We must always be on guard against immorality; even a small bit can ruin our spirits. For instance, a father was having an argument with his 17-year-old son. The son reasoned that he was grown up and should be allowed to do as he saw fit. The father, of course, had other ideas. Father and son went to bed unable to understand the other's position.
The next day, the father had an idea. He baked a batch of brownies and waited for his son to come home. When he arrived, the father offered him a brownie, but with one warning. "I followed the recipe except for one small addition."
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.