Sunday, August 9, 2015


R E M I N D E R S —

Happy Birthday Janice Sheeder!
1 KINGS 2:10-12, 3:3-14
Solomon succeeds David as King and
follows David's advice to consolidate
his power by isolating or ordering the
death of David's most powerful
adversaries. Some years later, he has a
dream in which he asks the Lord for
discernment to govern, and God
promises him wisdom beyond that of
any before or since.
1 KINGS 2:10-12
Then David joined his ancestors.
He was buried in the City of David.
David ruled Israel for forty years—seven
years in Hebron and another thirty-three
in Jerusalem. Solomon took over on the
throne of his father David; he had a firm
grip on the kingdom.
1 KINGS 3:3-14
3 1-3 Solomon arranged a marriage
contract with Pharaoh, king of Egypt. He
married Pharaoh’s daughter and brought
her to the City of David until he had
completed building his royal palace and
God’s Temple and the wall around
Jerusalem. Meanwhile, the people were
worshiping at local shrines because at
that time no temple had yet been built to
the Name of God. Solomon loved God
and continued to live in the God
honoring ways of David his father,
except that he also worshiped at the
local shrines, offering sacrifices and
burning incense.
4-5 The king went to Gibeon, the most
prestigious of the local shrines, to
worship. He sacrificed a thousand
Whole-Burnt-Offerings on that altar.
That night, there in Gibeon, God
appeared to Solomon in a dream: God
said, “What can I give you? Ask.”  
6 Solomon said, “You were extravagantly
generous in love with David my father,
and he lived faithfully in your presence,
his relationships were just and his heart
right. And you have persisted in this
great and generous love by giving him
—and this very day!—a son to sit on his
7-8 “And now here I am: God, my God,
you have made me, your servant, ruler
of the kingdom in place of David my
father. I’m too young for this, a mere
child! I don’t know the ropes, hardly
know the ‘ins’ and ‘outs’ of this job. And
here I am, set down in the middle of the
people you’ve chosen, a great people—
far too many to ever count.
9 “Here’s what I want: Give me a God-
listening heart so I can lead your people
well, discerning the difference between
good and evil. For who on their own is
capable of leading your glorious
10-14 God, the Master, was delighted
with Solomon’s response. And God
said to him, “Because you have asked
for this and haven’t grasped after a long
life, or riches, or the doom of your
enemies, but you have asked for the
ability to lead and govern well, I’ll give
you what you’ve asked for—  
I’m giving you a wise and mature heart.
There’s never been one like you before; 
and there’ll be no one after.  As a bonus,
I’m giving you both the wealth and glory
you didn’t ask for—there’s not a king
anywhere who will come up to your
mark. And if you stay on course,
keeping your eye on the life-map and
the God-signs as your father David did,
I’ll also give you a long life.”
PSALM 111  (UMH 832)
A psalm of praise in a time of national
and religious stability and prosperity.
I give thanks to God with everything I’ve
Wherever good people gather, and in the
God’s works are so great, worth
A lifetime of study—endless enjoyment!
Splendor and beauty mark his craft;
His generosity never gives out.
His miracles are his memorial—
This God of Grace, this God of Love.
He gave food to those who fear him,
He remembered to keep his ancient
He proved to his people that he could do
what he said:
Hand them the nations on a platter—a
He manufactures truth and justice;All his products are guaranteed to last—
Never out-of-date, never obsolete, rust-
All that he makes and does is honest
and true:
He paid the ransom for his people,
He ordered his Covenant kept forever.
He’s so personal and holy, worthy of our
The good life begins in the fear of God—
Do that and you’ll know the blessing of
His Hallelujah lasts forever!
The writer advises the churches to be
clear minded and grounded in the Holy

11-16 Don’t waste your time on useless
work, mere busywork, the barren
pursuits of darkness. Expose these
things for the sham they are. It’s a
scandal when people waste their lives
on things they must do in the darkness
where no one will see. Rip the cover off
those frauds and see how attractive
they look in the light of Christ.

Wake up from your sleep,
Climb out of your coffins;
Christ will show you the light!

So watch your step. Use your head.
Make the most of every chance you get.
These are desperate times!

17 Don’t live carelessly, unthinkingly.
Make sure you understand what the
Master wants.

18-20 Don’t drink too much wine. That
cheapens your life. Drink the Spirit of
God, huge draughts of him. Sing hymns
instead of drinking songs! Sing songs
from your heart to Christ. Sing praises
over everything, any excuse for a song
to God the Father in the name of our
Master, Jesus Christ.
JOHN 6:51-58
Here the language of eating the flesh
and drinking the blood of Christ
becomes graphic and specific. The
Greek verb for “to eat” changes here
from “phagein,” a term for eating with
some symbolic overtones, to “trogein,”
a much more specific verb meaning
“to chew upon.”  The meaning of the
teaching for the gospel's audience:
Those, and only those, who gather to
offer the Eucharist and so receive the
blessed, transformed bread and wine
have eternal life. Indeed, the gospel
commends Holy Communion as THE
means of abiding in Jesus Christ.

47-51 “I’m telling you the most solemn
and sober truth now: Whoever believes
in me has real life, eternal life. I am the
Bread of Life. Your ancestors ate the
manna bread in the desert and died. But
now here is Bread that truly comes down
out of heaven. Anyone eating this Bread
will not die, ever. I am the Bread—living
Bread!—who came down out of heaven.
Anyone who eats this Bread will live—
and forever! The Bread that I present to
the world so that it can eat and live is
myself, this flesh-and-blood self.”
52 At this, the Jews started fighting
among themselves: “How can this man
serve up his flesh for a meal?”
53-58 But Jesus didn’t give an inch.
“Only insofar as you eat and drink flesh
and blood, the flesh and blood of the
Son of Man, do you have life within you.
The one who brings a hearty appetite to
this eating and drinking has eternal life
and will be fit and ready for the Final
Day. My flesh is real food and my blood
is real drink. By eating my flesh and
drinking my blood you enter into me and
I into you. In the same way that the fully
alive Father sent me here and I live
because of him, so the one who makes
a meal of me lives because of me. This
is the Bread from heaven. Your
ancestors ate bread and later died.
Whoever eats this Bread will live
•  1777 - During the American
Revolutionary War, the Battle of
Bennington took place. New England's
minutemen routed the British regulars.
• 1812 - Detroit fell to Indian troops and
British troops in the War of 1812.
• 1861 - President Lincoln prohibited the
Union states from trading with the
states of the Confederacy.
• 1923 - Carnegie Steel Corporation put
into place an eight-hour workday for its
• 1960 - The free-fall world record was
set by Joseph Kittinger. He fell more
than 16 miles (about 84,000 feet) before
opening his parachute over New Mexico.
• 1999 - In Russia, Vladimir V. Putin was
confirmed as prime minister by lower
house of parliament.         

• 1790 - The capital city of the United
States moved to Philadelphia from New
York City.
• 1807 - Robert Fulton's "North River
Steam Boat" (the "Clermont") began
going up New York's Hudson River on
it's successful round-trip to Albany.
• 1815 - Napoleon began serving his
exile when he arrived at the island of St.
• 1863 - Federal troops and ships
bombarded Fort Sumter in Charleston,
South Carolina, harbor in the Civil War.
• 1896 - The Klondike gold rush was set
off by George Carmack who discovered
gold on Rabbit Creek in Alaska.
• 1903 - Joseph Pulitzer donated one
million dollars to Columbia University.
Columbia started the Pulitzer Prizes in
his name.
• 1943 - The Allied conquest of Sicily
was completed as U.S. and British
forces entered Messina.
• 1961 - The Communist East German
government completed the construction
of the Berlin Wall.
• 1977 - Florists Transworld Delivery
(FTD) reported that this day the number
of orders for flowers to be delivered to
Graceland had surpassed the number
for any other event in the company's
• 2002 - In Santa Rosa, CA, the Charles
M. Schulz Museum opened to the public.        
Happy Birthday Jeff Larson!
• 1227 - The Mongol conqueror Ghengis
Khan died.
• 1587 - Virginia Dare became the first
child to be born on American soil of
English parents.
The colony that is now Roanoke Island,
North Carolina, mysteriously vanished.
• 1846 - Gen. Stephen W. Kearney and
his U.S. forces captured Santa Fe, NM.
• 1914 - A "Proclamation of Neutrality"
was issued by U.S. President Woodrow
Wilson. It was aimed at keeping the U.S.
out of World War I.
• 1920 - Tennessee ratified the 19th
Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
The Amendment guaranteed the right of
all American women to vote.
• 1938 - The Thousand Islands Bridge
was dedicated by President Franklin D.
Roosevelt. The bridge connects the U.S.
and Canada.
• 1940 - Canada and the U.S. established
a joint defense plan against possible
enemy attacks during World War II.
• 1963 - James Meredith graduated from
the University of Mississippi. He was the
first black man to accomplish this.
• 1966 - The first pictures of earth taken
from moon orbit were sent back to the
United States.
• 1991 - An unsuccessful coup was
attempted in against President Mikhail
S. Gorbachev. Soviet hard-liners were
responsible. Gorbechev and his family
were effectively imprisoned for three
days while vacationing in Crimea.        
Happy Birthday John Scholl!
Happy Birthday Rachel Whetstone!
• 1812 - "Old Ironsides"
(the USS Constitution) won a battle
against the British frigate Guerriere east
of Nova Scotia.
• 1848 - The discovery of gold in
California is reported by the New York
• 1909 - The first car race to be run on
brick occurred at the Indianapolis Motor
• 1919 - Afghanistan gained its
independence from England.
• 1934 - Adolf Hitler was approved to be
sole executive power in Germany known
as Fuehrer.
• 1942 - About 6,000 Canadian and
English soldiers launched a raid against
the Germans at Dieppe, France. They
suffered about 50 percent casualties.
• 1991 - Soviet hard-liners announced
that President Mikhail Gorbachev had
been removed from power. Gorbachev
was returned to power two days later.    
Happy Birthday Alex Kading!
• 1741 - Danish navigator Vitus Jonas
Bering discovered Alaska.
• 1866 - The National Labor Union in the
United States advocated an eight-hour
• 1866 - It was formally declared by U.S.
President Andrew Johnson that the
American Civil War was over.
• 1918 - The British opened its Western
Front offensive during World War I.
• 1923 - The first American dirigible, the
"Shenandoah," was launched at
Lakehurst, New Jersey.
• 1940 - France fell to the Germans in
World War II.
• 1964 - A $1 billion anti-poverty measure
was signed by U.S. President Lyndon B.
• 1991 - A rally of over 100,000 people
occurred outside Russian parliament to
protest the coup that removed
Gorbachev from power.
• 2010 - The last American combat
brigade exited Iraq after more than 7
years after the U.S. led invasion began.       
Happy Birthday Phyllis Scholl!
• 1680 - The Pueblo Indians drove the
Spanish out and took possession of
Santa Fe, New Mexico.
• 1878 - The American Bar Association
was formed by a group of lawyers,
judges and law professors in Saratoga,
New York.
• 1912 - Arthur R. Eldred became the first
American boy to become an Eagle Scout.
It is the highest rank in the Boy Scouts
of America.
• 1945 - U.S. President Truman ended the
Lend-Lease program that had shipped
about $50 billion in aid to America's
Allies during World War II.
• 1959 - Hawaii became the 50th state.
U.S. President Eisenhower also issued
the order for the 50 star flag.
• 1991 - Hard-line coup against Soviet
President Mikhail Gorbachev ended. The
uprising that led to the Soviet collapse
was led by Russian federation President
Boris Yeltsin.
• 1997 - Afghanistan suspended its
embassy operations in the United
Happy Anniversary —
Jim and Vickie Moore!

• 1642 - The English Civil War began
when Charles I called Parliament and its
soldiers traitors.
• 1770 - Australia was claimed for the
British crown when Captain James Cook
landed there.
• 1775 - The American colonies were
proclaimed to be in a state of open
rebellion by England's King George III.
• 1846 - The United States annexed New
• 1902 - In Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.
President Theodore Roosevelt became
the first president of the United States
to ride in an automobile.
• 1911 - It was announced that Leonardo
da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" had been stolen
from the Louvre Museum in Paris. The
painting reappeared two years later in
• 1941 - Nazi troops reached the out-
skirts of Leningrad during World War II.
• 1950 - Althea Gibson became the first
black tennis player to be accepted into
a national competition.
• 1972 - Due to its racial discrimination,
Rhodesia was asked to withdraw from
the 20th Olympic Summer Games.
• 1991 - Mikhail S. Gorbachev returned
to Moscow after the collapse of Soviet
hard-liners' coup. On the same day he
purged the men that tried to oust him.
• 1992 - In Rostock, Germany, neo-Nazi
violence broke out against foreigners.
• 1996 - U.S. President Clinton signed
legislation that ended guaranteed cash
payments to the poor and demanded
work from the recipients of cash.        
Thank you for your attention to our
details this week.  You make the wheels
go around, ya know.

God Bless and Keep You,

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