|Posted by Rev. David Heaukulani, Ph.D., D.D. on July 24, 2013 at 2:55 PM||comments (0)|
These words contain God's command to the believer when he is reduced to great straits and brought into extraordinary difficulties. He cannot retreat; he cannot go forward; he is shut up on the right hand and on the left; what is he now to do? The Master's word to him is, "Stand still." It will be well for him if at such times he listens only to his Master's word, for other and evil advisers come with their suggestions. Despair whispers, "Lie down and die; give it all up." But God would have us put on a cheerful courage, and even in our worst times, rejoice in his love and faithfulness. Cowardice says, "Retreat; go back to the worldling's way of action; you cannot play the Christian's part, it is too difficult. Relinquish your principles." But, however much Satan may urge this course upon you, you cannot follow it if you are a child of God. His divine fiat has bid thee go from strength to strength, and so thou shalt, and neither death nor hell shall turn thee from thy course. What, if for a while thou art called to stand still, yet this is but to renew thy strength for some greater advance in due time. Precipitancy cries, "do something. Stir yourself; to stand still and wait, is sheer idleness." We must be doing something at once--we must do it so we think--instead of looking to the Lord, who will not only do something but will do everything. Presumption boasts, "If the sea be before you, march into it and expect a miracle." But Faith listens neither to Presumption, nor to Despair, nor to Cowardice, nor to Precipitancy, but it hears God say, "Stand still," and immovable as a rock it stands. "Stand still;"--keep the posture of an upright man, ready for action, expecting further orders, cheerfully and patiently awaiting the directing voice; and it will not be long ere God shall say to you, as distinctly as Moses said it to the people of Israel, "Go forward."
|Posted by Rev. David Heaukulani, Ph.D., D.D. on June 24, 2013 at 3:30 PM||comments (0)|
Posted by my friend on Facebook who goes to a lot of trouble to bring back memories by posting photos of those who served in the police department years past.
I am not going to post any more photos for a while.... I don't know who hates who, or who wants to punch who, or who screwed up,,,, so its like I am putting photos up for "pot shots"... Everybody look in the freaking mirror,,,,,,,, then decide who is going to toss the first stone... C.mon..... I am sure everybody knows a little about everybody else in hpd,,,,, so one day he who criticizes might be in the line of fire too.
I don't like putting up photos to become targets,,,, I don't care what the person did, or what he or she was perceived to have done,,,, but whats going on is not right.
Jesus said, "Judge not, lest ye be judged."
|Posted by Rev. David Heaukulani, Ph.D., D.D. on March 31, 2013 at 4:20 PM||comments (0)|
"With his stripes we are healed."
Pilate delivered our Lord to the lictors to be scourged. The Roman scourge was a most dreadful instrument of torture. It was made of the sinews of oxen, and sharp bones were inter-twisted every here and there among the sinews; so that every time the lash came down these pieces of bone inflicted fearful laceration, and tore off the flesh from the bone. The Saviour was, no doubt, bound to the column, and thus beaten. He had been beaten before; but this of the Roman lictors was probably the most severe of his flagellations. My soul, stand here and weep over his poor stricken body.
Believer in Jesus, can you gaze upon him without tears, as he stands before you the mirror of agonizing love? He is at once fair as the lily for innocence, and red as the rose with the crimson of his own blood. As we feel the sure and blessed healing which his stripes have wrought in us, does not our heart melt at once with love and grief? If ever we have loved our Lord Jesus, surely we must feel that affection glowing now within our bosoms.
"See how the patient Jesus stands,
Insulted in his lowest case!
Sinners have bound the Almighty's hands,
And spit in their Creator's face.
With thorns his temples gor'd and gash'd
Send streams of blood from every part;
His back's with knotted scourges lash'd.
But sharper scourges tear his heart."
We would fain go to our chambers and weep; but since our business calls us away, we will first pray our Beloved to print the image of his bleeding self upon the tablets of our hearts all the day, and at nightfall we will return to commune with him, and sorrow that our sin should have cost him so dear.
|Posted by Rev. David Heaukulani, Ph.D., D.D. on December 13, 2012 at 3:05 PM||comments (0)|
Matthew 27:45–50 “About the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, ‘Eli, Eli, lema sabacthani?’ that is, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’” (v. 46).
Because the process of crucifixion is foreign to our experience, it is easy to overlook just how terribly painful this method of death was. It could take days for the crucified person to die from a combination of asphyxiation and exposure. People were hung on a cross in a position that forced them to use their arms to lift their body weight in order to draw a breath, causing the nails driven through their wrists and feet to tear at their flesh. If Rome wanted to prolong suffering, rope was used instead of nails to attach the person to the cross.
God’s condemnation of our sin in the flesh of Jesus (Rom. 8:3) was signified by the physical pain our Lord endured on the cross. At the same time the Romans were nailing Jesus to the cross, the Father was pouring His wrath upon Christ. Yet we cannot limit Jesus’ experience of His Father’s wrath to bodily pain. Our Savior also suffered spiritually as God punished the sin of His people in His Son, as Matthew 27:46 reveals. In fact, the physical suffering of crucifixion was nothing compared to the God-forsakenness Jesus experienced. Reckoning the sin of His children to Christ on the cross (2 Cor. 5:21), the Father cursed Jesus in our place (Gal. 3:10–14). After centuries of passing over His people’s transgressions (Rom. 3:21–26), God satisfied His wrath, pouring upon Jesus His unmitigated anger over the sins of His elect. In Jesus’ offering up of Himself as a substitute, the Father lays upon Him all the curses of His covenant with Israel (Deut. 28:15–68; Isa. 53; Rom. 5:12–21). Our holy Creator would compromise His character if He forgave us without removing our sin and demanding that the curses of His covenant be fulfilled. His faithfulness to that covenant requires that we be punished for rejecting Him (Prov. 16:5), but God condemned our sin in Christ, and therefore His pardon of us does not violate His faithfulness. John Calvin writes, “In order that Christ might satisfy for us, it was necessary that he should be placed as a guilty person at the judgment seat of God.”
Furthermore, Calvin also reminds us, “nothing is more dreadful than to feel that God, whose wrath is worse than all deaths, is the Judge.” In His marvelous grace, Jesus, not we His family, bore the wrath of God for us.
|Posted by Rev. David Heaukulani, Ph.D., D.D. on October 9, 2012 at 10:50 AM||comments (0)|
Services for Brother Charles Langer will be at Dodo Mortuary, Hilo, Hawaii on Oct. 27, 2012 with viewing starting at 11 AM and the service at 1 PM
|Posted by Rev. David Heaukulani, Ph.D., D.D. on September 17, 2012 at 12:55 AM||comments (0)|
The sea whispers to the shore of a great event
Oē mai i ka nehenehe a ka lihikai
The Island listens for their foot prints.
I ka hehi mālie mai i nei ʻāina
The shadows rest from their reflections.
I ka malu o ke alo lani
The great sky looks down and reflects great joy upon this day.
Mai ka lani keha e ili mai ai nā pōmaikaʻi
The mighty Mauna Kea towers over all to see.
I ka laʻi o Maunakea
A couple will become one aloha today for all to witness.
E āwaiaulu maila i ke aloha mau loa
We are all here to welcome you and to listen to what you have to say.
He poloʻai, he leo hoʻoheno, he aloha nō
Your names are heard, Stephen a man and RoseMarie a woman
Nou nō e Stephen lāua ʻo RoseMarie.
|Posted by Rev. David Heaukulani, Ph.D., D.D. on August 22, 2012 at 4:30 PM||comments (0)|
BROTHERS AND SISTER TODAY I CALL UPON YOU FOR PRAYERS FOR HEALING FOR OUR BROTHER WARREN. LIFT HIM IN PRAYER.
Father Almighty, I am quoting back to you Exodus 15:26. Lord, you declared that "If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the
Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee." Father, our brother Warren Ferreira has done his best in obeying your commandment by grace. Comfort him as we trust you for healing. God Lord Almighty we pray for healing and a miracle to remove this disease from him and I pray in Jesus' Mighty Name, Amen. Father, You say in Your
Word that healing is the Children's bread. I desire this bread in Jesus Mighty Name, Amen. Let these healing Prayers not be in vain in Jesus' Mighty Name, Amen and Amen.pray for healing and a miracle to remove this disease from him and I pray in Jesus' Mighty Name, Amen. Father, You say in Your
Word that healing is the Children's bread. I desire this bread in Jesus Mighty Name, Amen. Let these healing Prayers not be in vain in Jesus' Mighty Name, Amen and Amen.
|Posted by Rev. David Heaukulani, Ph.D., D.D. on August 16, 2012 at 1:35 AM||comments (1)|
Matthew 19:23–24 “Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God” (v. 24).
Seeing the difficulty with which the rich young ruler faced the choice Jesus gave him, our Lord’s observation that it is very difficult for rich people to enter God’s kingdom (Matt. 19:23) comes as no surprise. Christ underscores just how hard it is for the wealthy to be saved with a proverb that says it is easier for a camel to pass through a needle’s eye than it is for the rich to find salvation (v. 24).
Our Savior’s proverb is similar to other Near Eastern sayings that vividly depict a near-impossible task. Other writings refer to “elephants,” but Jesus speaks of a “camel,” which, as the largest animal used in His culture, is naturally chosen for the illustration. Christ is also talking about the eye of a sewing needle, the tiniest opening known in ancient Palestine, and not, as some assert, a small gate through which a camel can indeed pass, albeit with great difficulty. Jesus often uses hyperbole (see also 23:24), and only a reference to a large animal having to pass through a sewing needle conveys the impossibility of salvation without God’s grace, which is one lesson of this proverb (19:25–26).
Note that our Redeemer is not condemning wealth in itself, nor is it inherently sinful to be wealthy. Rich people like Joseph of Arimathea (27:57–61) have always been among the godly faithful. Scripture does not demonize rich people, nor does it endorse a class warfare that suggests poor people are always exploited by the rich or work harder than those with means. Money itself is indifferent; it can serve the kingdom or Satan. The problem is not wealth itself, but rather the love of money (Luke 12:13–21; 1 Tim. 6:6–10). John Calvin writes, “Riches do not, in their own nature, hinder us from following God; but, in consequence of the depravity of the human mind, it is scarcely possible for those who have so great abundance to avoid being intoxicated by them.”
Rich people at times can be tempted to seek security in their wealth, and poor people, because they have nothing else to trust in, may be more receptive to the Gospel than the wealthy. Materialism is therefore a danger of which we must be constantly aware, for if we love money, we will trust in money and not recognize the spiritual poverty we all have before the Father.
|Posted by Rev. David Heaukulani, Ph.D., D.D. on May 30, 2012 at 6:10 AM||comments (0)|
John 3:1-3 "Jesus answered him, 'Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God'" ( v. 3).
Many of the passages that we will study this month are occupied with the condition of the heart and the planting of the Gospel in ready soil (Matt. 13:18-30, 36-43; 15:1-20 ). The Bible, of course, has much to say on this subject, emphasizing our need to have our hearts renewed or, as we commonly say in theology, regenerated by the Holy Spirit. Dr. R.C. Sproul will help us understand the topic of regeneration more comprehensively as we follow his teaching series Born Again during the next week.
Language that points to the concept of regeneration has been common in American culture since 1976 when Jimmy Carter, who claimed to be a "born-again Christian," was elected president of the United States. The term regeneration comes from two Greek words that can be literally translated as "born again," but most people probably do not think of regeneration immediately when they hear this phrase. Indeed, there is much confusion over what it means to be "born again" because many who claim to be Christians think and live just like pagans. It does not help the situation either when we see various denominations defining regeneration differently from one another.
We will address some of these realities over the next few days, but at this point note that every Christian denomination has a doctrine of regeneration. This is because Jesus Himself declares that we all need to be "born again." One of the most important passages on this topic is Jesus' famous encounter with Nicodemus in John 3:1-21. Christ does not pull any punches here, telling Nicodemus that "unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God" (v. 3 ). Regeneration, being reborn spiritually and receiving a heart of flesh in place of a heart of stone (Ezek. 11:19-20), is absolutely necessary to see the Father.
For many of the Pharisees this was a strange concept. Many of them believed they were entitled to the kingdom because they were physical descendants of Abraham. Yet no one is born a child of the kingdom, and one's family ties matter not if the Holy Spirit has not changed the heart (John 8:31-59 ). There is no way around it, we are not children of God if we are not born again.
|Posted by Rev. David Heaukulani, Ph.D., D.D. on May 21, 2012 at 4:05 PM||comments (0)|
"He led them forth by the right way."
Changeful experience often leads the anxious believer to inquire "Why is it thus with me?" I looked for light, but lo, darkness came; for peace, but behold, trouble. I said in my heart, my mountain standeth firm; I shall never be moved. Lord, thou dost hide thy face, and I am troubled. It was but yesterday that I could read my title clear; today my evidences are bedimmed, and my hopes are clouded. Yesterday, I could climb to Pisgah's top, and view the landscape o'er, and rejoice with confidence in my future inheritance; today, my spirit has no hopes, but many fears; no joys, but much distress. Is this part of God's plan with me? Can this be the way in which God would bring me to heaven? Yes, it is even so. The eclipse of your faith, the darkness of your mind, the fainting of your hope, all these things are but parts of God's method of making you ripe for the great inheritance upon which you shall soon enter. These trials are for the testing and strengthening of your faith--they are waves that wash you further upon the rock--they are winds which waft your ship the more swiftly towards the desired haven. According to David's words, so it might be said of you, "So he bringeth them to their desired haven." By honour and dishonour, by evil report and by good report, by plenty and by poverty, by joy and by distress, by persecution and by peace, by all these things is the life of your souls maintained, and by each of these are you helped on your way. Oh, think not, believer, that your sorrows are out of God's plan; they are necessary parts of it. "We must, through much tribulation, enter the kingdom." Learn, then, even to "count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations."
"O let my trembling soul be still,
And wait thy wise, thy holy will!
I cannot, Lord, thy purpose see,
Yet all is well since ruled by thee."