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Young Visions and Old Dreams

Acts 2:1-21; Psalm 104:24-34, 35b; 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13; John 7:37-39 Bigfork Community United Methodist Church May 31, 2020 – Pentecost Sunday The changes became real this week. It was a burst of light into the fog of the war we have been waging with the enemy in us and among us. We hadn’t wrapped our heads around it as it came upon us. We probably still have a long way to go. But now is the time for us to humble ourselves to the need to understand what is and what is not…and to commit ourselves to the cause that has been thrust upon us by history and circumstance. So it is time to speak what we see and do all we can to let the truth be known, to break the fever of blindness in others, an

Count It A Blessing

Acts 1:6-14; Psalm 68:1-10, 32-35; 1 Peter 4:12-14, 5:6-11; John 17:1-11 Bigfork Community United Methodist Church May 24, 2020 – Seventh Sunday of Easter Do not complain about the hardships that come to you in this life, Peter writes to us today. Count it a blessing when you suffer for your faith. This is evidence that you have a living and vibrant faith. So we come to this moment of trial in our community with a special gift to share with everyone who knows us or comes to meet us. We look ahead and not behind. We look up and not down. We seek solutions and not blame. We are drawn together by the challenges of our time…not driven apart. We come from different places. We have arrived in diff

To An Unknown God

Acts 17:22-31; Psalm 68:8-20; 1 Peter 3:13.22 John 14:15-21 Bigfork Community United Methodist Church May 17, 2020 –Sixth Sunday of Easter There are silver linings we do not see, or maybe we do not benefit from, anyway. In claiming the blessings of a loving God…a God who was willing to sacrifice all – an only son – for a planet full of rebellious, willful sinners…in the kind of time we live in today…hard-pressed by something we cannot see and have trouble understanding – we exercise our faith in the One who had…the One who still has faith in us this day and this hour. We find Paul in Athens this morning. He had been drawn to this place by a man who appeared to him in a dream while he and B

Chose and Precious

Acts 7:55-60; Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16; 1 Peter 2:2-10; John 14:1-14 Bigfork Community United Methodist Church May 10, 2020 –Fifth Sunday of Easter Jesus was chosen and precious. Peter writes to us today that he was the cornerstone laid down in Zion by God. The work was laid out there before him. It was a daunting task. An impossible task. But he did it, and because he did not count being one with God as a special privilege…but as a sacred duty…his name has been praised over every other name by more people in more countries for more centuries than any other… and still is. Peter writes to the Apostles and us this morning to tell us that we have been chosen, too. We have come to believe in a good m

On Calling Out To Our Ancestors

Acts 2:14a, 36-41; Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19; 1 Peter 1:17-23; Luke 24:13-35 Bigfork Community United Methodist Church April 26, 2019 –Third Sunday of Easter In the movie Amistad, slaves on a slave ship rebel against the crew and overpower them. When they are taken into custody for their act of rebellion, they are put on trial. A young Matthew McConaughey plays Roger Sherman Baldwin, the trial lawyer who countersues for their release and their freedom… and they win. But the United States government appeals that decision to the Supreme Court. That’s when an old Anthony Hopkins steps in as ex-President John Quincy Adams to handle the appeal. He explains to Cinque, the lead Defendant, that the cours

Trusting The Shepherd

Acts 2:42-47; Psalm 23; 1 Peter 2:19-25; John 10:1-10 Bigfork Community United Methodist Church May 3, 2020 –Fourth Sunday of Easter Sometimes it’s hard to know who to trust and what to do. Sooner or later we all face a moment when we have to decide whether to veer off or walk through a dilemma. Sometimes the moment comes suddenly and sometimes it build up gradually, but sooner or later it comes and when it does we get a brand new insight into the world we live in…and into ourselves. The Apostles had just been through it…from mountaintop experiences to a cross on Golgotha to an empty tomb to the risen Christ. They were ordinary people: fishermen, a tax collector, net menders. The world saw

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