A little boy had five barley loaves and two fish. Jesus received these meager foodstuffs and blessed them, and they fed a crowd of over 5,000 people. We are foolish if we bypass the miraculous power of Jesus' blessing upon our meager sustenance. Tithing is a covenant. God does for us and we in turn do for God. We either believe that God will bless us or we don't. Even if events transpire that sharply reduce our income, tithing needs to continue. One hundred percent of an income unblessed by God is less than ninety percent of an income that is blessed by God.
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.