The pastor of a fair-sized suburban church walked out in the middle of the evangelism
meeting. The committee was discussing who they were going to recognize as promoting
evangelism in the life of the church by their efforts to involve a lot of people. Several
members of the church were being recognized. The choir had grown, so the choir director
would be singled out. The preschool had a good year with growth, so the preschool
director would be recognized. The men's group had been active and had grown, so the
leader of that group was going to be recognized as well.
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.