Paul and Barnabas were bold and direct. With vigor, they spread the word of God wherever they could and, to combine two metaphors, when they could not get a foot in the door, they "shook the dust from their feet" and went elsewhere.
One responsibility that accompanied my driving the family car was taking a turn at rotating its tires. As a featherweight teenager, I could not raise the jack let alone budge the wheel nuts. Then dad showed me how to gain purchase on the jack by slipping an 18-inch pipe on the end of the tire wrench.
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.