Paul cites a lofty goal: "To know Christ and the power of his resurrection." That goal sort of makes New Year's resolutions to lose weight pale in comparison. Most people have lofty goals, too: wanting to live as holy people; wanting to love as he or she has been loved. And although perhaps not worded as Paul did, people want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection. The good news is that no one has to reach the goal overnight. Paul is quick to tell the Philippians that he knows he hasn't attained his goal, but that he must press on. Reaching goals is about pressing on.
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.