Samantha likes to bribe people. She uses her connections to make sure that she gets switched into the best classes at college, to make sure that her friends invite her to parties, and to make sure that she gets the best grades. She is good at getting people to do what she wants them to do. Monica, on the other hand, works diligently and honestly. Instead of schmoozing the registrar to get transferred into an easier class, she takes the class with the hard professor. Instead of bribing people to write her papers or tell her the answers to a test, she studies hard and does her best.
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.