When Ninevah needed to hear God's message, God called Jonah. When Judah needed to hear, Isaiah was called. When the early church needed a missionary, God called Saul of Tarsis. When the church needed to be reformed, God spoke to Martin Luther. When England was headed downhill in the 1700s, God raised up John Wesley and George Whitefield. When you needed to hear from God, whom did God place in your life?
When the Israelites needed someone to lead them out of Egypt, God called Moses.
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.