There are some people and some denominations that believe God only comes to us dramatically, as he did to Paul. They aren't sure we are really saved unless we can point to a day and hour when the Lord came to us! Jesus certainly had to stop Paul from heading in the direction he was going! Of course, it is possible for God to come to us in such a spectacular way. Sometimes that is the only way he can get our attention! He came to me in a moment of enlightenment, though not as dramatic as Paul's experience. Some of my fundamentalist friends have accepted me when I told them about my 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.