Judas Iscariot’s betrayal alerts us to the fact that no one is exempt from the possibility of betraying Jesus. As the disciples sat together with Jesus at the last supper, Jesus made an announcement: “Behold,
Missionaries, like other servants of God, face the temptation of discouragement. Some things that contribute to discouragement include working among an unresponsive or hostile people group; frequent ministry trips away from spouses and family; trying
Luke 1:26-42 is a very interesting account of a women who willingly rendered herself to God’s service, to God’s plan, to God’s program, and to God’s proposal. It challenges me when I read Mary’s humble response to
“A town of Lycaonia, in Asia Minor, in a wild district and among” a rude population. Here Paul preached the gospel after he had been driven by persecution from Iconium (Acts 14:2-7). Here also “he healed a lame man (8), and thus so impressed the ignorant and” “superstitious people that they took him for Mercury, because he” “was the “chief speaker,” and his companion Barnabas for Jupiter,” “probably in consequence of his stately, venerable appearance;” “and were proceeding to offer sacrifices to them (13), when Paul” earnestly addressed them and turned their attention to the true “source of all blessings. But soon after, through the influence” “of the Jews from Antioch in Pisidia and Iconium, they stoned” “Paul and left him for dead (14:19). On recovering, Paul left for” “Derbe; but soon returned again, through Lystra, encouraging the” disciples there to steadfastness. He in all likelihood visited this city again on his third missionary tour (Acts 18:23). “Timothy, who was probably born here (2 Tim. 3:10, 11), was no” doubt one of those who were on this occasion witnesses of Paul’s persecution and his courage in Lystra.
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