|King of Kings Lutheran Church
1101 N. Wymore Road
Maitland, FL 32751
Sunday @ 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday @ 7:00 p.m.
Sunday @ 9:00 a.m. =
Wednesday @ 6:30 a.m. =
Wednesday @ 10:30 a.m. =
This Week's Schedule
KQ/ACTs/ABC @ 9:00 a.m.
Worship Service @ 10:00 a.m.
Elders Meeting @ 11:30 a.m.
Breakfast for Your Heart @ 6:30 a.m. @ Perkins on 436
School Mission Service @ 8:05 a.m.
Bible Study @ 10:30 a.m.
Ash Wednesday service @ 2:00 p.m.
Lenten Supper @ 6:00 p.m.
Ash Wednesday service @ 7:00 p.m.
Basic Doctrines @ 7:00 p.m.
Basic Doctrines @ 7:00 p.m.
It is that time of year again. As the days lengthen, the church celebrates Lent. This is a special time for the Christian. It is an annual journey of remembrance of what Christ did for us as our Savior. During the Wednesdays of Lent, we have special worship services to commemorate this path of sorrow and love. Our series this year will focus on Jesus as our Great High Priest as described in the book of Hebrews.
Our Lenten season kicks off on Ash Wednesday, February 14th (Valentine’s Day). We will have two services, 2:00 pm, which will be attended by our school kids, and our usually 7:00 pm service. As a special addition to our worship, WELS singer-song writer Steven Bautista will be here to lead us in song. There will also be a special spaghetti dinner that night, 6:00 pm.
Besides that Lenten supper, our next fellowship event is February 17: Dinner Around Town at Chiantis Pizza and Pasta in Longwood (434 & I-4). Dinner Around Town is a nice way to try out new (or favorite) restaurants around town with fellow members and friends. Our reservation is for 6:30 pm. Please sign up so we have an accurate count for our reservation.
Looking ahead, February 24 is our next workday. We will spruce up the campus in preparation for the Accreditation Visiting Team. February 25 is Sunday Funday/Kindergarten Round-Up. More on those next week.
Now here’s today’s devotion:
What does a Healthy Relationship with God look like?
The blood of Jesus, [God’s] Son, purifies us from all sin. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 1:7-9
In the verses preceding today’s selection, the apostle John described the perfection of God as being pure light. He is almighty, all-knowing and present everywhere. He never lies, is never wrong, is always fair and good, loving and kind. He is holy—without sin. He is light.
But then John presents us with this scenario: If you claim to be closely connected with the God of light but your life is characterized by things that are dark, sinful and evil, like lust and lying, like greed and gossip, like complaining or being disrespectful, like not caring about how your words and actions affect the people around you, then your claim to be closely connected with God is a lie. John’s point is that when you are in fellowship with the Lord through faith in Jesus, carelessly continuing in sin is not an option. When you know and trust that Jesus’ precious blood has purified you from all sin, it’s a plain fact that your life will show it.
Let’s use today as an example. If there’s nothing more important than having a healthy relationship with the Lord, and there’s no darkness in him at all (which includes the fact that he knows everything about you), with what words do you come before the Lord today? Do you acknowledge that you came into this world as someone whom God should hate and destroy for all eternity? Do you admit and own up to every sinful thing you’ve done? Or do you echo the words of the disciples the night before Jesus died on the cross: “Surely not I, Lord!”
“I break the First Commandment daily? I fail to put God first in all things? You’re telling me that I have despised God’s Word just because there are books in the Bible that I know nothing about? I’m a murderer just because I can’t stand certain people? I’m an adulterer just because I’ve thought about certain sinful actions? Surely not I, Lord!”
God says you are filled with sin. If you feel that you’re not and you can come up with excuses for everything, then you’re calling God a liar. You can’t have a healthy relationship with God if he says you’re sinful and you say you’re not.
The wonder of wonders is that when you admit to him that you are sinful (that’s repentance), he says you’re forgiven. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” God dealt with your sins once and for all when he made Jesus guilty of them and cursed Jesus for them on the cross. Whenever you tell God the truth about your sins, he tells you the truth about what he did with them. He took them off you and laid them on Christ. Hell and death came to Jesus; heaven and life have come to you, for “the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sins.”
When our relationship with God is like this, we don’t try to hide the truth from him and he never keeps the truth from us. We are sinners and we say so, but he has forgiven us, and he says so, without fail, time and time again. That’s a healthy relationship with God.
I, a sinner, come to you with a penitent confession.
Savior, show me mercy, too; grant for all my sins remission. Let these words my soul relieve—Jesus sinners does receive. (CW 304)