Newsletter – August 2010

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Love One Another

Aloha Kakou,

On August 5, my immediate family and my son’s fiancee’s family gathered for a cookout. My son, Kaleo, was getting married on the August 7, and I thought it appropriate to meet his wife-to-be and her family. I told my son’s fiancee, Meika, “Now you know what you are getting into when you marry a Sallas. It comes with family.”

It was the first time in fourteen years that my brothers and sister were all together. My children also all were there, as many flew in from the Mainland to attend the wedding. There was a lot of love poured out and old tiffs were mended. How great is God! He not only brought two people together to be married, but He brought my immediate family together so that we could renew the love we have had for each other.

“This is a new command: love one another as I have loved you.” (John 13:34)

“Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing but let us encourage one another.” (Hebrews 10:25)

Yes, these passages talk about brothers and sisters in Christ, and about church, but also about loving those closest to you. By showing your loved ones that you care for and love them, they can see Christ in you. Rather than merely talking about Jesus, they can see the walk of Jesus. For you, maybe it starts with a cookout, and let Jesus do the rest.

Na Pomaika’i (blessings),
Pastor Dennis Sallas

Let Your Light Shine

Have you ever met someone who inspires you? You wonder, “How does this person embrace each day and SHINE with God’s love?” I am privileged to know such a person. Her name is Anne. She has spent most of her life in a wheel chair, but her attitude is that of a faithful servant, and she believes nothing is unreachable. Anne opened her home for Bible study on Thursday evenings and served as a church council member. She always finds time for others in need. In the ten years I have known Anne, I have never heard her complain about her circumstances. She leads by example.

A few weeks ago, we were invited to Anne’s “Celebration of Life” event. Some people may think that Anne had gone to be with the Lord, but Anne is very much alive. Of course, Anne always does something amazing! She wanted to give a party that her friends and family could share with her. What an incredible time we all had. I found out so many things that Anne has accomplished in her life. She worked for radio stations, wrote and published songs, and worked as a very successful realtor. She is an example for many. First and foremost, she loves the Lord, and it shows in her daily life.

Next time I find myself complaining that I’m overworked, on my feet all day, or too tired to help somebody out, I will be think about Anne and all she does with the dignity and strength of God’s faithful servant.

“give yourselves to God . . . and surrender your whole being to him to be used for righteous purposes.” (Romans 6:13 TEV)

Karen’s S.O.A.P. – An Example for Us!

Editor’s Note: Every once in awhile we see or hear the Holy Spirit speak through someone. The S.O.A.P. Study provides the opportunity for each of us to deliberately pick a Scripture, make Observations about it, write an Application as it relates to our lives and to formulate a Prayer for us related to our chosen verse. This article is an excellent example for us all, not only for the S.O.A.P. process, but also for the message conveyed. Mahalo to Karen for sharing from her S.O.A.P. Journal based on 2 Thessalonians:

Scripture: “Please don’t be so easily shaken and troubled by those who say that the day of the Lord has already begun. Even if they claim to have had a vision, a revelation, or a letter supposedly from us, don’t believe them. Don’t be fooled by what they say. For that day will not come until there is a great rebellion against God and the man of lawlessness is revealed – the one who brings destruction.” 2 Thessalonians 2:2-3

Observation: Because the Thessalonians were being persecuted and were going through hardships, they got excited that Christ would return very soon. There had been preaching by false prophets and false revelations, which led them to believe that they no longer needed to grow in endurance and faithfulness. Christ would soon return; they believed that they would be relieved from their sufferings. This caused the Thessalonians to just stop looking to God. They placed their eyes on other things, which easily led them astray and away from the Truth that Paul had firmly taught them. Therefore, Paul needed to reaffirm and confirm what he had so earnestly taught them about the Truth – Jesus. Paul stressed that Jesus would not return until other events had taken place first. Christ would not return until there was a great rebellion against God. Then, the evil one, the man of lawlessness, would be revealed. Paul was pleading with the Thessalonians to hold firmly to the Truth he had taught them about the Good News, even though they were suffering now. They already could be certain that they would meet and be with Jesus when He returned. The message was “Hold on and be patient and believe the Truth.”

Application: As we look at our world, (and we don’t need to look far) everything around us is like it was for the Thessalonians. Like the Thessalonians, Americans, have been given much, are not materially deprived. Christians are going through a lot of hardships. Just look at what is happening in our economy with rising prices, loss of jobs, Hawaii’s rainless weather, earthquakes, hurricanes, accidents, criminal activities, drugs, alcohol, pornography, sex all over the TV shows, ads, and fashions, abortions, same sex marriage, and political unrest? How easy it is to fall away from the Truth! Thankfully, we serve a merciful, loving, and gracious God, Who has saved us and given us His Only Son – Jesus, the Word of Truth. Right here at HCW, we are given the tools of encouragement, through our pastor, and our relationships with each other, as Christian brothers and sisters, and in Sunday Services and Bible Studies. Paul’s words still ring out loud and clear for us today. Verses 15-16 say, “Dear Brothers and Sisters, stand firm and keep a strong grip on everything we taught you both in person and by letter. May our Lord Jesus Christ and God our Father Who loved us and in His special favor gave us everlasting comfort and good hope, comfort you and give you strength in every good thing you do and say.” We need to heed Paul’s words of concern because we need to spread the Good News, not only for our unsaved loved ones, but all those unsaved others!

Prayer: All praise, honor, and thanksgiving, Heavenly Father, my Savior Jesus and my Helper and Comforter Holy Spirit, for keeping me standing firmly in your Truth and helping me to let Your Light shine through me. Help me show others how much I love You. In Jesus’ Name, I praise You!

Photos

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Pastor Dennis praying with newlyweds Kaleo and Meika


Chris, Abel, Sean, and Marcia praying over the offerings


We have a seat for you!


Jessikah singing a heartfelt musical solo


Isabella, growing so fast!


Karen and Mary


Marcus and Janice from Australia


Mary Ann


Judy


Tom and Yuraina

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