|King of Kings Lutheran Church
1101 N. Wymore Road
Maitland, FL 32751
Sundays @ 10:00 am
Worship @ Eastmonte Park this Sunday, February 10!
Family Bible Time:
Sundays @ 9:00 am
- Sunday School (K-Grade 5)
- ACTS (Grades 6-12):
True & Reasonable
- Adult Bible Study:
The Resolution to Our Suffering
9 am - Family Bible Time
10 am - Worship w/ Lord's Supper
Presidents' Day - No School!
10:30 am - Midweek Bible Study (Conference Room)
Funday Sunday, 2/24
9 am - Family Bible Time
10 am - Worship (School Kids Sing!)
11:30 am - Kindergarten Roundup/Science Fair/Pig Pickin'
Daniel & Taylor McLeod & Their Families
Married today (Fri. 2/22) in Charleston, SC; That God would grant safe travels to all attending
Dealing with health concerns
Son of Pr. Joel & Jill Russow - Underwent successful surgery this week to relieve pressure on his brain
The Family of Ellen Price
Aunt of John Houlihan - Passed away last weekend
Son of Brian & Jackie Haack - Improved days with his severe autism
That the Lord would protect them from those who seek to end their lives or make it easier to do so
WELS Vietnam-Hmong Outreach
That the Lord would continue to keep the door open to our church body to bring the Light of Christ to the nation of Vietnam
When we are at our most uncertain or vulnerable, we might cry out, "Where in the world is God?” During the Sundays after Epiphany, God’s Word has been revealing to us that God is exactly where we need him to be—in the person of Jesus Christ.
Backwards. Upside down. Unexpected. A strange perspective compared to how we and the rest of the world view life, death, and the future. Yet that's what Jesus provided to us on Sunday in answer to our question--Where in the world is God? The following devotion is adapted from Sunday's sermon on Luke 6:17-26. If you would like to read the sermon in full, simply click on Where in the World Is God? Blessing You.
What is glory by God’s standard? It’s not what you expect. You’d expect the glory of being rich in what makes you comfortable or being satisfied with what fills your stomach and life or laughing your way from success to success or having the praise and respect of all. While that can all be good, none of that is glorious by God’s standard. Instead, consider what Jesus describes as "blessed."
“Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.” What comes to mind when you read that statement from Jesus? Blessed can also mean “favored.” God favors the poor? Really? Jesus speaks not just of the lack of possessions, but the realization that through him, we lack nothing no matter how much or how little we have.
In Christ, you actually have the full grace of God. In Christ, you are blessed—no matter your financial situation—because you are under the rule of your heavenly King. In Christ, you have everything you need. Even losing your possessions cannot ruin you because you have fulfillment in Christ rather than in earthly things. The truth is, the kingdom of God is ours through Jesus Christ, who rules in our lives now and forever. Blessed are those who have their hope in the King who gives us his kingdom!
“Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied.” Is Jesus simply going to give you everything you want? Not exactly. Jesus came to satisfy hungry souls. Jesus came to satisfy souls whose most desperate need is more than just physical hunger, even as he provides for our physical needs. As our gracious God, he will not forsake his people. Jesus came to provide righteousness for sinful beggars like us, to provide forgiveness for guilty souls like ours, to satisfy our natural hunger for what the world cannot provide—peace and reconciliation with our God. Jesus came to satisfy hungry souls living in a world that passes away, a world that never satisfies. Blessed are those who have their hope in the satisfying Savior!
“Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.” Jesus came to give comfort and joy to grieving souls. Jesus came to dry tears because he is the resurrection and the life. Jesus came to overcome death and the grave by his own death and resurrection. Why? So one day we will be where there will be no more weeping or crying or pain, where there will only be joy and laughter and celebration with the victorious King of all. Even though we suffer grief and sadness in this life, we never lack comfort in Jesus. Eternal laughter follows weeping in this life. Lasting joy in Jesus follows momentary sorrow.
Now in all of this, Jesus isn’t telling us we should never enjoy earthly blessings that God provides. God isn’t telling us that finding joy in this life is somehow un-Christian. Jesus isn’t telling us to wipe the smiles off our faces and live each day as if we’re at a funeral, mourning when the Lord does bless us with success. Instead, he wants us to see life and death and the future for what they really are. He wants us to put our hope in him, to find our comfort and joy and strength in him, to recognize God’s hand of blessing as the Apostle Paul once did. “For Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:10)
Blessed in Jesus,
Coming Soon @ King of Kings
Funday Sunday #3 is planned for this Sunday, February 24. It will be a busy day full of fun activity as we focus on God's love for us! The kids will sing during worship @ 10 am. Afterwards, our KoK Science Fair will take place in the gym, while our Kindergarten Round-Up will take place in Mrs. Warnecke's classroom. One more important detail! We will also have a Pig Pickin' prepared by our members! You are welcome to bring a side or dessert!
The Resolution to Our Suffering – “Lord, why did you allow this to happen to me?” “How can you be a loving God and allow such atrocities to occur?” Do you know someone who is angry at God because of suffering, death, or tragedy? Have you ever asked questions like that? Martin Luther once wrote, “A theologian of glory calls evil good and good evil. A theologian of the cross calls the thing what it actually is.” Join us this Sunday @ 9 am as we see how God alone resolves suffering in our lives.
True and Reasonable – In a world growing increasingly hostile to Biblical Christianity, these are questions with which we all have to wrestle. Young people today are on the front lines of this struggle facing objections to what and whom they believe. So what can we do? This Sunday @ 9 am in ACTS class, we will learn how to use a “toolbox” of basic Scriptural truths that can help us face objections to our faith. All 6th-12th graders are encouraged to attend!
Where It All Began – Join us Wednesdays @ 10:30 am as we continue our chapter-by-chapter study of the book of Genesis! Even if you haven’t joined us for this study yet, we would love to have you join us in the Conference Room this Wednesday!
Looking to Grow During Lent? – The church season of Lent starts on Ash Wednesday, March 6. Lent is a great time to get refocused and grow in your faith. To help you do that, our South Atlantic District (WELS) Discipleship Committee is providing daily devotions under the theme When Christ Went to Calvary. They have several options for you to receive them:
- Sign up to receive written devotions in your inbox
- Subscribe to the audio podcast and visit the devotional blog
- Not sure? Visit the devotional resources site
Devotions start going out on Ash Wednesday, March 6!
Lutheran Womens’ Missionary Society (LWMS) Spring Rally is planned for Saturday, March 9 @ 10 am @ Victory Lutheran Church in Jacksonville. For more info or to sign up to attend, please contact Bobbie Craig!
Career Day Assistance – On Wednesday, April 10 from 8:30-10 am, we are planning a career day for our King of Kings students. If you would be interested in talking to our students about your career, please contact Randy Cochran ASAP! It would involve presenting four 15-minute presentations with a 5-minute break between each presentation.
Vietnam-Hmong Outreach - The Light of the World is presenting amazing opportunities to our church body to take the gospel into Vietnam. Informational booklets can be found in the entryway. So far, $500,000 has been raised towards these efforts. That’s about 25% of what is needed. How awesome it is to see God for opening doors and opening hearts! If you would like to donate towards these mission efforts, please use the envelopes in the booklets or donate online @ WELS.net/Serving-Others/Missions/Asia/Vietnam.
Every Member Visits - Pastor Gumm is visiting all of the members of our congregation. Please be sure to reply to this e-mail or speak with Pastor to schedule your visit!
Property Leads? – Pr. Dan Wagenknecht, former King of Kings vicar (1992-93), is planning to move to the Greater Orlando area after accepting a Call to serve as a WELS Christian Giving Counselor. If you have any leads on rentals or properties, please reply to this e-mail or speak with Pastor!
Growing in Hope – Why does it matter that Jesus is my Savior? Does the Bible really apply to my life? How can I become a member of King of Kings? We offer a Bible information course that answers those questions and many more. Classes are scheduled to accommodate your schedule. If you are interested in signing up for our next session, please reply to this e-mail!
An Encouraging Word: This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. (1 John 4:9-11)