Newsletter – April 2009

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Let His Light Shine
by Pastor Dennis K. Sallas

Aloha Kakou,

It was Good Friday. At the third hour, 9:00 AM, I set out to meet some members of Hope Chapel Waikiki. I walked along Paoakalani Avenue to Ala Wai Boulevard and to Ohua Avenue. Then I proceeded to walk on Kuhio Avenue, moving in a northwest direction, until I came to the beginning of Waikiki’s Saratoga Road. There I saw familiar faces waiting on the corner. They were to take part in a reenactment of Jesus carrying the cross, through Waikiki.

In the beginning, as I walked along, some people laughed or sneered, others came up and said they wanted to cry. But I wasn’t alone.

When the HCW group started to walk, the sky was dark and gloomy. There was no sunshine, just as it was on the day Jesus was on the cross. We were not alone.

That night, at the 9th hour, we distributed flyers about our Easter Sunrise Service. It was still dark and cloudy. All of a sudden, a great beam of light shined on the horizon. Dark clouds still surrounded this great light. The sun battled through the clouds to show us that even among the clouds and dark skies that surround us, God’s light still shines.

Today, you may have a situation that seems dark and cloudy, but He is alive. Let His light shine! Jesus wants us to know that we will never be alone.

Na Pomaika’i,

Pastor Dennis Sallas

 

Does God Still Heal Today? – YES, YES, YES!
by Robert Clayton

In December 2008, right before Christmas, my cardiologist wanted me to immediately have a heart bypass and aortic heart valve replacement operation. If I had the surgery then, I would not have been allowed to travel to our son’s wedding scheduled for the end of March 2009. Questions ran through my mind, Why Me? Why Now? What did I do to deserve this? What will happen if I wait? I decided to wait.

We made the trip to Colorado for the wedding, getting home on a Tuesday. On Wednesday, I had blood tests and went to the doctor. The angiogram was set up for Thursday. The surgeon for the bypass/heart valve operation was contacted, and the plan was to do surgery on the following Thursday or Friday. When the doctor performed the angiogram, he couldn’t find the previously found blockages in or near the stents, which were inserted a couple years ago, so no bypasses were needed. In addition, my damaged heart valve was normal size and opening and closing properly. The only explanation is God’s miraculous healing power. I do not need surgery. We are praising and thanking God.

Key personal factors in my healing included: Asking others to pray, receiving encouragement from others, checking my faith, being obedient to the Holy Spirit’s leading, and being willing to testify.

Prayer:

Between December and the end of March, Dorothy and I asked everyone in our church family, Bible studies, other believing friends, and family to pray for me that I would not need the surgery at all. In other words, we were asking God for a miracle. Many people prayed and laid on hands on me over this period.

Encouragement:

Encouragement comes in many forms. The following is a message written on March 04, 2009, but not sent (until now!)

From: Robert Clayton
Date: March 4, 2009
Subject: A Couple Personal thoughts

Pastor “D”

As I told you on Tuesday, March 3, I have been thinking too much lately about things related to my health and desired healing, and I have been depressed. You mentioned to me a couple times “God isn’t done with you yet”

We had lunch today with Christian friends from Kailua. During the course of the discussions, our friend related a story to me about when he was 19 years old and a young Catholic teenager. He is now about 80 years young. He nearly drowned while surfing and God told him that “…It’s not his time, and that God wasn’t done with him yet…” He then said he was led today to tell me “God is not done with you yet.”

Further, tonight we had a rental movie from Netflix named “High Crimes.” One of the captioned lines was “I’m not done with you yet…” (Dorothy saw it before I did). I would say that is confirmation, confirmation, confirmation!

Thank you for the prayers of encouragement.

Robert

Faith:

Did I have the faith to expect healing? We found many verses that were oh so important to me. “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” (John 14:12-14). My faith was built as time passed. “Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.” (Romans 10:17). I kept reading the Word.

Some verses that showed me that one needs faith, and other verses showed me the results of prayer and having faith in the Lord Jesus. “By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has given this complete healing to him, as you can all see.” (Acts 3:16)

Obedience:

Obedience came in distinct ways as well, before, during the healing, and now afterwards. Before the healing, my mind would wander to whether it was God’s will for me to be healed. Hebrews 2:3-4 helped me to confirm that everything was in God’s hands and I was to seek Him.

“How shall we escape if we ignore such a great salvation? This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him. God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.” (Hebrews 2:3-4)

Testimony:

The Lord Jesus has empowered us to go forth and testify. “He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.'”(Mark 16:15-18)

In the book, Doing What Jesus Did, (p. 121) by John and Sonja Decker, the authors used better words than I could to describe the key ingredient to my testimony. “Whenever we give testimony of an authentic healing, it closes the mouth of the skeptics and produces an atmosphere of faith toward God. Always be open for opportunities to share what God has done, especially when He heals you or someone you know.”

The Lord desires to have us to firmly believe that He is still healing the sick today.

Finally, a personal prayer to my Lord Jesus: I give you ALL the credit for my healing, “O LORD my God, I called to you for help and you healed me.” (Psalm 30:2). Let me be the witness you desire me to be. You are always there when I call upon you and humble myself in your name. I marvel at the people you have touched already (from New Jersey to Japan) through this healing.

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