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By What Authority Are You Doing These Things?

Exodus 17:1-7; Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16; Philippians 2:1-8; Matthew 21:23-32 Bigfork Community United Methodist Church September 27, 2020 – 17th Sunday after Pentecost Where does our power to do anything come from? By what authority do we do anything? Where do we get the right to do whatever it is we purpose to do? Who gives us permission? And where do those people get the right to permit it? If you drove to church, it was legal because you had a driver’s license. If you plan to vote in the election this fall, you have to be a citizen and you have to register to vote. But our question this morning is deeper than that. You can go anywhere to church and worship as you choose because your American

The Last Will Be First, And The First Will Be Last

Exodus 16:2-8; Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45; Philippians 1:21-30; Matthew 20:1-16 Bigfork Community United Methodist Church September 20, 2020 – 16th Sunday after Pentecost/Rosh Hashonah What a time we live in. The traditions of our people are being challenged and eroded. The Great Consensus we once shared has become a great polarization. Paul lived in such a time. That is what made him great…and not merely a zealot. Jesus lived in a time like this, too. So did Moses. We grieve our misfortune. We are indignant about getting the common lot of humanity just as our parents and our grandparents did… perched on this little rock hurtling through space… away from something…toward something else. We have

If You Don't Forgive

Exodus 14:19-31; Exodus 15:1b-11, 20-21; Romans 14:5-12; Matthew 18:21-35 Bigfork Community United Methodist Church September 13, 2020 – 15th Sunday after Pentecost By God’s grace and with God’s help and in the swirling presence of miracles the Israelites become free of Pharaoh this morning. They know it is God who has delivered them. They celebrate…and move on into the wilderness. There are days like that, when you are set free from the tyranny of those who want to control your every movement, your every thought…even your beliefs. Then you move into a place where there is only survival, and a big part of survival is staying together and remembering that the goal is the Promised Land. But

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