Jesus is talking to Jewish believers and makes the promise that if they are faithful to his teachings then they will really be his disciples. A disciple is a student -- one who is learning from the master. Later they may be "sent" to do God's work. Then they are called apostles. We should all be disciples, but some of our members may become apostles! Exciting thought!
What are we set free from if we are disciples? We are set from ignorance, from the desire to sin, from impure thoughts and deeds. We are no longer bound by Satan if we know the truth of God -- which is Jesus.
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.