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What Good Would It Do?

Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16; Psalm 22:23-31; Romans 4:13-25; Mark 8:31-38 Bigfork Community United Methodist Church February 25, 2018 – Second Sunday in Lent Ron DeYoung was an MSU student from Kalispell when I was there. He had a double major in Animal Science and Philosophy, which is about as rare a combination as a lawyer and a preacher. He liked to joke that he was preparing for a career of writing fables. Aesop created fiction that was truer than nonfiction. The fanciful stories invited us in with their sense of wonder and imagination. They spoke of ordinary things but they ended with the profound application of a brief and simple narrative…the moral of the story. The truth is ever before

A Rainbow in the Sky

Genesis 9:8-17; Psalm 25:1-10; 1 Peter 3:18-22; Mark 1:9-15 Bigfork Community United Methodist Church February 18, 2018 – First Sunday in Lent Viktor Frankl, author of Man’s Search for Meaning and survivor of Nazi death camps, said, “To live is to suffer. To survive is to find meaning in your suffering.” There is a flood narrative in the creation stories of every major religion. Gilgamesh in Babylonia, Manu in Hindu, even Plato’s Timaeus, and in Genesis, Noah, are all central characters in flood narratives. Many of them have been warned of the impending flood by a divine presence who also told them to build a great boat while there was still time. This is an ancient story we set our eyes on

Slaves for Jesus' Sake

2 Kings 2:1-12; Psalm 50:1-6; 2 Corinthians 4:3-6; Mark 9:2-9 Bigfork Community United Methodist Church February 11, 2018 – Last Sunday after Epiphany Paul sets the tone for us again today. The disciples know that Jesus is the Messiah, but they have been having a hard time understanding what that means. On the other hand, Paul understands completely what it means that the Messiah has come. But he is trying to explain that to people who choose to argue about whether Paul is a genuine apostle or not. Paul is writing to us and the Corinthians today. It is as diverse a community as the one we live in and people have seen as much of the world of their day as people here have seen. They are ope

All Things to All People

Isaiah 40:21-31; Psalm 147:1-11, 20c; 1 Corinthians 9:16-23; Mark 1:29-39 Bigfork Community United Methodist Church February 4, 2018 – Fifth Sunday after Epiphany We look at the world from two different perspectives this morning. Isaiah takes the long view. He writes to us and to the Exiles of Israel and Judah: Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God,the Creator of the ends of the earth. No matter how much the world seems to spin out of control, do not lose hope. God does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.He gives power to the faint,and strengthens the powerless. If you are like me these days, there is so much spin in the news, from o

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