So many of our people are timid in sharing the faith. A year ago I had two Jehovah's Witnesses come to my door. I invited them into my office to talk with them. After the pleasantries were finished, and we had discussed many of our differences, the one looked me in the eye and said, "You people are not true Christians. And Jesus is not really your Lord." I asked, "What do you mean?" He quoted me Jesus' great commission to us to go and make disciples. And he said: "The proof is in the pudding. I don't see your people out evangelizing.
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.