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Today’s Journey Through Scripture Passages: 2 Samuel 3-5; Luke 14:25-35

10 David grew increasingly powerful, and the Lord of heavenly forces was with him. 11 Tyre’s King Hiram sent messengers to David with cedar logs, bricklayers, and carpenters to build David a palace. 12 Then David knew that the Lord had established him as king over Israel and that his kingship was held in great honor for the sake of his people Israel. (2 Samuel 5:10-12, Common English Bible)

If you have ever watched HGTV you can quickly see person after person wanting their dream home. For some, that means buying an old house and completely renovating it. For others it means building something new, from scratch.

As you watch you also see many different kinds of people. For some it is a large house with all the amenities. For others something more modest is the plan. For some it is a single family home and for others a townhouse or condo (for me it is the condo).  There people with large families and people with no family, at least no family living with them. There are people who insist on a green footprint while others are nowhere near as concerned about the world environment as they are about their personal living environment.

As David got ready to build the King’s palace, he would have quickly found, had it not been for the generosity (and probably wanting to curry favor with the new King of Israel who at this point was a world super-power) of Hiram, King of Tyre. David was building his dream home, or at least that is what we might guess.

Make no mistake, David earned this. He had defeated Goliath. He had a hand in defeating many of Israel’s worst enemies. For his trouble, the jealous Saul kept him either on the run or out of the country in hiding. With all David had done for Israel, he then was unable to even see his family without taking his life into his own hands.

In today’s journey through Scripture readings, we read of David going through bitter conflict with Saul’s family. For them, it didn’t matter that David was God’s choice. For those who crave and covet power it never matters if there is sufficient reason for walking away from the source of power. They want to take control of all that is around them. Saul’s family was no exception.

Even once David is able to bring resolution to the conflict with Saul’s family, things still weren’t peaceful around him. David had to deal once again with the Philistines. Some enemies, it would seem, just will not go away. The Philistines were just such an enemy for David. He had dealth with them as a boy, he dealth with them during the time he served Saul, he dealt with them at this point and he would deal with them once again.

But, once David defeated them on this occasion, at least for a time, Israel enjoyed peace from her enemies. That meant it was time for “House Hunters” Israel. David, with the help of Hiram, built his dream home, a palace built for a king. That would only make sense. Finally, David, after close to 20 years, was King of Israel and a king deserves a palace.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,
Keith

Copyright 2018, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

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Spirita Spiro (Esperanza for "Spirit's Breath) is rather new in my life. But the blog is not. I began writing a blog several years ago. It lived under the title, "The Pastor Ponders." Over the years I have tried several different names and "The Pastor Ponders" always seemed to fit best. I am trying again with Spirita Spiro. For 27 years I was a full-time pastor in the United Methodist Church. This year, August 2018, I semi-retired (I can't actually retire quite yet) and began teaching social studies. It is something I have always wanted to do and if I was going to do this, I needed to make it sooner rather than later. So, I made the move. I thought with the career change there also needed to be a name change to the blog and other things, such as spiritual direction. Spirita Spiro is my attempt to share some of my thoughts. I often share what I am thinking with my dog "Bishop," but he keeps his thoughts to himself. He will even go to sleep sometimes while I am sharing my thoughts with him. The truth is, if it doesn't involve getting his ears scratched, his belly rubbed or some kind of treat, he really doesn't care. I will say this for him, he never argues with me or tells me I am wrong. So, I decided to share some of my thoughts with whoever might come across this blog in their ramblings around the Internet. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 27 years as a full-time United Methodist pastor. Most recently I served as pastor of First United Methodist Church in Sweeny, Texas. I have also served United Methodist congregations throughout East Texas including rural Madison County (Elwood UMC), Lovelady (First UMC) and Kennard (Center Hill UMC), Canton (First UMC), rural Smith County (Mt. Sylvan UMC and Union Chapel UMC), Grapeland (First UMC), Tyler (Pleasant Retreat UMC), Santa Fe (Aldersgate UMC), Freeport (First UMC) and Oyster Creek (Oyster Creek UMC), Diboll (First UMC), and now Sweeny (First UMC). My wife Cindy and I have been married for over 40 years. We have two grown sons. Wayne and his wife Nikki and all our grandsons (Kaleb, Noah, and Jaxon) live in Southern California. Christopher and his wife Morgan and both our granddaughters (Jenna and Natalie) live in Tyler Texas. I enjoy preaching and all aspects of preaching from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading, playing the guitar as well as a bit of drawing. I have spent quite a bit of time over the past two years working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I sing bass with a local barbershop chorus called The Coastalaires. I have also recently begun doing a little wood carving. I also enjoy playing with Bishop, something he likes a great deal better than listening to my thoughts. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, specializing in Microcomputers from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, Texas, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. When I was a student at Carolina, the school was in Iron Station North Carolina. They have since relocated to Manassas Virginia (Yeah, go figure, a school named Carolina geographically in Virginia). This blog is mostly devotional writing, but there are other things here too. Just about every week I will either post my sermon manuscript or a video of the worship service. On occasion, I will post something I see in society. Occasionally I write a short story, a poem, or a song and will post it here too. I will say this, my motivations for writing this blog are really selfish. I write it to get what I am thinking out of my head and onto something a bit more permanent. They say, after all, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. And, should you desire, you can one-up Bishop and actually tell me what you think. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. With Joy and Thankfulness, Keith Sweeny, Texas May 2018

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