According to former Education Secretary, William Bennett, the United States economy might be the soundest in the world but the country's cultural health is in serious decline. In his report, Index of Leading Cultural Indicators, he states that since 1960 population, wealth and welfare benefits have climbed but United States values have deteriorated. During that time he reports: violent crimes have increased by 560 percent; illegitimate births climbed by 419 percent; divorce rates quadrupled; and teenage suicide jumped by 200 percent.
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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.