|King of Kings Lutheran Church
1101 N. Wymore Road
Maitland, FL 32751
Sundays @ 10 am
Family Bible Time:
Starts up again this Fall!
5:30 pm - Bible Information Class (Smiths)
10 am - Worship w/ Lord's Supper
4 pm - Installation of Pr. Jon Hartmann @ New Hope Lutheran Church(West Melbourne, FL)
5-8 pm - Free STEM Activity @ Church (Info @ FB/EventBrite)
7 pm - Evangelism Team Meeting (Conference Room)
7 pm - Bible Information Class (Hilgen/Millers)
6 pm - Dinner Out @ Manny's Chophouse (Altamonte Springs)
Recovering from a recent complicated hip surgery
Holding the Divine Call to serve as our Pre-K Director and Teacher
Father of Rob C. - Dealing with challenges of diabetes and its necessary treatments
Recovering from treatment for Stage 1 cancer
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. So what does the “Resurrection Life” look like?
This past Sunday, we took a closer look at a not-so-familiar account from the Old Testament in 2 Kings 6:8-17 and learned that the Resurrection Life is Confident, No Longer Afraid. The following devotion is adapted from that sermon.
How do you handle fear? Do you try to bury it or mask it? Do you try to ignore it or cover it up with distraction? Do you try to limit it by not putting yourself into situations that make you afraid? Do you swing the other direction and charge at every situation that might make you fearful? Do you tell yourself or others, “Don’t be afraid. It’s not that big of a deal”? Does any of that actually take your fear away or are you simply trying to sub-consciously fool yourself into thinking that you’re fearless?
We’ve all handled fear pretty poorly. We work hard to eliminate or limit fear in our lives, but what results? Perhaps you’ve heard of the mythological hydra—a legendary beast that grew two new heads every time one was cut off. Well, that’s what Satan, your sinful nature, and the sinful world try to do with your inbred fear.
You fear hospitals, but by trying to avoid them, you develop a fear of doctors and medical tests. You fear running out of money, but by devoting your life to eliminating that fear, you develop a fear for the wealth you have earned or the retirement that you have planned. You fear rejection for your Christian faith, but in seeking to avoid that, you develop a fear about being identified as a Christian. You see the same thing happen with your fear of losing control or your fear of the unknown future or your fear of death. On our own, you and I don’t stand a chance against fear.
Satan, your sinful nature, and the sinful world stand arrayed against you with all of the terrifying demons and movements and “-isms” in our world. You shouldn’t be surprised if that thought alone fills you with a certain amount of fear. Like the servant we cry out, “Oh, my Lord, what shall we do?” And God’s response? “Don’t be afraid… Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” Jesus tells us, “Don’t let your hearts be troubled and don’t be afraid.” “Don’t worry. Fear doesn’t stand a chance.” (John 14:27)
Jesus, the Lord of free and faithful grace, has already acted to take away our fears. Jesus, the Lord of free and faithful grace, has already delivered and will deliver us even against what seems like insurmountable odds. He does that by taking us to his Word, where he opens our eyes of faith to see everything.
The Lord of grace provides for all your needs. How often doesn’t our Lord urge us not to worry about the things of this life? Why? If he can clothe the flowers of the field with splendor and pay attention even to the brief lives of sparrows, surely he will provide for you! The Lord of grace guides all things—even those times that fill you with fear—for your eternal good or the eternal good of others around you or after you. Fear stands no chance against those who are beloved by God himself, because the Lord removes our fear.
Nowhere is that clearer than in our Savior Jesus Christ. See how Jesus removes your fear in what he has done for you. Look to the manger and see there God in human flesh, a baby come to face what has brought you and everyone else fear since Adam and Eve. Look to the dusty roads and crowded homes of Israel, and see there a Savior who overcomes all the fearful consequences and effects of sin in this sinful world.
Look to the cross and see there God’s Servant suffering the hell that we all deserve and we all fear, so we need not be afraid anymore. Look to the empty tomb and see there a living Redeemer who conquers that most terrifying enemy of all—Death. Look to the heavens and see there a King of kings who rules and controls all things for whose good? Ours! Fear stands no chance against the true God, against Christ, against those whom he loves and for whom he lives.
Confident in Christ,
For further devotional reading, here are links to this Sunday's readings from God's Word:
- Acts 1:1-11
- Psalm 47
- Revelation 22:12-17,20
- Luke 24:44-53
Coming Soon @ King of Kings
Pastoral Installation – All are invited to the installation of Pr. Jon Hartmann at New Hope Lutheran Church (870 Hollywood Blvd. West Melbourne, FL) Sunday afternoon @ 4 pm!
Free Family Maker Session – Ever wanted to build your own rocket and launch it? Michelle Lillie is offering a free family Maker session building and launching water bottle rockets Sunday evening from 5:30-7:30 pm here at King of Kings in the church parking lot. For more information, please visit the Eventbriteor Facebook event sites to register or contact Michelle Lillie! Registration is free for the whole family!
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!
Volunteer Opportunity – We have been offered a unique volunteer opportunity to work with Americrown, the concessions provider for the Daytona International Speedway, from July 3-6leading up to the Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona. This opportunity would involve selling concessions during those days with our congregation receiving 10% of sales in addition to bonuses and tips. These funds could then be put towards items needed here at King of Kings. For us to do this, we would need at least 5 volunteers who are 18 years or older. Volunteers can work for one day, multiple days, or the entire weekend. If you would be interested in participating in a King of Kings volunteer team for this event or for an event in the future, please contact Lisa Faber or reply to this e-mail!
Change for Life – Your Crusaders for Life invite you to participate in our annual Change for Life promotion in support of New Beginnings: A Home for Mothers. Pick up a Change for Life box in the entryway. Fill it with change and bring it back on Father’s Day, June 16! If you have any questions, please speak with a member of Crusaders for Life!
Weekly Service Opportunities – Each week we have opportunities to serve those who attend our worship services. Two ways that we do that is through those who serve as greeters and those who provide refreshments. We are putting together our weekly rotations for July-December. They will be available on Sunday, June 30. Sign up in the entryway if you are interested in serving as a greeter or refreshments provider!
Now Enrolling! – Enrollment is now open for Grades K-8 for the 2019-20 school year! If you or someone you know would like to find out more about school, please contact Randy Cochran or the church office! Register today @ VisitKoK.com/Tuition-Forms!
VPK/Pre-K – We are planning to offer VPK/Preschool for kids ages 3-4 starting again this fall. If you or someone you know is interested, please contact Lisa Gumm or contact the church office!
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? In July, we plan to 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 course, please reply to this e-mail or contact Pastor!
Every Member Visits - Pastor Gumm is visiting all of our members—and there are still King of Kings families and individuals who still need to schedule visits! Please be sure to contact Pastor to schedule your visit this summer!
An Encouraging Word: Look, I am coming soon and my reward is with me, to repay each one according to what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the Tree of Life and so that they may enter through the gates into the city. I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the bright Morning Star. (Revelation 22:12-14,16)