In the days of King Arthur, a knight's oath of obedience was sealed when he kissed the king's sword. It signified his acceptance of the king's authority in all matters and his willingness to die for the king, if necessary. Whenever we accept the rule of a king, we need to make him first in our lives and to promise unquestioned obedience. Two Chinese immigrants, Charles Lee and Eddie Foy, discovered this. They had opened a little laundry shop and were doing well. When they became Christians, they determined to adapt their lives and their business to this glorious experience.
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.