Jim's trademark was a simple one. No matter what the conversation and no matter what the setting he ended it with a statement of his faith. This was true in church settings but also true at work and in leisure settings as well. When the interaction was drawing to a close and it was time to part, Jim would close with simple words. "God bless you, and praise God in all things. See you soon." Even Jim's friends who didn't go to church appreciated it. It made them think about Jim in a different way and wonder about the God Jim worshiped. -- Daubert
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.