By suggesting that three booths be made, Peter wanted to stop timefor a while and savor the "feeling"of the moment. In one of his sermons, Pastor Ron Rude of Buffalo, New York, calls our modern day counterpart to this desire, our snapshot mentality.
When we see something of interest or beauty -- while on a vacation trip, for instance -- we want to stop and capture it with a snapshot. But in the meantime, life goes on and things change, and we miss some of the best by trying to capture the moment on film.
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.