|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. = Table Talk
Wednesday @ 6:30 a.m. = Psalms
Wednesday @ 10:30 a.m. = The Gospel of John
This Week's Schedule
LPS BB Tournament @ Watertown, WI
LWMS Rally @ 9:30 a.m. @ Ocala
KQ/ACTs/ABC @ 9:00 a.m.
Worship Service @ 10:00 a.m.
Choir Practice @ 11:15 a.m.
Elders Meeting @ 5:00 p.m.
Anniversary Committee @ 6:00 p.m.
Basic Doctrines @ 7:30 p.m.
Breakfast for Your Heart @ 6:30 a.m. @ Perkins on 436
School Mission Service @ 8:05 a.m.
Mornings with Mommy @ 10:00 a.m.
Mid-Morning Bible Class @ 10:30 a.m.
Lenten Dinner @ 6:00 p.m.
Choir Practice @ 6:30 p.m.
Worship Service @ 7:00 p.m.
Great job by our Crusaders last weekend. At the track meet, we took home a number of Blue Ribbons (1st Place). At the German competition (against high schoolers), our German club took Second Place overall with some of our students placing well in individual events. Way to go!
Today, the school basketball team plays in the Luther Prep basketball tournament in Watertown, WI. Our first game is at 11:30 (EST). Our second game, depending how we do, our can be watched online here @ 6:00 or 7:00 pm (EST) or go to Lps.wels.net. Our final game will be Saturday, 10:00, 12:00, 1:00 or 3:00, depending on earlier games. All but the 1:00 game can be watched using the same link.
Saturday is the LWMS Spring Rally in Ocala, FL. Pastor Charlie Vannieuwenhoven of WELS Campus Ministry will be the keynote presenter. Please contact Bobbie Craig if interested.
Don’t forget that this weekend is Daylight Savings time. Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead one hour Saturday night. Pastor Norm Kuske will fill in for Pastor Golisch for worship this Sunday. Phil Warnecke will lead a Bible study based on Luther’s Table Talk.
Wednesday, March 15, at 8:00 pm (after the Lenten service) we will hold a call meeting for a 3-5th grade teacher to replace Mr. Gurgel. All are invited.
March 19th, WELS Ministry of Christian Giving advisor Carl Leibner will be here to give a special presentation covering all sorts of topics like wills vs. trusts, Minor’s Trusts, guardianship, Power of Attorney for Health Care vs. Living Wills, beneficiaries, POD’s and TOD’s that can avoid probate—this and so much more. Prior to his call to WELS, Carl was a Certified Financial Planner with over 30 years in finances. A special lunch will be provided for all attendees.
Finally, a few weeks ago heavy winds damaged our front sign. We have worked out the details on the replacement. The entire project will cost a little under $4000, including new LED lights. We are halfway to our goal. Please consider giving toward this project.
That’s all for this week. Now here’s today’s devotion:
Planting Kingdom Truths
Jesus also said, “This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. All by itself the soil produces grain—first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.” Again he said, “What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest seed you plant in the ground. Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds of the air can perch in its shade.”
A mother left the note for her children, “Have a great day! Don’t forget to take the lasagna out of the freezer. I will be home around 6:00 PM tonight. Don’t forget to take the lasagna out of the freezer. Love you! ~ Mom (p.s. Don’t forget to take the lasagna out of the freezer.)”
Do you get the impression that mom wants the lasagna out of the freezer? Repeating a message is a way to emphasize a message. So your ears perk up when a couple times in Mark chapter 4 and many times elsewhere in the Bible, Jesus says, “He who has ears, let him hear.” Do you get the impression that your Savior wants you to hear his Word?
But what good will that do? How does hearing a few words heal heartache? How will it help the couple in crisis? The family drowning in busyness? The sick? The lonely? The guilty? It is a nice thought, Jesus, but what good will listening do?
With words as his picture, Jesus holds up a teeny-tiny seed and says, “A farmer doesn’t know how this seed grows. But it does! And that is what my kingdom is like.” He then reaches for a teenier, tinier mustard seed and contrasts it with the tall plant, like a tree that it would become. Seeds are so little when planted, and yet they grow into ripe harvests and large plants.
Just think about what happens in your heart and soul as Jesus fills them with his Word. He isn’t sharing farming examples to broaden your understanding of agriculture, but to plant kingdom truths in your heart. The king who died and rose for you wants you to know and trust the power of his Word. God’s Word, like a tiny seed, doesn’t seem like much. But it is the power of God. And through that power of God, he sprouts faith, grows that faith, and fills the limbs of your life with the bounty of his fruits.
He who has ears, let him hear!
Lord God, fill my ears and plant in my heart the precious and powerful truths of your Word and your Son Jesus. Amen.