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Love Your Enemies

Genesis 45:3-11, 15;Psalm 37:1-11, 39-40;1 Corinthians 15:35-38, 42-50; Luke 6:27-38 Bigfork Community United Methodist Church February 24, 2019 –Seventh Sunday After Epiphany “Do I not destroy my enemy,” Abraham Lincoln asked, “when I make a friend of him?’ He was a wise and insightful man. Maybe that is the only way to destroy an enemy. This is a hard lesson Jesus gives us today. Even as I prepared for our time together this morning, I thought of a lot of things that had happened at one time or another that still make me want to stop and take a few deep breaths. Maybe you have a few of those moments, too, as an old memory comes back. You are just daydreaming and there you are again, in

Blessed Are You Who Are Hungry Now

Jeremiah 17:5-10;Psalm 1;1 Corinthians 15:12-20; Luke 6:17-26 Bigfork Community United Methodist Church February 17, 2019 –Sixth Sunday After Epiphany I confess to you that I love old movies, especially foreign movies that never played at the Roxie Theater in Shelby, Montana. The post-World War II films from Japan and Germany have a special attraction for me. Last week I watched one that illustrated our gospel lesson as well as it could have been done. A 1960 movie by Keisuke Kinoshita…the Frank Capra of his day and place, Spring Dreams, portrays the need for the rich to be humble and the poor to be hopeful…even grateful. We are going to be spending a lot of time this year reading from the G

I Am What I Am

Isaiah 6:1-8 (9-13); Psalm 138; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11; Luke 5:1-11 Bigfork Community United Methodist Church February 10, 2019 – Fifth Sunday After Epiphany I am what I am. That is about as powerful a statement as can be expressed in human speech. The only thing I can think of that might come close to it is God’s answer to Moses. Moses has been drawn to the burning bush. God calls to him out of the flame, “I have a ministry for you…and it’s a dandy.” Moses makes all kinds of excuses – like every other prophet that is called from human striving to divine purpose. “Who am I that I should go for you?” God tells him to go anyway, even though it looks improbable because, “I will be with you.” S

Love Never Fails!

Jeremiah 1:4-10; Psalm 71:1-6; 1 Corinthians 13:1-13; Luke 4:21-30 Bigfork Community United Methodist Church February 3, 2019 –Fourth Sunday After Epiphany I shared my Call story with you last week…the series of coincidences that made entering local church ministry unavoidable. All that I had done or left undone…in the end…prepared me as well as anything could for ministry in a parish. There was also a sense in all of it that I had to do this. I might be struck by lightening if I didn’t say Yes to the district superintendent when they needed someone to lead worship and help out at Huntley United Methodist Church. I had been to hell by then and I didn’t want to go back. That helped, too. I s

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