When we don't lead lives worthy of the Lord, we can get into trouble. It got Roger into jail. He had been coming up short financially and decided to help himself by robbing a convenience store. The power of darkness had seduced him and now he was paying the price.
While in jail he was ministered to by his pastor, who weekly sent him copies of the Sunday sermon and who visited him for supportive conversation. During one of those visits Roger told his pastor, "I sure goofed up, but I understand now how I went wrong. I certainly won't do that again."
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.