With the dawn of the Second Industrial Revolution in the late 1800s public education was made available for all young boys. This may seem like a noble venture, until the motive is revealed. Education was not vested in the learning of math and reading, but its primary focus was on obedience to authority and punctuality. Education was to prepare boys to serve in the military and live by the time clock in the factory.
Application: We must realize that some people may be lacking in spiritual gifts if they are denied the opportunity for growth and self-fulfillment.
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.