"Since we have a great high priest ... let us draw near ..." (Hebrews 10:21-22)
Dietrich Bonhoeffer returned from the United States to Germany as Hitler's power grew. Surely his life was in peril, but he knew that he belonged where the people were in great suffering. Later when he worked for the Gospel against Hitler, he was imprisoned and then killed. Affirming the cost of discipleship with his life as well as his words, Bonhoeffer was just following the Lord's sacrificial example. Genuine sacrifice gets our attention.
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.