Perception is a remarkable thing. Our perceptions are flavored by what is going on in our lives (good or bad), by what is important to us, by circumstances and events, and by a host of other factors. If you buy a new car, you will suddenly see cars just like it wherever you go. Your perception has changed and you find yourself looking for cars similar to yours, perhaps because you want assurance that you made a good choice.
If you've had a great experience at a seminar or conference, you're going to be on the lookout for others who have experienced the same thing.
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.