June 18, 2019: SOAP #3484:   1Kings 22; 2Chronicles 18,19; Colossians 4 Scripture:  Colossians (NIV) 4:10 My fellow-prisoner Aristarchus sends you his greetings, as does Mark, the cousin of Barnabas. (You have received instructions about him; if he comes to you, welcome him.) Observation:   Mark had started on Paul's first missionary journey but had turned back.  […]

June 18, 2019: SOAP #3484:   1Kings 22; 2Chronicles 18,19; Colossians 4

Scripture:  Colossians (NIV) 4:10 My fellow-prisoner Aristarchus sends you his greetings, as does Mark, the cousin of Barnabas. (You have received instructions about him; if he comes to you, welcome him.)

Observation:   Markhad started on Paul's first missionary journey but had turned back.  When Barnabas wanted to take him along on thesecond, Paul refused.  It caused Paul andBarnabas to split up, Paul taking Silas and Barnabas taking Mark. Acts 15:27-39   Butnow things are different.  Paul is in jailwriting a letter to the church in Colosse. Mark, who is now with Paul, requests that Paul include his greetings inthe letter.  Paul goes even further andencourages them to welcome Mark if he visits them. 

Thank the Lord for Mark not getting so offended and not holding a grudge againstPaul for the earlier rejection.  And,thank the Lord for Paul not carrying the past into the present.  Mark is the author of the second gospel. 

Application:    God isbigger than my failures!   God can workthrough my weaknesses for HIS GLORY!  Rejection by the Apostle Paul did not hinder Mark's futureministry. 

Thank the Lord for Barnabas who took Mark along with him on a missionaryjourney, discipled and prepared him for future ministry. 

Prayer:  Heavenly Father, help me be like Paul who gavea second opportunity for ministry.  Helpme be like Barnabas who did not see past failures as disqualifying from futureministry.  Help me be like Mark who didnot become offended and bitter.  Help meknow that God is the way-maker for ministry.  Amen

Pastor Leon
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