Isaiah 1:1, 10-20 The opener appears to be an introduction to the whole book, as Isaiah's life of prophecy appears to cover all of these kings. It takes a brave man to tell them what was wrong with their life. It is a surprise that he survived that long!
The message is an interesting one for many churches today who may be more interested in the offering, in lengthy prayers, and in celebrating all the holy days. How righteous we may feel if we accomplish these three areas. Then we may feel that God owes us something!
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.