Paul may not have known how easy it is to set our minds on the flesh. For example, in
2006, the internet pornography industry had worldwide revenues of $97 billion, over $12
billion of that in the United States. Every second $3,074.65 is being spent on porn,
28,258 internet viewers are on a porn site, and every 39 minutes a new porn film is made.
Most sadly, the largest age group for viewing porn is the twelve- to seventeen-year-
Pornography is addictive, likened to an addiction to cocaine. MRIs show that when a
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.