Wow! Wouldn't you like to live then to see all those miracles? Don't you wish you could see them some Sunday in your church? Too often many find boredom in their faith and their church. Is it the pastor's fault? Is it the service that is the same every Sunday, and we repeat it without thinking about what we are saying? Wouldn't we wake up if we saw flames of fire descending? Some denominations expect to see some of the signs of that day! Even some Lutherans speak in tongues. Our church used to be afraid of it but now it suggests that we talk with some members who have had this experience.
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.