Newsletter – September 2010

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Aloha Kakou,

“In the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon…and Saul. While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.’ so after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.” Acts 13:1-3 (NIV)

In a sense, Pastor Jack Nordgren and I were in situation similar to Paul and Barnabas, we were called and sent out by the Holy Spirit to share the Word of God to all who were willing to hear and follow God’s perfect plan.

Pastor Jack was sent into Waikiki to reach the lost, and through his efforts, Hope Chapel South Shore (HCSS), now called Hope Chapel Waikiki (HCW), was begun. I began attending HCSS when I wanted to bring my children to church. Pastor Jack received a calling from God to return to Michigan to start a church in Bridgman. He left our Hope Chapel with me, to continue teaching the Word of God, and keeping the faith – because it is His church and it is all about GOD and His Son Jesus Christ, who died, was buried, and rose again to give us everlasting life.

At the 25th anniversary celebration of HCSS and HCW in August, many shared stories about the early days of HCSS and the present days as HCW. There will be many more years and anniversaries, but our biggest moment will be when we have our first anniversary in the heavens with our LORD and SAVIOR Jesus Christ.

The journey continues. Keep on running, brothers and sisters.

Paul reminds us in 2 Timothy 4:7: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” We all run but not all of us finish. Let us finish the race. I express my mahalo to all the runners and finishers of the race.

Na Pomaika’i (blessings),
Pastor Dennis Sallas

God’s Mercy

It was the beginning of summer and all was well. Our daughter had her first job, finished the school year with a great GPA, and had her learner’s permit! She was also blessed with her first car. Soon she could get her drivers license. Everything was going just the way you’d want, but we all know things happen. We all are bound to make mistakes. Whenever we go out of God’s design, the devil moves in! That’s what happened to our daughter.

In summer, the beach was the happening place, and nothing could stop her from going. Having a car made it that much easier and more fun! Off she went with her friend, who was supposed to have a valid drivers license. The friend did not, which we did not know. Our daughter knew that we wouldn’t have let her go, but she and her friend decided a little lie wouldn’t hurt anyone! WRONG! Our daughter went out of God’s design. There is no such thing as a little lie. God sees all lies the same. She learned the hard way that lies have a way of getting out, and lies turn your life upside down.

I had just arrived at home when I got a call from her. It took me a moment to realize what she was saying. It was the call all parents fear, “I’ve been in an accident.” I did not know what I would find when I got to the scene. When I arrived and saw that the cars were totaled, I was in shock, Thank the Lord nobody was killed! That was the first of many miracles. I thank God for his hedge of protection. I know his hedge saved all who were involved in the automobile accident. Of course, we had more to deal with. Tickets were issued, and our court date was set for a month away. It seemed like a very long time to have to wait, but I believe it was God’s way of giving us the time to deal with our daughter and the consequences that needed to be implemented. I know that we are all a work in progress, and our daughter will have many lessons to learn in her life. My comfort is hoping she will remember how the Lord brought us through all of this.

At the courthouse, both of us were to face the judge. At least, that’s what we thought. God and his merciful love spared us both. My ticket was thrown out, and our daughter did not have to appear before the judge and was given a mail in fine. Yet again, the Lord answered our prayers. We were so blessed to have so many of our friends and church family praying for God’s mercy, and He didn’t let us down. I am always in awe of how much our Lord does for us, even when we deserve nothing. As we go through the fire, we grow stronger in our faith and understanding of the power of God’s love for us, even when we mess up. The first thing our daughter said as we walked out of the courthouse was “THANK YOU JESUS!” That filled my heart with such joy because she really realized only through God’s love were we granted mercy.

Thank you Lord for your love, protection, forgiveness, and mercy. May we learn from our mistakes and always listen to your voice and follow your ways.

For I am the Lord, Your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. (Isaiah 41:13)

Condolences

One of the runners of the race was Anne White, who went home to be with the LORD on September 4, 2010. She will be greatly missed. We pray for her family and friends for comfort. Before she passed away, Anne requested that, instead of flowers, any gifts be designated/given in her honor to:

Special Olympics Hawaii
PO Box 30088
Honolulu, HI 96820-0088

The impact of your gift will touch these young people’s lives for years to come.

Photos

HCW/HCSS 25th Anniversary Pictures

View the photo set on Flickr

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Esther sharing about the church

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Worship time

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Labor Day Church on the Beach Pictures

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Sunday Services

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Posted by andyman in Newsletters on September 27, 2010