If you are on course with your preaching, you will sometimes notice how it seems you are saying the same thing all the time. And the truth is that you are.
The stories are myriad, the texts are many, and yet, time and time again we discover that all the trials lead back to one place, to the story of a God who will not let us alone, who will not let us be lost, who seeks to save us from ourselves, who even takes the cost of our sin upon himself and bears the pain so that we can be free. That initiative and that grace which we discover in Christ has no bounds.
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.