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Sola Scriptura

Deuteronomy 34:1-12; Psalm 90:1- 6,13-17; 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8; Matthew 2:34-46 Bigfork Community United Methodist Church October 29, 2017 – 21st Sunday after Pentecost We come to the death of Moses this week, and it is bittersweet. God meets him on a mountain again, and shows him the land he had promised to Abraham…to Israel. As we read through the names of he places, we see names of Jacob’s sons still attaching to the land their father gave to them: Dan and Naphtali, Judah and Ephraim…these are the names of the sons Jacob led into Egypt to escape death in a great famine. They stitch the distant past together with the present by seeing Dan’s name over there and Ephraim just beyond it.But,

A Cleft of the Rock

Exodus 33:12-23; Psalm 99;1 Thessalonians 1:1-10; Matthew 22:15-22 Bigfork Community United Methodist Church October 22, 2017 – 20th Sunday after Pentecost We draw near the end of our time of reflection on the life of Moses… the babe drawn from the water by the daughter of the Pharaoh who had ordered his death. This theme of death in the midst of life and life in the midst of death follows Moses and Israel all through the Exodus and the time in the wilderness. And like them, we cling to a rock in space that has a layer of life as we know it on its surface. We carry remnants of the collision of great forces of nature in our bodies. Our blood is red because it has iron in it. Iron is created

So Quick to Turn Away

Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20; Psalm 19; Philippians 3:4b-14; Matthew 21:33-46 Bigfork Community United Methodist Church October 15, 2017 — 19th Sunday After Pentecost So it all comes to this. God sends God’s people a prophet who is humble enough to hear God’s call to deliver them out of bondage and into freedom. God changes Pharaoh’s heart...back and forth… to grant Moses’ pleas to free them… so many times it is hard to count them. None of the changes hold, though, and Pharaoh has to suffer death of every firstborn and the destruction of his army… wholesale… before he finally turns back and lets the people follow Moses, their prophet and liberator, into freedom. They grumble about their thirs

NO OTHER GODS

Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20; Psalm 19; Philippians 3:4b-14; Matthew 21:33-46 Bigfork Community United Methodist Church October 8, 2017 — 18th Sunday after Pentecost We have been looking at Moses for many weeks now and many people have approached me to say that they are haring an echo of contemporary events in the stories we are sharing. There may be a reason for that. We have an interesting book on our church library titled America’s Prophet. It is written by Bruce Feiler who has written many books about the history of Israel… Walking the Bible, Abraham, and Where God was Born. But in America’s Prophet he makes the case that our American values find their roots in Israel’s story of liberatio

Strike the Rock

Exodus 17:1-7; Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16; Philippians 2:1-13; Matthew 21:23-32 Bigfork Community United Methodist Church October 1, 2017 — 17th Sunday after Pentecost There are some times when we don’t think we have a choice…or any choices. Our good intentions have brought us to the end of the road. Moses didn’t want this ministry. He was not strong enough for it, good enough for it, worthy of it. And he stuttered. Now it had come to this. There they were, away from the army of Pharaoh, in the middle of the desert into which they had fled. They had left a lifetime of oppression. They had run from the cruelty of a master who thought he owned them. They were now free …but free for what? You still

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