Greetings, Saints (01/07/20)

 

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King of Kings Lutheran Church
1101 N. Wymore Road
Maitland, FL 32751
407-628-5696

VisitKoK.com

Worship Time:
Sundays @ 10 am

Family Bible Time:
Sundays @ 9 am
- Sunday School (PreK-Grade 5 - School Library)
- ACTS (Grades 6-12 - Conference Room)
- Adult Bible Study (Family Life Center Lunch Room)

Midweek Bible Study:
Wednesdays @ 10:30 am


Looking Ahead

Tuesday, 1/7
7 pm - Fellowship Committee (Conference Room)

Wednesday, 1/8
10:30 am - Midweek Bible Study (Conference Room)
6:30 pm - Board of Youth Discipleship (Conference Room)

Saturday, 1/11
10 am - King of Kings Basketball vs. Good Shepherd (Gym)

Sunday, 1/12
9 am - Family Bible Hour (SS/ACTS/ABS)
10 am - Worship
11:30 am - Prepared to Answer


Monday, 1/13
1:30 pm - Bible Information Class (Wilkinson)
4 pm - King of Kings Basketball vs. Avalon (Gym)


Prayer List

Rob C., Lena M. & Others
Recovering from various strains of the flue

Pr. Rod W.
Father of Phil W. - Continuing to undergo treatment for aggressive cancer

Ralph S.
Father of Suzi K. - Poor health due to pulmonary fibrosis


McKenzie E.
USAF - Deployed to Middle East

Deployed American Military Personnel
That the Lord would keep them safe
Greetings, Saints!

During the Christmas season, we focused on God's amazing, unconditional love for the world--love so great that he gave his one and only Son even for you and me. Yet that love is not just for you and me. God revealed his love to the nations. The following devotion is adapted from Sunday's sermon on Matthew 2:1-12 - God's Love Revealed to the Nations. For the full text of the sermon, click on the title or listen to the sermon by clicking on the Messages from the King graphic below.

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You might know the account. Wise Men from somewhere the East travel hundreds of miles to worship a child born King of the Jews? They travel to the capital city of Jerusalem, which shouldn't be a surprise. After all, the capital is where the king lives and rules. Yet the Wise Men only find hostility and indifference--a hostile king named Herod who wants any challenger to his throne, even a toddler, put to death, and indifferent religious leaders who are safe and secure with their status quo lives afraid to have the hostile king turn his wrath on them. Nevertheless, the Lord uses the hostile and indifferent to inform the wise of the prophesied location of that Christ Child. Overwhelmed with joy, the Wise Men rush the 6 miles to Bethlehem, where the Lord reveals to them the location of the Christ Child's home. Before you know it, those strange men from a strange land are worshiping Jesus, the toddler King, and presenting him with gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Those men were wise not because of their learning, but because God had made them wise for salvation through Holy Scripture.

...But how often don’t you and I fail to recognize what they saw? Do you ever find yourself more like Herod—not ruthless, not murderous, but self-centered or even hostile? By nature, we’re all hostile to God. You want to go your own way and do your own thing. No one is going to tell you if you’re right or wrong. Your sinful nature wants you to defy God in every way, but like Herod’s rage, all that hostility is wasted breath before God.

Maybe you act more like the chief priests and experts in the Law. You’d rather continue in your indifference, yawning at the preaching of God’s Word in worship more interested in what you have planned after the service; perhaps resigning yourself to the endurance of a long service or looking for a quick getaway because we’re celebrating the Lord’s Supper and worship should never go beyond 60 minutes; or ignoring the daily importance of recalling your Baptism and spending time with Jesus in his Word. Maybe indifference has led you to keep your mouth shut when the Lord provided an opportunity to share his love with another hurting or broken soul. Spiritual indifference can be just as bad as hostility, if not worse!

Yet there is One who came even for the hostile and the indifferent, One who came to make us “wise for salvation." The Babe of Bethlehem is born to live and die even for the hostile and the indifferent. Why? Remember what we heard on Christmas night! “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son…” (John 3:16) In spite of our hostility and indifference, God still loves us! In spite of our hostility and indifference, Jesus still came to live and give his life for us and the nations! As he revealed to the wise men, Jesus came to reveal God’s love to people like you from every nation and culture.

Through Christ our Savior, each of us was declared not guilty in God’s sight. Through the waters of Baptism and the proclaiming of the good news of your Savior, the Holy Spirit worked faith in Christ in your heart. Now when the Lord looks at you, he doesn’t see race or culture or gender or social status or family line or how long you or your family have been members at King of Kings. No, he sees you—a beloved son or daughter made holy in the blood of Christ.

So what will you do with that good news about God’s love in Christ? There’s no time to be hostile or indifferent about it. You’ve seen what Jesus is doing in your life. You see what Jesus has done for your eternity. So take that glorious good news of God’s love revealed to the nations and share it! Find the people you love and live with and work with and go to school with and have fun with and point them to Jesus, your Savior! In our world that’s getting darker and more hostile and more indifferent every day, let the light of God’s love shine through you to many others, so someday they too may worship Christ, the Savior of our world!

Basking in God's Revealed Love,
Pastor Gumm

Lessons for your own personal Bible reading as you go through your week:
Psalm 45
Isaiah 42:1-7
Matthew 3:13-17
Acts 10:34-38

Coming Soon @ King of Kings

Why Are We Here? - Why does King of Kings Lutheran Church exist? That might seem like an odd question, but what is our purpose? Why are we here? Who are we and where are we going? The answers we need start with a look back at why Jesus came in the first place. So join us Sundays from Jan. 12-Feb. 23 @ 10 am as God provides us answers and so much more!

  • January 12 (Baptism of Our Lord) – Why Is Jesus Here?
  • January 19 – Why Are We Here? To Connect People to God
  • January 26 (St. Titus) – To Connect People to God’s Word
  • February 2 (Presentation of Our Lord) – To Connect People to God’s World
  • February 9 – To Connect People to God’s People
  • February 16 – To Connect People to God’s Work
  • February 23 (Transfiguration of Our Lord/Funday Sunday) – Where Do We Go from Here?


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What Does God Have to Say About Fear? - Fear is something that we all wrestle with in some way, shape, or form. We often do not realize how much fear motivates the choices we make or the actions we take. Yet our God confronts fear head on. So what does God have to say about your fears? Join us Sundays @ 9 am in the Family Life Center lunchroom as we learn about fear and what God has to say about it!

One Message, Multiple Options - We have been working hard to get our weekly sermon podcast up and running. As noted above, we've named it Messages from the King. You can also subscribe to receive the newest sermons as they are posted on the following platforms:

You can always visit our podcast site @ VisitKoK.com/Sermons to listen to the latest sermons!

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Growing in Hope – Does the Bible really apply to my life? Where can I learn more about Jesus? How can I become part of the King of Kings family? How can I grow in my understanding of God’s Word? Pastor offers Bible Information Class to answer these questions and more! New sessions start all the time! If you interested in joining our next session, reply to this e-mail or contact Pastor!

An Encouraging Word: After Jesus was baptized, he immediately went up out of the water. Suddenly, the heavens were opened for him! He saw the Spirit of God, descending like a dove and landing on him, and a voice out of the heavens said, “This is my Son, whom I love. I am well pleased with him.” (Matthew 3:16-17)