Friday, January 08, 2010

John Mark's gift

Today’s Reading: Acts 12:25 NIV

25 When Barnabas and Saul had finished their mission, they returned from Jerusalem, taking with them John, also called Mark.

Good morning!

What is it like to learn from the best of the best? One of the most enjoyable aspects of attending college as an older adult is gleaning information and tidbits of wisdom from the pastors, professors and students who willingly share their own personal life experiences. Taking Bible classes at Lindenwood University® has made an everlasting mark in my life. I am thankful for the dreams and gifts that are borne through higher education.

John Mark is credited for writing the first Gospel account of Jesus Christ. A gifted writer, Mark focused his thoughts on Christ’s healing miracles, especially the miracle of rebirth which can only come through accepting Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior. His family opened their home as a meeting place for new Christian converts, where Mark listened with great interest to the thoughts of those who had given their hearts to the Lord. Through his Christian “home schooling” experience, John Mark became a missionary apprentice to Paul and Barnabas, traveling with them on their first Gospel-spreading journey. He could not have had better teachers to guide him in The Way.

Name the people in your life who led you to Jesus Christ and encouraged you to follow Him. Say a special prayer of thanksgiving for each of these precious ones today. There is no greater gift than the gift of salvation! Now go, and share the Gospel message with others, in Jesus’ name.

Grace and peace,

Deb Spaulding

Faith UMC - St. Charles, MO


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