"For my people are foolish, they do not know me; they are stupid children, they have no
understanding. They are skilled in doing evil, but do not know how to do good"
It's unsettling to know that in most respects this scripture still applies. Most of us are
more practiced in doing evil things than we are in doing the good. If you doubt what I
say, compare the amount of time you spend watching movies and programs that inspire
faithfulness as opposed to the ones that tempt and appeal to your baser nature.
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.