It is almost impossible to get an accurate count of how many Christians there are in the world today, but several estimates put the number at around 2.2 billion, making it the largest religion in the world. We now have people who are dedicated followers of Jesus from all parts of the globe -- from China to Kenya to Peru to New Zealand to Iceland. To think: it all started in one room with a dozen disciples and an amazing encounter with the Holy Spirit. We even get a glimpse into how widespread this movement would be when we see the list of all the areas represented in the crowd (vv. 9-10).
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.