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A Double Portion Of Your Spirit

2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14; Psalm 77:1-2, 11-20; Galatians 5:16-25; Luke 9:51-62 Bigfork Community United Methodist Church June 30, 2019 –Second Sunday After Pentecost We come this week to the question of succession. How do we cast the vision we now have into a future that will go on without us? How did those who have gone before us cast their vision in our hearts? We are a people who have seen much. We have had to let go of many wishes about the way things should be and accept the way things are. We have hopes about the way things will be…can be…if the Word is to go on. So how do we carry wisdom into conversation? How do we carry lessons we have learned through many seasons into the season that n

Everyone Begged Jesus To Leave

1 Kings 19:1-15a; Psalm 42; Galatians 3:23-29; Luke 8:26-39 Bigfork Community United Methodist Church June 23, 2019 –Second Sunday After Pentecost To sum this sermon up in a phrase: No good deed goes unpunished. So what are you going to do about it? Elijah is chased from the Promised Land for defeating the enemies of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Jesus is asked to leave Gerasa for restoring their demoniac to his right mind. Both of them did what no one thought was possible, but once they had, their own friends were happy to keep the benefits, but chased them away lest they be asked to pay the price for it. Elijah has just challenged the prophets of Baal…the apostles of a false belief

Filled With The Holy Spirit

Acts 2:1-21; Psalm 104:24-34, 35b; Romans 8:14-17; John 14:8-17 Bigfork Community United Methodist Church June 9, 2019 –Pentecost Sunday! It is Pentecost Sunday and the streets of Jerusalem would be full. It is the festival of weeks, Shavuot, seven weeks after the first harvest. There are seven days in a week and seven weeks is a week of weeks…the Festival of weeks. Growing up on the plains east of the mountains, we are at the other side of the crops. It is the season when the crops are made or broken. The glacial till is fertile but dry. The seed is in the ground. All is in waiting…for a good soaking rain to open the husks and bring forth new life…in abundance. When that rain came all th

A Special Kind Of Peace

Acts 16:9-15; Psalm 67; Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5; John 14:23-29 Bigfork Community United Methodist Church May 26, 2019 –Sixth Sunday of Easter Sometimes the best plan in the world is not as good as what can happen when we have our eyes and ears open for the working of the Spirit…Jesus present with us to instruct us and to guide us. Dana Whitney, our office manager, does such a good job of picking our bulletin quotes, but this day she has drawn one that catches what we are about to look into perfectly. Will Rogers was a phenomenon in his day. He started out as a trick roper. He could dance into, out of and through the noose as he spun his lariat. Then he started chatting as he did trick a

Not For Them Alone

Acts 16:16-34; Psalm 97; Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21; John 17:20-26 Bigfork Community United Methodist Church June 2, 2019 –Seventh Sunday of Easter Paul and Silas have good news to share with the people of Philippi and they do it with enough persuasiveness that they draw attention from those who feel threatened by it. Every attempt to spread the Word meets with worldly opposition. We proclaim on the face of our bulletins that we are both ‘into the Word’ and ‘into the world.’ We live on a frontier between that which is mortal and that which is eternal. If we can see something with eyes, hear something with ears, taste it with lips and touch it with our fingers, it is passing away alr


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