"I'm here to give you a free set of encyclopedias," he said at the door. You knew there was a catch to it. No company is going to train a guy to go out and give away their products. The real motive of the salesman was to sell you a set of encyclopedias and in return receive a commission for his sale. The manner in which the sale took place was always questionable. Isn't it great that we do not have to put deception into our presenting the Good News to others? All we have to do is live the Christian life day in and day out, and it tells its own story.
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.