Son of Encouragement

I keep forgetting Barnabas. Somehow, his name catches me by surprise when it crops up here and there in Acts. He shows up as a counterpoint to greed, a calmer of fear, a believer of the best. People say, “Let’s hear from Barnabas… oh, and Paul too.” Those who don’t know him can tell he’s someone special, someone god-like. His real name is Joseph. But his friends insist on calling him “Son of Encouragement.” As Jesus showed us what the Father is like, Barnabas showed us what encouragement is like.

I keep forgetting Barnabas. I’m sure God hasn’t forgotten him.

— Brad Hepp, 10/18/2023

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