Author Archives: joekmac

About joekmac

I am a pastor in the United Methodist Tradition. I am the Pastor of Hamlin Memorial United Methodist Church in the New Mexico Annual Conference. I am married to Cazandra and have two sons with hemophilia.

Blessings Beyond Our Wildest Dreams

2 Chronicles begins with King Solomon and his prayer to God. He sought wisdom, so that he could govern the people well. In response, the Almighty answers Solomon’s prayer and blesses him with riches never before seen, nor will ever … Continue reading

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Why We Do What We Do

Continuing in 1 Chronicles, the message of intentionality moves from worship to the entire structure of the community.  Each person serves a function in society.  The Levites functioned as temple workers among the protectors of the gate.  In many ways, … Continue reading

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God Comes to Us

The reading today (1 Chron. 14-16) celebrates the ark of the covenant as it is finally placed in Jerusalem.  King David leads the charge to move the symbol of Divine presence into the Holy City.  The celebration is well planned, … Continue reading

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What is in a Name?

The readings from 1 Chronicles could not get any drier if they tried.  This person’s lineage and that person’s lineage interrupt the narrative completely to account for every person associated with Noah, to Abraham, to David, to the fall of … Continue reading

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The Destruction of the Northern Kingdom

Today’s reading proved sad, as the focus of the text (2 Kings 16-18) saw the continued resistance of God’s sovereignty in the Northern Kingdom known as Israel.  Ultimately, we saw the defeat and ultimate exile of the Hebrew people by … Continue reading

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Elisha and the Miraculous

Elisha the prophet was a very busy man.  God’s miraculous powers shown through him and we catch a glimpse of healings that rival any of the accounts in the New Testament.  A woman prayed for a child and received a … Continue reading

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Elijah and True Faith

Elijah’s world did not sound much different than ours.  Leadership suffered under foolish choices and turned away from the God of the people.  The nation suffered under civil and political unrest due to “unholy” alliances with foreign powers.  Israel was … Continue reading

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Abraham’s Promised Fulfilled

“Judah and Israel were as numerous as sand grains on the seashore; they ate, drank and enjoyed themselves” (1 Kings 4:20). While the grains of sand are not quite stars, we still catch a reminder that God maintained his part of … Continue reading

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Civil War and Forgiveness

Today’s reading (2 Sam. 16-19) addressed the civil war between King David and opposing forces within the tribes of Israel.  Leading one of the rebellions was King David’s son, Absalom.  In spite of the outright defiance of his very own … Continue reading

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So Dance Before God

“‘Dance then wherever you may be.  I am the Lord of the dance,’ said He. ‘And I will leave you all wherever you may be, and I’ll lead you all in the dance,’ said He” (Sydney Carter). “Then David danced … Continue reading

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