February 15, 2018
Dear members of our Calvary family:
A 19-year-old named Nikolas Cruz opens fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in South Florida, killing at least 17 people. Another horrific tragedy. We just are getting over what happened in Las Vegas. How can people have so much hate in their hearts? Well, that question being asked is not something new. King David in Psalm 69 says, "My eyes fail, looking for my God. Those who hate me with out reason outnumber the hairs of my head." Satan loves rage and violence, and he drives people both to rational and irrational violence. If that is the case that there is so much hate around, where do we go for security? King David said later in Psalm 69, "But I pray to you, O Lord, in the time of your favor; in your great love, O God, answer me with your sure salvation." God's powerful angels are there to guard and keep us. God's control over all things in the world guarantees that all things, even disasters will work for our good. We don't live in fear. We live with trust in our almighty God who loves us so much he died to save us from our sins.
We keep in our prayers the families of those who lost loved ones in that school shooting and with those injured, entrusting all to our gracious God. May the Lord bless all our efforts in proclaiming God's Word so that hearts can be changed from hate to love. I look forward to seeing you this weekend in church as we gain strength from Gods Word and Communion. Lord's blessings.
Pastor Martin Spaude