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If They Do Not Listen

Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15; Psalm 91:1-6, 14-16; 1 Timothy 6:6-19; Luke 16:9-31 Bigfork Community United Methodist Church September 29, 2019 –Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost We hear advice from every quarter, invitations from every lane, admonitions all around us. In this era of mediated experience, we finally have to decide who it is that we are going to trust. One friend might mean well, but cannot see clearly. Another might see clearly but not mean well. But still another might see clearly and mean well. That is the one we should follow. Maybe that is the one we should have followed early, and always. But here we are. We can’t go back. How do we go forward? Jeremiah raises his hopeful voi

No One Can Serve Two Masters

Jeremiah 8:18-9:1; Psalm 4; 1 Timothy 2:1-7; Luke 16:1-13 Bigfork Community United Methodist Church September 22, 2019 –Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost Everyone has a God. For some it is money. For some it is power. For some it is fame. And for some…it is living deeply in the truth…with faith that there is a Power in the Universe that is greater than anything we can now understand… but calls us to its bosom. Who is your God? Money? Power? Fame? They are all passing. But the God of truth calls you to its bosom. Who is your God? We have been reading about nations who fell – Israel and Judah – 700 and 600 years before the birth of Christ. We have read that they lost their loyalty to the one tr

He Knew That He Could Trust Me

Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28; Psalm 14; 1 Timothy 1:12-17; Luke 15:1-10 Bigfork Community United Methodist Church September 15, 2019 –Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost Where do we stand with the Lord? There has been a lot of water under the bridge for most of us…and for our peers. Is our fate set? Are our lives now on autopilot? Jeremiah opens with a harsh judgment against Israel’s Southern Kingdom of Judah. It did not come out of the blue. We have read the way Amos came out of Judah and criticized the faithlessness of the North. We have also read about the way Hosea arose later in the Northern Kingdom and criticized his own people. The Northern Kingdom fell to the Assyrians in 722 B.C. We ar

Refresh My Heart In Christ

Jeremiah 18:1-11;Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18; Philemon 1-21;Luke 14:25-33 Bigfork Community United Methodist Church September 8, 2019 –Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost God gave humanity the freedom to choose our own path. We receive that freedom as individuals. We receive that freedom as nations. We receive that freedom as humanity. But it is not without its limitations. If we choose to believe that the world is flat…it is still round. If we choose to believe that the sun revolves around the earth…it is still the earth that revolves around the sun…and not vice versa. So the Bible tells us that fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. You can believe what you want, but it must be true if it

The Same Yesterday And Today And Forever

Jeremiah 2:4-13;Psalm 81:1, 10-16; Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16;Luke 14:1, 7-14 Bigfork Community United Methodist Church September 1, 2019 –Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost We live in a time of great change… big changes…fast changes. Now I am hearing that the artificial intelligence wave of innovations that is coming at us is going to change the way we live more than electricity changed my grandparents’ world. How are we to maintain order in all this chaos? We have so much information swirling around us that a person is tempted to give up or give in. It reminds me of a poem I was forced to read when I was a senior in high school. Turning and turning in the widening gyre /The falcon cannot hear the

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