Christ Lutheran Church
7801 Indiana Avenue, Lubbock, Texas 79423-1805
Phone:  806-799-0162; Fax:  806-799-2273


"For God so loved the world that He gave His only-begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have eternal life."  John 3:16

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Not an easy question to answer. In the wake of hurricanes and flooding, political turmoil, discord, loss, and the countless other experiences that are way too big for any one of us mere humans to manage either alone or together, letís slow down and ponder the cross and the way of suffering.

Hebrews 2:10:  For it was fitting that He, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering.

Philippians 3:7-14:  ÖBut whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faithóthat I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.

Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

"The Head That Once Was Crowned with Thorns"
by Thomas Kelly, Hymn (LSB 532/TLH 219)

The Head that once was crowned with thorns Is crowned with glory now
A royal diadem adorns The mighty Victorís brow.

The highest place that heavín affords Is His, is His by right,
The King of kings and Lord of lords, And heavíns eternal Light.

The Joy of all who dwell above, The Joy of all below
To whom He manifests His love And grants His name to know.

To them the cross, with all its shame, With all its grace, is givín;
Their name an everlasting name, Their joy the joy of heavín.

They suffer with their Lord below, They reign with Him above,
Their profit and their joy to know The mystíry of His love.

The cross He bore is life and health, Though shame and death to Him:
His peopleís hope, His peopleís wealth, Their everlasting theme.

Sure we suffer, but Jesus is risen! We have hope! You are called to be Christís witness, a testifier of the Truth, to those in this world. Point to Jesus. Remember Godís Name has been placed on you: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Baptized, you are a beacon of hope - so SHINE!

Soli Deo Gloria!

Pastor Vanderbush

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