|King of Kings Lutheran Church
1101 N. Wymore Road
Maitland, FL 32751
Sundays @ 10 am
Family Bible Time:
Starts up again this Fall!
6 pm - Dinner Out @ Manny's Chophouse (Altamonte Springs)
10 am - Worship
1:30 pm - ACTS End-of-Year Activity @ Disney Springs
Pastor @ SAD Continuing Education Conference (Palm Coast)
Recovering from hip surgery
Father of Rob C. - Dealing with challenges of diabetes and its necessary treatments
Recovering from treatment for Stage 1 cancer
Accepted our Divine Call to serve as our Pre-K Director and Teacher
Survivors and Families of Virginia Beach Shooting
That the Lord would grant them healing and comfort
That the Lord would protect them from those who seek to end their lives or make it easier to do so
This past Sunday we took one more look at the impact that Christ's resurrection has on our daily lives. We also celebrated Christ's ascension into heaven. We focused on Luke 24:44-53 and learned how we are Sent Out, but Not Alone. The following devotion is adapted from that sermon.
It had been a roller coaster of a week from the heights of hosannas on Palm Sunday to the depths of betrayal on Thursday night to the darkness of suffering and death on Friday to the rising joy of an empty tomb on Easter Sunday morning. Then suddenly the living Jesus was there among them—and they were on the other side. No more mobs. No more threats. No more suffering and death. No more shame or fear. At that moment, it was too much for the disciples to take in. After all, Jesus had breathed his last only three days before, but there he was eating and talking with them in the flesh—alive!
Jesus wanted his disciples to understand what he had accomplished and why it all had to happen as it did. He wanted them to realize that the hard work was truly and finally done. “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms.”
With the living Jesus standing in their midst and opening their minds to the Scriptures, what would happen next? For Jesus, it was time to visibly return home to heaven. Oh, he would still remain with his disciples, but his work on this earth was done. For his disciples, however, their new work was just beginning because they were about to be sent out.
“This is what is written and so it must be: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.” So what is that new task that Jesus gives to all who follow him? Take his good news to the ends of the earth.
Now how are we going to do that? How does Jesus equip us? It’s really a simple, straightforward message—Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again. It's a message of "repentance and forgiveness." It's a message that crushes our hearts, but it's also a message of sweet forgiveness.
The Jesus who died is the same Jesus who now lives eternally. This Jesus conquered death and won the victory over sin and Satan and hell for you and me. This Jesus shattered doubt when he abandoned his tomb with the reality that he is alive. This Jesus overcame weakness when he rose from the dead and proved that he is truly in control of all things. This Jesus opened the gates of heaven with his resurrection so we might have a place where no evil, no fear, no death can get us. This Jesus proved his undying love when he allowed nothing to stop him from saving us. This Jesus gives us real peace in a world clearly without peace.
This Jesus, triumphant and forgiving, now sends us and all his disciples back out into the world. That message of “repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations…” Where? “All nations”? Now that doesn’t mean that you should head to the airport right now and board a plane to fly to the other side of the world to tell people about Jesus. Maybe someday the Lord will give you that opportunity, but in the meantime, he says, “…beginning at Jerusalem.”
Jesus sends us out to our own personal "Jerusalems"--our homes, our neighborhoods, our workplaces, our playgrounds and gyms and backyards...and then to our communities, our region, and, working with others, to the ends of the earth. The living Jesus has ascended to the right hand of God the Father to rule all things for us. He equips you. He is with you, and now he sends you.
Sent with You by Christ,
For further devotional reading, here are links to this Sunday's readings from God's Word:
- Genesis 11:1-9
- Psalm 104
- Acts 2:1-21
- John 14:23-27
Coming Soon @ King of Kings
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. If you are interested, but did not have the opportunity to sign up, please 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!
Special Voters’ Meeting - The voters will meet for a special meeting after worship on Sunday, June 23. We will discuss and vote on the 2019-20 budget. All voting members are strongly encouraged to attend!
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 early 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: [Jesus said,] Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, and do not let it be afraid. (John 14:27)