Have you ever been approached by someone who questioned, "Are you saved? If you would die today, where would you spend eternity?" Paul seems to make it very clear that our personal salvation from sin and self is an on-going process. "God selected you ... you have been set apart by means of God's Spirit, and you are putting all your confidence and trust in the genuine truth" (personal paraphrase). We are each chosen, sanctified and continue to believe -- thus guaranteeing our personal and eternal salvation, says the Apostle Paul.
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.