A few years ago, a study of all of the breeds of dogs showed that the border collie is the smartest breed. These dogs were developed on the border between England and Scotland and are phenomenal herders. According to the Border Collie Museum, "The border collie controls the sheep with 'eye' which has a distinct meaning, referring to the amount of concentration on the sheep that the dog shows. The sheep are 'held' by the strength of the dog's eye and a dog in which this characteristic is well developed is called 'strong-eyed.' "
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.