The Walt Disney film The Lion King was the fourth biggest money-making movie of all time. As the title indicates, there was a lion who was king of the jungle. He had a son named Simba, and everyone knew that when the time came he would become the king in his father's place. But after his father died, Simba ran off. He made some friends for himself, and they taught him to lead a carefree kind of existence. So Simba started to think that the decision that he had made for himself was the right one -- the decision not to follow in his father's footsteps and become the next king.
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.