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“Luke alone is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is very useful to me for ministry.  Tychicus I have sent to Ephesus” (2 Timothy 4:11-12).

Do see how connected the early church fathers were — Luke, Paul, and Mark.  As they wrote what would become Scripture, they worked together closely.  See how Scripture is written to different communities, but also tells the same story.  Be guided by the goodness and mercy of the Father and know that He wants His word to dwell richly in you.  Be a part of the ongoing ministry of the Lord.

Lord, You know that I am constantly tugged by conflicting ideas in the world.  Here You show that Your people work together under the direction of Your Holy Spirit.  Guide me, Lord, in the way You know I need to go.  Lead me according to Your purpose that I would now and always be led by You.  Help me, Lord, to see that in You is all goodness.  Help me to see that You bring people together to fulfill Your will.

Come, Holy Spirit, and in the love of God and the grace of Christ, lead me as a part of Your team.  Guide me that I may now and always be led by You above the noise of this world.  Help me to see that in God is all hope and a glorious future.  Bring me together with others who love You, lord, that I may serve You according to Your eternal purpose. In You I have my being and apart from You I am nothing.  Amen.