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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"And he who was seated on the throne said, ‘Behold, I am making all things new.’" – Revelation 21:5

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

By the time you receive this, another Christmas Day will have come and gone, along with all the services, carols, and family gatherings. Even though the Christmas season lasts 12 days, the public decorations soon disappear and the world’s attention turns to the changing year. 2019 is a big one because it’s a "rollover year" – nineteen rolls over into twenty. Although the strict mathematicians will (rightly) disagree – the ‘zero’ year is the tenth, the last of the decade – it will be celebrated far and wide as the start of a new one. There will be new everything – hats, streamers, noisemakers, balloons – even the plastic "2020" sunglasses will have a marvelous symmetry. And the newness doesn’t stop with the calendar – as the world will tell you, 2020 is going to be the time for you to renew yourself! You’ve heard it before: "New Year; New You!" Make a resolution. Improve your beauty. Lose some weight. Learn a new language. Travel. That’s what the world will suggest - and the only thing keeping you from becoming that better you, is your fear, or your lack of confidence. Maybe I have overstated it, but that is the message of the world in a nutshell. New Year; New You! So…how do you think that will work out for you? Will every promise the world makes come true? Certainly not. And it shouldn’t surprise anyone. "Change and decay in all around I see…" says the hymn-writer, and it happens to each of us. Even when we do learn something new, or experience something that changes us for the better, it does not ultimately change the big picture. It doesn’t undo the work of the devil, and sin, and death. Sin’s wages always come due, and we all pay. It seems dark and depressing, but there is hope for everyone. There is hope for every person because God, our Father, has sent his Son in human flesh to rescue us from all the evils of this world, from the devil, and even from our own sinfulness. He has sent Jesus Christ in human flesh to defeat death, to take the penalty for our sin and our sinfulness upon himself. Christ did that, dying on the cross, and three days later he rose from the dead! And the Father and Son together send the Spirit to call, gather, enlighten, and sanctify us in the one true faith along with all other believers in Christ, His holy church. And this hope is not for this life only, it is a promise of even better things to come. On the Last Day, Christ will raise each and every one of you and all the dead, and give eternal life to you and all believers in Christ. Behold, He will make you – and all things – new. It will be unlike anything we’ve ever known and better than anything we’ve ever imagined. The world exhorts you to make yourself into a ‘new you’ every New Year, but the Lord’s promise to you, delivered by His gifts of Word and water, body and blood, promise a forever you. Forgiven of all your sins by Jesus, you have life and salvation, and that means you have the hope of everlasting life. No matter the disappointments of this broken world, no matter the things others have done that have hurt you, no matter even the things you have done to yourself, you are forgiven by the blood of Christ, and you have hope. New Year; New You? No thanks…in Christ, you have new life as His beloved children, forever.

Your servant in Christ,

Pastor Hinton

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