Through darker times in our lives, the faiths of others can become invaluable. Can you think of a time that someone else's love of God gave you hope through a difficult time? Remember that throughout his ministry Paul was opposed, beaten, imprisoned, continuously under threat of death. You can imagine him occasionally wondering, "Is this all really worth it? What am I really doing here?" How much more did the faith of the Thessalonians mean to Paul then? When Paul thanked them, we can imagine he meant it since they bore the fruit he and all others making sacrifices for the gospel long to see.
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.