Captain John Smith was one of the most fascinating adventurers who ever sailed the seas. By the time he was in his middle twenties the farm boy from Lincolnshire had already fought battles in Hungary against the Turks. He was always eager to explore what was unknown. Smith is most famous today for his leadership in founding the colony of Jamestown, Virginia, in 1606-07. Smith was a practical man who could not brook idleness. He urged the young English colonists in Jamestown to build homes, plant crops, and develop trade with the Indians.
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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.