In the TV series 24, which aired several years ago, Jack Bauer (played by Kiefer Sutherland) is a government agent who works on a counterterrorism unit, fighting those who would bring harm to the United States. In many of the plots throughout the eight years the series ran, Jack would be tortured in various ways to get him to give up certain information or people that he was sworn to protect. Being the hero of the series, Jack did not crack under the most intense and painful tortures.
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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.