In August of 1995, Florida hosted its first Promise Keepers event in Tampa. The indoor stadium was packed, including a floor area where men crowded together on chairs. The sights and sounds were impressive. Thousands were fed lunch in a matter of minutes. Traffic jams clogged the entire region. But perhaps the most impressive sight involved "PK's" founder, Coach Bill McCartney. The man who conceived and implemented Promise Keepers wasn't up in a skybox barking out orders. McCartney was spotted down on the crowded floor, his arm around a sobbing 20-year-old man.
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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.