Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - Second Chance






Tuesday April 25
St. Mark's Day

Bible Reading:     Acts 15: 36 - 41

Topic:         Second Chance

Paul and Barnabas parted ways over John Mark because he deserted them during the first Missionary Journey (Acts 13: 13)

The decision of Paul not to include him and Barnabas' opposition brought about a sharp division with Barnabas parting ways with Paul and taking John Mark with him.

Paul thought that Mark could not be trusted again while Barnabas felt that he needed to be given a second chance.

Mark was to prove so faithful and dependable that is his last epistle, Paul told Timothy ". . . . . Get Mark and bring him to me for he is very useful to me in the Ministry" (2 Tim. 4: 11)

Barnabas saw something in John Mark which Paul did not see - a mighty soldier in the making - that Paul would later recognize (Col. 4: 10)

There is always the need to uphold the weak and be patient with all. The weak today may be the strength of the Church tomorrow.

So encourage all to grow in the service of the Lord.
"Better is the end of a thing that the beginning thereof" (Ecc. 7: 8)

For you as a child of God, success is measured by how you finish and not how you started, so don't give up

Prayer:

Father in Heaven, thank You for Your Grace in my life. Please help me to be a source of encouragement to someone today for I pray in the Mighty Name of Jesus Christ my Lord, Amen

Memory Verse:   Acts 15: 39

"And the contention was so sharp between them that they departed asunder one from the other and so Barnabas took Mark and sailed unto Cyprus"

Source:     The Daily Fountain
(The Daily Devotional Guide of the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion)

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