Dr. Neighbor recalls a baptism, when the candidate for baptism said, "Please wait one
minute. I want to get my billfold and have it baptized, also." Praise God for those who
have had their billfolds baptized, thus allowing the Lord to have full control of their
financial giving and planning.
Early in church history, there were soldiers being baptized who, at the time of their
baptism, held their fighting arm out of the water wanting to be able to keep that arm from
the Lord's influence so they could continue to kill and destroy with the unbaptized arm.
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.