If you are like most people, every once in a while you get a piece of mail that tells you that you have won a prize. In 1997, such a letter from American Family Publishers was delivered to the Assembly of God Church in Bushnell, Florida. But apparently the computer that prepared the letter was not that great. Because when the people at the Assembly of God Church opened the letter, the salutation said, "Dear God." And the letter proceeded to explain that God was a finalist for an eleven million dollar prize. The letter continued by saying such things as, "God, we've been searching for you.
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.