The power of the church is Christ. Paul writes, "And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body..." (Ephesians 1:22-23a NIV). The earthly church has endured political scandal, immoral leadership, misunderstanding, slander, hatred, and has been rocked to its core. Still the church continues because its foundation is not in people but in the very presence of Jesus Christ. He is the foundation and there is no corruption, enemy, or unholy being that can destroy him.
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.