Every summer, our church conducts a two-week Bible camp for kids in our area. One of the highlights is our annual trip to a local water park. It's a great park. It has all the big slides, wave pools, and raft rides you could want. As a result, it is very popular and very crowded. One of the challenges we face is getting everyone in our group through the front gate as easily as possible. This year our Christian education director came up with a great solution. She bought a roll of temporary tattoos in the shape of a cross from a local Christian bookstore.
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.