St. Paul's Evangelical

330 Highland Drive
Chicago Heights, Illinois 60411

Church Office: 708-754-4493

We go forward in Witness, Mercy, Life Together.

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10:00 a.m.
(Both in-church and drive-in
opportunities will be
available EVERY Sunday)
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Message from the Pastor

pastor_croonSt. Paul's Ev. Lutheran Church
Pastor’s Column

“Everyone Engaging the Entire
Community for Christ"

The beginning of the Book of Job tells us that he was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil. By the time you get to the thirty – eighth chapter of Job, you will find things have changed drastically for him. He’s lost everything: property, livestock, and even his family! Job is now joined by three friends, Bilded, Zophar, and Eliphaz. Elihu, a descendant of Abraham’s brother, has stepped up to be moderator in the discussion between Job and his friends, who are trying to convince Job that God was punishing him. Our Lord God had enough of Job’s friends speaking to Job as if they, and Job, understood the dictates of the One Lord God who created all things, of the One Lord God who put all things in motion! Now, God poses a series of rhetorical questions to Job. He speaks to Job out of a whirlwind, out of a storm.

As you read God’s words to Job below, read them slowly and deliberately. In a time when we may face many unknowns, and may be fearful of that which we do not know, God’s words to Job remind us of that which we do know by faith through Scripture. If we just pause and look at the wonders of creation around us, we see laid out before us the majesty and glory of the One who sent His Son to suffer and die for us that we would live! A glorious creation not made through some “big bang” theory, or evolving over millions of years, but created ex nihilo (out of nothing) by our Heavenly Father! May the words below from the Book of Job be a reminder to you that even in these trying and challenging day, God still reigns over all creation! It is God alone who put all things in motion! Thanks be to God!

“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements – surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? On what were its bases sunk, or who laid its cornerstone, when the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy? Or who shut in the seas with doors when it burst out form the womb, when I made clouds its garment and thick darkness its swaddling band, and prescribed limits for it and set bars and doors and said, ‘Thus far shall you come, and no farther, and here shall your proud waves be stayed’? Have you commanded the morning since your days began, and caused the dawn to know its place, that it might take hold of the skirts of the earth, and the wicked be shaken out of it? It is changed like clay under the seal, and its features stand out like a garment. From the wicked their light is withheld, and their uplifted arm is broken. Have you entered into the springs of the sea or walked in the recesses of the deep? Have the gate of death been revealed to you, or have you seen the gates of deep darkness? Have you comprehended the expanse of the earth? Declare, if you know all this.” (Job 38: 4 – 18 ESV)

Pastor Croon