Everyone likes to receive encouragement. I’ve been blessed during my life to have several men who encouraged me. My father, Sid Evans, Elmer Ellis, Don Lee, Ed Breckle, Bernie Rauch, Bob Bennett and many others come to mind. Wouldn’t you like to be an encourager? This week on the podcast we’ll look at the actions of a man known for encouraging others. He is Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus. Of course, you probably know him by his nickname, Barnabas.
Acts 4:32-37 says, “All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had. With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and much grace was upon them all. There were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned lands or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone as he had need. Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means Son of Encouragement), sold a field he owned and brought the money and put it at the apostles’ feet.” (NIV)
Did you notice that Barnabas was exceptionally generous? One of the ways we can develop our ability to encourage others, is to develop our generosity. May we generously meet the needs of others!
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