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
August, 2017

“Everyone Engaging the Entire
Community for Christ”

Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: “Hallelujah! For our Lord Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and be glad and give Him glory!” Rev. 19: 6, 7

In simply following the news over these summer months, the above verses from the book of Revelation might have you wondering, “Really, He is still reigning through all of this?” 

These past weeks additional federal agents and prosecutors have arrived in Chicago to work with local law enforcement to attempt to stem the flow of crime and violence in Chicago. Repeatedly we hear of innocent children being caught in the crossfire, and their young lives being snuffed out. Our own neighborhoods continue to see an alarming rise in crime as well.

For those of you who have had to seek health care in our area recently, or have faced hospitalization, you know what a challenge that can be given in the quality of care that many of you have faced.

On a national level, the relentless protests against our nation’s president continue. At the time of the writing of this column, protests are taking place throughout our country for the impeachment of our president. CNN and FOX News both put their own spin on the political arena of our land, often at the denigrating of each other. Health care, immigration, the economy, an ever growing hostile attitude towards Christians so evident in this land, including through legislation…the list appears to be never – ending of what can cause great anxiety in our lives.

Looking at the international news, North Korea has just boasted of the launching of a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of travelling over 4,000 miles. The on-going terrorist attacks by Islamic jihadist terrorist groups has left much of Europe paralyzed with fear. Syria, along with many other nations throughout various continents of the world, continue to suffer at the hands of ISIS. Many Christians throughout the world are martyred on a regular basis for simply being Christian. Christianity does not oppose the world, the world opposes Christianity!

“For our Lord Almighty reigns,” through all of this? We are to rejoice and be glad, even to what we witness now in our nation and the world around us? The answer is simply, “Yes!”

Through all the political sparring, conflict, violence, the senseless, tragic and brutal deaths at the hands of terrorists, our Lord Almighty reigns! It does not mean that our hearts may not ache, nor that we may not proclaim, “What next? What next?” Yet I pray through all of this, that you may take heart to know that God’s love for you, shown through the promise of forgiveness and eternal life through His Son Jesus Christ, will reign in your hearts, as children of God, forever and ever. May we go forward in faith. May we remain faithful to Word and Sacrament. May we commit to prayer the well – being of our nation, our president and all elected officials, our cities and communities, as well as those being persecuted for the sake of the Gospel throughout the world.

Rejoice: God’s Church will survive! Our loving, caring, living God will not forsake us. We have His Son’s word on that when He proclaimed, “Lo, I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” As we go forward on our earthly pilgrimage as sinners, in a fallen, sin – filled world, may we take hope and comfort and proclaim that from everlasting to everlasting “Our Lord Almighty reigns!”

Pastor Croon