Saturday, December 3, 2022


Today’s Reading: Acts 13

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This is Antioch. Today it is called Antakya in Turkey. Saul (Paul) and Barnabas were sent out from here as missionaries. Tradition says that Peter pioneered the Church here. At first, as was the Jewish custom, they spoke in the synagogue, but those who believed then gathered in a cave for Christian worship.

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where the photo was taken, click HERE.


Key Verse: Acts 13:2-3

As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, “Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Then, having fasted and prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them away.


In chapter 9, Saul (later Paul) was sent by the Jerusalem Church to his home city of Tarsus. In chapter 11, Barnabas is sent from Jerusalem to find Saul. Barnabas and Saul settle in Antioch. Saul may have served the Lord here for a dozen years as a faithful local church member before the Holy Spirit revealed God’s plan for a missionary team which would reach other communities.

It is essential that God’s people remain faithful in a local Church. This is where mentoring takes place, and where ministry gifts can be developed providing the Senior Pastor has the New Testament Vision. The experience at a home Church will confirm whether or not God has called us to a larger place in ministry. Our brothers and sisters who know us best will witness to God’s call. It was in Cyprus that Saul (which means “big”) became known as Paul (which means “little”). Perhaps when Saul exercised great authority, as recorded in verses 9 to 12, Barnabas recognized that Saul needed to constantly be reminded to stay humble. In 2 Corinthians 12:7-10, Paul tells us that God intervened to help keep him humble. The “thorn in the flesh” was so that Paul would not become “exalted above measure.” God knows our weaknesses and deals with us accordingly. Paul, educated in the rabbinical schools, knew his Hebrew Bible. Notice how he bases his preaching on God’s Word.


Lord God, please help me to preach and teach the Scriptures. Help me to learn from Paul’s way of communicating Your Word. Lord Jesus, You urged me to pray that “the Lord of the harvest would send forth labourers into His harvest field” (Matthew 9:38). You answered Your prayer request in the Antioch Church by calling two people into full-time service. Do this again and again in our day, I pray. Amen!


For years now, I’ve tried to remember to pray Jesus’ prayer request each morning. In the “Our Father,” Jesus tells us, “When you pray, say…” In our prayer for “labourers” (not big preachers or executives), we recognize that this is a call to, as Churchill put it, “blood, sweat and tears.” It’s a call to die to personal ambition or any kind of self-seeking. For Paul it meant genuine hardship. Check out 2 Corinthians 11:23-33. I ask myself upon reading these verses, “Do I still want everything God has planned for my life?” YES, YES, and YES!!!! I would like to be somewhere nearby when Paul stands before the Lord in the believer’s judgment (2 Corinthians 5:10). I must never take God’s call lightly. It is the most serious calling in the universe. Obedience must be my #1 priority.

Yours for a greater understanding of God’s call on your life and mine,


P.S. The photo of modern Antioch was the first one taken by my eldest son, Reynold, on a trip across Turkey, Greece, and Italy. He is the professional photographer in our family, as well as a missionary with his wife Kathy (Paul made tents to support his missionary calling). Check out their missions website HERE. Ron, my younger son, is also an ordained minister. He and his wife Ann proofread every blog before it’s posted and add any needed links. Their marriage ministry website is HERE. Thank you, my sons and spouses!

5 thoughts on “Saturday, December 3, 2022

  1. Father, help us to be obedient to your calling on our lives. Paul remained faithful in spite of so much opposition and suffering. May we also be courageous and tenacious! We can only do it with Your Spirit’s power working in and through us.

    May His blessings be upon each one of you!

  2. Sending you hugs, 🤗🤗 Beverlee on the anniversary of your mother’s passing.
    Last month marked the 6th month anniversary of my husband’s passing. The 27 th year anniversary of my father’s passing and 12 years since my mother in law’s passing. It was also the month of my father’s birthday. So many meaningful (and painful) dates .🙏

    • Thank you sister, Luisa. Hard to believe it has been 6 months since Joseph passed. It seems like yesterday. You are in my thoughts and prayers. 🙏❤️ Yes, my Mom’s 6th year anniversary today and in January, my Dad’s 16th year. The passings are filled with so much melancholy. You don’t realize how much you will miss your parents until they are gone. Thanks again for thinking of me, Luisa. Blessings to everyone, today. ✝️🎄

  3. Blessings all. Sorry for the loss of your loved ones, especially at this time of year. What a Wonderful reunion it will be for us who have loved one who knew the Lord.

  4. Yesterday I read my 100 Words very late, and was tired and not much really sank in. Just now I re-read yesterday’s, and I really want to thank Beverlee Kay and Doreen for the very interesting information about the hymns. I shall certainly listen to those songs in a different way from now on! I used to not really like the song 12 Days of Christmas as I thought the lyrics were so silly/, now I will love to hear it!
    Heartfelt prayers for peace and comfort for all remembering the passings of their loved ones, especially thinking of Luisa – I too am a widow, and like Beverlee said, 6 months can seem like yesterday. Thank God He as told us “death is swallowed up in victory”. (1 Corinthians 15:54).

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