"A man's gotta do what a man's gotta do." That slogan has gone from a statement about manhood to a comedy line. We are "just made that way." Yes, indeed! We are created to do good works. We are created to follow our Heavenly Father in word and in deed. There are some things that a Christian has just "gotta do" -- no matter how often or insistently we are told to do things differently. Even when we are jeeringly told that those are nice words from the apostle Paul, but these days are "the nineties," we need to remember what we are made for.
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.