(C, P) I preached a sermon entitled, "After the Miracle," and talked about what might have happened after the paralytic of Luke 5 was healed by Jesus. Speculating on the Spirit, I said he went out, got two other paralytics and took them to Jesus. He made a large financial contribution to the Jesus Christ Evangelistic Crusade and changed his will, naming the Hospital for the Cure of Paralytics as the chief beneficiary. He went to the cripples in his town, laid hands on them and did for them what Jesus had done for him.
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.