What do people do when they realize the error of their ways and want to make up for it
all? Quite often, those who have been wronged are long gone out of the scene, if not dead
or moved to another state. James suggests that reversing the current lifestyle is one way
of responding to past sins. While we are justified by faith, James also reminds us that we
are responsible for living a Christian life.
Once a young man turned away a transient while he was immature and arrogant. He
thought such homeless transients were irresponsible deadbeats. While in his middle-aged
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.