol and Eddie Hoopii

My wife and I have a son that was on crystal methamphetamine. He was in very bad shape. He would see the devil and be screaming every night at 2:00 and 3:00 in the morning. We would take him to the hospital and it was them who said he was on ice. And we did not know what to do.

Then we heard of Pastor Rob Moore’s Hope Chapel House Church from my son’s girlfriend. They all prayed over my son and baptized my son and the demons came out of him. Then we called Scott Sonoda at the Assembly of God that took him to Teen Challenge in California for a year, a Christ life drug rehabilitation program where God moved through his life and now he is doing very well. That was about three years ago. We were with Pastor Rob Moore’s Church since then. But now Pastor Rob has moved to Texas so now we were looking for a Church and went to some of the big churches. But we came from a small house church so when we came to Hope Chapel Waikiki it feels like we belong here.

Note: Recently Carol and Eddie became members of Hope Chapel Waikiki.


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