When the Indiana Pacers basketball team finally lost out to the New York Knicks in the playoffs, the Pacers credited the enthusiasm of the Indiana fans at the games. They did suggest, however, that in the coming seasons, the fans should be present and as enthusiastic at all the games during the entire season. It is so easy to be in the crowd cheering on those who appear to be winners. The crowd pictured in Hebrews 12 is cheering on what appears to be losers -- many who gave up their lives for what they believed in, never seeing the actual results of their hopes in this world.
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.