Newsletter – February 2012

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New Year’s Resolution “Prayer”

Aloha Kakou,

Almost every year in the beginning of January, people from all walks of life make a New Year’s resolution. They start off with great intent, energy, and purpose. They buy exercise machines, join spas and health clubs, or go on diets. They are trying to get healthy by buying the latest energy drinks, diet books, and low calorie foods.

It’s a good thing, but after a period of time, something starts to happen. They lose interest, energy and purpose. They get busy doing other things. They don’t have enough time and lots of them wonder why am I doing this?

Studies show that a little walk goes a long way. You have “alone time” and it’s not strenuous, you get to walk on your own pace, and it’s healthy for you. Visualize as you walk, meditate on what God has created, and best of all, you can pray.

I like to paddle my one-man canoe. My New Year’s resolution is to pray for someone, or something. Oh! Yes I do pray everyday but I want to ask God whom I can pray for, what I can pray for, and how I can pray for that person or circumstance.

I want to spend quality time with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. I haven’t met too many people that don’t need prayer. So my resolution is to ask people if they need prayer, or to just pray in general during the days and the evenings.

I have seen so many miracles take place because of prayer. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide and direct you, ask Jesus for His healing power, and ask God for His presence to give you the strength to pray continuously and with purpose. Let’s do something that will last forever that will have an impact not only on others but also on us. It will strengthen you, give you good health and make you powerful and effective.

“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 5:16)

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

There have been countless numbers of people who have been healed by prayer. So let’s join together in prayer. We at HCW are going to pray for our families, homes, and neighborhood, and go out into Waikiki on the 22nd of February and pray over it. We will also lift up our State, our Country, the World, and those that are in authority. We want to change the climate by praying and having God see us as His children that cares.

Lord, touch each and everyone that reads this article on praying. Give them strength to overcome any and all the adversities that they might face and what this world might bring. Give them good health to do your will and may you prosper them. Amen.

Na Pomaika’i (blessings),
Pastor Dennis Sallas

Love Your Neighbor

Hope Chapel had its second annual Valentine Day dance and it sure was fun. Marcia and all the volunteers did a fantastic job in transforming the auditorium into a beautiful romantic ballroom. The whole idea was so that we as a church could meet the neighbors in Waikiki and show the love of the Lord by serving others.

When I was handing out invitations the week of the dance, I meet a very sweet lady. She had come by my office at the Waikiki Community Center where I work and asked if she could join, so that she could attend the dance. I told her that the dance was a Hope Chapel event and that it was FREE to the public, and she did not need to join the center to go.

Someone in my office said you shouldn’t tell her that we need all the membership we can get. I just brushed it off and went about my day. When the night of the dance, came I was blessed to see that sweet lady dancing to almost every song. She was laughing and having a ball. That made my night.

On Monday morning, when I arrived at work and opened the office, the first person I saw was that sweet lady with a new friend, a neighbor she had meet at the Hope Chapel dance the night before. They both said they had to come by and let me know what a wonderful time they had and how loving and kind everyone was. They felt like part of the family.

Both are widows and said they most likely would not have meet if it wasn’t for that wonderful Valentine’s dance. What a great way to start the day.

Praise God! Before they left, they both signed up to become members at the center where I work. God is good all the time.

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'” (Matthew 22:37-39)


Photos

Thank you to Ray and Ruby for the pictures of the Valentine’s Dance.

Photo set on Flickr

Reyn doing the limbo at the HCW Valentine's Dance

Dennis and Donna at the Valentine's Dance

Ruby and Ray

George, Ruby, and Dema

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Posted by admin in Newsletters on February 22, 2012