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Sermon: One Smooth Stone

I preached at New Creation United Methodist for their 11am worship service this past weekend. The scriptures were 2 Corinthians 6:1-13 and 1 Samuel 17:32-49. I read the 1 Samuel account of David defeating Goliath from The Message just before the sermon.

Guest Post: One-Upmanship

by Brock Weigel

washing_3262c-2Read Psalm 31: 9-16

“For my life is spent with sorrow and my years with sighing; my strength has failed because of my iniquity, and my body has wasted away.” (Psalm 31: 10)

While playing basketball, the goal is to get the ball through the hoop as many times as possible. When I play, however, that goal is not on my mind. Instead of maneuvering the ball, my goal is one-upping the other team, or showing off for spectators. I care as little for the ball going through the hoop as plugging a lamp into an electrical socket. The task itself seems mundane when you remove the context. My joy in basketball is not in the ball, but in the victory.

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Guest Post: Extend Mercy

By Rev. Jacob Sahms

washing_3262c-2Read Psalm 51:1-7.

Mercy. It’s not a word we hear frequently in today’s society. Judgment? Fairness? Crime and punishment?

Those terms are more comfortable in our black and white worlds. But in Psalm 51, David knows he needs mercy, even though he doesn’t deserve it, because the prophet Nathan pointed it out to him. He couldn’t see his sin on his own, but his ‘friend’ helped him recognize what he had done. In reality, David committed adultery with Bathsheba and had her husband killed (2 Samuel 11). That’s why he’s here, begging for God to forgive him.

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Scandal 3.5: More Cattle, Less Bull

KERRY WASHINGTONGot Secrets?

The client-of-the-week in this episode is the Democratic congresswoman Josephine Marcus, played by the always brilliant Lisa Kudrow. Last week, we saw her as the President’s biggest critic who got a huge boost in the polls after Mellie was caught on tape saying not-so-great things about the Congresswoman under her breath. Now, she is running for president.

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Overlooked

Read 1 Samuel 16:1-13.

Lent Ponderings - jasoncstanley.comIt is a familiar story. Samuel, the prophet and priest, comes to Jesse’s home. He asks Jesse to call his sons. Jesse calls seven of the eight. Samuel looks at each one, and afterwards, asks Jesse if he has any more sons. Jesse says he does and calls for the youngest, David, who is keeping sheep.

David is the one. He is the one who will be anointed as the future King of Israel.

David is an outsider. He is the youngest of his brothers. His father did not even consider him when Samuel asked for him to call his sons forward. Yet, he is the one that God chooses. God has chosen the youngest over the eldest before. All throughout Genesis, the youngest sibling is the one who receives God’s blessing and the mantle of the call to lead God’s people.

The young are often overlooked. They don’t have enough experience. They don’t have the skills. They don’t have the education. They don’t [fill in the blank].

The story of God calling David to a key leadership role highlights for us that God does not see the labels that we see. We are so quick to put labels on people – he is too young; she is too old; he is too poor; she is too uneducated. We see the label before we see the person; before we see the heart.

But, “the Lord looks on the heart.”

I like what Randall Bush has to say about this text:

In this story, as in life itself, the one neglected, marginalized, and explicitly forgotten by others is the one on whom God’s favor clearly rests. Worldly criteria like age, appearance, wealth, and status are distractions to God’s command to judge others based on what virtue and potential lies untapped within them.

Who have you overlooked recently? Who has been overlooked for ministry? Who has been overlooked for leadership? They have been called by God. Consider ways you can welcome and include those who are being overlooked in your churches, your ministries, and your life.

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