|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
Workday @ 8:00 a.m.
Anniversary set up @ 12:00 p.m.
KQ/ACTs/ABC @ 9:00 a.m.
Worship Service @ 10:00 a.m.
ANNIVERSARY SERVICE @ 4:00 p.m.
ANNIVERSARY DINNER @ 5:00 p.m.
ANNIVERSARY Program @ 5:30 p.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.
Worship w/ Communion @ 7:00 p.m.
|Happy Anniversary, Saints!
The day has finally come! This Sunday we celebrate 50 years of God’s grace at King of Kings. We have our usual offerings Sunday morning, and at 4:00 pm we have a special Anniversary Service. More than anything else, we would like YOU to come to this service: current members, past members, friends—EVERYONE! 4:00 PM SUNDAY! After the service, we will have a special fellowship meal and a special program lined up. Please join us!
While most things are ready, there are still a few last minute things to do. Saturday, we have a special workday. Thirty cubic yards of woodchips for the playground are being delivered. We need to spread it out. The grounds need a good once over, inside and out (cleaning windows and sills, walls and flooring, pulling weeds and trimming bushes, etc.) Rain or shine, we have work to do.
If you can’t make the morning workday, there is still work to be done in afternoon setting up tables and chairs in the gym, organizing and making everything pretty for Sunday. Your help is needed!
Our 50th Anniversary is not the only big event in October. Next Saturday is the LWMS Rally at Risen Savior in Orlando. Pastor Paul Prange, WELS Administrator for Ministerial Education, will speak on hosting international students and the mission doors it opens. Then, at the end of the month, we will celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. (More on that in the next few weeks.)
Now here’s today’s devotion:
Righteousness Revealed and Believed
In the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”
Are you familiar with “the big reveal”? Maybe you’ve watched one of these home makeover shows, or the weight loss shows, or any one of a number of “reality” shows. There is always that moment with “the big reveal.” Those in the know are excited to show off the home, body or secret surprise. Those not in the know are shocked and overwhelmed by the transformation. It can be a magical moment.
In this verse of the apostle Paul in his letter to the Romans he talks too about “a big reveal.” Far greater than anything in this world that we can buy or re-furbish, he talks about a truly amazing and other-worldly thing that God has revealed which transforms us. It is his righteousness.
It is important to note, though, that he’s not talking about the righteousness that God has because he is the all-holy, sin-free deity. In fact, talk of that kind of righteousness can only make us—unholy, sinful humans—afraid. If we really take time to think about God’s holiness and righteousness, it only helps to remind us that we stand convicted, condemned, and cursed. God is righteous and demands righteousness. We are not and we can’t produce it. The desires of our hearts, the thoughts of our minds, and the lives that we lead reveal that all too clearly.
Paul is talking about something else here. He tells us that a righteousness from God is revealed, or made known, in the gospel, the good news of Jesus Christ. He tells us that it is a real righteousness that God gives to sinners through faith in Jesus, who lived and died for them. It is actually a righteousness that God declares for sinners. It is as though he says to you: “Because Jesus paid the price, you are no longer counted guilty! You are righteous in my sight.”
The transformation is remarkable. We may not see the effects immediately, but that’s because God works from the inside out. Righteousness and the life it promises comes to us through faith. Look to Jesus for your righteousness. Trust him and his righteousness. Be confident that the Lord has declared you righteous in and through Jesus and that you are being transformed through the working of his Holy Spirit. Live, really live, with peace and hope and joy, knowing that in Jesus God has revealed his own real righteousness for you.
Take a good look at and grab hold of this “big reveal,” and live with your hope for this life and the next one in Jesus.
Lord, I thank you for the gospel message, through which you have made Jesus known. I thank you for the gospel message, through which you work faith in my heart. I thank you for declaring me righteous in your sight and for giving me true and lasting life in Jesus. In his name I pray. Amen.