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A Friend in Failure [July 08,2020]

WORD OF FAITH:

Paul did not think it wise to take him, because he had deserted them. Acts 15:38

Also Read Acts 15:36–16:5 (NIV)

On November 27, 1939, three treasure hunters accompanied by film crews dug through the asphalt outside of the Hollywood Bowl amphitheater in Southern California. They were looking for the Cahuenga Pass treasure, consisting of gold, diamonds, and pearls rumored to have been buried there seventy-five years earlier.

They never found it. After twenty-four days of digging, they struck a boulder and stopped. All they accomplished was a nine-foot-wide, forty-two-foot-deep hole in the ground. They walked away dejected.

To err is human—we all fail sometimes. Scripture tells us that young Mark walked away from Paul and Barnabas on a missionary trip “and had not continued with them in the work.” Because of this, “Paul did not think it wise to take him” on his next trip (Acts 15:38), which resulted in a strong disagreement with Barnabas. But in spite of his initial failings, Mark shows up years later in surprising ways. When Paul was lonely and in prison toward the end of his life, he asked for Mark and called him “helpful to me in my ministry” (2 Timothy 4:11). God even inspired Mark to write the gospel that bears his name.

Mark’s life shows us that God won’t leave us to face our errors and failures alone. We have a Friend who’s greater than every mistake. As we follow our Savior, He’ll provide the help and strength we need.

QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION:

  • What mistakes or failures have you faced recently?
  • In what ways have you discovered God’s strength as you shared them with Him in prayer?

PRAYER OF FAITH:

Jesus, thank You for being there whenever I want to talk to You. I praise You for the comfort and hope only You can give!

-Witness Ministries-

For More Teachings And Articles Visit Our Website: http://www.witnessministries.in

Melwyn And Ruth Misquitta

Sacred Gathering

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FAITH BOOSTER:

Sacred Gathering [June 3,2020]

WORD OF FAITH:

Rejoice before the Lord your God for seven days.Leviticus 23:40

Also Read Leviticus 23:33–36,39–44

Our group of friends reunited for a long weekend together on the shores of a beautiful lake. The days were spent playing in the water and sharing meals, but it was the evening conversations I treasured the most. As darkness fell, our hearts opened to one another with uncommon depth and vulnerability, sharing the pains of faltering marriages and the aftermath of trauma some of our children were enduring. Without glossing over the brokenness of our realities, we pointed one another to God and His faithfulness throughout such extreme difficulties. Those evenings are among the most sacred in my life.

I imagine those nights are similar to what God intended when He instructed His people to gather each year for the Festival of Tabernacles. This feast, like many others, required the Israelites to travel to Jerusalem. Once they arrived, God instructed His people to gather together in worship and to “do no regular work” for the duration of the feast—about a week! (Leviticus 23:35). The Festival of Tabernacles celebrated God’s provision and commemorated their time in the wilderness after leaving Egypt (vv. 42–43).

This gathering cemented the Israelites’ sense of identity as God’s people and proclaimed His goodness despite their collective and individual hardships. When we gather with those we love to recall God’s provision and presence in our lives, we too are strengthened in faith.

QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION:

  • Who can you gather with for worship and encouragement?
  • How has your faith been strengthened in community with others?

PRAYER OF FAITH:

Father God, thank You for the people You’ve put in my life. Please help us to encourage one another.

Give hope, prayer, and encouragement below. Post a comment & talk about it.

-Witness Ministries-

For More Teachings And Articles Visit Our Website: http://www.witnessministries.in

Melwyn And Ruth Misquitta