|King of Kings Lutheran Church
1101 N. Wymore Road
Maitland, FL 32751
Sunday @ 10:00 a.m.
Call for Basic Doctrines Class
This Week's Schedule
King's Camp @ Rebounderz
Dinner Around Town @ 6:00 p.m. @ Miller's Orlando Ale House
Worship Service @ 10:00 a.m.
Call Meeting @ 12:00 p.m.
WELS S.A. District Convention @ Palm Harbor, FL
Breakfast for Your Heart @ 6:30 a.m. @ Perkins on 436
This Sunday will be Pastor Golisch’s final Sunday at King of Kings as your pastor. Tuesday, the moving truck will come and they will move to Wisconsin. Pastor will be installed at St. Paul, Slinger, WI, July 1 at 2:00 pm. Their new home address will be N163 W20130 Ash Drive, Jackson, WI, 53037. Phone numbers and email addresses will stay the same.
Sunday will also be the next opportunity to call a pastor. The call meeting will take place around noon (in other words, as soon as Pastor Blumer can get here after his service). All members are invited to attend.
So, who will serve King of Kings until the next pastor accepts your call? For any immediate pastoral needs or visits, Pastor Steve Blumer will be the first point of contact (407-694-9670 or email@example.com). Most of our Sunday services will be led by Pastor Bill Gabb (972-897-5610). He’s a retired WELS pastor living in Deltona. You will very much enjoy him and his preaching.
As far as other congregational matters, King’s Camp is going to Rebounderz today. Tomorrow is our next Dinner Around Town at Miller’s Orlando Ale House in Altamonte Springs (by the mall), 6 pm. Good food at a good price. Remember to return your Change for Life boxes by next Sunday, Father's Day. Thank you.
I wasn’t sure what was going to become of this weekly email with my departure, but a member has volunteered to continue on with it for the time being. (Thank you, Bobbie!) So, keep watching for it in your inbox every Friday morning.
Finally, thank you to everyone for your love, prayers and support over these past 15 years. Thank you for a lovely farewell last Sunday and the kind words and gifts you shared. Our family has been blessed to serve you and to be served by you. We leave with grateful hearts. Know that the Lord will be with you and will see you through whatever trials will come up. The great thing about Christian farewells is that they are never “goodbyes,” only, “until we see each other again,” even if that means waiting for heaven. God’s peace be with you.
Now, here’s today’s devotion:
Through Christ Alone!
"I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out and find pasture."
"I just don't know. I'll have to think about it some more." That was all John could say. He wasn't sure if he could agree with what Paul had told him.
Paul had just told his friend about the way to heaven. He wanted to make sure John knew it was only through Jesus that he could be saved. This concerned John and made him ask, "Then, what about everyone who doesn't believe in Jesus? Will God exclude good, moral people if they don't believe?"
The debate still lingers. People like John still feel there are various ways to enter heaven. However, Jesus reveals something completely different. There is only one way to enter heaven, and that is through him. When he says, "I am the gate," there are only two things which can happen. The door into heaven will be opened, or the door will be closed, and the only way the door will be opened is through Jesus Christ.
In spite of what Jesus says, there is still the desperate hope other alternatives exist. I may even hope there are other ways which God would find acceptable. Unfortunately, everything else fails because entry is only through Christ alone.
Here is the good news. There is a way to heaven and it is through Jesus. Jesus is the way—the only way—because he did what was needed for me, and all people, to enter heaven. Jesus offered his Father the perfect obedient life which was demanded, and which I could never live. Jesus paid his Father the complete price which was required, and which I could never pay.
Without Jesus I may desire to be in heaven, but I will never enter it. With Jesus, the door is open. He makes it possible for me to come into heaven where he gladly welcomes me. Then I will have everything I need and will live in never-ending joy. This is why I need to look to Jesus alone.
How blessed I am to know that I am saved through Christ alone!
O dearest Jesus, my Lord and my Savior, you have provided the way to heaven, and you have called me through your word to enter eternal life. Give me the faith I need to trust that I am saved through you alone. Amen.