Acts 4:5-12 In our lesson Peter says that Jesus is the cornerstone. A cornerstone holds the whole building together. Christ holds our lives together.
Sigmund Freud said that “Love and work are the cornerstones of your humanness.” To have Christ as your cornerstone entails that we live with the awareness that all our loves, all our work are for Christ. And then we can say with the Shorter Catechism of the Presbyterian Church: “What is the chief end of man? Man’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.”
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.