We often hear about soldiers who sacrificed for our country but seldom hear about the one who sacrificed for the whole world -- even for the enemy our country is trying to destroy. It is sometimes politically incorrect to talk about that person in public. It may be illegal in some government situations. But he will be around long after those who fear to mention his name are gone, because he is more important than our constitution. He sacrificed for those who are ashamed to speak of him in public -- those who are too weak to acknowledge his sovereignty.
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.