"Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise." I've heard this verse applied in
lots of ways. Some insist it means that unbaptized people can go to heaven. Those
teachers appear to forget that Jesus' new covenant came into effect after his
Others claim that it teaches that we go to heaven immediately after death. Caution is
required on this point, too. Samuel the prophet didn't descend from heaven in angelic
form to give King Saul the bad news of his imminent death. He temporarily rose from the
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.