A few years ago Duke University made it to the finals of the NCAA basketball tournament. The only problem was that their opposition was the highly-rated NBA look-alike team, the Running Rebels from Las Vegas. Las Vegas was rated to win by at least 12 points. They were bigger, better in statistics, faster and besides, everyone thought they were going to win. In fact some thought that this final would be a blow out. In the locker room before the game, the Duke Blue Devils' coach, Coach K, gave the team a message that was very biblical.
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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.