• Día del Conmemoración de los Caídos | Memorial Day

    ​Juan 15:13 "Nadie tiene mayor amor que este, que alguien dé su vida por sus amigos."


    Hoy celebramos el Día de los Caídos aquí en los Estados Unidos. Puede ser un hermoso recordatorio de lo noble que puede ser la gente. También es un recordatorio de los conflictos diarios que enfrentamos: todos los días, la humanidad lucha contra las fuerzas del mal en esta vida. Esta lucha lleva a la muerte para algunos.


    Dentro de la fe cristiana, los creyentes luchan en el mismo sentido contra las fuerzas del mal en esta vida, pero también contra las fuerzas del mal en nuestros propios corazones.


    Sé que todos cada día es una lucha para nosotros contra los poderes de nuestra carne y contra los poderes espirituales de este mundo. También sé que muchos perecen en esta lucha.


    ​Salmo 116: 15 "Preciosa a los ojos del Señor es la muerte de sus santos."


    La iglesia, el cuerpo de Cristo, tiene la responsabilidad de ser la posición de avance en esta lucha, ya que estamos en "territorio del enemigo".


    ¡Esta posición es necesaria! Porque con nosotros llevamos la esperanza de Dios de todos los que buscan escapar del poder del pecado y la muerte.


    ​1 Corintios 16:13 "Sé vigilante, mantente firme en la fe, actúa como los hombres, sé fuerte."


    Mientras luchamos en el combate a través de esta vida por la gloria de nuestro Señor y Salvador, Jesucristo, nos movemos con nuestros corazones establecidos en su amor; y nos mantenemos firmes en la alegría del resto que encontramos en su presencia.


    Honra a los caídos, el mayor de los cuales es Jesucristo mismo, quien murió para que podamos vivir.


    ​1 Pedro 5: 6–7 "Humíllense, por lo tanto, bajo la poderosa mano de Dios para que en el momento apropiado él pueda exaltarlos, arrojando todas sus ansiedades sobre él, porque él se preocupa por ustedes."


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    ​John 15:13 "Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends."


    Today, we celebrate Memorial Day here in the United States. It can be a beautiful reminder of how noble people can be. It also stands as a reminder the daily conflicts that we face: everyday, humanity struggles against the forces of evil in this life. This struggle leads to death for some.


    Within the Christian faith, believers struggle in the same sense similar sense against the forces of evil in this life, but also against the forces of evil within our own hearts.


    I know that everyday is a struggle for us against the powers of our flesh, and against the spiritual powers of this world. I also know that many perish in this struggle.


    ​Psalm 116:15 "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints."


    The church, the body of Christ, carries the responsibility of being the forward position in this struggle, as we stand in "enemy territory".


    This position is necessary! Because with us we carry the hope God of all who seek to escape the power of sin and death.


    ​1 Corinthians 16:13 "Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong."


    As we struggle into combat through this life for the glory of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, we move with our hearts established in his love; and we hold firm in the joy of the rest we find in His presence.


    Honor the fallen, the greatest of which is Jesus Christ Himself, who died so that we may live.


    ​1 Peter 5:6–7 "Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you."

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          MariCarmen: Oración x mi esposo que se está recuperando en el hospital y primero Dios lo sacó mañana con bien 🙏bendiciones y mil gracias hermanos! ----- Prayer for my husband who is recovering in the hospital and first God took him out tomorrow with good blessings and a thousand thanks brothers!
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            ReadFrom the Pastor's Desk
            Plan for Reopening

            Summary


            Begin to re-open gathering at the church building, with an “open-doors” time scheduled several times each week, and begin forming small groups to meet throughout the week.


            SBC Family:


            We have been given permission by our president to begin the process of re-opening our church facilities for group meetings. Although this is exciting in some respects, we must also keep in mind that there are still very real concerns to be handled.


            As a result, the church’s leadership has assembled a plan of action for the re-opening of the building; this plan will be outlined below. We feel that we must remind everyone that this does not mean that we are “back to normal”. I (Pastor Mike) have been in contact with our village mayor this week, and he has agreed that, as long as we are observing the social-distancing guidelines, and observing the requirements for PPE (Personal Protection Equipment), that we may begin meeting in groups of 10 or fewer people.


            As we prepare to begin meeting together again, we have several recommendations that we ask for you to observe.

            1. If you are unsure of whether you should begin meeting again for any reason, please do not act against your conscience; do not join a small group until you are ready to do so in good conscience.
            2. If you have been sick within the last 48 hours, please do not plan to attend any meetings. If you have been sick within the last 10-14 days, or if you are considered to be at-risk because of your health, please consider remaining home until you have recovered for that time period.
            3. Please do not plan to share food with others meeting in your group; bring your own snacks.



            With these things in mind, please read the outline of our planned re-opening, and plan accordingly:


            The Leadership Team of Summit Bible Church is proposing the following plan for the reopening of our church based on Illinois’ Phase 2 – Phase 3 guidelines.


            Please note that only designated areas of the building will be accessible and we ask that while in the building face mask be worn at all times. Though SBC will have masks available to those arriving without one, we ask that you plan to provide your own if you are able. We also ask that everyone respect the CDC’s social distancing guidelines (6-12 feet) while in the church building and on church property.


            • Beginning on May 24th, 2020, on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 AM to 12 PM, SBC will be open to those that wish to spend a time of quiet reflection and prayer in the church Sanctuary. In order to adhere to social distancing guidelines, there will be designated seating areas as well as a limit of ten people in the building at one time. Entrance will be through the double glass doors on the South side of the building, and only the church Sanctuary will be accessible. We ask that while in the building socializing be kept to a minimum. Additionally, if you are willing to commit to acting as a doorkeeper during one of these days, please contact Pastor Micah to volunteer.


            • Small groups of ten or fewer will be formed for during the week Bible study and prayer. The Adults’ Sunday School Room will be available for any group wishing to meet at the church; each group will meet in on its predetermined day and time. We ask that food and refreshments not be served during these gatherings. If you wish to be placed into a small group please contact one of the following: Pastor Micah, John Borgeaud, Jorge Barcenas or Juan Garza. You may also call the church at 708-458-1559. Each small group will have a designated leader; once you have been assigned to a small group, your leader will contact you with further information on when and where to meet.


            • There are higher expectations of cleanliness during this time; because of this, we will have disinfecting products on hand at each gathering. If you are the last person leaving the church, please take a couple extra minutes to wipe down common-usage surfaces (for example: doors & door knobs, seat backs, toilet handles, table tops).


            We are all incredibly excited to begin gathering again!


            But our goal as a witness to our community is not simply to gather together for our own sake. With this next step, we will be making a very big statement to our community; and we want to make a statement that not only shares our peace and hope, but also proclaims how much we care for the safety of our community.


            In Christ,

            Pastor Micah Windle & Leadership Team

            1. Please pray.

              We have just received news that long time attender and friend of Summit Bible Church, Sheila Orwat, who now lives in Arkansas, has just suffered a stroke and has been taken to the hospital, in serious condition. Please keep Sheila and her family in your prayers. Acabamos de recibir noticias de que Sheila Orwat, que ahora vive en Arkansas, asistió y fue amiga de la Iglesia Bíblica Summit, sufrió un derrame cerebral y fue llevada al hospital en estado grave. Por favor mantenga a Sheila y su familia en sus oraciones.
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                Happy Mothers Day!

                We hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day, celebrating all that mother's are in our lives. Follow the link to join in the study videos that are included, too. We pray they will be beneficial to you, as you dig into God's Word.
                1. I was brought low and He helped me... | Fui llevado abajo y Él me ayudó...

                  "The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runs into it, and is safe." (Proverbs 18:10)


                  Psalm 91 is not the only place that we find a description of the Lord's protective hand in the life of the faithful. There are many such passages that provide assurance of the Lord's protection in time of trouble. As Christians, our righteousness and access to this strong tower does not rely on works of the law; but, consists of the righteousness of Christ imputed or assigned to us through faith in Him. (Romans 3:21-22, Philippians 3:9)


                  Today's verses: Psalm 121, Psalm 116:1-8



                  The Lord is our keeper and deliverer


                  Psalm 121

                  "I will lift up my eyes unto the hills, from whence comes my help. My help comes from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer your foot to be moved: He that keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He that keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD is your keeper: the LORD is your shade on your right hand. The sun shall not smite you by day, nor the moon by night, The LORD shall preserve you from all evil: He shall preserve your soul. The LORD shall preserve your going out and your coming in from this time forth and even for evermore."


                  Like the faithful one that made the Lord his "habitation" in Psalm 91:9, the psalmist here has made the Lord his "heart home" as well. He looks expectantly to the hills for the Lord to come to his aid. He tells us that our Creator is awake and watching us; and will keep us both day and night, and protect us from all evil. His focus is on things above; and his hope is in the Lord.


                  I was brought low and He helped me...


                  Psalm 116:1-8

                  "I love the LORD, because He has heard my voice and my supplications. Because He has inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon Him as long as I live.


                  "The sorrows of death compassed me, and the pains of hell got hold on me: I found trouble and sorrow. Then call I upon the name of the LORD; O LORD, I beseech you, deliver my soul. Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; yea, our God is merciful. The LORD preserves the simple: I was brought low, and He helped me. Return to thy rest, O my soul; for the LORD has dealt bountifully with you. For You have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, and my feet from falling."


                  What a wonderful psalm revealing the watch care that the Lord has over us. He hears our cries, helps us, and preserves us. Our soul can be at rest; because He is bountifully good to us.


                  As the scientists, politicians, and those around us scratch their heads and scurry about, looking this way and that for a way out of the Covid-19 health crisis and its economic fallout: and, the medical profession cannot even tell us when or if a vaccine will be available or if it will even offer lasting protection... our only true refuge and safety is in the Lord. It is to Him that we lift our eyes up to for help. He is our compassionate and faithful Creator... our strong tower and true safe place. 


                  "Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear Him, upon them that hope in His mercy; to deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine. Our soul waits for the LORD: He is our help and our shield. For our heart shall rejoice in Him, because we have trusted in His holy name. Let Your mercy, O LORD, be upon us, according as we hope in You." (Psalm 33:18-22)



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                  "El nombre de Jehová es una torre fuerte; el justo corre hacia ella, y está a salvo". (Proverbios 18:10)


                  El Salmo 91 no es el único lugar donde encontramos una descripción de la mano protectora del Señor en la vida de los fieles. Hay muchos pasajes de este tipo que aseguran la protección del Señor en tiempos de dificultad. Como cristianos, nuestra justicia y acceso a esta fuerte torre no se basa en las obras de la ley; sino que consiste en la justicia de Cristo imputada o asignada a nosotros por la fe en Él. (Romanos 3:21-22, Filipenses 3:9)


                  Los versículos de hoy: Salmo 121, Salmo 116:1-8



                  El Señor es nuestro guardián y libertador


                  Salmo 121

                  "Levantaré mis ojos a las colinas, de donde viene mi ayuda. Mi ayuda viene del Señor, que hizo el cielo y la tierra. Él no permitirá que tu pie se mueva: El que te guarda no se adormecerá. He aquí que el que guarda a Israel no se adormecerá ni dormirá. El Señor es tu guardián, el Señor es tu sombra a tu derecha. El sol no te golpeará de día, ni la luna de noche, El Señor te preservará de todo mal: Él preservará tu alma. El SEÑOR preservará tu salida y tu entrada de ahora en adelante. e incluso para siempre".


                  Como el fiel que hizo del Señor su "morada" en el Salmo 91:9, el salmista aquí ha hecho del Señor su "hogar" también. Él mira expectante a las colinas para que el Señor venga en su ayuda. Nos dice que nuestro Creador está despierto y nos vigila; y nos guardará tanto de día como de noche, y nos protegerá de todo mal. Su enfoque está en las cosas de arriba, y su esperanza está en el Señor.


                  Fui llevado abajo y Él me ayudó...


                  Salmo 116:1-8

                  "Amo al Señor, porque ha escuchado mi voz y mis súplicas. Porque ha inclinado su oído hacia mí, por lo tanto lo llamaré como mientras viva.


                  "Las penas de la muerte me rodearon, y los dolores del infierno se apoderaron de mí: Encontré problemas y tristeza. Entonces invoco el nombre del Señor, oh Señor, te suplico que liberes mi alma. El Señor es misericordioso y justo, y nuestro Dios es misericordioso. El Señor preserva a los sencillos: Yo fui abatido, y Él me ayudó. Vuelve a tu reposo, alma mía, porque el Señor te ha tratado generosamente. Porque has librado mi alma de la muerte, mis ojos de las lágrimas y mis pies de la caída".


                  Qué salmo tan maravilloso que revela el cuidado que el Señor tiene sobre nosotros. Él escucha nuestros gritos, nos ayuda y nos preserva. Nuestra alma puede estar tranquila, porque Él es generosamente bueno con nosotros.


                  Mientras los científicos, los políticos y los que nos rodean se rascan la cabeza y se escabullen, buscando por aquí y por allá una salida a la crisis de salud de Covid-19 y sus consecuencias económicas: y, la profesión médica ni siquiera puede decirnos cuándo o si una vacuna estará disponible o si incluso ofrecerá una protección duradera... nuestro único y verdadero refugio y seguridad está en el Señor. Es a Él a quien levantamos los ojos para pedir ayuda. Él es nuestro compasivo y fiel Creador... nuestra fuerte torre y verdadero lugar seguro. 


                  "He aquí que el ojo del Señor está sobre los que le temen, sobre los que esperan en su misericordia; para liberar su alma de la muerte, y mantenerlos vivos en la hambruna. Nuestra alma espera al Señor: Él es nuestra ayuda y nuestro escudo. Porque nuestro corazón Regocíjense en Él, porque hemos confiado en su santo nombre. Deja que tu misericordia, Oh, Señor, ven sobre nosotros, según lo que esperamos de ti". (Salmo 33:18-22)