How are we managing the resources with which God entrusts us? Debt in America is an embarrassment! Regarding individual households, it is reported that the average credit card debt is slightly over $7,000. We have seen the unfortunate results of what happens when people go into debt in buying overpriced houses or purchasing houses that are beyond their means. Our national household is not any better. In 1966, our national debt was less than $1 trillion. By 2000, it had grown to almost $6 trillion. Today, we are over $16 trillion.
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.