Most people today still believe in hell. According to a recent survey, around sixty percent of all Americans say that they believe in some kind of an eternal punishment for those who fail to measure up to God's standards. But that same survey found that only four percent of Americans think that they personally will end up there. We might wish that would be the case. But what that statistic probably reveals is that while most people may be willing to say that there is a hell, they really do not believe it. But this passage warns us to prepare for that coming day of judgment. -- Bowen
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.