Carla and Ben had been married for about 10 years when the door-to-door evangelists called. Ben was at work at the time, but Carla was home, and bored, and so she invited the pair in to have coffee and tell her about the Bible. They stayed for an hour, and when they left, Carla had a brand new Bible and a study book to go over, plus an agreement for the husband and wife team to come weekly to teach her about their brand of Christianity. Ben really didn't care, and asked no questions. But he did become curious about the changes taking place in his house. Carla had quit smoking.
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.