Notes from Pastor Dan

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June 20

This Sunday, we meet an old friend, for the first time.

When we first meet King David in the Bible, he is a lowly shepherd boy. In 1 Samuel 17, David has perhaps his most shining moment – rivaling even that moment when he would become king. You know the story: David trusts in God and defeats the mighty Goliath in battle.

As we follow David’s story through several books of the Old Testament, we find a man who lives a life that many of us would recognize. He has good times and bad. He is a family man, but not all is perfect with his family. In David’s life and adventures, we find a man who loves God, but has trouble focusing on what God wants. When David focuses on what David wants – that’s when the trouble ensues. God’s love for David is unending, but David is just as imperfect as the rest of us.

In this Sunday’s sermon, we’ll revisit the encounter between David and Goliath and see what lessons God has for us in this early part of David’s story.

For those interested… Just how much of a “giant” was Goliath anyway? 1st Century historian Josephus, and other texts, state that Goliath was “four cubits and a span” tall. This roughly translates to 6 feet, 9 inches – a large man by today’s standards, and even taller by the standards of the ancient world. David, meanwhile, is estimated to be about 15 years old when he does battle with Goliath. Much of the artwork surrounding the encounter of David & Goliath depict Goliath as an unworldly giant. Instead, imagine in your eye a teen of slight build, going up against a professional football player, with a mean disposition. That’s not a challenge many would eagerly jump at! We’ll have the rest of the story on Sunday morning.

Looking ahead, several events are on the near horizon:

Thursday, June 24: GEMS picnic lunch, noon at the church

Saturday, June 26: Our patriotic-themed drive-through.

Have a great Saturday and I look forward to seeing you Sunday!

Pastor Dan