Who can fail to be thrilled with the vision of a future age when "death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more"? However, Christians have sometimes worked toward a fulfillment of that vision in the wrong ways.
Propaganda efforts to involve the United States in "The Great War" generated the motto "A War to End All Wars." America's entrance into the conflict was supported by many pastors, but none so memorable as Newell Dwight Hillis, minister of the Plymouth Congregational Church of Brooklyn.
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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.