“Begin Again”: A Weekly Devotional for a New Year, Week 40

‘Some time later Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us go back and visit the believers in all the towns where we preached the Word of the Lord and see how they are doing.” Barnabas wanted to take John, also called Mark, with them, but Paul did not think it wise to take him, because he had deserted … Continue reading “Begin Again”: A Weekly Devotional for a New Year, Week 40

“Begin Again”: A Weekly Devotional for a New Year, Week 39

“The whole assembly became silent as they listened to Barnabas and Paul telling about the signs and wonders God had done among the Gentiles through them. When they finished, James spoke up. “Brothers,” he said, “listen to me. Simon has described to us how God first intervened to choose a people for his name from the Gentiles. The … Continue reading “Begin Again”: A Weekly Devotional for a New Year, Week 39

“Begin Again”: A Weekly Devotional for a New Year, Week 38

'The apostles and the elders were gathered together to consider this matter. And after there had been much debate, Peter stood up and said to them, “Brothers, you know that in the early days God made a choice among you, that by my mouth the Gentiles should hear the word of the gospel and believe. And God, who knows the heart, … Continue reading “Begin Again”: A Weekly Devotional for a New Year, Week 38

“Begin Again”: A Weekly Devotional for a New Year, Week 37

“Then they passed through Pisidia and came to Pamphylia. And when they had spoken the word in Perga, they went down to Attalia, and from there they sailed to Antioch, where they had been commended to the grace of God for the work that they had fulfilled. And when they arrived and gathered the church together, they declared all … Continue reading “Begin Again”: A Weekly Devotional for a New Year, Week 37

“Begin Again”: A Weekly Devotional for a New Year, Week 36

“But Jews came from Antioch and Iconium, and having persuaded the crowds, they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing that he was dead. But when the disciples gathered about him, he rose up and entered the city, and on the next day he went on with Barnabas to Derbe.  When they had … Continue reading “Begin Again”: A Weekly Devotional for a New Year, Week 36

“Begin Again”: A Weekly Devotional for a New Year, Week 35

'And when the crowds saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voices, saying in Lycaonian, “The gods have come down to us in the likeness of men!”  Barnabas they called Zeus, and Paul, Hermes, because he was the chief speaker.  And the priest of Zeus, whose temple was at the entrance to the city, brought oxen and … Continue reading “Begin Again”: A Weekly Devotional for a New Year, Week 35

“Begin Again”: A Weekly Devotional for a New Year, Week 34

‘Now at Lystra there was a man sitting who could not use his feet. He was crippled from birth and had never walked. He listened to Paul speaking. And Paul, looking intently at him and seeing that he had faith to be made well, said in a loud voice, “Stand upright on your feet.” And he sprang up and began walking.’ … Continue reading “Begin Again”: A Weekly Devotional for a New Year, Week 34

“Begin Again”: A Weekly Devotional for a New Year, Week 33

“Now at Iconium they entered together into the Jewish synagogue and spoke in such a way that a great number of both Jews and Greeks believed. But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the brothers. So they remained for a long time, speaking boldly for the Lord, who bore witness to the word of his grace, … Continue reading “Begin Again”: A Weekly Devotional for a New Year, Week 33

“Begin Again”: A Weekly Devotional for a New Year, Week 32

“And when the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord, and as many as were appointed to eternal life believed. And the word of the Lord was spreading throughout the whole region. But the Jews incited the devout women of high standing and the leading men of the city, stirred up persecution against … Continue reading “Begin Again”: A Weekly Devotional for a New Year, Week 32

“Begin Again”: A Weekly Devotional for a New Year, Week 31

'Now Paul and his companions set sail from Paphos and came to Perga in Pamphylia. And John left them and returned to Jerusalem, but they went on from Perga and came to Antioch in Pisidia. And on the Sabbath day they went into the synagogue and sat down. After the reading from the Law and the Prophets, the rulers of the synagogue … Continue reading “Begin Again”: A Weekly Devotional for a New Year, Week 31