Paul reminds believers they are no longer under law, but rather grace. A judge in a courtroom where Abraham Lincoln was trying a case illustrated the difference. Lincoln, a young lawyer, was in the habit of telling humorous stories, and told one to the clerk of court. It caused the official to break out in hearty laughter. The judge told Lincoln to stop telling stories that disrupted the court and said to the clerk, "You may fine yourself $5." Then the judge asked Lincoln to approach and asked him what story he had told.
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.