Juan and Maria are a Christian couple in Columbia who minister in an area (north of Cali) controlled by FARC, a leftist guerilla group. In one dangerous encounter with a group of fifty guerillas, Juan preached the gospel with boldness. Twenty of the guerillas received Christ. As Juan described it, they exchanged "pistols for epistles." It is amazing what the "weapons of righteousness" can do! Yet, the dangers persist. The church is often caught in the middle of the political struggle in Columbia. The National Liberation Army has been attacking churches in the area.
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.