Don, the oldest member of the church council, slammed his fists on the table one hot
summer's night during a meeting and declared, "This church is not growing. In fact, we
are losing members to that large church in the next county. As far as I am concerned, the
pastor is the coach. If the team is not winning, then we need to fire the coach! If you ask
me, the pastor needs to go out and visit the inactive members. Then things would be back
to where they use to be." Sensing a standoff between the pastor and Don, the rest of the
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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.