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Now we who are strong have an obligation to bear the weaknesses of those without strength, and not to please ourselves. Each one of us is to please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. (Romans 15:1-2, Christian Standard Bible) Have you ever noticed how often the Bible tells us to build each other up? In fact, it’s not suggested as just something nice to do; God expects us to support each other in the good times and the bad times. That’s what we do for those we love. We help them soar, not crash and burn. Most…

When I think of discipleship, I think about Barnabas and John Mark. Paul and Barnabas brought John Mark on a missionary journey with them. I am sure one of their goals was to mentor this young man, but it was not long before Mark became homesick for Jerusalem. Something happened in John Marks life that made him realize ministry was not as glamorous as he had imagined. However, there was something Barnabas saw in John Mark; He was so confident of the ministry that God had given him that he separated himself from his good friend and fellow minister, Paul,…