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For Barnabas we praise You, Who kept Your law of love
And, leaving earthly treasures, Sought riches from above.
O Christ, our Lord and Savior, Let gifts of grace descend,
That Your true consolation May through the world extend.
—By All Your Saints in Warfare (LSB 518:17)

Concordia and Koinonia

Readings:

Isaiah 42: 5-12

Psalm 112

Acts 11: 19-30; 13: 1-3

St. Mark 6: 7-13

Bio: St. Barnabas was a Levite from Cyprus who sold some land and gave the proceeds to the early Christian community in Jerusalem (Acts 4:36-37). St. Paul informs us that hewas a cousin of John Mark (Colossians 4:10). Barnabas was sent by the Jerusalem Church to oversee the young Church in Antioch (Acts 11:22). While there, he went to Tarsus and brought Paul back to Antioch to help him (Acts 11:25-26). It was this Church in Antioch that commissioned and sent Barnabas and Paul on the first missionary journey (Acts 13:2-3). When it was time for the second missionary journey, however, Barnabas and Paul disagreed about taking along John Mark. Barnabas took Mark and went to Cyprus; Paul took Silas and headed north through Syria and Cilicia (Acts 15:36-41). Nothing more is known of the…

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