Social Media


Take a look at the state of things in our country and in our world. We see a world infected with plague, with division, with violence, with injustice. It may seem as if one thing that has been completely wiped out is hope. We see a world filled with suffering.
The Bible doesn’t dance around the difficult question of suffering. It says that sin’s deep roots within mankind reach out to entangle the entire creation. Sin causes us to groan, eagerly anticipating relief from all this darkness.
Those who believe in Jesus do not escape suffering. However, Christians see suffering as following where Jesus once walked, enduring with patience while holding firm to their hope of eternal salvation in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Jesus calls Christians, as those who have been saved and who have been given the “firstfruits of the Spirit” (Romans 8:23), to spread their fruits throughout the world. The greatest of those fruits are faith, hope, and love (1 Corinthians 13:13).
The Bible adds that the Holy Spirit given to Christians by Jesus intercedes on their behalf. When they experience burdens on their shoulders and hearts, the Spirit prays with “groanings too deep for words” (Romans 8:26).
All in all: the world may suggest that suffering reigns supreme, yet the Bible presents a different message in where hope comes out on top. It says that “the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us” (Romans 8:18).
In Jesus, Christians are nourished and sustained to endure this world of suffering and to spread the faith they have, the love they have been given, and the everlasting hope that they eagerly anticipate.

"Having a Good Prayer"

Pastor Harter was asked about prayer. He created this way to work through having "Having a Good Prayer" for someone that may be unfamiliar with praying alone. If you would like a copy of the PDF to print for yourself or share, please click here to download.

Chaplain's Corner

These short devotions were written by Rev. Jeff Harter as a series aired on Facebook during the 2020 Covid-19 crisis. May you find in them peace, strength, meaning, confidence, and hope from our ever-present almighty and all-loving God. To God be the glory!

Living in His Presence Printable Devotions (with video links)

To view corresponding videos, visit the CID's page on Facebook or YouTube.



Social Media Policy

Our main goal in using social media is to inform our audiences and engage broader advocacy and support for District activities. Another goal is to publicize various events in which District congregations, schools, and rostered churchworkers are involved.

Our Lord said, “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you” (John 15:12). Requesting that our social media followers, friends, and supporters hold themselves to this standard, we encourage respectful postings. We do not edit the posts of others, but the LCMS Central Illinois District reserves the right to refrain from including in its social media duplicate, irrelevant, inappropriate, or offensive content, or content that is otherwise inconsistent with CID’s goals for social media usage. Political statements and/or endorsements are not allowed.

Read complete Social Media Policy Statement