Acts 11:21-30 NIV

21 The Lord's hand was with them,1 and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord.2

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22 News of this reached the ears of the church at Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas3 to Antioch.

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23 When he arrived and saw the evidence of the grace of God,4 he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts.5

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24 He was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit6 and faith, and a great number of people were brought to the Lord.7

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25 Then Barnabas went to Tarsus8 to look for Saul,

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26 and when he found him, he brought him to Antioch. So for a whole year Barnabas and Saul met with the church and taught great numbers of people. The disciples9 were called Christians first10 at Antioch.

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27 During this time some prophets11 came down from Jerusalem to Antioch.

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28 One of them, named Agabus,12 stood up and through the Spirit predicted that a severe famine would spread over the entire Roman world.13 (This happened during the reign of Claudius.)14

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29 The disciples,15 each according to his ability, decided to provide help16 for the brothers17 living in Judea.

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      30 This they did, sending their gift to the elders18 by Barnabas19 and Saul.20

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