Can a story become too familiar? Can a story become overdone? Can a story lose its meaning through repetition? That was People magazine's review of the movie Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Even though the movie was based on Tim Power's 1987 fantasy novel On Stranger Tides, Johnny Deep still gave the same performance and the storyline seemed to mimic the three previous Pirates of the Caribbean movies. The reviewer wrote that the movie was "a rote replay of the series' earlier outings."
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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.