James Edwin Orr was born on January 15, 1912, in Belfast, Ireland. His birth date seemed to constantly reoccur in his life, for on that date he was converted to Christianity under the influence of his mother, was married, was ordained into the Baptist church, and became a chaplain in the U.S. Air Force during World War II. But what is more significant than the date of January 15 is that Orr traveled the globe as an evangelist. It would be easier to list the countries that he did not hold revivals in than to recount all of those countries that he did.
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.