|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. =
Wednesday @ 6:30 a.m. =
Wednesday @ 10:30 a.m. =
This Week's Schedule
Dinner Around Town @ Chiantis, Longwood @ 6:30 p.m.
KQ/ACTs/ABC @ 9:00 a.m.
Worship Service @ 10:00 a.m.
NO SCHOOL - President's Day
Trustees Meeting @ 6:00 p.m.
Church Council @ 7:15 p.m.
Breakfast for Your Heart @ 6:30 a.m. @ Perkins on 436
School Mission Service @ 8:05 a.m.
Bible Study @ 10:30 a.m.
Lenten Supper @ 6:00 p.m.
Lenten Service @ 7:00 p.m.
Basic Doctrines @ 7:00 p.m.
We had a very nice beginning to our Lenten season on Wednesday. It was wonderful to have WELS singer-song writer Steven Bautista and his family here, and we pray that the Lord continue to watch over them as they travel around the country reaching out to the lost and encouraging the found.
Tomorrow night, we have our next Dinner Around Town at Chiantis Pizza and Pasta in Longwood (434 & I-4). Our reservation is for 6:30 pm, for those who signed up. We look forward to seeing you there!
This Wednesday, Pastor Jim Schumann from Crown of Glory Lutheran, Orlando, will lead us in worship. Pastor Golisch will be at Peace Lutheran in Kissimmee. (Their service is at 2:00 p.m.)
Next Saturday, we have a workday around campus. The primary purpose is to get our campus looking as nice as possible, especially as we have some key events coming up in the next three weeks…
Sunday, February 25 is Sunday Funday/Kindergarten Round-Up. The kids of our school will display their social studies projects to the congregation and parents of our school. Finger foods will be available for lunch. It is also our Kindergarten Round-up. If you know anyone who has a preschooler looking for a Kindergarten classroom next year, please invite them to come and find out more.
Sunday, March 4, the Accreditation Visiting Team will arrive on campus. After church, we will have a special luncheon in their honor and as a thank you to the many who helped document the many standards for accreditation. Tuesday afternoon, the Visiting Team will share their findings.
Sunday, March 11, as part of our 50th Anniversary celebration, WELS President and former KOK Pastor Mark Schroeder will be here to preach and share some memories. We will have a potluck dinner in honor of his being here.
Finally, registration for Camp South—Soul Survivor is online. Students completing 3rd-8th grade can go for a week’s worth of fun. The cost is $285 per participant. ClickCamp South 2018 for information and the registration link.
Now here’s today’s devotion:
“Father, where is the Lamb?”
Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?”
“Yes, my son?”
“The fire and the wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”
Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.”
And the two of them went on together.
The words must have pierced Abraham’s soul. Isaac didn’t mean to wound his father, and under most circumstances his question wouldn’t have been wounding words. But these were not normal circumstances. God asked a father to offer his only son as an offering to him. It was a test. God wanted to see whom Abraham loved more—his child or his Lord.
Surely Abraham offered burnt offerings regularly—the kind prescribed by God where the entire offering goes up in smoke. Certainly as a godly father, Abraham enjoyed teaching his son to worship the Lord on God’s terms. But that was always with an animal as the sacrifice. He had never imagined this. Who could have?
Children can ask questions that get to the point and leave adults fumbling for an answer. That’s Isaac on that day with his father. He loved and trusted his dear father so much! With honest eyes and a gentle voice, he asked, “Father, where’s the lamb?”
What would Abraham tell his son? Out of love for his dear son, he couldn’t bluntly say, “Isaac, you’re the lamb this time.” He couldn’t lie and say, “I don’t know.” What would he say, and how would he say it? Holding his son close to him and the Lord’s promises even closer, Abraham breathed deeply and declared, “God himself will provide.”
That’s exactly what happened. God himself provided an offering that day—and the offering was not Isaac. Once God knew he had Abraham’s full trust, the LORD provided an animal instead of Isaac for the sacrifice.
That day pointed ahead to another day, when another Father would offer his one and only Son as a sacrifice. His Son’s name was Jesus whose sacrifice on the cross paid for all sin. Don’t underestimate the Father’s love—and the Son’s trust—that you find on the cross! Don’t ever wonder if God loves you. He provided his own Son, the perfect Lamb of God, as an offering. He was willing to give up his Son so he would have you forever.
Thank you, O my Father, for giving your Son as a sacrifice in my place. Enrich me with a greater understanding of your love, love that spared not your own Son, but delivered him up on the cross for me and all people. Amen.