The great Reformer John Calvin claimed that this text testifies to "how great is the blindness of the human mind..." (Calvin's Commentaries, Vol. XX/1, p. 396). "Hence it is necessary that we should be directed by the Spirit of God, or we shall wander forever. From this too it follows, that all things that pertain to the true knowledge of God are the gifts of the Holy Spirit" (Ibid., p. 397). The Holy Spirit works all the good things we have in life. All the gifts we have in the ministry of the church are gifts of the Holy Spirit.
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.