Last Saturday, our KOK Crusaders took home 2nd place in the SALSA East basketball tournament. Today, we travel to Doral, FL, for the full SALSA tournament. Games are today and tomorrow. (Watch Facebook for updates.) Go Crusaders!
This Sunday, Pastor Larry Zahn will be here to guest preach as part of our 50th Anniversary celebration. Pastor Zahn served as pastor of King of Kings for the twelve years prior to Pastor Golisch. He is now retired from active ministry but remains active in ministry. We look forward to having him here and sharing stories of the past. After that service, we will have our annual chili cook-off. There is no cost. Bring your best chili to share. Attendees get to vote on their favorites. Prizes are given out to the winners.
One additional note on travel to KOK this weekend. The Wymore Road bridge over I-4 will be closed Saturday 7 AM to Monday 7 AM. If you travel that way to church, you will need to choose a different route. (Wymore & Oranole is okay as is Wymore and Maitland Blvd.) To see the recommended detour, click here.
This Wednesday, January 31, we will have our next German worship service in place of our regular midweek service, 7pm. Mr. Warnecke will lead an all-German service. (KOK has a German immersion program in our school.)
Finally, Lent is less than three weeks away. Ash Wednesdayis February 14th (Valentine’s Day). Steven Bautista will be here to lead us in song.
Those are the highlights. Now here’s today’s devotion:
The Sinful Mind
Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace. The sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God.
There is an element of truth to the cartoons and skits where the person has an angel on one shoulder and a devil on the other. It’s true that in everyday life we are often confronted with choosing between right and wrong.
There is also something misleading about that picture. In real life, we don’t need a devil on our shoulder to tempt us to do the wrong thing. Our own sinful nature does that well all by itself.
And in real life, it’s not an angel on our other shoulder telling us what is right and good. The Holy Spirit himself lives in us, and prompts us to thank God for his blessings by doing what is right and refraining from what is wrong.
It doesn’t please God if our sinful nature stumbles onto something that looks good. The sinful nature cannot please God, because the motives of the sinful nature are never a joyful response to what God has done.
God has to overrule the sinful nature by bringing us to faith. He does that by the power of the Holy Spirit, who works through the promises of God in Word and sacrament.
Does it make any difference whether we listen to our sinful nature or to the Holy Spirit? It certainly does! The sinful mind is death. The mind controlled by the Spirit is life. It’s not complicated. Life is better than death.
Holy Spirit, thank you for leading me to life through faith in Jesus, my Savior. Amen.