A Chicago chain of book stores recently reported what book is the most shoplifted from its store. No, it is not one of the new releases. Rather it is a book that has been on the market for several years. The most stolen book in Chicago is called the Bible. Think of how many people have stolen Bibles and how incongruous that is. There has to be a connection between what we believe and what we do. Here in this passage Peter clearly explains that it is his faith in Christ that motivates what he does. -- Bowen
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.