|King of Kings Lutheran Church1101 N. Wymore Road
Maitland, FL 32751
Sundays @ 10 am
Family Bible Time:
Starts up in September!Looking AheadTuesday, 7/16
9 am - Faculty Meeting (Conference Room)
5:30 pm - Bible Information Class (Smiths)Thursday, 7/18
7 pm - King's Camp Committee (Conference Room)
10 am - Worship w/ Lord's Supper; 11:30 am - Bible Information Class (Hilgen/Millers)
6 pm - Church Council (Conference Room)Prayer ListPr. Bill Gabb
Recently diagnosed with kidney cancerWalter P.
Recovering well from recent hip surgeryBob C.
Father of Rob C. - Dealing with challenges of diabetes and its necessary treatmentsThe Unborn
That the Lord would protect them from those who seek to end their lives or make it easier to do so
So much of life is without clear answers. You wonder what you’re going to do with your life, where your life is going, if you’re making the right choice or if someone will help you when you need it. Even spiritually, we all have questions that weigh on our hearts like the question “Why?” On our own, those answers can’t easily be found. Thankfully, Jesus has answers. The following devotion is adapted from Sunday's sermon on Luke 7:36-50 - Will He Forgive Me? For the full text of the sermon, click on the title!
What’s the hardest sentence to say? It’s not “Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers” or some other tongue twister. It’s not some technical statement loaded with complex jargon that describes a basic function with specific, complicated terms. In fact, the hardest sentence to say isn’t complicated at all. It’s only three words long—“I forgive you.”
Why is it so hard to say “I forgive you”? The words themselves aren’t complicated. Yet how hard it is to sincerely and honestly forgive someone who has wronged you! It’s hard to forgive because it’s so very hard to forget. You might forget what to buy at the grocery store, but when you’re told to “forgive and forget,” your mind suddenly has perfect clarity. You remember every detail how a person wronged you. You remember how poorly they treated you even after many years. You remember how they broke your trust or failed to come through or sided against you.
…And don’t forget the consequences! Consequences can last long after a sin has been committed. Consequences can have lingering effects on a large number of people. Consequences remind you again and again of that damaging sin.
Perhaps “I forgive you” is so hard to say because you know the track record of the person who wronged you. Will she do it again? Will he fall back into the same old pattern of sin? Will they really turn from their sins and live in repentance? Often it seems like our forgiveness falls on deaf ears and hardened hearts. So you hesitate to forgive. Maybe you don’t even want to forgive that person. After all, they’ve hurt you badly or failed you often.
“I forgive you” is so hard to say, but who am I to be unwilling to forgive? Deep down inside, I know how desperately I need God’s forgiveness. Yet I’m so slow to forgive, so hesitant, so unwilling that the question begs to be asked of the only One who has the power to grant forgiveness. If I don’t forgive, will he forgive me?
…But yet he does. Now he has every right to withhold his forgiveness. He is the holy God after all. Yet Jesus still forgives the Simons and the Marys of our world, even you and me. Jesus still forgives your self-righteousness that blinds you or your “big” sin that crushes you. Jesus still forgives you with his own perfect life. He did what you did not and did not do what you have done. Yet he did it all for you in your place. Jesus still forgives you with his innocent death on the cross. He paid the price for every single one of your sins. Jesus still forgives you with his amazing resurrection on Easter morning. Jesus still forgives you through his Word, through water and the Word, through a meal of his own body and blood with bread and wine. Jesus still forgives you freely and fully no matter how great or small your sins might be.
Forgiven by Christ,
Lessons for your own personal Bible reading this week:
- Luke 8:26-39
- Isaiah 43:8-13
- 2 Timothy 1:3-10
Coming Soon @ King of Kings
Now Enrolling! (Grades K-8) – Enrollment is still 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 Principal Randy Cochran or the church office! Register today @ VisitKoK.com/Enroll!
Now Enrolling! (Pre-K for Ages 3-4) – If you would like to enroll your 3 or 4-year-old in our Preschool for 2019-20, please contact Pre-K Director Lisa Gumm or contact the church office! We are also offering free VPK for all 4-year-olds!
School Supplies – If you would like to donate school supplies for the upcoming school year, please check out the list in the church entryway. These items will be donated to students attending King of Kings. Please drop off your items no later than Sunday, August 11. Thank you for your assistance!
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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? We are planning to begin a new session of our Bible Information Class soon 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 reply to this e-mail contact Pastor to schedule your visit this summer!
Evangelical Heritage Version (EHV) Bibles – This new translation of God’s Holy Word is an accurate and trustworthy Bible translation that is presented with a readable style that will feel both fresh and familiar to you. To learn more or to place an order, please contact the church office. You can also visit either of the EHV sites: EHV @ Northwestern Publishing House or The Wartburg Project (Creators of the EHV). There are sample copies in the church office if you would like to preview a copy before purchasing one of your own.
An Encouraging Word: God saved us and called us with a holy calling, not because of our works, but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began, and it has now been revealed through the appearance of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. (2 Timothy 3:9-10)