New Life Church
Philadelphia

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Secret Agents of Change - John Mark Day 1

Updated: Feb 26

Scripture Reading: Acts 15:36-40

And after some days Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us return and visit the brothers in every city where we proclaimed the word of the Lord, and see how they are.” Now Barnabas wanted to take with them John called Mark. But Paul thought best not to take with them one who had withdrawn from them in Pamphylia and had not gone with them to the work. And there arose a sharp disagreement, so that they separated from each other. Barnabas took Mark with him and sailed away to Cyprus, but Paul chose Silas and departed, having been commended by the brothers to the grace of the Lord.


Verse for Meditation: Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen. – Jude 1:24


Devotional: The Bible is full of the failures of men and women. Some failures are related to a person’s sin, others are not. Either way, it is important for us to look to the greatness of our God in the midst of our own failures. He is the one able to prevent us from stumbling. The stumbling he prevents in our life is “ultimate stumbling or failure,” the kind that could permanently separate us from our Lord.

It doesn’t appear to be the case that God desires to protect us from failures in life. There is too much human failure in the Bible for that to be so. It is a great comfort, however, to know that God will do what is necessary to bring us into the presence of His glory! In the end, we will be with our Lord. Guaranteed!


Question to Consider: What would you do today if you were brave?


Take Action: Ask God to show you what bold act of faith he wants you to take today. Once he reveals it to you, go do it!