A pastor was having trouble finding time each week to write a sermon. He shared this with a friend of his, who was also a minister. His friend said to him, "I never write a sermon. Each week, I just let the Spirit move me. Allow God to speak to your heart, and then share his message with your people." This pastor decided to take his friend's advice, and the next Sunday he climbed into the pulpit unprepared and waited for the Spirit to move him. But nothing came to him. He did manage to utter a few
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.