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A NOTE FROM PASTOR ANDY Back in January we had over 100 folks who took part in 21 Days of Prayer. Our theme verse for that prayer journey was Matthew 9:35-38. 35 Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38 Pray the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Verse 35 gives us a summary of the ministry of Jesus 2000 years ago and still today. Remember Hebrews 13:8—Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. The same Jesus that ministered in the flesh is still working via His Holy Spirit in this very moment. He is still going to where the needs are; He is still teaching his ways, his truth, his principles to those who are receptive; he is still preaching the good news, the hope, the love, the power of his kingdom; and he is still healing every disease and sickness and brokenness in our lives. During our days of prayer, our emphasis was to see what Jesus sees, feel what Jesus feels, and do what Jesus would have us do. Verse 36 tells us that Jesus SAW the crowds… Jesus didn’t just look at the crowds or just notice the crowds, he truly saw them. His eyes were opened to the will of his Father and thus his eyes were opened to the needs of the world around him. Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise. John 5:19 I want to ask you to seek to see the Father. In your daily prayer time, ask Jesus to open your eyes to see who God is, to open your eyes this day to see this world as it truly is. In our Wednesday and Sunday night Grace Nights we are currently studying Whisper by Mark Batterson. Our daily home work during this study is to pray the six word prayer of the young boy Samuel who became the great prophet of Israel… “Speak Lord, your servant is listening.” Sometimes we pray as if prayer is only about us bringing our needs to God, but that is only half of the equation. Prayer is first about us hearing him and letting Him give himself and His clear 20/20 vision of reality to us. Back in January, I raked leaves, cut out a holly bush, and split some wood. By the time I finished the sweat from my brow had combined with all kinds of West Texas dust. My glasses looked like a car windshield that had been plowing through a mud puddle. After I cleaned my glasses, I realized why I had been missing the wedge with my sledge hammer. We need Jesus to clean and clear up our spiritual eyes. We need Jesus to get rid of the dirt and clutter and residual build-up of crud that is clogging our vision. We need to give up on all the sweat of our self-reliant human effort that only leaves us empty and swinging wildly at some proposed purpose. How we see reality, the reality of God and the reality of our world, determines who we are and who we become. A.W. Tozer said this about our concept of God: “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us…. Worship is pure or base as the worshiper entertains high or low thoughts of God. For this reason the gravest question before the Church is always God Himself, and the most portentous (significant) fact about any man is not what he at any given time may say or do, but what he in his deep heart conceives God to be like.” What you believe about God makes all the difference in what you do or don’t do with your life. Who you believe God to be makes all the difference in who you are and who you become in your life. Give God both the time and permission to speak to you daily. God is speaking, the question is are we listening? PS—The prayer card book mark found in this article was created by our own Amy Taylor! 2


VIDA ABUNDANTE More Than Attendees Just as the gardens and trees come to life, Abundant Life Lubbock is also flourishing. Six new baptisms and 5 new members are signs of a spiritual spring as a result of careful and continual planting. I mean, there is no easy way for personal and deep ministry in West Texas. It is more common to use events to encourage people to seek God and grow spiritually. It may be because they do not have real time, or do not want to spend it on more challenges. I do not know for sure, but there is something I really know, that caring of a soul is more complicated than a flower or a tree. Last year, Giselle and I planted a pine tree in front of our house. It was my first experience taking care of a tree. After the last, long winter, the upper third part of the pine died. The Holland Garden specialist told me that after cutting that part, the pine will never grow far from that size. He recommended that I take it out and plant a new fresh pine. She also recommended getting a small one instead of a medium or large size. When I asked her why she gave me an inconvenient but wise answer. If you want a strong and healthy pine, you should really take care of it. It will take personal and individual care! Everything depends on what you want the pine tree to be! Those words of a gardener will impact me forever, not just about my little pine, but for people who are and will be part of Abundant Life. Now, every time I enter my house, a little pine challenges me to invest my ministry by raising souls more carefully than the pines. The events are wonderful, but I also need to plan that personal time with them if I want them to get the best part of Christian life. The calling of God to be leaders instead to be attendees for life. Blessings, Jorge Jorge.

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MUSIC MINISTRY I am certain that I share everyone’s appreciation of the music that was offered on Easter Sunday and throughout lent. This is not a self-congratulatory statement, for I am often kidded that I merely wave my hands around in the air while everyone else makes music; but, it is genuine expression of thanks and appreciation to those who invested time and effort in helping all of us worship the Lord and meditate on his greatness the past several weeks. St. Luke’s musicians are a wonderful part of the St. Luke’s family and it is a blessing to work with them throughout the year. In reporting on the success of the 2018 Choir Trip, I’ll begin by thanking the Methodist Men once again for their generous hosting of the Pancake Supper. This event is the major source of funding outside of my budget. Thank you, Methodist Men! The first thing that is obvious about the Choir Trip is that I once again lived to tell about it. We traveled to Amarillo and our gracious host church was St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church. Thanks to the support of parents who rode the bus, moved gear, and herded children, the weekend was wonderful. The trip included two excursions. On Saturday we went to the Don Harrington Discovery Museum. A memorable moment was a movie in the planetarium about insects. The darkened atmosphere and extremely reclined seats lulled several adults and children into deep slumber. Those who didn’t sleep were treated the beauty and wonder of God’s creation and to up-close images of bugs devouring bugs. Accompanied by stomach-turning sound effects, these images helped to stay our appetites until dinner. Our excursion on Sunday was to the Amarillo Zoo. This charming zoo was a perfect activity for our group. We saw all sorts of beautiful animals and critters, and in the activity center, to the boy’s delight, we even saw their droppings! It’s a good thing the droppings were rubberized replicas, or the activity would have stunk! As ambassadors of St. Luke’s, our children were commendable. They braved bone-chilling weather inside the church to offer beautiful music to the Lord. Unfortunately, the heating system at St. Stephen’s was delayed on Sunday morning and the sanctuary was a frigid 60 degrees when the children sang the 8:30 service! It eventually warmed up and the children were more comfortable at the 11:00 service. If you are interested, you can view their performance at the 11:00 service on the Central Campus Facebook page. Thanks to portable technology and technically savvy parents, we were able to live-stream their performance. Finally, the highlight of the trip always seems to be the pool party on Saturday night. The children had a lot of fun swimming and playing in the large indoor pool at the hotel, with parents watching on and enjoying conversation with each other. Summer Music Camp is scheduled in late July this year: July 23-27, 29. Mark your calendars! We are working on a brand new musical, one that will introduce young people to the field of Christian apologetics. The term “apologetics” comes from the Greek word apologia, which means to give a defense. Christian apologetics seeks to give a defense of the faith, as instructed in 1 Peter 3:15. “…Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” Through a fun and engaging story and memorable music, kids will learn about this important topic in church life. Please keep us in prayer as we work on this new musical! If you know of someone who is not plugged in at St. Luke’s, please mention that the Music Ministry is a place to get plugged in. Our groups are welcoming and friendly. Please pass on my contact information: acoward@stlukeslubbock.org; 797-4393. Laughter for the Soul The Sunday School teacher was describing that when Lot's wife looked back at Sodom she turned into a pillar of salt, when Bobby interrupted. "My mommy looked back once while she was driving," he announced, "and she turned into a telephone pole." Another Sunday School teacher said to her children, "We have been learning about how powerful the kings and queens were in Biblical times. But there is a higher power. Who can tell me what it is?" Tommy blurted out, "I know, Aces." Calendar in Advance: April 22- St. Luke’s Singers sing at Central Campus 10:45 Service 8


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