An organizer for our adult Bible study class was deeply perturbed at the low turnout. Each Sunday he would exhort the congregation about the importance of Bible study and how every true Christian like himself should attend class to learn more about the Word of God. The more he exhorted, the less people came. Still he pressed on for months with very little results. Finally, in a volcanic eruption of uncontrollable anger he let loose on the congregation about their lack of faith in Christ. After his fierce diatribe, he was approached by a parishioner.
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.