We live in a politically correct world. Tolerance is a key word in today's society. When it comes to religion, especially, everyone is right and correct in what they believe, so long as it doesn't preclude anyone else from believing whatever they want to believe... if that makes sense. So how can we as Christians balance this culture against this scripture? If we truly believe the Bible is the word of God, how do we respond to the words, "Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life" (v. 12)? How can we live these words out in love in our PC culture?
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.