Periodically groups of believers will sell their possessions, go into hiding and await the immediate end of the world. For some this means nuclear destruction and for others it means the second coming of Christ. Reports of these groups always hold our interest for whatever the truth of their claims, there is no doubt that "the form of this world is passing away."
Paul's words to the Corinthian Christians speak to a community permeated with this apocalyptic sense of time. So many signs in their environment seemed to indicate the conclusion of creation as they knew it.
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.