|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. = Reformation Lessons from Powerful Politicians
Wednesday @ 6:30 a.m. = Judges
Wednesday @ 10:30 a.m. = Romans
This Week's Schedule
KQ/ACTs/ABC @ 9:00 a.m.
Worship Service @ 10:00 a.m.
Breakfast for Your Heart @ 6:30 a.m. @ Perkins on 436
School Mission Service @ 8:05 a.m.
Romans Bible Class @ 10:30 a.m.
Worship w/ Communion @ 7:00 p.m.
Pre-call Meeting @ 7:00 p.m.
What a wonderful Easter celebration we had last week!
He is risen. He is risen indeed! Thank you to all who helped out in so many different ways last weekend.
Each week in April, we have something very special happening.
This Thursday, April 12, 7 pm, we will hold a special “pre-call” meeting with South Atlantic District President Chuck Westra. How the “call” works is the congregation will meet with Pastor Westra who will explain the process, what to expect, what is expected of the congregation, and will then ask about the desires you have for your next pastor. In other words, what gifts or talents are you looking for? There might also be some discussion on the preschool call. Then, in a few weeks, we will hold an official call meeting based on the candidates provided.
Next Sunday, April 15, will be our outdoor service and church picnic at the Woodlands Subdivision park in Longwood. (I-4, to E 434, N on Tollgate Trail; 2nd stop sign, W on Western Fork, dead ends at the park.) The service is at 10 am. We’ll have a potluck picnic after the service. After that, we’ll play some games in the fields.
April 22 will be our Quarterly Voters meeting, which will include budget, election and possibly the calling of a new pastor and pre-k teacher.
Finally, April 29 will be our last Sunday Funday. It will be a special water day. It will also be a time to invite parents with kids who might be interested in our school.
That’s all for now. Here’s today’s devotion:
Lunatic or Lord?
"I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?"
Martha had to ask herself what she believed. Jesus had just asked her one of the most important questions she would ever have to answer. Would she go with the commonly accepted opinion? Or, would she go with what she had come to know, what Jesus had said?
You face the same question today. What do you believe about Jesus? Do you accept the common view held by many that Jesus was just a moral man, a good teacher, and a wonderful example to follow? Or, do you trust what the Bible reveals about Jesus, that he is the Son of God and holds life and death in his hands? The difference is critical because either I see Jesus as a lunatic, or I confess him as Lord.
When Jesus says he is the resurrection and the life, he declares he is the Son of God and the Son of Man. He also declares he is the Christ, namely the one sent and set apart by God to be the world’s Savior. The world scoffs at this message and claims Jesus was nothing more than a man. While the world may try to convince me to believe Jesus was a lunatic who claimed to be God, I need to rely on what the Bible teaches.
The Bible is clear in what it says about Jesus. As true God he came to live the perfect life which God the Father required for me to enter heaven. As true Man he was able to give up his life and offer the perfect payment to release me from the guilt of my sin. Equally important, as true God and true Man—the Christ from God—he gives me the assurance to trust his promise: "Whoever lives and believes in me will never die."
When I put my complete confidence in Jesus, it is not misplaced. As my Lord he forgives me, he rescues me from the devil's power, and he will bring me to life in heaven. As my Lord he also guides me with his love, he comforts me with his promises, and he guards me with his presence.
It is because of who Jesus is and what he does that I confidently confess he is my Lord. This is the continued message of Easter. And so I confidently confess with Martha, "I believe you are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world."
O dearest Jesus, I thank you for your willingness to die on the cross for me. I also thank you for your victory over death and the grave. Continue to give me the confidence I need to trust in you as my gracious Lord and only Savior. Amen.