The believers in Corinth, Greece, were a part of a culture that held that there was no resurrection of the human body following death. The soul would be the only reality in the next world. To the Greek philosophers the body was like a prison that held the soul incarcerated until life in this present world is over. Paul attempts to convince the Christians at Corinth that both the body and the soul will be a part of the end-time resurrection event. He also explains, later, that our bodies will take on a new nature -- an eternal quality like unto the soul.
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.