When Jill made the women’s wrestling team at college, she and her teammates were given a handbook on expectations. It was a college-wide handbook that every person who represented the collage in sports, academics, music, or any other way, received. In it were guidelines about dress codes, expected behaviors, and consequences of breaking the rules. The message was clear: You represent your school. How you conduct yourselves will reflect on the school. Be worthy of the school you represent. It really is the same as Paul’s plea to the Ephesians. Be worthy of the call that you have received.
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.