A hundred young men sat on the hillside grass for the vesper hour at summer conference. The speaker was presenting the Living Christ to them, night after night. He laid upon their hearts the invitation to accept the Lord and commit their lives to him. They sang this chorus at the close of the vesper hour each evening: "I have a life to live -- not mine, but Thine!/ Help me this life to live, close to Thee, Friend divine./ Thou hast a plan for me. May I not change the design./ Use Thou this life, O Master.
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.