Fritz Hoopman was president of one of the largest companies in his hometown. Over the past year, his name had also been added to the inactive member list of his home congregation. After the usual difficulty in recruiting visitors for the inactives, the church finally did send Clara Main from the evangelism committee to check on Fritz. Fortunately, Clara had been a good student in the evangelism training event. She went to visit with Fritz, determined to be a good listener and to demonstrate to him that their church cared about him and was eager to welcome him back to active membership.
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.