How many times has that been sung by the Israelites? We now know that there are members of the lost tribes all around the world. Even some who came to our country with the Conquistadors discovered that they were Jewish when they realized that they had traditions that were different. They could not eat pork or work on the sabbath. They had converted to Catholicism to save their lives during the Spanish Inquisition. I have learned of others in India and Asia who discovered their Israelite ancestry. So God is still calling the remnants of Israel from all over the world.
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.