The people in Jesus’ hometown had failed to respond to his messiahship, but he still intensified efforts to prepare for the kingdom. Jesus sent out his disciples in twos, with no food, no bag, and no money. They were allowed the clothes on their backs, sandals on their feet, and a staff to ward off robbers along the way. They were not permitted to take even so much as an extra undergarment. We easily recognize powerful gifts. A powerful speaker with captivating stories provides both entertainment and knowledge. We hear and we see.
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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.