When people do well in a performance, the common response is to give them a round of applause. The better the performance, the longer we clap. What does God see and feel when we clap for one another? Is it an innocent thing of encouragement?
Although we do not know much about Aquila and Priscilla it seems that they were a couple who was totally dedicated to the Lord and were used to help Paul in his work of preaching the gospel. There are several lessons we can learn from their lives.
Barnabas deserves a spot with other noted New Testament saints—a disciple of Jesus on the level with Paul, John, Peter, and James. Each generation in the ongoing march of the church needs more saints like Barnabas—people who give generously, and encourage others to persevere in the faith.
Second Timothy is the last letter that Paul ever wrote. The letter is Paul's final farewell. He was in prison because of his faith—jailed for preaching Christ and the resurrection from the dead. This article covers three main points from Paul's final exhortation.
"It seems that when Paul said, do your best to come before winter—he was simply saying, Before winter, Timothy, or never! If you don't do it now; if you don't come before winter—it will be too late." This writing is a good lesson on commitment and brotherly love.
Human beings come and go, in one hundred years most of the people alive today will be gone and largely forgotten. Only God remains the same. Every generation finds Him the as the generation before had found Him—unchanged, and still worthy of our confidence and hope.
Asking for advice is good, but you must follow it for it to be of any use. Rehoboam is an example of someone who ignored wise counsel from older men and turned to the advice of his friends instead. The results were far worse than he could have imagined.