St. Paul's Evangelical

330 Highland Drive
Chicago Heights, Illinois 60411

Church Office: 708-754-4493

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10:00 a.m.
 Sunday Adult Fellowship/Bible Study  
9:00 a.m.

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 9:00 a.m.

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Message from the Pastor

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Pastor’s Column
May 2019

“Everyone Engaging the Entire
Community for Christ”

“Even to your old age and gray hairs, I am He, I am He who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.” Isaiah 46:3

I can still hear the voice of Jack Brickhouse, long – time play by play announcer for the Chicago Cubs, saying, “Today’s infield, from third to first: Santo, Kessinger, Beckert and Banks. The battery of Jenkins and Hundley.”  For most of my childhood and early youth, that infield for the Cubs remained relatively unchanged. When they played home games at Wrigley Field, there was no need for their names to be put on the back of their jerseys. We kids knew who they were just by the way they approached the batter’s box, how they adjusted their batting helmets, how they stepped out of the box between pitches, how they swung the bat. We emulated them in our back yards and on the baseball diamonds. Summer after summer, “Santo, Kessinger, Beckert and Banks, and Hundley behind the plate.” The numbers 10, 11, 14 and 9 are forever emblazoned in my mind. Not as some worthless “lucky lotto” numbers, but as jersey numbers of men among men to me, constants among constants. In 1972, the Curt Flood Decision ushered in words like, “reserve clause” and “free agency.” As a child I had no idea what those words meant, nor did I want to. Though that decision rightfully protected the interests of the individual player, it meant that gone forever would be that security and comfort that so many of us kids longed for and needed: at least when the Cubs took the field for another season, there’d be, “Santo, Kessinger, Beckert and Banks, and Hundley behind the plate.”

When our Lord God Almighty spoke to His chosen people of old in the book of Isaiah from the above quoted verse, He was assuring them, as they faced perilous times of change, including captivity under the Babylonians, that He would sustain them—He would be their constant—in all their years to come! He would not change. He would not be like those idols that the Babylonians would worship, idols who would come and go in their man-made images. Stone idols who would not be there to carry them, to sustain them and to rescue them. Read Chapter 46 of Isaiah, and be amazed at the proclamations our God makes, that He will “make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come...My purpose will stand.”

Change is a constant now in the major leagues starting lineups—not only from season to season—often from month to month or week to week!  So it is in our earthly pilgrimage. Sometimes as children, as youth, as young adults and well into our senior years, we can easily offer up the question, “Why do things have to change?”  Things will and do change throughout our lives, often to our dismay.  That  is why we have God’s word before us today, “Even to your old age and gray hairs I am He, I am He who will sustain you, I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.”  May you take comfort in these words, whatever you are facing in your life at this time.  The Triune God remains unchanged, His promises to you remain unchanged.  His love for you in sending His Son to suffer and die and rise from the dead, granting you forgiveness and eternal life remain unchanged.  You have His promise on that—into eternity!

I almost forgot:  Go Cubs!!

Pastor Croon