What I saw in church

Recently I visited the Kihei Lutheran Church in Maui,Hawaii. The pastor of this open air church was the Rev. David Krueger. I was quite impressed by his involvement of all the youth in his service. His sermon on compassion filtered out in all that was going on in the church from involvement with the youth, to collection for cancer, to picnics for community of believers. He introduced the sermon by saying have you heard the phrase, “If you love me, you’ll …………” This saying is of the world. If you love me, you’ll buy me this or that. Jesus never said if you love me you will do this or that for me. He never directed attention to his self.

Jesus did not have such conditional love. He called for an unconditional love. The pastor made reference to John 21: 15-19. He then said, “Jesus said if you care for me, go out, show compassion, take my love, the love you have for me and share with others. Unconditional love is always reaching out. Lord may we reach out today and everyday and share the love you have for us and share it with others. Amen!


Author: rko777

I am a novice writer and painter who loves to be creative. I love singing but can't sing without a hymnal, except for children's songs. I love to make up my own songs and love the old hymns. I love to garden and got that love from my Mom and Dad who taught be everything I know from planting to harvesting to canning. I'm happy gardening, walking with my pug, JD Sir Winston Churchill, painting, and crafting. I love to spend Saturday's sitting in my rocker going through a bible study. I love working with elementary school aged children and seeing them use their creative gifts. I have taught Sunday school for a number of years and taught in the public schools for 18 years. I might say I'm retired but I spend most of my time subbing and enjoy it immensely. The kids spark my own creativeness.

5 thoughts on “What I saw in church”

  1. As you declare freedom for the church in Maui… below we can find another or other examples of declaring our freedom. Let us declare our freedom for CCI, The Daily Lily.com with praise, our intent of growth, going forward and churches around the world as well as the believers throughout the world.
    Declare Your Freedom
    “You have been set free from sin…” (Romans 6:18).
    Today’s Word from Joel and Victoria
    Today we celebrate Independence Day in America. July 4, 1776 was the day America declared independence from Britain, but the battle for freedom went on until 1783—seven years later. Even though they declared their freedom in 1776, they had to stand and fight for many years before the British would accept and recognize the United States of America.

    In the same way, we have to be determined to stand against the opposing forces in our lives. We have to declare our freedom from addiction, poverty, sickness and lack. We have to stand and fight until we fully experience that freedom and peace that God has promised. I love what the early colonists did once they signed the Declaration of Independence. They read it out loud in public. They published it in the newspaper. They spread the word. They continued to declare and celebrate even though they were in the midst of the battle. Whatever battle you may be facing today, declare that you are free. Declare that you are an overcomer. Celebrate the victory that is on its way! As you stand strong and declare your freedom, you will experience His victory and you will live in true freedom all the days of your life!

    A Prayer for Today

    Heavenly Father, thank You for setting me free in every area of my life. I declare today that nothing can hold me back. I declare that I am free from sickness, poverty, lack and addiction. I declare that You have set me free and thank You for freedom in every area of my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

  2. Thank you Rena & Sara. Today I declare my freedom of DEPENDENCE on anything that is NOT of the FREEDOM life and love of the Lord Jesus Chrust.
    I read a passage in David Teems Devotional, today, (paraphrased quote)
    ” I would be Yours, Lord, a man of God, a man of peace possessing his own soul, a man who has no earth, no allegiance, no country but CHRIST HIMSELF. In this, I do my neighbor, my homeland, and the America of my blood, the GREATEST GOOD.”

  3. What stands out to me in Sara’s comment is the need to daily fight the good fight (I Tim 6:12) to see the victory secured. First declare and then fight. There’s a fighting song that Sara wrote, ‘The Battle of the Bulge’, and posted Tuesday, February 13th, 2007 that we all may want to read over again. I try to recall and sing it for help with victory. Here’s an excerpt that relates to the above discussions:

    “1. If there’s a weakness in your body,
    Declare it strong by the Spirit of the Lord.
    Arise and walk away without regret
    Not even glancing back to see defeat.
    O just keep right on with your walking
    And you will see your victory every day.
    2. Victory is not a one time experience,
    But daily in the life of the saints
    If this seems impossible to you
    Then pick up the sword of the Spirit
    And make it a moment by moment experience.”

    The Battle of the Bulge
    Tuesday, February 13th, 2007

    Reading and commenting on The Daily Lily is a way to fight also for we can do its motto above: trumpet and declare faith which gives us and others hope and serves them with love. Thanks Daily Lily.

  4. “I can’t! I can’t! It’s who I am!”
    This strangled cry came from the seriously ill woman in the hospital bed.
    As the pastor was making her ministry calls at a hospital, among her assignments was a seriously ill woman with several ailments. As the pastor greeted her, the woman requested that the pastor read Scriptures that would minister to her comfort and peace which she, the patient, needed, desperately. Immediately, the pastor opened to Matthew 11:28 and read the encouaging and hopeful passages of Scripture where Jesus was saying, “Come to Me all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened and I will give you peace and rest. Take My yoke upon you for I AM gentle and humble of heart. My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Casting your burdens upon me.”) When the pastor finished she looked up to see that the woman was sobbing. When asked, why are you crying? the patient answered, ” I can’t! I just can’t let go of my burdens! It’s who I am!!” She was afraid of losing the only identity that she had come to know of herself.
    In this lesson that was preached, recently, at a church that I visited, the teacher went on to tell of an inmate who was close to parole for good behavior when he attacked a guard. When asked why he did such a fool-hardly thing just when he was about to be released, he said, to the effect..I am afraid of freedom.
    The teacher went on to say some of us are just as afraid of being free from our personal demons as we are afraid of incarceration or imprionment.
    Jesus says,”whom the Son sets free, is free indeed.”

  5. Aloha Rena!

    I’ve just returned from my trip to Montana and had a chance to read your email from July 3rd, as well as your blog regarding your experience at Kihei Lutheran Church on June 29th. Mahalo for all of your kind words. You were most gracious and I am humbled by your comments. I always appreciate feedback, and it’s nice to know that your worship time with us was so positive. I pray that you will be able to come back to Maui sometime soon, and if that happens, you would be able to join us again for worship. God be with and bless you in every way! Ke Akua me ke Aloha, Dave
    Rena’s comment to church:
    We so enjoyed visiting your church. I was impressed by your compassion as a congregation. Soon on thedailylily.org I have posted a short blog about the visit to your wonderful caring church. We hope you will visit us on thedailylily.org
    Thanks so much. God bless you on your vacation and your ministry and outreach to others in Jesus’s name.

    God bless you and keep you in his care,

    Rena Oynes

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