St. Paul's Evangelical

330 Highland Drive
Chicago Heights, Illinois 60411

Church Office: 708-754-4493

We go forward in Witness, Mercy, Life Together.

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

Sunday Youth Bible Study
9:00 a.m.

Sunday School
 9:00 a.m.

Wednesday Lenten
Worship Services
2:00 and7:00 pm
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Message from the Pastor

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Pastor’s Column
February 2018

“Everyone Engaging the Entire
Community for Christ”

“For God so loved the world….”  John 3:16

A good majority of us could complete the rest of the above partially quoted verse from John 3:16.  It is one of the most widely known verses of all Scripture. Yet almost halfway through this month many of us will focus on a day of observance that focuses on temporal love. Visible reminders of that seem to spring up in stores as soon as Christmas is over: heart shaped décor hangs from the ceilings directing us where the Valentine’s Day gift section is. Once in the proper aisle, a cut out of Cupid aiming his arrow may direct us to chocolates and cards with well versed poems to give to our valentine. Florists will promote special deals on roses, with guaranteed delivery time on Valentine’s Day. Restaurants will be flooded with requests for reservations. Everything will be all set to make Valentine’s Day of  2018 one that our special someone will never forget!

Yet for many, sadly, when the alarm clock rings the next morning, it’s off to put the coffee on and shower up for work, or hurriedly let the children know this is the last time you’re going to tell them to wake up and get ready for school! The roses have already begun to wither. Your bank account has taken a considerable hit from the overpriced meal you and yours had the night before. Yes, life is back to normal once again after Valentine’s Day!  There are those of us who will be happy to see Valentine’s Day behind us, for in it lies memories of that special someone in our life who is no longer with us, with loneliness being our only companion on February 14.

In God’s word from John 3:16, we read of a love that far surpasses that which we observe in mid – February for that someone special in our life. Not only does it rise above the chocolates, the flowers and the special dinner, God’s love is so great for us, His children, that we will never be able to comprehend it! God’s love is the great truth that motivated His plan of salvation for the whole world; for all people! It is a love so great that He would send His only Son, whom He loved, to suffer and die that we, as sinners, would live. A love so great that even when we error, He still loves us!  God’s love for us never withers or fades; it never grows tired or becomes put on the back burner. May our response to this great love be to embrace it, and know that it will never end. God’s love will remain with us no matter where we find ourselves on our earthly pilgrimage. It will see us through into His Kingdom of Glory. How do we know that? We know it through the great truth of these words, “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Pastor Croon