Morning Reading: Acts 14:21-25 NLT – encouragement and appointments

Reading: Acts 14:21-25 NLT

After preaching the Good News in Derbe and making many disciples, Paul and Barnabas returned to Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch of Pisidia, where they strengthened the believers.


They encouraged them to continue in the faith, reminding them that we must suffer many hardships to enter the Kingdom of God.

Paul and Barnabas also appointed elders in every church. With prayer and fasting, they turned the elders over to the care of the Lord, in whom they had put their trust.

Then they traveled back through Pisidia to Pamphylia. They preached the word in Perga, then went down to Attalia.

Prayer: Lord Jesus – Make me an encourager. Give me the wisdom when to speak… or not. Make me a strengthener. Give me strength and courage… to give away to others. Make me a servant. Give me discernment… to help identify and annoint servant leaders. Make me a pray-er… to offer myself as a living sacrifice to advance your Kingdom purpose where you have placed me. To you be the glory. Amen.

Hymn: “There’s a wideness in God’s mercy”
There’s a wideness in God’s mercy like the wideness of the sea; there’s a kindness in his justice, which is more than liberty.

There is no place where earth’s sorrows are more felt than in God’s heaven: there is no place where earth’s failings have such kindly judgment given.

For the love of God is broader than the measure of the mind; and the heart of the Eternal is most wonderfully kind.

If our love were but more faithful, we should take him at his word; and our life be filled with glory from the glory of the Lord.