|King of Kings Lutheran Church
1101 N. Wymore Road
Maitland, FL 32751
Sunday @ 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday @ 6:30 a.m. = Psalms
Wednesday @ 7:00 p.m.
This Week's Schedule
King's Camp @ KOK (waterslide)
Worship Service @ 10:00 a.m.
Gurgel/Rysavy Farewell Potluck @ 11:30 a.m.
Fellowship Committee @ 7:00 p.m.
Anniversary Committee @ 6:00 p.m.
Breakfast for Your Heart @ 6:30 a.m. @ Perkins on 436
King's Camp Showcase @ 6:00 p.m.
Bible Class @ 7:00 p.m.
Basic Doctrines @ 7:00 p.m.
This week I’ve been away at Camp South. We’re having a great time and will be travelling back to Florida today. I hope you’re having as much fun as I am.
Today, King’s Camp brings in an inflatable waterslide—always a big hit with the kids. Next week is the last week for camp. The KC showcase is Wednesday night beginning at 6 pm. Pizza is provided. We want to thank all of our counselors: Hannah, Emma, Tara and Nina, plus our subs Paul and Destiny. You are the ones who make our camps so special.
Last Saturday, only a few people attend the Thirty-Onefundraiser. As a reminder, you may still order online through July 30th via Facebook.If you have any questions, direct them to Natalie.Lucas@yahoo.com.
We had some great discussion on flooring on Sunday. There was consensus on most things, and I feel we have good direction for project. Now, we need to raise the $15,000+ as soon as possible. We have some committed donors already. Let’s see if we can get this done quickly. The official decision will be made at the Voters meeting, October 6th, after services.
There are two big events next Saturday. The first is our back-to-school workday. There are many projects to tackle including cleaning, yard work, painting, and the assembly of five picnic tables. The fun begins at 8 am and your help is needed.
Then, at 3:30 pm, is the Owen Faber funeral service. Owen was a long-time member who did so much for our congregation. He has fought the good fight and has finished his race. He is at rest with his Savior.
That’s it for this week. Now, here is today’s devotion:
Jesus, a Robber?
The teachers of the law who came down from Jerusalem said, “He is possessed by Beelzebub! By the prince of demons he is driving out demons.” So Jesus called them and spoke to them in parables: “How can Satan drive out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. And if Satan opposes himself and is divided, he cannot stand; his end has come. In fact, no one can enter a strong man’s house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man. Then he can rob his house.”
Jesus said, “I am the light of the world.” And we say, “Goodbye, darkness!”
Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life.” And we say, “Goodbye, death!”
Jesus said, “I am the strong robber.” And we say, “Hello, confusion!”
I am…the strong robber?
It sounds crazy to compare Jesus to a robber. He never took what belonged to others nor misused what God had given to him. His attitude toward God’s gift of possessions remained perfect in every way. So to compare Jesus to a robber is about as crazy as calling him demon-possessed.
This makes for quite a scene in Mark chapter 3. After Jesus had freed tortured individuals from the power of demon possession, others who opposed Jesus accused him of doing so by the power of “the prince of demons” and as a man “possessed by Beelzebub” (a name for Satan meaning the prince of demons). Jesus questioned their logic, “Why would Satan oppose himself? A house divided against itself cannot stand.” But then he made a strong point of comparison.
Jesus compared himself to a robber.
Satan is strong. Never doubt that! He actively seeks to destroy your relationships, your life, your faith, and your eternity. What are you to do? Find comfort in the one who is stronger! Satan may be strong, but Jesus is stronger! Like a stronger man who ties up a strong man and then robs him of his possessions, Jesus has bound Satan and freed you. With his sinless life, bloody nails of a cross, and folded grave clothes in an empty tomb, Jesus has robbed Satan of victory and robed you as the victor. Your stronger Savior has snatched you from the enemy. And he promises that no enemy ever can snatch you from him!
Lord Jesus, the devil prowls like a roaring lion looking to devour me. Protect me in your strong and victorious arms and continue to silence his roaring through the good news of your victory. Amen.