What's your heaven strategy? One friend told me he was confident of going based on his
persuasive powers. A likeable, smooth-talking salesman, he's banking that his golden
tongue will gain him admission. The Lord knows my friend's tactics before he opens his
Years ago we sang a song, "Oh, you can't get to heaven on roller-skates." I rarely travel
with children these days. The few times I've been around youngsters, they either played
computer games or had their ears plugged to iPods. Do the lyrics go "rollerblades"
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.