Theophilus means "lover of God." We hope all Christians will be lovers of God. Luke is writing to someone who wants to know about the details of Jesus' life. Luke got them all secondhand -- just as we do -- but Luke had met some who had firsthand knowledge of Jesus, and he is reporting their experiences right up to the day Jesus was taken back up to heaven. They gave convincing proof that Jesus suffered and then rose from the dead and then he appeared to the disciples (students) who had now become apostles (missionaries) because they now had a message to proclaim.
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.