How simple the test, how great the consequences when that test has not been applied. We are living in a time when great religious "empires" are tottering and some are falling. Leaders, respected by millions for their spiritual counsel are falling into disrepute. Moral failures, whether the sin is lust or avarice, have brought down those who seemed to be filled to overflowing with the Spirit. How could so many be deceived? How could anyone be so wrong in trusting the power and leadership of some whose names were practically household words in our land and others?
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.