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Give To God What Is God's

Exodus 33:15-23; Psalm 99; 1Thessalonians 1:4-10; Matthew 22:15-22 Bigfork Community United Methodist Church October 18, 2020, – 20TH Sunday After Pentecost The Pharisees send their disciples and some Herodians to trap Jesus today. We have been eavesdropping these last few weeks on their conversations, and it is not surprising that the powers that want to contain or confine or do away with our Jesus…for good. They have a crafty question. Either way he answers, they’ve got him. If he says pay taxes to Caesar, he disappoints those who want Rome to leave. If he tells them not to pay Roman taxes, he is stirring up the rabble and threatening Herod’s position. They do not care how he answers the

Don't Try To Stop Me

Exodus 32:1-14; Psalms 106:1-6, 19-23; Philippians 4:1-9;Matthew 22:1-14 Bigfork Community United Methodist Church October 11, 2020, – 19th Sunday after Pentecost Can we really anger the Lord? The people of the Exodus stir God’s anger in the Wilderness this week by creating and worshipping idols when they have been told not to do that. The guests invited to a great feast in Matthew stir up anger by refusing to come. In the Wilderness, the Lord has provided all that the people need, water and manna. They have escaped bondage. The Promised Land lies ahead of them. Moses has gone up to the mountaintop to commune with God and receive the tablets of the Law. This takes a while and after a while

That I Might Gain Christ

Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20; Psalm 19; Philippians 3:4b-14; Matthew 21:33-46 Bigfork Community United Methodist Church October 4, 2020, – 18th Sunday after Pentecost We live in a week when there is contention about public health measures, the Supreme Court, health insurance, a pandemic and probably, a few things I am forgetting to mention. Paul makes it simpler for us though. “How do I gain Christ?” he asks us to ask ourselves. “What do I do now…and what do I forsake now…to achieve that upward call?” We stand at a remote vantage point from the day he asked that question. We know many things he did not…and many things have happened since that day that he could not have dreamt about. But in an

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