Pastor’s Message – 2 Samuel chapter 7: After the Israelites had defeated the Philistines and the Ark of the Covenant was returned to Jerusalem, the Word says that the Lord had given King David rest from his enemies and as he settled in his palace he began to think about the Ark and about God. He became upset because he was living the good life. Here David is in the comfort of his beautiful cedar palace that was so lavish…and God’s ark was in a tent. I think we can all see how that could be a splinter in one’s mind, right? King David is in this amazing palace and God was in a tent. Remember, the permanent temple wasn’t built until King Solomon’s reign years later. King David felt that God was being mistreated and he was expressing his displeasure to his prophet, Nathan.
That very night the Word of the Lord came to Nathan. The Lord commanded Nathan to tell King David that God hasn’t dwelt in a house ever since he delivered the Jews out of Egypt and he has never demanded that of anyone; He has never even asked why no one built a temple for the Ark. God wasn’t concerned about this. God knew when it was going to be time for this and this was not God’s time. The Lord told Nathan to ask of King David: Are YOU the one to build me a house to dwell in? God knew full well that Solomon would be the one to build the temple. How many times are we guilty of questioning God’s timing?
Then, using the prophet Nathan, the Lord reminded the king that he took David out of the pasture, where he was a simple sheep herder. God took him and made him King of Israel. Once again, don’t all of us have to be reminded of where we come from every once in a while?
Sometimes we have to be reminded of all the things that God has done for us to bring us to where we are, today. Sometimes we need to be reminded of God’s promises; that God is always with us. God was with David as he was sitting there complaining to Nathan. He heard every word.
God told David, I have been with you wherever you went. I didn’t let your enemies destroy you. I protected you. Even after all the times God came to his aid throughout his life, David still had to be reminded that God is always here protecting us!
The Lord promised David that He will make him known as one of the GREATEST MEN to ever walk the earth. Then God promised to provide a place for the Israelites; He said that He’s going to give them a home where they wouldn’t be disturbed. He promised to give them a place where they would no longer be oppressed; where they would receive rest from their enemies.
God promised that he himself; that GOD HIMSELF will establish a house for David; and that the HOUSE OF DAVID and his kingdom will endure forever; the Lord promised that David’s throne will be established FOREVER. REMEMBER ALL THIS BECAUSE IT’S ALL CONNECTED!
Now, verse 47 in the book of Luke is right after the Virgin Mary begins her visit with her relative, Elizabeth. WHICH WAS AMAZING IN ITSELF: When Mary arrived, she greeted Elizabeth, who was pregnant with John the Baptist; and when she did, the unborn baby in Elizabeth’s belly LEAPED in her womb. Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit at the sound of Mary’s voice.
This was because Mary was pregnant with Jesus and the Holy Spirit revealed this to Elizabeth. Elizabeth began blessing Mary and telling her, “blessed is the child that you will bear!”
Mary had just been visited by the angel, Gabriel. So she wasn’t showing that she was pregnant. She didn’t have a belly out to here…and there is no indication that she told Elizabeth anything about her encounter with Gabriel. It says that these things happened just as Mary greeted Elizabeth. Elizabeth told her, “As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for JOY”
Okay, I said I was going on to verse 47…that was verses 39-45…I JUST GET A LITTLE EXCITED. I’m just amazed by the Word of God. Praise the Lord! Alright (breathe) verse 47…
Mary begins praising the Lord because her spirit rejoices. I feel like that’s where I just was….. praising the Lord because His word makes my spirit rejoice!! HALLELUJAH!!
Mary shows her humble spirit. She shows her humility. These are the exact same qualities that we heard God reminding King David of, right? And like David, Mary’s name has survived ever since.. All the way up to today Mary has been known; her name has been remembered and revered.
She began her life humbly and God saw something special in her and he allowed her to be blessed; He allowed her to be remembered AS BLESSED throughout history…for thousands of years.
We remember Mary and we remember King David today just like God promised we would, don’t we? Mary goes on in verse 49 – She doesn’t take any of the credit but gives it all to God. She says, “The Mighty One has done great things for me. Holy is HIS name.” Humility…humbleness…
She tells us that God’s mercy extends to those of us who fear him. She tells us that GOD IS POWERFUL. She says that he performed mighty deeds and scatters those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
You don’t even have to be outright about being proud. Outwardly, you can act like you’re the most humble person in the world but GOD KNOWS YOUR HEART. He wants you to be humble to the core. Mary tells us in verse 52 that God has taken the rulers, the greatest men and brought them down from their throne and lifted up the humble. He gives good things to the hungry and has sent the rich away empty. He has helped those who serve him and he has been merciful to Abraham and all of his descendants – JUST LIKE HE PROMISED HE WOULD – God keeps his promises.
Romans 16:25-27 tells us that God is the one who has brought us here! He’s the one who has established us. He did this by keeping his promises. He revealed the answer to the amazing mystery of all the prophets’ writings to us.
All the prophetic writings about a Savior; the mystery that was hidden since the very beginning was solved by the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ!
Isaiah 9:6-7 is THE PROMISE. This was God’s ultimate promise to us and God revealed this to Isaiah EIGHT CENTURIES before Jesus came to earth!
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever.” THAT SOUNDS A LOT LIKE GOD’S PROMISE TO DAVID, DOESN’T IT?
Now I’m going back to Luke 1 verses 26-38 when the angel Gabriel came to Mary in Nazareth. She was pledged to be married to Joseph, who was a descendant of King David. And maybe you didn’t know this but Mary was also descended from the line of David.
Gabriel tells Mary in verse 32 that Jesus will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and verse 33 he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end. Verse 34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”
The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. For NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE WITH GOD.”
“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.” Then the angel left her.
NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE WITH GOD. WE NEED TO BE REMINDED of this. The WORLD NEEDS to be reminded of this!
John 1:1-2, 14 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. The word became flesh and lived for a while among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
Remember God’s TRUTH. The birth of Jesus was prophesy fulfilled. If there ever was an ultimate question for us…if there is a “why” for the entirety of our existence. Jesus Christ is the ultimate answer. JESUS CHRIST IS GOD’S PROMISE!
Meet Pastor Ryan’s wife, Denise: (article from the Syringa Hospital newsletter) New Employee: Please welcome Denise Campbell, RN to the Nursing Department. Denise moved to the area from Indiana seven weeks ago with her husband Ryan, who is the new Pastor at United Methodist Church. Denise received her BSN from Ball State University in 1995 and has experience in emergency, urgent care and hospice. She has two sons, Cory (22) and Brayden (20) and enjoys reading, baking and hiking.
Trustees: First of all thank you for all your thoughts and prayers while I have been recovering from the recent surgery. Yes I am better but not there yet.
So many Church members worked so hard on getting The Parsonage remodel accomplished. We can all be proud the Parsonage was ready for our new Pastor, and a great job it was. The painting contract has recently been completed and with that done the Spring Plans for Parsonage are completed. Thanks to Beth Phlagmann and her crew for a great job.
Pastor Ryan and others have put together a Sunday School Team to get the education program for youth started hopefully in October. With this kind of enthusiasm can the program fail? The group is looking at all aspects of the new program: Rooms, organizing materials, cleaning, new flooring etc. Sharon Cox and Linda Johns are coordinating the effort and will be involved with the planning with Pastor Ryan in making the program work. If you would like to be involved, contact Pastor Ryan, Linda or Sharon.
The Trustees will be meeting to visit and review plans and approving work that may need to be done.
For the Trustees, Dave Poncin and Linda Johns
School Supply Donations needed: Community Action Partnership are again having a school supply drive for School District 244 and homeschoolers in our community. A complete list of needed items are in the Fellowship Room. There is a box in the Entry for the items for your convenience and will be delivered. (Donation Deadline: Friday, August 14.) Any help will be appreciated.
The Military BibleStick: We were able to send last month $200.00 for these which was doubled, so we were able to send 16 of these to our troops. Thanks everyone who helped us do that!
They reach service men and women, deployed in some of the most dangerous areas of the world, with God’s Word in audio — It can go with them and sustain them in even the most difficult circumstances.
It contains the entire Audio Drama New Testament and selected Psalms chosen specifically for “warriors,” yet it’s only about the size of a pack of chewing gum.
Designed to military specifications for safe and discreet use in low-light conditions, it features a matte black finish and red-light-only operation — and runs on a single AAA battery!
Each service member who receives a Military BibleStick also has the option to request a free Audio New Testament or Kids Bible for family back home — although they may be separated from loved ones, they know they are listening through the Word together. Military BibleSticks provide real hope for our heroes!
If you would like to donate direct, see the information on this website: https://militarybiblestick.com/donate/
Who would be willing to serve our church as Benevolence Chair: Ann Tipton has resigned from benevolence chair as they are now attending another church. Please let Pastor Ryan or Jerry Zumalt know if you would like to do this or know of anyone willing to take over that committee. She had been sending out emails and snail mail cards to people on our prayer request lists and others who needed some encouragement. Thanks.
“Cristo Vive International” is an annual camp for ones with disabilities & their families help at ALACCA camp and will be on August 6-12, this year. Cristo Vive Idaho began its ministry in 2008, and has hosted many summer camps in the beautiful hills of Harpster, ID. http://www.cristovive.net/idaho/ On Sunday, July 16, Carol Schmidt will share about their needs and ask for prayers. Please consider supporting them.
Camas Prairie Food Bank: For this month need are great need of any boxed or packaged meal helpers such as hamburger helper-tuna-suddenly salad, and so on. Any donations of fresh fruits and vegetables are always welcome and appreciated. Thanks so much! As always anything is appreciated.
Carlene and all the volunteers. Camas Prairie Food Bank, Inc., P.O. Box 686, Grangeville, Id. 83530, Location: 411 E. North St. Website is: http://www.camasprairiefoodbank.org/
United Methodist Women (UMW): Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, September 6, 10:00 am, at the church. All are invited to join us.
The Sharing Circle. These monthly gathering will resume in the fall.
Camp Scholarships available for Twinlow: UMW is always willing to help with financing for anyone interested in going to camp. Let Rose Mangini, (983-0489), know if you have someone that needs our assistance in making this happen.
NOTE: We still have some Mincemeat –in freezer (meatless too). It is FREE!
The Purpose of UMW: The organized unit of United Methodist Women shall be a community of women whose PURPOSE is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative, supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the United Methodist Church.
HOPE FOR THE CHILDREN–JAMAA LETU ORPHANAGE: It is time to collect funds to support our 3 orphans at the Jamaa Letu Orphanage in the Republic of Congo. Our dollars add up so any amount helps! To support an orphan, we are asked to submit $493.00 per child. With each of us giving a little, we can do this again! Please prayerfully consider helping.Last year we sent funds for Patricia and Emmanie to help with loving care, shelter, food, clothing, medical care, school uniforms and an education that hopefully will give them a career and independence so important to these children. They are in a family setting with lots of attention and loving.
The UMW sponsorship of a student has been changed again. We were paired with Benitha Kabongo Tshala, but Benee’ is the only student who is fully funded by one sponsor, a woman from Lynden UMC who even increased her support when Blessing mentioned that the annual cost is higher.
Our new student is Ekanga Akambo Horticia who prefers Hortica. She is among the newest group of students. She is studying Public Health at ISTM Gestion Hospitaliere. Horticia is on facebook if you would like to connect with her. I am her friend. She does not know much English but loves to chat. I found a site that will translate for us! She is at:
The site I use is: http://www.bing.com/search?q=translation+french+to+english&form=APMCS1
UMCOM: Many thanks to those who have donated recently! Especially thank you for the crock pots and cookware. We have a good supply of linens, dishes, towels. We continue to need small appliances, toasters, coffee pots, microwaves, vacuums. We are blessed to have the opportunity to work throughout the Human Needs Council to supply individuals and families in need of household items. A special thanks to Dave Hammond for bringing in an additional needed shelves for linen storage. Thanks from Emily Poncin, Jane Carlson, Lenora Gregg, Cathy Vanella, and Linda Johns.
Church’s facebook page: Please find our church’s new page on facebook Pastor Ryan set up for us and share with your friends: https://www.facebook.com/grangevilleumc/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel
Choir practice: Our choir practice started on Monday, September 11, 7 pm. We are learning the music for maybe a couple specials around Thanksgiving and several for Advent!!! Please come and enjoy fun fellowship and praising our Lord with song!
The Snippet Corner:
The sermons of John Wesley- Sermon 34: The Original, Nature, Property, and Use of the Law!
- Perhaps there are few subjects within the whole compass of religion so little understood as this. The reader of this Epistle is usually told, by the law St. Paul means the Jewish law; and so, apprehending himself to have no concern therewith, passes on without farther thought about it, indeed some are not satisfied with this account; but observing the Epistle is directed to the Romans, thence infer that the Apostle in the beginning of this chapter alludes to the old Roman law. But as they have no more concern with this, than with the ceremonial Law of Moses, so they spend not much thought on what they suppose is occasionally mentioned barely to illustrate another thing.
- But a careful observer of the Apostle’s discourse will not be content with these light explications of it. And the more he weighs the Words, the more convinced he will be that St. Paul, by the law mentioned in this chapter, does not mean either the ancient law of Rome, or the ceremonial Law of Moses. This will clearly appear to all who attentively consider the tenor of his discourse.
Dave Hammond (The Churches Historian) The History Hound