I have a confession to make. I played the wrong video on Sunday. The WELS Connection was from an earlier month. If you’d like to watch the August edition, click here. It has to do with MLC’s urban teaching initiative. The subject matter is particularly relevant to our situation at King of Kings.
The school volleyball season has begun. Although there are no games this Labor Day weekend, there are games Tuesday and Wednesday. Watch the calendar for days and times.
The Sunday, we resume our Sunday School which is called “King’s Quest,” ACTs which is our team group, and Adult Bible Class which begins the study Our Christian Response, all from 9:00-9:45. King’s Quest opens in the gym; ACTs in the Conference Room and ABC in the ASC Room.
This Tuesday, 10:00-11:00 am, we have our Mornings with Mommy program. It isn’t preschool or childcare. It is a time for moms with pre-school aged children to come together, mingle and learn. Activities are geared towards bringing moms and their children closer together. Activities include: arts, crafts, sensory table, flannel stories, story time, music, educational toys, and a snack. The cost is $5 per visit and will be held the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. To make sure enough supplies and snacks are available, register today at www.visitkok.com/MWM, email Bethany email@example.com, or contact the office.
Saturday, 9/12, we will hold a Photo Scavenger Hunt at Downtown Disney—bring your smart phone if you have one. Please use the parking lot by Planet Hollywood. We will meet at the tables outside the AMC theater across from Planet Hollywood. Please be there by 3:00 p.m. The event will end around 6 with a special gathering, prizes and dinner. This should be a fun, interactive event for all ages. If you'd like to get a head start, download the Goose Chase app.
Finally, 9/27 is a big Sunday for us. It will be our first Sunday Funday of the year. Also, Pastor Robert Fleischman of Christian Life Resources will be here. More information will follow in the weeks to come.
Those are the highlights. Now on to today’s devotion:
The Peace of God
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Our minds and hearts strain for peace by trying to remove the things which cause stress and hurt. If we get sick, our distress is removed when we are well again. If we find ourselves in serious financial trouble, the stress weighs heavy on our minds and we are not relieved until the red ink turns to black. We tend to equate peace in our lives with an absence of adversity.
How different is the peace of God that we have in Christ! God’s peace far surpasses our understanding of peace. The peace that God gives exists in the midst of difficulties. It settles and flourishes in the minds and hearts of believers. Though we experience all kinds of troubles and struggle to overcome many challenges, we have peace in the midst of everything. That’s true because the peace of God is founded on what he has already accomplished through Jesus. He charged his Son with the guilt of our sin and inflicted Jesus with the suffering and death that we deserved.
True, lasting peace is knowing with our minds and believing with our hearts that our sins have been forgiven by our heavenly Father and that we will spend eternity surrounded by his glory and filled with his blessings. Instead of condemning us to hell, God has promised us heaven. Instead of separation from God, he promises to hold us near and dear to him. God has made us his own through Jesus and he will not forsake us. He guards us by his power so nothing can separate us from his love for us in Christ. As God's own people we can confidently face every situation – no matter what it is. We have the peace of God through Jesus.
Fill me, O God, with the peace of knowing that in Jesus you love me and are guiding me on the course that keeps me close to you. Amen.