The earliest Christians followed a Jewish tradition of pausing to pray, preferably together, first thing in the morning, about mid morning, at noon, about mid afternoon, and in the evening. “Just a Note” posts are brief observations made from Scripture readings not related to a lectionary. If I have one to post, it normally appears about 9:00 in the morning, at “the hour of prayer.”
What does the Christian evangelist do when facing opposition? Paul and Barnabas, speaking the Gospel boldly, drew many people to Christ. However, when the opposition arose, the Jewish authorities stirred up dissension. Paul and Barnabas responded by continuing fervently in their Gospel presentation. The opposition retaliated, eventually attempting to stone them.
When driven out of the city, Paul and Barnabas did what any normal Christian would do. They moved on to another place and spoke for Jesus some more. The Gospel witness does not retaliate. He continues faithfully with the message of Christ. There is no need for discouragement. Everything in this life, including the end of this life, is in the hands of the Lord.
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