October 25-26, 2013, I attended the Beth Moore Living Proof Live conference in Springfield, IL, with my mom, aunt, and sister-in-law.
I love the way Beth Moore teaches. She always is able to simplify scripture in ways that give me new insight I had never had before. This weekend was no different. The theme for this conference was "A Reach Beyond the Breach," the life of John Mark. She talked about how John Mark and Barnabas were cousins, which I didn't realize, and that he went on Paul's first missionary journey, but then left for no explainable reason.
Beth Moore refers to him as "Quitter Boy" for the rest of the weekend. Later on, Paul and Barnabas argue about whether or not to let John Mark come with them again. A breach has been made between Paul and Barnabas because of John Mark. A few years later though, something has happened (that we are never made aware of) that has repaired John Mark's relationship with Paul, and when Paul is writing while under house arrest, John Mark is listed as his coworker. Paul is later martyred, and in Peter's letters he mentions John Mark as son. John Mark would go on to write the Gospel of Mark.
The main points that Beth Moore highlighted over the course of the weekend were:
A few things that stuck out to me as I was listening and taking notes:-We need to help mend the breach between people, not help widen it. When we hear others talking negatively about others, we need to stop it and not add to it. Especially within the body of believers in Christ, we are to be united.
By Lisa Powell