The story is told that at the close of a Sunday morning sermon one of the members felt the Holy Spirit's conviction and moved forward to an altar after the invitation was given by the pastor. He took the pastor's hand and with a heavy spiritual and emotional response, he shared that his life was full of sin. But instead of saying it that way it came out, "My sin is full of life." He quickly changed it to, "My life is full of sin." The truth is his first statement was the real reason for the second.
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.