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There Once Was a Man Who Had Two Sons

Joshua 5:9-12;Psalm 32;2 Corinthians 5:16-21; Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32 Bigfork Community United Methodist Church March 31, 2019 –Fourth Sunday in Lent March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. Christ comes into Jerusalem like a lion and goes out like a lamb. But this is the rarest of creatures we can behold: a lion who is like a lamb. He submits and he roars. He roars and he submits. In his submission, like a lamb, we hear him roar like a lion. In this one divine…human…being the lion lies down with the lamb. When God’s will is done, when the Kingdom of Heaven shall come, Jesus Christ the Lion and Jesus Christ the Lamb shall be one. We are in the middle of Lent, the fourth Sunday of se

Lord, Give It One More Year

Isaiah 55:1-9;Psalm 63:1-8;1 Corinthians 10:1-13; Luke 13:1-9 Bigfork Community United Methodist Church March 24, 2019 –Third Sunday in Lent We dwell on theodicy this morning. Not “The Odyssey”, but “theo-dicy.” “the vindication of divine goodness and providence in view of the existence of evil,“ or the “defense of God's goodness and omnipotence in view of the existence of evil”. Why do bad things happen to good people? Why do good things happen to bad people? Why doesn’t God show us a rational way to earn God’s favor, so we can do it and be saved, and know…by what happens and doesn’t happen in the world around us…that we are saved…forever? Isaiah gives us a clue. Come and eat and drink

The Lord Reckoned It To Him As Righteousness

Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18;Psalm 27;Philippians 3:17-4:1; Luke 13:31-35 Bigfork Community United Methodist Church March 17, 2019 –Second Sunday in Lent Let me give you a little bit of what I learned at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. This is basic contracts law. In order to have a contract…a legally binding agreement…you have to have three things. 1. An offer. 2. Acceptance of that offer. 3. Some consideration passing between the parties. By “consideration” we mean that each party gives up something…some entitlement, some property of value…some freedom to act otherwise if they had not agreed to be bound …by the terms of this agreement. To say this is an ancient concept is to

The Word Is Near You

Deuteronomy 26:1-11;Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16;Romans 10:8b-13; Luke 4:1-13 Bigfork Community United Methodist Church March 10, 2019 –First Sunday in Lent Bishop Karen United Methodist Foundation We come to the Season of Lent and our paraments turn from white and gold to purple…a royal color. In our denomination, it is the bishops’ color, the color of Easter, and the color of Lent. We read that Jesus was filled with the Holy Spirit at the threshold of this royal season…and so he went into the wilderness to be tried by all the temptations the devil could muster against him. He has just been baptized at the Jordan by John who was causing a great stir among the people who see the greatness of a prophe

Let Us Make Three Shelters

Exodus 3:19-35; Psalm 99; 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2; Luke 9:28-36 Bigfork Community United Methodist Church March 3, 2019 –Transfiguration Sunday Peter is the one who is ready to do what needs to be done. He sees Jesus speaking on the Mount of Transfiguration with Elijah and Moses and it is certain that we need to preserve the moment, put some structure around the event, and keep this moment in time frozen in time forever. We read it is about eight days after something. Christ’s resurrection is referred to as the eighth day of Creation. Eight is an important number. What happened eight days ago? Eight days ago, Jesus asked his disciples who people said he was. They said Elijah, John the Ba

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