Aug 24, 2006

Vail Vision August 24, 2006

Trapped by the Serpent

The end-of-summer surprise blockbuster "Snakes on a Plane.. is about a cargo of deadly snakes that terrorize passengers during a flight. Imagine the surprise of movie goers this last week when it was reported that two rattlesnakes were found crawling around a theater showing the movie. The first reports were that someone, picking up on the theme of the movie, brought two snakes into the theater to terrorize the crowd.

But the Phoenix police are insisting that it wasn't a purposeful malicious act. The snake simply slithered in and was found in the hallway. The security guard swept the snake up and carried it outside where the Arizona Herpetological Association took the snake away. Few in the theater knew about the incident.

Imagine being trapped in a plane or a theater with no way of escaping while deadly snakes slither around. In a way, that is how we are with our sin. It slithers around us ready to inject us with a deadly poison that would eternally separate us from God. And we cannot escape on our own. But Jesus Christ came into the movie theater and opened the door to let us out. On Calvary, He took the snakebite that was meant for us. In Genesis 3:15, God said to the serpent, "And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; He will crush your head, and you will strike His heel." Praise Jesus for crushing the head of the serpent once and for all.

David Hook


On Sunday, Christ Lutheran Vail will install a new Vicar to serve our campus. Vicar Karl Schloeman was installed on the Fountain of Life Campus last Sunday and will be installed on our campus this Sunday. Karl's vicarage will be more broad-based as he serves both Fountain of Life and Christ Lutheran Vail. We pray that God would grant tremendous blessings to both campuses and to Karl as he is installed this Sunday.


This Sunday, Christ Lutheran Vail will say "Thank You.. to Cienega High School. Immediately after church we will gather outside to pick up trash on the Cienega High School Campus. The exciting part of this event is that people of all ages can participate. What a great opportunity for families to serve God together in service of others. What a great witness to Cienega High School. Let's all gather “round Sunday and enjoy God's creation as we make it cleaner!


Our previous vicar, David Hook, is back in St. Louis to finish his final year at Concordia Seminary. During this year, he has agreed to maintain the website and continue to publish the Vail Vision. If you have an article that you would like to be published, simply send an email to or leave a phone message at 520-777-4401 or fax an article to the church fax, 520-844-1092. Articles received by Tuesday morning will be included in that week's newsletter.

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