It's important that we take our cue from John Wesley and Jesus in actively putting ourselves out there and developing those relationships that truly make a lasting difference.
Jesus, God with us, was not the god of war. It's not what he taught and not the example he set of loving your neighbor, even the ones you don't like.
What John is telling us is that Christ has chosen to reflect his light through us, his children, to an unbelieving world.
But God had an important task for Joseph, and he didn't hesitate. He trusted God and willingly went where the spirit led him.
Jesus is both fully human and fully divine and is what connects us to God.
What kind of world can we imagine I this taboo of injustice and intolerance to people everywhere is eliminated?
God looks beyond our words and religious activities to see if our conduct backs up what we say, and he judges our words by the actions that accompany them.
I am thankful that we can give and that the more we give the more God gives us to meet the needs of his most desperate children.
The secular world no longer trusts Christians who "love Jesus" but do not seem to love anything else.
God is depending upon us to be his foot soldiers standing tall on the front lines, defending the defenseless, and taking the fight to the oppressors.