The movie Chariots Of Fire is based on the true lives of two Olympic runners and what makes them run. You can see the difference between the two men right in the film's opening. As the music of the hauntingly beautiful theme plays we see the group of athletes running along the beach in training. One by one the camera invites us to examine their faces. Eric Little, the Scotsman who is also an evangelist, a son of a missionary who later became a missionary himself, runs with relish, a smile on his face. He runs because he loves it.
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.