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6 West Dickson Street
Fayetteville, AR 72701

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Sunday 9:15 AM

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205 Martin Luther King Blvd.
Fayetteville, AR 72701

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520 N. Lindell Avenue
Fayetteville, AR 72701

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Central UMC Blog

The Pastor's Corner: At First Glance…

Posted by Carness Vaughan on

Does the name Tyrone Curtis Bogues ring a bell? Maybe it would help if I told you his nickname: Muggsy. Remember him? Muggsy Bogues played in the NBA from 1987-2001 for four different teams, most notably the Charlotte Hornets. To this day, he remains the all-time leader in steals and assists at Wake Forest University where he went to school. Of all his achievements, though, he’s probably best known by a physical trait: he was, and still is, the shortest person ever to play in the NBA. At 5’ 3”, he was 16 inches shorter than the average NBA player! He began his career with the Washington Bullets, and it just so happened that on their roster was the tallest player in the NBA at that time, Manute Bol. You might recall the famous picture they took together:

This pic was recently recreated by two of the Arkansas Razorback basketball players, Connor Vanover and Chris Lykes:

So, what does all this have to do with anything? Well, this Sunday we’re in Ch. 11 of The Story where we see God tell Samuel to go and anoint God’s next chosen king. He sends him to Bethlehem (a town we’ve already seen twice, first connected with Rachel and then with Ruth) to find this king, one of Jesse’s sons. Samuel assumes it will be Eliab, based on his height and stature. But God has other plans, and he makes sure Samuel knows this in 1 Samuel 16:7:

“But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.’”

At first glance, Eliab looked the part, while young David did not. But God’s qualifications for a leader are very different than ours, and this Sunday we’ll be focusing on what that means for us. We’re in the middle of our covenant emphasis here at Central, and I hope you’ll be here as we consider what it means to be called and what it means to be seen by God for more than just the way others see us. We’ll also have a time of recognition for our veterans, as today is Veterans Day, and I know you’ll want to be a part of honoring those in our church family who served our nation. See you then!

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