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Expressions of Faith. Acts Ch 15. Trouble!

Trouble! 37 Barnabas wanted to take John, also called Mark, with them,38 but Paul did not think it wise to take him, because he had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not continued with them in the work.39 They had such a sharp disagreement that they parted company. Barnabas took Mark and sailed for Cyprus,  Acts 15:37-39  Today’s title could be misleading.
Jail terms, stonings, and executions experienced by the early Christian community were all trouble.
Luke reports the first episode of internal strife severe enough to change leadership’s plans in the early church. Barnabas, known for his encouraging nature, and Paul, the emerging leader, cannot agree on the fate of John Mark. Paul prevails.  Silas becomes his traveling companion.
To his credit, Barnabas chooses to accept Paul’s decision and heads out on a mission trip of his own with Mark.
Too often in today’s church disagreements like this one, or even of lesser importance drag congregations into episodes of defamation or character assassin…

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