Praying for Pittsburgh and the Jewish Community

Blog Post 10-29-18

I am deeply saddened from the news over the weekend in which 11 worshipers from a Pittsburgh synagogue were murdered during their weekly Sabbath worship service.

There can be no allowance for such hatred and evil in our world. Eternal justice will be rightly found in the hands of God, but we are not left helpless or without solutions that we have control over. Sadly, events such as these only turns up the heat on a boiling pot that is simmering underneath our society, to which I am greatly concerned over.

However, before the political rhetoric grows to a deafening noise, it is appropriate (and I suggest necessary) to sit in silence, prayer, sorrow, and lament. Before we lift our heads, open our mouths, or type another word on social media, let us first turn to the Lord who sees, knows, forgives, and heals. Our hearts must first be surrendered to Him so that we may learn again to love as He loves.

My tears flow endlessly;
  they will not stop
until the Lord looks down
  from heaven and sees.
But I called on your name, Lord,
  from deep within the pit.
You heard me when I cried, “Listen to my pleading!
  Hear my cry for help!”
Yes, you came when I called;
  you told me, “Do not fear.”
(Lamentations 3:49-50, 55-57)

By the Cross and for the Kingdom,
Pastor Matt

For the City, State & Nation

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I have to admit it’s often easier to be pessimistic, critical and negative than an optimistic contributor when it comes to how I feel about living in the Chicago suburbs sometimes. After all, there is plenty to choose to complain about: high taxes, corrupt government, and bitterly cold winters. I frequently desire to move south where the summers are twice as a long, property values are more affordable, and the people are friendlier (or so they tell me). At the heart, my complaint is a dissatisfaction for where I am today. I want to be anywhere else but here. I want the better life. I want what’s easier. Continue reading “For the City, State & Nation”

Evangelicals: We Already Lost This Election

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Let’s Face the Facts

If you count yourself as an evangelical Christian in the traditional sense, the 2016 Presidential election has already been lost before a single vote has even been cast. As a matter of fact, we’ve been losing the election for decades with candidates of questionable character and ethics in their policies and practices. Today we find ourselves between two candidates, one who claims to side with the traditional evangelical voter but is clearly and consistently unrepentant in many areas of his life (Trump); the other who sides with extreme liberal policies that are contrary to many of our ethical standards (Clinton). How did we get here? How is it possible that these are our two leading choices in this year’s election?

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Christianity, Culture & Conversation

I’m excited to be starting a new one-hour class this weekend that we’re calling [C3], Christianity, Culture & Conversation. [C3] is an interactive, discussion-based class that intends to create healthy dialogue around the important issues of our day, while examining them through the redemptive lens of the gospel. We’ll be discussing a different topic every week for the next 10 weeks. This week is focused on politics and we’ll be asking the question, “How should I vote as a Christian?”

If you’re in the Grayslake area, you’re invited to stop in and join us. This is a free class, requires no registration and is open to the public. We’ll be meeting every Sunday morning from 8:30a – 9:30a at Grace Community Bible Church beginning September 25th.