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When Was It That We Saw You Hungry?

Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24; Psalm 100; Ephesians 1:15-23; Matthew 25:31-46 Bigfork Community United Methodist Church November 26, 2017 – Christ the King Sunday A Today we read from the prophet Ezekiel. Scholars believe he is one of the important people exiled from Jerusalem after the Babylonian siege. Let’s put this in context. David unifies the country and moves the capital to Jerusalem in about 1000 BC. He dies and the Northern Kingdom of Samaria and the Southern Kingdom of Judah. After many incursions, the Assyrians overrun the Northern Kingdom in 722 BC and move part of the local population out and move Assyrians in. The idea is to so mix the cultures that Judaism becomes so diluted it is

Whoever Has Will be Given More

Judges 4:1-7; Psalm 76; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11; Matthew 25:14-30 Bigfork Community United Methodist Church November 19, 2017 – 24th Sunday after Pentecost We conclude our meditations in Ordinary time this week. And in the three-year cycle of the Revised Common Lectionary, we walk through Israel’s history in this long period of Ordinary time. We read of Israel’s birth, of the greatness of its power in all the world, and its destruction. We just sample a taste of the period of the Judges this week. You are invited to read more deeply into Judges if you wish and we are doing that in our Disciple Bible Study Class each Tuesday night. If you do decide to read more deeply into Judges, I warn you

You are Witnesses Against Yourselves

Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25; Psalm 78:1-7; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Matthew 25:1-13 Bigfork Community United Methodist Church November 12, 2017 – 23rd Sunday after Pentecost Last week we took up the beginning of the Book of Joshua, as the Nation of Israel crossed the Jordan to re-enter the Promised Land. This week we read the end of that story. The land has been subdued and all the people live in relative peace with one another. Joshua calls the elders, chiefs, judges, and officers to a great meeting at Shechem. He is convening a congress or a constitutional convention of the leaders of the people throughout the land. He is asking them to remember not only what they have done together…but even m

Only One Teacher

Joshua 3:7-17; Psalm 107:1-7, 33-37; 1 Thessalonians 2:9-13; Matthew 23:1-12 Bigfork Community United Methodist Church November 5, 2017 – 22nd Sunday after Pentecost There is a profound unity in the scriptures. A few weeks ago we read the First Commandment…that there is one God. That was a radical idea in its day, but this vision of the unity of all things is what gave the Nation of Israel a sense of community. That community was so powerful that it overcame the fear that kept them in bondage to Pharaoh. It was so powerful that it protected them form their pursuers. It delivered them, on the far side of a great water, from their would-be captors. It kept them together…when they were disappo


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