Imagine a doctor who regularly neglects one part of a standard three-part procedure. His
patients become sicker and die. We wouldn't allow someone so inept to treat a sewer cat.
We'd want him banned from medicine.
The Bible speaks of a three-part cure. Preachers ignore the first part. Why? People of
science and letters often ridicule ministers concerning the subject. Fearful of criticism,
many religious people remove it from their belief. They talk about it only at funerals.
Despair results. I refer to hope, the sister of faith and love.
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.