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But David Remained At Jerusalem

2 Samuel 11:1-15; Psalm 14; Ephesians 3:14-21; John 6:1-21 Bigfork Community United Methodist Church July 29, 2018 – Tenth Sunday After Pentecost Richard Lovelace was one of the cavalier poets of the 17th Century. He died at the age of 40 in 1657. We have talked about him before, quoting his most famous lines from To Althea From Prison: Stone walls do not a prison make, Nor iron bars a cage; Minds innocent and quiet take That for an hermitage. I want to start with him again today from another poem, To Lucasta, On Going to the Wars which speaks in a special way to the decision King David made to not go out to war “in the spring of the year when kings go out to battle.” Tell me not (Sweet) I

A House For You

2 Samuel 7:1-14a; Psalm 89:20-37; Ephesians 2:11-22; Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 Bigfork Community United Methodist Church July 22, 2018 – Ninth Sunday After Pentecost David finally has some rest from his enemies. His borders are secure. A peaceful future is finally within sight for Israel. This is a bookend time. They had found a place of peace in Egypt after Jacob’s son Joseph had made it great as one Pharaoh’s first minister. But then a Pharaoh who did not know Joseph arose in Egypt, and he saw them doing so well he began to oppress them. From that day to David’s it had been one hardship after another. A great prophet arose to lead them out of bondage, but their freedom was a hard one in the

Dancing With Great Abandon Before God

2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19; Psalm 24; Ephesians 1:3-14; Mark 6:14-29 Bigfork Community United Methodist Church July 15, 2018 – Eighth Sunday After Pentecost A week ago, Donnie and Ollie and I hiked to Avalanche Lake. There was something that did not need to be said once we broke out of the woods onto the lakeshore. They got their shoes and shirts off and went into the water. We had reached the apogee of our travels. We would be there for a little while before we went back. It was a moment to embrace all that had gone before and to set the stage for what was going to happen next. It was a time to enter into what Paul describes for us today as the celebration of God’s lavish gift-giving…a gift w

He Was Surprised

2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10; Psalm 48; 2 Corinthians 12:2-10; Mark 6:1-13 Bigfork Community United Methodist Church July 8, 2018 – Seventh Sunday After Pentecost O, what powerful words we read today! O, what humble thoughts dwell in them! There is a Ying and Yang to it all, and all of them – David and Jesus and Paul – were surprised by them. David, ruler of the southern kingdom of Judah, is surprised by the appearance of delegations from the northern kingdom of Israel. Israel and Judah have been divided since the death of Saul, but the delegates from the north come not to dispute with him, but to ask him to rule over them, too, now that their rulers have died. Jesus comes to his own village, Nazar

Your Faith Has Healed You

2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27; Psalm 130; 2 Corinthians 8:7-15; Mark 5:21-43 Bigfork Community United Methodist Church July 1, 2018 – Sixth Sunday After Pentecost It is a small thing, but I note that as of today we have been together for three years. It still feels like we are just getting started, but it also seems like much has happened. Happy Birthday this week, too, to the colonies who, 242 years ago, declared that they were, and of right ought to be free and independent states. In making this bold declaration. They told the world that they made this bold declaration with a firm reliance on the protection of a divine Providence, and in making it they said they mutually pledged each other their li

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