Acts 1:1-11 We'd lived in Miles City, Montana, a few months when a man in Billings (two hours
drive away) spoke to me as I got out of my car, "How are things in Miles City?" I'd lived
there long enough to learn about half the names of people I should know. I asked
myself if he'd attended worship once, or I'd buried his uncle, or performed a wedding for
his niece. He pointed to my license plate, "14 is Custer County." I began to learn
Christianity also has shorthand. We say Jesus "ascended into heaven and sits on the right
Thomas Willadsen Mary Austin Christopher Keating Dean Feldmeyer Ron Love George Reed Bethany Peerbolte
For January 20, 2018:
God Activates by Tom Willadsen — Perhaps God wants us to delight in each other and in the magnitude and depth of divine love. Perhaps the Lord wants to activate our gifts of the Spirit, to use them for the common good.
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus. Isaiah celebrates our intimate union with our creator, describing us as the joyful bride of God. Though there had been alienation and rejection from both sides in the past, the prophet describes us as God’s delight. That connection is also emphasized in Paul’s oddly graphic description of church folks as body parts — we need each other because we are not a living, breathing body if we are somehow separated.
When Jesus visited a wedding at Cana in Galilee, he showed that human disappointments matter to him and that he would be prepared to redeem them. This is a story about a young girl's bitter disappointment when she became a bridesmaid.