This is a true story. Tom Kelker was an over-the-road salesman, home only on weekends. He and his wife seldom came to church, feeling that church would interfere with the little time they had together. So when Tom's sister "got religion" -- and not just any religion, a healing, charismatic religion, there was some consternation in the Kelker household. Tom decided to stop at this new congregation and look it over for himself. He stopped in, listened, shrugged, and walked out when the service ran over an hour. He lit a cigarette and sat in the dark parking lot, listening to the singing inside.
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.