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Verses 37-41: “Now Barnabas was determined to take with them John called Mark. But Paul insisted that they should not take with them the one who had departed from them in Pamphylia, and had not gone with them to the work. Then the contention became so sharp that they parted from one another. And so Barnabas took Mark and sailed to Cyprus; but Paul chose Silas and departed, being commended by the brethren to the grace of God. And he went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches.”

One of the shows my family used to watch on Friday nights was The Dukes of Hazzard. It centered around cousins Bo and Luke Duke, their cousin Daisy, and their Uncle Jesse, living in fictitious Hazzard County in Georgia, spending most of their days foiling the comical plans of the corrupt county commissioner, J.D. “Boss” Hogg, and the bumbling Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane. In most all these plots, Bo and Luke were inseparable, having each other’s back while roaring around the county in their custom car, the General Lee. There was one 1980 episode, though, “Carnival of Thrills”, where Bo and Luke disagreed about Bo helping out a lady who ran a stunt show. She was trying to seduce Bo, and the rest of the family suspected foul play was afoot, since accidents had been dogging the show (it was in dire financial straits). Bo and Luke actually came to blows, fighting about who was right. For the first time since the Civil War, Duke was fighting Duke. In the end, Luke and the family saved Bo from another act of sabotage by the main culprit, Bo reconciled with the family, and Luke even helped Bo perform the stunt to save the show.

Would that all disagreements be easily resolved in the timespan of a TV show episode. You see, with the Jerusalem convention over, Paul and Barnabas decided to set out and visit the churches and to encourage them. Just one sticking point though: Barnabas wanted to take along John Mark, and Paul didn’t want to take along the one who had deserted them in their first missionary journey. Luke doesn’t go into detail, but states that the contention was so extreme between the two on this issue, that they agreed to part ways: Barnabas and John Mark would form one team, with Paul taking Silas for the other team. It seems ironic that a division threatened the early church and was resolved, yet these two partners in mission separated because of another division. However, God can work in all things for His good; from all sources I have read, maybe He intended that there be 2 teams to hit the evangelistic trail, and not just one.

Have a blessed day in the Lord!

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Colossians 4:11 “and Jesus who is called Justus. These are my only fellow workers for the kingdom of God who are of the circumcision; they have proved to be a comfort to me.”

The Penguins of Madagascar is a Nickelodeon animated series based off the characters from the movie franchise Madagascar. The cartoons concern a quartet of commando penguins residing in the New York Zoo, and the “adventures” they have there. In an episode titled “Jiggles”, Kowalski (the science/tactical officer), had accidentally created a gelatinous cube of protoplasm that he named Jiggles. Though Kowalski was excited about the discovery, his commanding officer, Skipper, warily disdained it (calling it a “big blob of mad science”), especially as it grew in size and appetite. Becoming increasingly blinded to everything else, Kowalski ultimately turned his back on his friends to protect Jiggles. Of course, Jiggles tried to later eat Kowalski, which led him to realize how he had been misled. After freeing fellow “lunch” victim, the vain lemur King Julian, Kowalski tried to keep it contained in a storage building. Julian hastily wished him “best of luck” before high-tailing it. Kowalski scoffs saying, “I don’t need luck! What I need…are my friends.” “Present and accounted for!” Skipper proclaims behind him, as the rest of the penguins come to his aid in disposing of the monster. Though he had turned his back on them, Kowalski’s friends had not forsaken him.

Paul here is closing his letter by recognizing Jesus Justus (and fellow Christian friends Aristarchus and John Mark in verse 10), who were still with him despite all the tribulation he had been through. They were still helping him in kingdom work for the Lord. As Christians, we need to take time to recognize those around us who stick by us in good times and bad: the faithful wife, the loyal husband, children who are there for you, a best friend or a good neighbor, a pastor who is there for you. There is One other too, Who is always there no matter how many times we stray or turn away; He is always there when we choose to repent and turn back to Him. That one is Jesus.

Something to think about today.

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