If you've ever tried to remove a stump from your yard, you know what strength deep roots have. One popular strategy I've seen used with limited success is to attach a heavy chain to the stump and attempt to pull it out of the ground with a vehicle. This usually leads to a great deal of frustration on the part of the driver and very deep ruts under the truck's tires. Another strategy that I've heard works quite well is to buy some dynamite and a couple of blasting caps and blow the stubborn stump out of the ground.
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.