The most dramatic conversion told about in the Bible is the conversion of Saul, from a
persecutor of the church to loyal disciple. He that had been in charge of persecuting the
church, was reduced to having to be led around by his hand, and taking orders from a
little Jewish prophet. From now on the Holy Spirit and Christ would be guiding him.
The stage play, Shenandoah, is set at the time of the Civil War in a community
close to the Mason Dixon line. The play starts in a small church worship service, and the
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.