When I was living in Tulsa, Oklahoma, I had reason often to pass through a suburb of Tulsa called Bixby. And in Bixby was this independent church that was apparently doing quite well attracting new members. They had a new church building. On Sunday morning, as you drove by, you could see their parking lot was full of cars. But what I liked most about the place was this huge billboard that they had out in front of the church on the main road. It stood about fifty feet high in the air and it had the name of the church on it and the name of the minister and it would light up at night.
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.