Germany was so destitute in the 1930s from losing World War I and the economic depression that engulfed the world that when Adolf Hitler came to power many Germans saw him as the spirit of Jesus Christ moving across their land. German pastor Herman Gruner preached, "It is because of Hitler that Christ, God the helper and redeemer, has become effective among us." Gruner went on to preach, "Hitler is the way of the Spirit and the will of God for the German people to enter the Church of Christ." Messages similar to this were heard from the pulpits throughout Germany.
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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.