Joshua 24:1-25 Bill Murray had completed school and was doing very well for himself. He was vice-president of an airlines and owner of a printing plant. Bill had been away from his family for about twelve years when his mother, Madelyn Murray O'Hair, asked her son to come home and salvage her failing organization. Dutifully, Bill returned to Austin and assumed leadership of the American Atheist organization (AAC). An astute businessman, Bill quickly increased the gross income of the organization from $3,000 to $30,000 a month.
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.