|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
Wednesday @ 6:30 a.m. = Psalms
Wednesday @ 10:30 a.m. = John
This Week's Schedule
Basketball Games @ 4:30 & 5:30 p.m.
Workday @ 8:00 a.m.
Spacecoast BB Tournament @ 10:15 a.m.@ Melbourne
Christmas Market @ 5:00 p.m. @ Rollins College
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.
John Bible Class @ 10:30 a.m.
Advent Dinner @ 6:00 p.m.
Advent Service @ 7:00 p.m.
Basic Doctrines @ 7:00 p.m.
I hope your December is going well. HOPE. That’s an interesting word. It is the expectation of something good. That’s what the season of Advent is all about. HOPE. The expectation of Christmas, of Christ coming into our world. We continue that journey this Sunday as we look at the John the Baptist, a true preacher of HOPE. Also, Wednesday night we have the second of our two midweek Advent services in which we are looking at Darkness and Light. That service is at 7 pm; dinner is provided from 6:00-6:45 pm.
Today marks the official beginning of our school basketball season. Our Crusaders will be competing against Peace Lutheran of Kissimmee. The lower grade team plays at 4:30and the upper grades at 5:30. Both are home games. Come on out and cheer for our team. Our basketball team also travels to Melbourne on Saturday for an early tournament. Go Crusaders!
Speaking of Saturday, we have a special workday. The big project is digging out our front sign in order to see the extent of damage there is to the support post and how it is anchored. Shovels are needed. Other work includes replacing faded signs around campus, yard work and any other clean up necessary to get our campus ready for Christmas. The fun begins at 8 am.
One more thing for your Saturday: Rollins College has their Christmas Market Saturday night. There is a German tie to this event, and we will have a booth there promoting our school, specifically the German language classes that we offer. Come, enjoy the Market, and stop by our booth. Even better, be a witness and encourage our school to an interested family.
Finally, next Sunday, December 17th, we will go Christmas caroling to two of our seasoned citizens. We leave church at 2 pm. Afterwards, we’ll stop and get a bite to eat.
That’s the news for this week. Now here’s today’s devotion:
In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness. For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.
Although it doesn’t happen quite as often in real life as it does in soap operas, people do get amnesia. Due to some kind of trauma, a person can lose vital pieces of their memory. Once in a while there are victims of amnesia who retain almost all of the knowledge they had before. They retain skills they had learned like playing musical instruments, typing and reading maps. They simply forget who they are.
What if you had this kind of amnesia? The skills that you now have and use every day would become very mysterious. You wouldn’t know why you are able to do what you do. You would become disconcerted, frightened, maybe even angry. Certainly you could never rest or be at peace as long as your identity eluded you. If you have no identity, then you have no purpose.
Sometimes Christians forget their identity. It happens when they define themselves according to their sins. They may know what they’re doing is wrong, but they say, “Well, I guess that’s just who I am.” In today’s reading, the apostle Paul reminds Christians of who they really are, and tells them what this means.
He writes, “In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.” Being “alive to God” means you can converse with God, delight in him, praise him, and love him and others. Paul says, “count yourself alive to God.” He’s reminding us that every believer has been brought from death to life. He’s telling believers, “This is who you are.”
You may be a son, daughter, father, mother, grandparent, student, teacher, employee, employer, professional; you are a citizen. Each calling gives you purpose for your existence on this earth. But there is no greater calling or purpose than that of being a Christian. A Christian’s connection to God brings meaning and purpose to everything you do. It’s all an offering of thanksgiving to God. In short, whenever you remember what Jesus has done to save you, life becomes worth living!
Dear Jesus, help me remember what you’ve done for me, so that I never forget who I am. Let everything I do be one big sacrifice of thanksgiving to you. Amen.