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Wedding Reading Composed by Stephen Ezakovich

Posted by Rev. David Heaukulani, Ph.D., D.D. on September 17, 2012 at 12:55 AM Comments 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.

 

PRAYER FOR HEALING

Posted by Rev. David Heaukulani, Ph.D., D.D. on August 22, 2012 at 4:30 PM Comments 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.

 


Not wealth, but the love of money

Posted by Rev. David Heaukulani, Ph.D., D.D. on August 16, 2012 at 1:35 AM Comments 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.

You Must be Born Again

Posted by Rev. David Heaukulani, Ph.D., D.D. on May 30, 2012 at 6:10 AM Comments 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.

Led by the light

Posted by Rev. David Heaukulani, Ph.D., D.D. on May 21, 2012 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (0)

"He led them forth by the right way."

Psalm 107:7

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."

The Heavenly Choir

Posted by Rev. David Heaukulani, Ph.D., D.D. on May 15, 2012 at 12:40 PM Comments comments (0)

The Heavenly Choir

 

Isaiah 6:1-3 "Above him stood the seraphim. ...And one called to another and said: 'Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!'" ( vv. 2-3).

As we have seen, Matthew 12 includes several instances of our Lord's encounter with demons and His teaching about these wicked spirits (vv. 22, 43-45 ). The forces of evil, however, are not the only supernatural agents at work during the ministry of Jesus. Matthew also writes of the role of angels in the life of Christ (for example, 1:18-21; 4:11). In order to examine the nature and activities of these figures, we will now take a short break from Matthew and follow Dr. R.C. Sproul's teaching series Angels and Demons as our guide.

It would be hard to discount the role of angels in the history of redemption. As an indication of their importance, note that the Greek word for angel, angelos, occurs more frequently in the New Testament than hamartia, the term for sin, and agape , one of the words we translate as "love." Although angels are frequently mentioned, we must also admit that there is not as much information about them as there is on other topics like salvation and ethics. Angels are mentioned frequently, but the focus is often more on the messages they bring than the nature of the angels themselves. Nevertheless, we can learn much from the descriptions of angelic activity found in Scripture.

Today's passage illustrates that at least some of the angels are tasked with the continual worship of God in heaven. The seraphim described have six wings: two for flying, two for covering the face, and two for covering the feet ( Isa. 6:1-2). In the Bible, men and women are often blinded when in the presence of the Almighty (Acts 9:1-9), presumably because of the glorious light of His splendor. Thus it would seem that the angels in Isaiah 6 cover their eyes to protect themselves from this light. This underscores just how different the Lord is from His angels. These angels have not sinned and are holy, yet they must shield themselves from God's transcendent and majestic holiness.

These angels worship the Creator, emphasizing His moral perfection and otherness with the threefold repetition: "Holy, holy, holy." (v. 3). In our corporate worship we are privileged to enter heaven and join with these magnificent creatures in praise of God's glory and grace ( Heb. 12:18-24).

Giving to the God Who Has Everything

Posted by Rev. David Heaukulani, Ph.D., D.D. on May 12, 2012 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Giving to the God Who Has Everything

 

Today's reading: Psalm 50:1-23

We've heard or asked it again and again: "What do you give the person who has everything?" The very need to frame this question should alert us that something is wrong in our society. Psalm 50, though, teaches us how to give to the God who does indeed have everything.

As Christians, we have much to learn from God's judgment in Psalm 50:7-16 against the "religious" community. The Lord does not rebuke these people for failing to meet his minimal requirements for sacrifices and offerings (see v. 8). Instead, God reproaches them for blatant sin and ingratitude (see vv. 17-20).

So, how do we give to the God who has everything? By giving to those who have nothing (see Mt 25:44-45) and by praising him for his blessings to us (see 2Co 8:9).

Devotional writer Selwyn Hughes (1928-2006) makes an important point about the sacrifice of generosity prompted by gratitude:

If in reality we don't own our possessions, then the obvious thing is to acknowledge this in a prayer to God. Have the sense to say to God, "I am not the owner, I am the ower." A businessman said, "I've prospered in my business; now my task is to know how much I can keep for my own use." That's the right order. How much can I keep for myself? For everything I needlessly spend on myself is taken from some other person's need.

Management guru Ken Blanchard and CEO S. Truett Cathy contrast the ideas of success and significance:

The successful person has learned how to make money, but the significant person has learned how to give it away-how to be generous, to share the blessings of money with those who are in need or those who help meet a variety of social and humanitarian needs.

The successful person has achieved great things-sadly sometimes at the expense of others. He or she is proud of what has already been accomplished. The significant person understands that the greatest thing anyone can accomplish is to serve others and to help them achieve their goals.

Finally, successful people have attained a measure of status. Others look up to them and maybe even see them as role models. We often discover later that those who have become our role models let us down ... In direct contrast, the significant person is one who values relationships. They become trusted friends and invaluable mentors, and they invest their time in others rather than in striving to build status.

Grace For The Weary

Posted by Rev. David Heaukulani, Ph.D., D.D. on May 3, 2012 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Grace for the Weary

 

Matthew 11:25-30 "No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him" ( v. 27).

The biblical view of man sees all people (except Christ) since Adam and Eve as born corrupt and therefore lacking in a desire to please God. No one is righteous (Rom. 3:9-18). In fact, this corruption exists from the moment of conception (Ps. 51:5), and we are happy to stay dead in sin and blind to the kingdom of heaven apart from God's grace ( John 3:1-8; Rom. 6:17; 9:14-16). What is remarkable about the opposition Jesus faces in Matthew 11 is not that some hate Him (vv. 16-24 ); rather, it is a miracle that He is embraced at all.

This is one of the many points of today's passage. In praising the Father for revealing salvation to His people, Christ Himself affirms God's sovereignty in redemption, which is a truth emphasized throughout Scripture. Only those whom the Father has chosen will place their faith in the Messiah (Rom. 9:1-13).

God has not chosen to save everyone, and Jesus also praises His Father for hiding salvation from those who love their own wisdom ( Matt. 11:25-26). Yet as the Westminster Confession of Faith 3.6-7 tells us, God's choice to leave some in their sin (reprobation) is not identical with His choice to save His people. Our Creator chooses to rescue many from their fallenness, others He passes by without extending His grace, thereby handing them over to perdition. The elect are saved from their deserved wrath; the reprobate are left to sin their way to damnation. John Calvin says, God in "drawing some, and passing by others... alone makes a distinction among men, whose condition by nature is alike."

Divine election by no means negates our responsibility to extend the Gospel to all people. Immediately after affirming divine election, Jesus calls all the burdened to rest in Him (vv. 27-30), knowing that those chosen for salvation all manifest their election by trusting the Son. Therefore, sinners are not to worry if election might prevent them from coming to Christ, for Jesus will never cast out anyone who leans on Him (John 6:37 ). Matthew Henry comments, "All those, and those only, are invited to rest in Christ, who are aware of sin as a burden, and groan under it; who are not only convinced of the evil of sin, of their own sin, but are contrite in soul for it; that are really sick of their sins."

Easter Message

Posted by Rev. David Heaukulani, Ph.D., D.D. on April 7, 2012 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (0)

EASTER

Although Christmas is the most celebrated Christian holiday, Easter is by far the most important event in the life of Christ, for He came to die for the sins of mankind, be buried and rise again on the third day for our justification. This is the Gospel message in a nutshell as Paul proclaims in I Corinthians 15:1-4: 'Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the Gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures; And that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures'. Here is the Gospel given in it's briefest but most precise form, and it consists of three facts all of which took place during the Easter holiday:

That Christ died

That He was buried

That He rose again the third day

The first of these three, the death of Christ, paid the unpayable price of the sin of mankind. Unpayable by man himself because of his flawed nature and thereby incapable of paying his own sin debt! The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23); this is the price necessary to atone for the sins of mankind. According to the holy and just requirement of God, somebody had to pay for the sin debt of every sinner born. This price had to be paid by a perfect sinless sacrifice. God's requirement was the reason He had to send His Son for He was the only One worthy, the only One capable of meeting God's standard of a perfect sinless Sacrifice to atone for the great sin debt of all mankind. Jesus' first title given Him when He appeared on the shores of Jordan to John Baptist was 'The Lamb of God'! Yes, upon the inauguration of His earthly public ministry He was given the all-telling title of the Lamb of God, the Sacrifice whose destiny was the Cross to which He would be nailed just a few short years later to provide God with the substitutional Sacrifice necessary to bring man to God and in the process glorify God Himself!

 

Romans 3:26-31 shows at least four different ways that the Cross glorified God. First of all the Cross reveals God's righteousness: 'To declare, I say, at this time His righteousness: that He might be just and the justifier of him which believeth on Jesus' (v.26). God's righteous character is openly displayed 'without the law' through the propitiation of Christ. Christs suffering and shedding of His own Blood on the Cross provided God grounds upon which God could set forth His righteousness which is the heart of the doctrine of justification. God is now proved to be just and also the Justifier of those who believe through faith in the Blood of Christ. Our faith in the atoning Blood of Christ as payment for our own sin's penalty is the faith that saves us from eternal death in Hell and instead freely gives us eternal life with the Lord in Heaven!

 

Secondly, the Cross exalts God's matchless grace. 'Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.' God's great grace provided us with salvation through His marvelous grace. Yes, 'For by grace are ye saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God not of works lest any man should boast' (Ephesians 2:8,9). It is all of grace for God supplied the Sacrifice and also the faith through His great grace that we might be saved, and thereby the Cross magnifies and exalts God's magnificent grace!

 

Third, the Cross reveals God's consistency in dealing with all mankind: 'Is He the God of the Jews only? is He not also of the gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also: Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision (Jews) by faith, and uncircumcision (Gentiles) through faith' (v.29,30). The great divide has been broken down in Christ as Ephesians 2:14 explains 'For He is our Peace, Who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us'. Herein lies the consistency of God through the work of the Lord Jesus Christ on the Cross 'Having abolished in His flesh the enmity...to make in Himself of twain one new man, so making peace; And that He might reconcile both unto God in one body by the Cross... Now therefore ye (Gentiles) are no more strangers and foreigners but fellowcitizens...of the household of God' (Ephesians 2:15-19).

 

Fourth, the Cross confirms God's Law: 'Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law'. The immediate assumption of voiding the Law of God is quickly dealt with by Paul as he underlines the continuing validity of the written Old Testament Law. His response is one of shock and dismay at even the thought of voiding the Law of God as he exclaims 'God forbid' a favorite expression of Paul throughout the book of Romans when he is confronted with such bold-faced absurdity as the canceling of the precious Law of God. His affirmation proves the effectiveness of the Cross in confirming the Law.

 

Although these four truths are important, the main work of the Cross is set forth in Romans 3:24,25 'Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in His Blood, to declare His righteousness for the remission of sins that are past through the forbearance of God'. The doctrine of justification, which is God's impartation of His righteousness to those who will by faith believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, finds it's foundation here in these two verses. First of all we are 'justified freely by His grace' which underlines the source of justification is found in God's grace, 'without the law' (v.21) without works, all that is required is the exercising of faith which also is given by God. So, it is all of grace, grace made possible 'through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus'. God has set Him forth to be a propitiation, which is the basis, the grounds, the foundation upon which God could offer remission/forgiveness of sin past, present and future. Now, God the Father remains just as He forgives sin past and justifies all those to come who put their faith in the atoning work of Christ on the Cross!

 

Let me ask you this important question, have you received Jesus Christ as your Savior from the penalty of sin? God sent His Son to die on the Cross so that you might have eternal life with Him! Don't let this Easter pass without knowing beyond a shadow of doubt that you are a child of God headed for heaven because of what Jesus did for you on the Cross! Yes, He died, was buried and rose again on the third day just for you for the Bible clearly states in this most familiar verse 'For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life' (John 3:16).

Positivism

Posted by Rev. David Heaukulani, Ph.D., D.D. on March 26, 2012 at 6:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Positivism

 

Psalm 19 "The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork" (v. 1).

Metaphysics is the study of that which transcends the physical realm accessed by our five senses. Every worldview has its own answer to the single most important metaphysical question: What principle makes sense of the diversity of creation? Is there something that explains the existence of the universe and demonstrates how the tremendous variety of "things" (dogs, stars, flowers, sand, and so on) all fit together as pieces of the whole?

Christian theology has always said that this unifying principle is the Creator who stands above all things. God is the one who makes sense of everything. Non-Christian philosophers have suggested that an abstract concept, such as reason serves as the unifying principle.

The nineteenth-century French thinker Auguste Comte was dissatisfied with both theological and philosophical views of metaphysics and turned to sociology. He said human society passes through three stages as it matures. In the stage of infancy, religion dominates one's study of the world. Philosophy is the means by which the world is understood in society's adolescence. Adulthood comes when empirical science alone is used to comprehend reality.

A movement called positivism expanded upon these theories. Denying that we could get to a single explanation for all things, positivism tried to understand each of the many particulars in our universe "scientifically." Since nothing brings unity, everything is relative. There is no final standard or ultimate criterion of transcendent truth, so we might as well give up our search.

Logical positivists said a statement has meaning only if it is empirically verifiable. If the senses cannot test it, we can have no knowledge of it. This principle guides most scientists today even if they do not call themselves logical positivists. Yet the idea that a statement has meaning only if it can be empirically verified is self-refuting. This maxim itself cannot be tested empirically; there is no way for the five senses to verify it. It is therefore meaningless according to the guiding idea of logical positivism. Logical positivism fails as a viable worldview if its basic tenet has no meaning according to its own standard


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