Two young men were making fun of the Christian idea of resurrection from the dead, saying that it was impossible for them to believe that Jesus rose after the crucifixion. A minister at a church down the street from where they lived passed by as they were talking. One of the men called out and in sarcasm asked, "Say, Preacher, tell us why you believe that Jesus rose from the dead!"
His reply: "Well, one reason is that I was talking with him for about a half an hour just a little while ago."
One of the proofs of his resurrection is his presence in our lives.
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.