"But we must always give thanks to God for you, brothers and sisters beloved by the
Lord, because God chose you as the firstfruits for salvation through sanctification by the
Spirit and through belief in the truth." The word "sanctification" confuses many people.
It's been wrongly used by preachers and not understood by lay people. That's a shame
because it helps loads when we really understand it.
It refers to things set aside for a special purpose. Many ordinary things were sanctified in
the Old Testament. Knives, forks, and spoons were set apart to be used for temple
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.