Jacob leaves Beersheba and sets out for Haran. In the process of the journey, he stops and receives a vision from God in the middle of the night. The vision gives Jacob an assurance that God was not just the God of Abraham and Isaac, but his God. He also promises Jacob descendents that will bless the earth's inhabitants. God gives Jacob the assurance that he will watch over him and will not forsake him. What a dream! What a vision!
The people of God who have made a difference in the world and turned it upside down are those who God has given a vision and a Bible in their hands.
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.