Being a Christian unfortunately does not prohibit us from doing the wrong thing in the wrong manner. We are admittedly reluctant to deal with these words of Jesus. I recall having a boy, after he had come to have confidence in men, tell me at a church camp, "My father pretends to be one thing in church, praying and everything. But at home he drinks and shouts and mistreats mom and us." This boy was trying to clarify how his father could act one way in church, but the opposite at home.
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.