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Teach Us To Pray

Hosea 1:2-10;Psalm 85; Colossians 2:6-15 (16-19); Luke 11:1-13 Bigfork Community United Methodist Church July 28, 2019 –Seventh Sunday After Pentecost Finally, the disciples ask for a gift that will sustain them. They have some familiarity with John the Baptist. They may be disciples of John who have now come to Jesus. So now, they ask him to teach them how to pray, “just as John taught his disciples.” It is the duty of the rabbi to open the way for his people to God. These followers of Jesus will come to understand one day that they are asking this of God. But for now it is enough that they should want to know. It is enough that they should ask someone who may be closer to God…or more open

To Choose The Better Part

Amos 8:1-12;Psalm 52; Colossians 1:21-28; Luke 10:38-42 Bigfork Community United Methodist Church July 21, 2019 –Sixth Sunday After Pentecost In 1859, the world received Charles Dickens’ twelfth novel, A Tale of Two Cities. He opens it with one of the great first paragraphs in all of literature. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct

Who Is My Neighbor

Amos 7:7-17;Psalm 82; Colossians 1:1-14; Luke 10:25-37 Bigfork Community United Methodist Church July 14, 2019 –Fifth Sunday After Pentecost The Good Samaritan…this parable is rightly one of the most famous and most powerful in all of our Judeo-Christian scriptures. Why is this Samaritan good? What is so surprising about a Samaritan being good? Aren’t all of our neighbors good? How can we be good? Let’s start with our reading from Amos. I have been asked more than once why we read the Hebrew Bible scriptures. Why don’t we just read the “New” Testament? Isn’t it all there is about Jesus? What else do we need to know? Well, why don’t I just talk about my family’s history in Montana? Didn’t t

Wash And Be Clean

2 Kings 5:1-14; Psalm 30; Galatians 6:7-16; Luke 10:1-11, 16-20 Bigfork Community United Methodist Church July 7, 2019 –Fourth Sunday After Pentecost I have a long windup on the pitch this morning. We begin in contemporary times and we get back to Hebrew Bible times before we arrive at Revolutionary times. Please bear with me. We are addicted to drama. We are as likely to say that we saw the most beautiful sunset in our life last night as we are to say that the sunset last night was quite beautiful. We are as likely to say that someone is the silliest person we have ever met as we are to say that someone we met expressed themselves to us in a shallow and self-absorbed way. As listeners, we a

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