I once counseled an individual who had a very technical mind. He had spent over thirty years in the field of chemistry. He would tell me that understanding a formula was an easy thing for him to do. Two plus two equals four. A plus B minus C equals D. These he had no problem with whatsoever. But reading the Bible was a difficult thing for him to do. There are obvious contradictions in the Bible. A good Bible student knows that the gospel accounts of events in the life of Christ are not always presented exactly alike.
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.