|King of Kings Lutheran Church
1101 N. Wymore Road
Maitland, FL 32751
Sundays @ 10 am
Family Bible Time:
Sundays @ 9 am
- Sunday School (K-Grade 5)
- ACTS (Grades 6-12)
- Adult Bible Study:
7 pm - School Volleyball Game @ J Douglas YMCA (Lake Mary)
7 pm - Dinner Out @ Grills (Orlando)
9 am - Family Bible Time
10 am - Worship w/ Lord's Supper
11:30 am - Family Choir Practice/Elders' Meeting/Open Gym
4 pm - Pr. Jon Bitter Installation @ Crown of Glory (Orlando)
7 pm - Evangelism Team (Conference Room)
3:30 pm - Worship Planning Team
10:30 am - Midweek Bible Study (Conference Room)
6 pm - Lenten Dinner
6:30 pm - Family Choir Practice
7 pm - Lenten Evening Worship
5:30 pm - Bible Information Class (Smiths)
Undergoing treatment for Stage 1 cancer
Grandmother of Pr. Gumm - Recovering from successful carotid artery surgery
All Affected by Flooding and Severe Weather
That the Lord would grant them relief, healing, and recovery
That the Lord would protect them from those who seek to end their lives or make it easier to do so
Life often seems like a losing battle. The church season of Lent reminds us of the dangers we face—and how often we’ve been defeated. Yet before you lose hope, look to Christ, who brings you total victory by his own victory for you. As the Apostle Paul once wrote, “Victory is ours through our Lord Jesus Christ!” On Sunday, we took a closer look at God's call to Moses in Exodus 3:1-15 and learned how Victory Is Ours Over Sin's Excuses. The following devotion is adapted from that sermon. For the entire text of the sermon, visit here.
Making excuses is our native language, isn't it? Excuses flow from sinful hearts that want nothing to do with God’s will and everything to do with our own. You and I should be ashamed of the excuses we make for not serving our Lord. How quickly I make excuses for not faithfully carrying out my own God-given callings as a pastor, as a husband, as a father, as a neighbor, as a citizen! How quickly I use them to remove blame for my own laziness, my own lack of integrity, my own self-serving ways!
Think of the excuses you make. They come so easily, don’t they? “Sorry, Lord, I can’t spend more time with you in your Word because of my kids or my job or my lack of sleep or (you fill in the blank).” Yet isn’t that your sinful nature not wanting to spend time with Jesus? “Sorry, Lord, for not faithfully carrying out my callings. I would’ve done it if not for this person or that event or whatever.” Isn’t that your sinful nature trying to pass the blame for your own laziness or lack of integrity or selfishness?
“Sorry, Lord, I know you’ve given me so much and done so much for me, but my time and money are precious and I can’t devote any to you.” Isn’t that your sinful nature trying to get you to avoid devoting real time to faithfully serving your Lord? Isn’t that your sinful nature trying to get you to avoid devoting a portion of your God-given money to support the work that God has entrusted to you and your congregation? “Sorry, Lord, I know you have a lot of work for us to do, but can’t somebody else to do it? I just don’t have the gifts or the time or the desire.” Isn’t that your sinful nature not wanting you to serve God with the unique talents and experiences God has given you?
When you and I make excuses, that’s our sinful natures talking and it never results in good. In fact, it often results in consequences like failure, hardship, missed opportunities, and damaged relationships. Those excuses question God’s patient mercy and lead us to give up on him. For such shameful excuses, we need to repent before the Lord. We need to take those sins and leave them at the foot of the cross, because that’s where God has a solution for us and our excuses.
Thankfully, Jesus came making no excuses so he could forgive you and me of all our excuses. Of all people, Jesus had the right to object when he endured poverty and opposition, rejection and ridicule, injustice and torture, and finally a public and shameful death. He was innocent. He didn’t need to make excuses. He didn’t have to endure any of those awful effects of sin. Yet he chose to do so because he wanted to silence your sinful nature and forgive you of the guilt of all those excuses. So that’s what he did by his innocent death on the cross, guaranteed with an empty tomb.
Now Jesus empowers you and me to stop making excuses. He empowers you to start serving him faithfully in all your callings. He empowers you to start spending real time with him in his Word and in service to him. He empowers you to start sacrificially using your talents and your offerings to say “thank you” with your life for all he has so patiently and mercifully given you.
P.S. - If you would like to hear snippets of the beautiful choral music sung by the Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School choir last Wednesday, click on the following titles!
1. And Can It Be
Coming Soon @ King of Kings
Dinner Out – Tomorrow, March 30 @ 7 pm @ Grills (4301 N. Orange Blossom Trl. Orlando). If you'd still like to attend and haven't signed up, please reply to this e-mail!
Hope Grows! (Sunday AM Bible Study!) – Why does Baptism matter for me now? What do I receive in the Lord’s Supper? Why does it matter that I attend church? Join us Sundays @ 9 am as we dig deeper into what God’s Word has to say about these questions and many others!
Raise Your Voices This Easter! - We are forming a family choir—men, women, and kids—to sing a couple pieces for our Easter Festival Service. Join us for practices after worship on Sundays through April 14 and on Wednesdays through April 10 @ 6:30 pm. If you are interested, please contact Randy Cochran or join us in the balcony for practice!
Good Friday Singers Needed - We would like to have a group of singers sing "Lord, Let at Last Your Angels Come" at the conclusion of our Good Friday evening service on April 19 @ 7 pm. If you are interested in participating in this way, please reply to this e-mail or speak with Pastor!
Pastoral Installation – Pr. Jon Bitter will be installed as the new pastor at our sister church—Crown of Glory in Orlando—this Sunday, March 31 @ 4 pm. All are invited to attend!
Christ Has Set Us Free! – Join us Wednesdays @ 10:30 am, as we dig into Paul’s letter to the Galatian Christians and find out how true freedom can only be found in Christ and his Word! We will be meeting in the conference room.
Our Lenten Journey Continues! – Our midweek Lenten series—Three Words of Truth—continues on Wednesdays through April 10 @ 7 pm. All of our Wednesday services will be preceded by Lenten dinners @ 6 pm. All are welcome to attend!
Upcoming Summer Camps - Making plans for the summer? There are a number of summer camp options here at King of Kings, in the Orlando area, and in the Southeast for kids to connect this summer with your Savior, his Word, and his people. Check out below what's coming up!
1. King's Camp - King of Kings is once again offering our Christ-centered summer experience for kids ages 4-13. Our theme is Built on Jesus. Daily we study God's Word, play games, create crafts and projects, learn, and exercise. Weekly we participate in fun field trips around the Orlando area.
Dates: May 28-August 2 (9 am-3 pm; Extended care is available.)
Registration: Click on the logo above to register or visit VisitKoK.com/KingsCamp. You can register for 1-10 weeks of the camp. More info is available at the website!
2. City Camp - This camp is offered by the Florida congregations of our sister church body--the Evangelical Lutheran Synod. It is a camping camp at Bill Fredrick Park from June 9-11 for kids in grades 5-8. The camp includes 2 overnight adventures, Bible studies, swimming, outdoor activities, and meals. If you would like more information, please speak with Pastor or Dawn Todd.
3. Camp South: Soul Survivor - "The most fun you’ll have this summer. Incredible activities (tough mudder, zip line, inflatables, massive group competitions), next-level worship, and more new friends than you can count."
Ages: Youth entering grades 4-9
Dates: July 22-26
Location: Georgia FFA Camp (Just outside of Atlanta)
Registration: Click on the logo above to register or visit SADCamps.com/Camp-South.
4. Amazing Race: Teen Challenge - "The most fun you’ll have this summer. A team scavenger hunt through an Orlando theme park (Disney or Universal), inspiring keynotes, an amazing resort, and a great chance to grow with people at the same point in life’s journey."
Ages: Youth ages 14-19 who are entering grade 9 (in the fall of 2019) or finishing grade 12 (graduating in the spring of 2019).
Dates: June 25-28
Location: Tropical Palms Resort (Kissimmee, FL)
Registration: Click on the logo above to register or visit SADCamps.com/Amazing-Race.
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!
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: Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord, is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. (Isaiah 12:2)