Software companies will sometimes offer customers a trial version of one of their
software packages. These trial versions allow users to get the flavor of the full program,
to test drive them, but tantalizingly keep most of the best and most powerful features
locked for full-version purchasers only.
When the Christians in Samaria received the Word of God, they received what might be
called a "trial version"; they hadn't yet received the "full program," complete with the
Holy Spirit. Peter and John were sent to bestow the full package upon them.
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.