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Who Am I?

Exodus 3:1-15; Psalm 105:1-6, 23-26, 45b; Romans 12:9-21; Matthew 16:21-28 Bigfork Community United Methodist Church August 30, 2020 – 13th Sunday after Pentecost I don’t know how many times I have been asked, “What are you going to be when you grow up?” but I’m sure it’s more than the average for all people. I am also sad to say it’s been a while since anyone asked me. Lightening could strike one more time. You never can tell. Part of the joy of a calling is the surprise…the look backwards wondering how it came to this…the excitement that a page of life has been turned…and the page is blank. When that happens is time for you to put on your thinking cap… downsize…and move the rest. Lighteni

Drawn From The Water

Exodus 1:8-2:10; Psalm 124; Romans 12:1-8; Matthew 16:13-20 Bigfork Community United Methodist Church August 23, 2020 – 12th Sunday after Pentecost Life is full of surprises. We cannot guess what will happen next. We can only prepare as best we can…watch with eyes that see and open hearts that receive…and move forward into what confronts us… now…as faithfully as we can. We are in one of most surprising passages of the generations now living. The novel corona virus of 2019 circled the world and embedded itself everywhere before we saw it for the threat it is. In fact, we are still struggling to understand it…and discover the best way to contain it…and banish it. We want to believe that we wan

Because Of The Mercy Shown To You

Genesis 27:1-4; Psalm 105:1-6, 16-22, 45b; Romans 10:5-15; Matthew 14:23-23 Bigfork Community United Methodist Church August 9, 2020 – 11th Sunday after Pentecost When I was a young attorney, a wise older partner at the firm told me to always be kind and fair with opposing counsel. Your clients might be at war with each other, but you are not at war with each other…and there is no such thing as a road without a turn in it. That turned out to be as true as anything I learned practicing law. If a person was courteous and fair, people were courteous and fair with them. If a person was brutal and mean, it was very unlikely that they would receive sympathy or get a break from opposing counsel…or

It's Me. Don't Be Afraid

Genesis 27:1-4; Psalm 105:1-6, 16-22, 45b; Romans 10:5-15; Matthew 14:23-23 Bigfork Community United Methodist Church August 9, 2020 – 10th Sunday after Pentecost We get two of the great stories from the Bible this morning. Jesus walks across the water and Joseph’s brothers sell him to a caravan of Ishmaelites headed to Egypt. The common message we get from these stories is the saving power of faith in perilous times…a fitting message for us these days. Jesus has just sent the disciples ahead of him in the boat while he dismisses the crowd that has been following them for some time now. Then he goes up to a quiet place to pray. After being pursued by those who want to see him and hear him an

You Give Them Something To Eat

Genesis 32:22-31;Psalm 17:1-7, 15; Romans 9:1-5;Matthew 14:13-21 August 2, 2020 – 9th Sunday after Pentecost Jesus shows the disciples this morning that there are many things they can do. He doesn’t have to do everything. The crowds are following Jesus wherever he goes and he has compassion on them and decides to heal their sick and be with them for a while. It was always the poor people who were not jealous or skeptical or hostile to him. They could see what he did and they took him at his word. It is late and the disciples want him to send them away. But he wants to feed them. All he does is take what they have and divide it among the crowd. They are the skeptical ones now, but when everyo

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