It’s a big weekend here at King of Kings. Saturday, we will host the SALSA East tournament. Eight teams from five WELS schools (us, Deltona, Palm Coast, Melbourne, and Kissimmee) will be here. Games go from 8 am to 6 pm.Come, cheer on our Crusaders!
Sunday, Pastor Bob Fleischmann from Christian Life Resources will be here. He will have the adult Bible study hour to talk about current life issues and answer any questions you might have. (We will meet in the sanctuary, not the ASC room.) CLR covers a wide range of topics, really anything that has to do with the sanctity of life. Pastor Fleischmann will also be our guest preacher. After the service, he will meet with our local Crusaders for Life chapter.
Next Sunday, January 28, Pastor Larry Zahn will be here to guest preach as part of our 50th Anniversary celebration. Pastor Zahn served as pastor of King of Kings for the twelve years prior to Pastor Golisch. He is now retired from active ministry and we look forward to having him here and sharing stories of the past. After that service, we will have our annual chili cook-off. Bring your best chili to share. Attendees get to vote on their favorites.
Finally, Wednesday, January 31, we will have our next German worship service in place of our regular midweek service. Mr. Warnecke will lead an all-German service. (KOK has a German immersion program in our school.)
Those are the highlights. Now here’s today’s devotion:
Then Jesus answered, “Woman, you have great faith!”
What constitutes a great faith? What means is used to measure that which is called: “the substance of things hoped for and the certainty of things unseen?” (Hebrews 11:1)
It is hard to explain faith, let alone measure it. Jesus, however, knows. He also knows the standard to determine what great faith is, and he uses it in respect to the woman who pleaded for his help. Two observations led Jesus to pronounce that this woman had a great faith. The first was her knowledge of Jesus’ ability to help, and her tenacious hold on that knowledge. She knew what Jesus’ ministry was all about, and she was not going to challenge it or seek to change it. The second was her persistence. She wasn’t going to take “no” for an answer. This Jesus called a great faith, and it is a model of faith I need to pursue.
Sometimes our grasp of God’s Word and his promises can be tentative at best. I may know the words, but I don’t understand what Jesus’ ministry was truly about. This results in a lack of persistence. We pray, but it becomes an occasional practice, and we quickly give up because it doesn’t seem to me that the Lord interested in helping.
I need to recognize my weakness and confess it. Then I need to get back to the Lord and his Word. Here I receive the joyful proclamation that the barrier to my prayers is removed. In addition, I receive the very means I need to strengthen my faith. Through a daily study of the Word my faith in Jesus grows stronger. My grasp of God’s promises becomes firmer. Even the devil cannot cause me to lose my grip on his precious words. I even see a growing persistence in my prayer life. I pray more often and with more passion.
These are only a few results of a life of faith through the working of the Word. There is also a greater boldness to approach the Lord, a greater certainty of his help, and a greater peace to know he will always answer me for my good.
So a goal for me in this life is simple. I do not strive to be recognized simply as a person who has a great faith. Rather, I want to be known as a person who has great faith in an ever greater Lord and Savior.
Lord, increase my faith. Amen.