Verse one states that we should be faithful, not to serve God, but that we may live and have a population increase. A well-known Old Testament theologian some years ago said that if we did not have faith, the land would cease to be fertile. Living as I do in the Midwest, I can assure him that there are many people -- and corporations owned by us and foreigners -- who have no regard for God and yet they are prospering. If you mean by having faith persons who are stewards who care for the land, I would agree with you. This is a serious matter. In the area reaching about 100 miles south of St.
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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.