St. Paul's Evangelical

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Chicago Heights, Illinois 60411

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Message from the Pastor

pastor_croonSt. Paul's Ev. Lutheran Church
Pastor’s Column
September 2018

“Everyone Engaging the Entire
Community for Christ”

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.  2 Corinthians 4: 16

When the Apostle Paul wrote these words, many in the early church in the city of Corinth were losing heart. Surrounding them in this important commercial trading city were the sights and sounds of a city lost to profiteers, over twelve pagan temples, persecution (i.e., imprisonment, torture, death) by the government and a city that was the center of immorality unmatched within its area of the known world at that time. Decadent lifestyles were so rampant that the Greek verb “to Corinthianize” came to mean “to practice sexual immorality.” Within this setting, it’s no wonder the early church in Corinth was plagued with so many problems! Within the Corinthian church had seeped the problems of what they saw within their city: immorality, litigation against each other, abuse of the Lord’s Supper, divisions and false teachings. Are you starting to see why Paul was exhorting them not to lose heart?

Apply the above paragraph to what you see today taking place in the world today, in our nation and within the Church. Paul wrote those words to the church in Corinth around the year A.D. 55. It would not be a far stretch of the imagination to state that in what we see around us today, in September of 2018, so closely mirrors the early church in Corinth. It seems to many of us that things are changing and declining so rapidly, from throughout the world to our nation. It often leaves us shaking our heads and feeling helpless, frustrated and compromised as Christians. Then, if we add to that our own personal and family needs, it’s so easy to throw our hands up in the air and cry out, “What next, Lord?” Yet, I pray that we heed the Apostle Paul’s words that tell us not to lose heart!

As Paul writes that though we are outwardly wasting away, inwardly we are being renewed day by day! What we see around us, and our fleshly bodies as well, are wasting away. Yet by the power of the indwelling in us of the Spirit of God through our baptism, each day we can confidently go forward in His Spirit, strengthened and renewed to face the day and to share the joy of the Gospel! What a wonderful time to be a Christian, and to share the joy of forgiveness and life eternal through Christ alone in such chaotic and drastic times! Brothers and sisters in Christ, do not lose heart, for as Paul writes to the church in Corinth, “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” May we go forward in this month of September with hearts not lost to the trials of this world, but strong in the confidence that is found in Christ our Lord, and in Him alone.

Pastor Croon