We teach by example. A pastor tells of a time when his four- year-old daughter was speaking with his wife. During the conversation she said to her mother, "Will I go to heaven when I die?" "Yes," replied the mother. "Will you go to heaven when you die?" asked the girl. "Yes," replied the mother. "But," said the little girl, "Dad wouldn't go to heaven!" The mother was shocked by this and said, "Why would you say something like that?" To this the little girl replied, "But he wouldn't be able to get away from the church." -- Frank
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.