As part of their church planning, the Southern Baptists in Alabama estimated that 67% of the state's population is not saved. What a commotion that caused when news about the study got out! Now it is true that such an estimate as the Baptists came up with can hardly be said to be completely accurate. It is rather difficult, if not impossible, to know exactly how many saved people there are in an area. But just the very fact that the Baptists even considered that there is a line, that some are saved and some are not, was enough to shock people. Jesus warns us not to take God for granted.
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.