Doing the work of an evangelist is often a task that many Christians do not feel equipped to accomplish. The whole idea of fishing and catching people who are unchurched is biblical but still a little scary. It is easier to fish in the fish bowl and talk to people who are already going to church. A cartoon once portrayed a fisherman standing before a display case filled with the day's catch. Still in his hip waders with his creel on his side, he looked at the clerk and said: "Throw them to me.
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.