Joe was ambitious. Growing up without a lot of the things his friends had, Joe vowed to
himself that he would be rich beyond his imagination. He worked hard and bought his
first property when he was 23. He sold that property two years later, almost doubling his
investment. He found a formula that worked. By the time he was thirty, he was worth
well over $1 million.
Joe fell in love along the way, got married, and had two wonderful children. He loved his
family, but he loved making money more. As he continued to work, he ventured into new
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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.