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Greetings Saints from Pastor (Jan 8)

King of Kings Lutheran Church

1101 N. Wymore Road
Maitland, FL 32751
407-628-5230

www.visitkok.com

Worship Times:
Sunday @ 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday @ 7:00 p.m.

Bible Classes:
Sunday @ 9:00 a.m. = Our Christian Response
Wednesday @ 6:30 a.m. = Jeremiah
Wednesday @ 10:30 a.m. = Matthew



This Week's Schedule

Saturday
Open Basketball @ 9:00 a.m.
2-5 Basketball Game @ 6:30 p.m. @ Willow Creek
6-8 Basketball Game @ 7:30 p.m. @ Willow Creek
SUNDAY
KQ/ACTs/ABC @ 9:00 a.m.
Worship Service @ 10:00 a.m.
Monday
Elders Meeting @ 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday

2-5 Basketball Game @ 4:30 p.m. @ KOK
6-8 Basketball Game @ 5:30 p.m. @ KOK
King's Camp Meeting @ 7
:00 p.m.
Wednesday

Breakfast for Your Heart @ 6:30 a.m. @ Perkins on 436
School Mission Service @ 8:05 a.m.
Matthew Bible Class @ 10:30 a.m.
Worship Service @ 7:00 p.m.
Thursday

2-5 Basketball Game @ 4:30 p.m. @ KOK
6-8 Basketball Game @ 5:30 p.m. @ KOK
Fellowship Committee @ 7:00 p.m.


 

Greetings Saints!

Well, we are back in the swing of things. Allow me to highlight a few things:
 
We have our first “Dinner Around Town” for 2016. It has snuck up on us quickly. It will be next Saturday, January 16, at 6:00 p.m. at
 Kings OrlandoKings is on I-Drive just south of Sand Lake Road in the shopping plaza just behind Ripley’s Believe It or Not. More than just good food, Kings has bowling, billiards, bocce, shuffle board, Karaoke and some other fun things. There is a modest cost to the extras, but we are reserving two lanes just in case. It’s a great opportunity for some family fun. (We can reserve one of the other games if you let me know ahead of time.) A sign-up sheet will be up on Sunday or you can email me to reserve your seat.
 
Sunday, January 24, Pastor Curtis Seefeld of 
The Lutheran Home will be here to do a special presentation on Alzheimers. Chances are, you know someone afflicted by this disease. We have two in our congregation. He will lead a special Bible study at 9:00, will preach for the worship service, and then will do a special presentation after the service at 11:30. Lunch will be offered.
 
This Wednesday, the 10:30 Bible study group will conclude its study of the Gospel of Matthew. We look at chapter 28—the resurrection. The following Wednesday, January 20, we will begin a study of the book of Revelation. For some, this remains a closed and scary book. For others, a mystery with all sorts of fanciful imagery. For the Christian, this is a book of prophecy and comfort. It is Christ’s victory song. Come, join us and unlock the mystery.
 
That’s the highlight for this week. Now, here is today’s devotion:

 
 
"O LORD, Save Me"
 
I love the Lord, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live. The cords of death entangled me, the anguish of the grave came upon me; I was overcome by trouble and sorrow. Then I called on the name of the Lord: “O Lord, save me!” The Lord is gracious and righteous; our God is full of compassion. The Lord protects the simplehearted; when I was in great need, he saved me. Be at rest once more, O my soul, for the Lord has been good to you.
Psalm 116:1-7
 
In the center of the extremely modern Bangkok International Svarnabhumi Airport is an elaborate Hindu sculpture entitled, “The Churning of the Milk Ocean.” The plaque before it reads:
 
“This scene depicts the Vishnu Kurmavatara and the churning of the Milk Ocean. The naga (the king of the serpents), Vasuki, is curled around the mountain Mandara. Vishnu, incarnated in the form of a great turtle, supports the mountain on his back. Devas (demigods) and Asuras (demons) pull on the naga’s body to churn the water of the ocean for thousands of years in order to produce the nectar of immortality, Amrita. From the churning, numerous opulent items are produced, including Dhanvantari carrying the pot of Amrita. In the end, the cooperation between Devas and Asuras is shattered. The Devas, fulfill their plan of acquiring all Amrita, (and) disperse the Asuras out of Heaven to the Underworld.” (Follow this 
linkto see it for yourself.)
 
This is just one of the many complicated aspects of the Hindu faith—a faith that exists in the form of a rigid caste system in which its adherents are condemned to exist for their entire lifetime in the hopes of being reincarnated at a higher caste level in the next go around. No helping those beneath you, mind you, as that might interfere with their “karma” and impede their progress in the inevitable cycle of life, death and rebirth with the aim of achieving release from this cycle. No Hindu ever has the comfort of knowing that they’ll achieve that aim.
 
By contrast, our Christian faith is a simple faith. It really is. We’re saved from eternal death in hell simply by trusting that what Jesus did for all mankind, he did for us personally. The Apostle Paul wrote: “There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death” (
Romans 8:1-2). The psalmist who penned Psalm 116 lived in the peace, joy and hope that come from that Spirit-inspired wisdom as well. He wrote: “The cords of death entangled me, the anguish of the grave came upon me; I was overcome by trouble and sorrow. Then I called on the name of the Lord: “O Lord, save me!” The Lord is gracious and righteous; our God is full of compassion. The Lord protects the simplehearted; when I was in great need, he saved me.
 
How comforting! How encouraging! We don’t have to worry about whether or not we’ve done enough to win God’s favor! We don’t need to fret that we’ve failed to live up to God’s expectations. We haven’t—and we know it. But Jesus has! He’s done enough—more than enough—to atone for our sins. He’s done enough—more than enough—to live up to God’s standard of moral perfection for us. “It is finished,” hear him cry.
 
Baptized into Christ, clothed with the pure robe of his righteousness, we bask in the glory of God’s amazing grace!

Prayer: 
“Be at rest once more, O my soul, for the LORD has been good to you.” Amen.