Acts 15:36-16:5 (CEB)
Some time later, Paul said to Barnabas, “Let’s go back and visit all the brothers and sisters in every city where we preached the Lord’s word. Let’s see how they are doing.” Barnabas wanted to take John Mark with them. Paul insisted that they shouldn’t take him along, since he had deserted them in Pamphylia and hadn’t continued with them in their work. Their argument became so intense that they went their separate ways. Barnabas took Mark and sailed to Cyprus. Paul chose Silas and left, entrusted by the brothers and sisters to the Lord’s grace. He traveled through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches.
Paul reached Derbe, and then Lystra, where there was a disciple named Timothy. He was the son of a believing Jewish woman and a Greek father. The brothers and sisters in Lystra and Iconium spoke well of him. Paul wanted to take Timothy with him, so he circumcised him. This was because of the Jews who lived in those areas, for they all knew Timothy’s father was Greek. As Paul and his companions traveled through the cities, they instructed Gentile believers to keep the regulations put into place by the apostles and elders in Jerusalem. So the churches were strengthened in the faith and every day their numbers flourished.
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Kids' Song: God's Love is For Everybody
May God bless you with discomfort
about easy answers, half-truths and superficial relationships,
so that you may live deep within your heart.
May God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression,
and exploitation of people, so that you may work for
justice, freedom, and peace.
May God bless you with tears to shed with those who suffer
from pain, rejection, and starvation, so that you may
reach out your hand to comfort them and turn their pain into joy.
And may God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that
you can make a difference in this world, so that you can do what others claim cannot be done.