The heavenly Jerusalem! The final reward of the Christian! What an inducement to live for Christ! The word inducement is important in life. It means to inspire, to rouse one's interest to become involved. Inducements are frequently used as a means to rouse the interest and lead to the involvement of people. Recently a service club's leaders decided to have their club undertake to raise a large sum of money for what they considered a very worthy cause. But they were aware of the natural lethargy of people to get involved.
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.