|King of Kings Lutheran Church
1101 N. Wymore Road
Maitland, FL 32751
Sundays @ 10 am
Family Bible Time:
Concludes This Sunday, 5/26!
Sundays @ 9 am
- Sunday School (K-Gr. 5)
- Adult Bible Study (Gr. 6-Adult): Where It All Began--A Visual Tour of the Holy Land
11 am - Call Day Service @ Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary
5:30 pm - Bible Information Class (Smiths)
9 am - Family Bible Time
10 am - Worship
9 am - Faculty Meeting (Conference Room)
1:30 pm - Worship Planning Team
Recovering from a recent complicated hip surgery
Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary Graduates
Being assigned to serve as pastors of congregations and mission fields around the world
- Niece of the Gumms - Born on Tuesday--Mother and daughter doing very well
Father of Rob C. - Dealing with challenges of diabetes and its necessary treatments
Recovering from treatment for Stage 1 cancer
King of Kings Graduates
8th graders completed their schooling at King of Kings
That the Lord would protect them from those who seek to end their lives or make it easier to do so
In Romans 6, the Apostle Paul describes the Christian life this way, “We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” The life of a Christian is intimately connected to Christ through his death and resurrection. What impact does that have on your life? What does the “Resurrection Life” look like?
Over the past couple weeks, we've learned about different aspects of the Resurrection Life. Last week, we learned how the Resurrection Life means we are Restored, Not Rejected as we took a look at Jesus' "breakfast grace" in John 21:1-14. This past Sunday, we took a closer look at the account of Jonathan's selfless love for his friend David in 1 Samuel 20:12-17 and learned that the Resurrection Life is Selfless, Not Selfish. The following devotion is adapted from that sermon.
Would you risk everything for a fugitive? Jonathan didn’t have to do it. He had plenty of reasons not to do so. He was wealthy. He was powerful. He was the rightful heir to a throne. He was a mighty warrior feared by his enemies and respected by his friends. He had a wife and a little son. He had it all. He had so much ahead of him. Yet he didn’t hesitate to risk it all for a fugitive—his dear friend David.
Jonathan's love was selfless, not focusing on himself, but motivated by the undeserved love of the God of free and faithful grace--the God who gave him hope and forgiveness. Is your love selfless? Is your love selfless enough to risk everything for a spouse, a child, a parent, a friend, a co-worker, a neighbor, an enemy?
Or is your love usually selfish? Does your love ask, “What’s in it for me?” Is your love always patient when you don’t see things progress like you want or when others don’t do what you expect? Is your love always kind to those who hurt you? Does your love ever envy those who have what you don’t or ever proudly boasts of what you’ve accomplished? How many records of wrongs do you have tucked away in the back of your mind? Does your love always rejoice with truth? Is your love ever cowardly or worried or despairing or too quick to give up? Isn’t it true that our love looks nothing like that of Christ or Jonathan?
How often aren’t we quick to point out the dreadful lack of love in our world, yet we do nothing to fill that gaping hole with our own love? How often don’t we lament the horrible lack of love for the unborn or the aged or those in need or the refugee or the immigrant, but do nothing in their defense? How often don’t we bemoan the increasing number of divorces, but do nothing to promote God’s gift of marriage? How often don’t we bemoan all the racial or cultural or identity issues tearing apart our communities, but do nothing to promote God’s gift of marriage or seek to provide the healing necessary? Where is that selfless love in action that Jonathan didn’t hesitate to show to his dear friend David? Where is that selfless love that Jesus speaks of when he gave his disciples a new command to “Love one another”? (John 13:34)
For such love, we need to go back to the cross and the Savior on that cross. That love was for you and me. Standing beneath the cross you and I realize that our sins of selfishness that put Jesus there, but his selfless, unfailing, undeserved love for us kept him there. Christ’s selfless love moved him to sacrifice everything for you and me. Our sad, pathetic mimicking of Christ’s love for our world is forgiven at that cross and in the empty tomb.
Because Jesus lives, when God looks at you and me, he doesn’t see so many selfish attempts to love others. No! He sees Christ’s perfect love for us as our perfect Substitute. That’s the only way we can love selflessly as Christ loved us, not selfishly as I so often love others. The Apostle John once wrote, “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…” (1 John 4:9-10)
Isn’t that breathtaking? “God loved us!” That’s good news! Through that good news of Christ’s love, the Holy Spirit works faith in your heart, so you, like Jonathan and David, can personally experience the selfless love of Jesus. Having then experienced Christ’s selfless love, we now share that love of Jesus with others. You can’t keep that love to yourself, because it’s a love that flows from Christ through you to others as it did from Jonathan to David. That love of the living Christ changes you forever. Now Christ's love flows through you to others, even to the person who rubs you the wrong way or the person who wronged you or the person living under your roof, working in the cubicle across from you, or sitting in your classroom. Dear Friends let us love one another because Christ so selflessly loves us!
Beloved in Christ,
For further devotional reading, here are links to this Sunday's readings from God's Word:
- Acts 14:8-22
- Revelation 21:21-27
- John 16:16-24
Coming Soon @ King of Kings
Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary Call Service - This morning (Thursday, 5/23) @ 11 am ET, pastoral candidates at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary (our church body's seminary) will be assigned to serve God's flocks scattered across North America and around the world. You can watch the service live at https://livestream.com/WLSLive/2019-Call-Day-Service. The fields are ripe and the workers are few. Pray that the Lord of harvest will provide willing and able workers for his harvest fields!
Where It All Began: A Visual Tour of the Holy Land – Want to see the locations of important events in the Bible? Want to learn more about the places where the events of the Bible took place? All adults and ACTS students are invited to join us this Sunday @ 9 am in the Family Life Center as we take a visual tour of the Holy Land!
Growing in Hope – Why does it matter that Jesus is my Savior? Does the Bible really apply to my life? Where can I get more of what I heard today? How can I join King of Kings? On Tuesday, May 28 @ 7 pm in the Church Conference Room, we will begin a new session of our Bible Information Class to provide answers to those questions and many more. If you are interested in taking part in this class or interested in the course, please reply to this e-mail or contact Pastor!
Summer Camp Deadlines are coming soon! Registration for Camp South (SADCamps.com/Camp-South) closes next Friday, May 31. Registration for the ELS/WELS City Camp closes next Saturday, June 1. If you are interested in registering for either of these camps, please click either the link above or reply to this e-mail!
Dinner Out – All are invited to join us for our next Dinner Out @ Manny’s Chophouse (884 W. State Road 436, Altamonte Springs—Near Target) on Saturday, June 8 @ 6 pm. Sign up on the bulletin board in the entryway at church if you plan to attend!
VPK/Pre-K – We will be offering VPK/Preschool for kids ages 3-4 during the 2019-20 school year starting this fall. If you or someone you know is interested, please reply to this e-mail or contact the church office!
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!
Office Furniture Available – We have some furnishings available for free in the church office area—a credenza, a low bookshelf, a 2-drawer legal size filing cabinet and a light fixture. If you or someone you know would be interested in any or all of these items, please reply to this e-mail!
An Encouraging Word: Amen, Amen, I tell you: You will weep and wail, but the world will rejoice. You will become sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn to joy. A woman giving birth has pain, because her time has come. But when she has delivered the child, she no longer remembers the anguish, because of her joy that a person has been born into the world. So you also have sorrow now. But I will see you again. Your heart will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you." (John 16:20-22)