Women of the Word: Mary, Mother of John Mark

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Acts 12 recounts one of several instances in which Peter was miraculously delivered from prison. In the middle of the night, an angel appeared to Peter, freed him from his chains, and led him out into the city. Peter thought that it was all a dream, but when the angel left him and he found himself standing alone in the middle of a street, then he knew for sure that God had sent His angel to deliver him. Verse 5 of this chapter says that while Peter was kept in prison, prayer was made without ceasing by other Christian believers unto God for him. One of the places where prayer was being made for him was at the house of Mary, the mother of John Mark. Verse 12 reads:

And when he had considered the thing, he came to the house of Mary the mother of John, whose surname was Mark; where many were gathered together praying.

To read about another woman who makes an appearance in this Scripture passage, see Rhoda; but first, here’s what we can learn from Mary, mother of John Mark. Continue reading

Women of the Word: Chloe

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Chloe is a woman mentioned by Paul in 1 Corinthians 1:11. Besides her name, which means “green herb”, we don’t know anything else about her. Since Paul was informed by some from her household that there were divisions among Corinthian Christians, we can assume that she herself was a Christian and showed hospitality toward Paul and his Gospel work. We can further assume that she was not among those brothers and sisters who quarreled. Continue reading

A Time for War and Peace

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Besides both having a time in the world, as Ecclesiastes 3:8 notes, war and peace are about as different as hot and cold. In times of peace, people work hard to set aside their differences and no matter what their race, religion, or nationality they choose to love one another. People give up the sins of anger, pride, envy, and bitterness that may have been in their hearts and instead of loving power; they choose the power of love and give of themselves selfishly.

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The Fruit of the Spirit

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But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. – Galatians 5:22-23

Dietrich Bonhoeffer said: “Fruit is always the miraculous, the created; it is never the result of willing, but always a growth. The fruit of the Spirit is a gift of God, and only He can produce it. They who bear it know as little about it as the tree knows of its fruit. They know only the power of Him on whom their life depends.”

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