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Reasonable Expectations

Commentary
Reasonable expectations -- they’re implicit in these scripture texts. Most reasonable of all is the overarching reconciliation that God seeks and achieves. In the Hosea passage, and indeed throughout this prophetic work, a case is made that humanity has failed in keeping up its end of the bargain. We have strayed to the point where God has renamed us “Not My People!” But the reasonable expectation that God will give up on us gives way to God’s declaration that despite the alienation we have caused we are still God’s children, and God’s love will avert disaster. God cannot deny us.

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Arley K. Fadness
“Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee and revealed his glory...” (v. 11a)

Good morning dear children,

I am so happy to see you this lovely day. Did you know you are God's beautiful children? Yes you are! And besides that, God knows everything about each of you!
Arley K. Fadness
“Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee and revealed his glory...” (v. 11a)

Good morning dear children,

I am so happy to see you this lovely day. Did you know you are God's beautiful children? Yes you are! And besides that, God knows everything about each of you!

The Immediate Word

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.

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Bonnie Bates
Bill Thomas
Frank Ramirez
Bob Ove
Mark Ellingsen
Ron Love
Isaiah 62:1-5
Frank Ramirez
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.

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Peter Andrew Smith
Frank Ramirez
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“Yet to Come” by Peter Andrew Smith
“Seeing is Believing — and Deceiving” by Frank Ramirez


Yet to Come
by Peter Andrew Smith
John 2:1-11

“Okay dear, you enjoy the worship service.” Charlotte locked Margaret’s wheelchair in place. “And think about what you want for your birthday desert before I come back.”

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
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.

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Richard E. Zajac
"They have no more wine."

Burnout is an ailment from which many suffer. Some thoughts to ponder should your life be "running out of wine."

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