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Mr. Encouragement.

And Joses, who was also named Barnabas by the apostles (which is translated Son of Encouragement), a Levite of the country of Cyprus…

Acts 4:36

Recommended Reading
Acts 4:32-37

LeRoy Eims, in The Lost Art of Disciple Making, wrote that during his first year of campus ministry at the University of Pittsburgh a number of men came to Christ.

Whenever Eims met them in the halls of the dormitories, he would stop and check up on their Bible study, Scripture memory, and Christian growth.

He soon became known as “Old Mr. Check-up.” Guys began avoiding him if they were lagging.

“I soon learned it was hard to help a person grow in Christ if he was avoiding me,” wrote Eims.

“So I changed and became known as ‘Mr. Encouragement.’

The more I encouraged, the more things changed. T

he new converts grew and we had great fellowship together.

They became faithful in their walk with the Lord.”1

Barnabas was the original “Mr. Encouragement.”

He was so generous, friendly, and uplifting, that the apostles changed his name from Joses to Mr. Encouragement.

May God help us all to bear that family name!

Encouragers see potential where others only see problems.
David Jeremiah

1LeRoy Eims, The Lost Art of Disciple Making (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1978), 71.

Ecclesiastes 10:1-Song of Solomon 2:17

By David Jeremiah.

Power of the Sword.

For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Hebrews 4:12

Recommended Reading
Acts 7:38

In his book The Lost Art of Disciple Making (Zondervan, 1978), Leroy Eims describes his personal battle with anger and a temper.

It was not until he made a covenant with God, which included memorizing and meditating on Colossians 3:8 (“But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath . . . .”), that anger loosened its grip on his emotions.

He reviewed the verse daily and asked the Lord to bring it to mind whenever he was tempted to lose his temper.

The Word of God became a sword with which he was able to win his spiritual battle.

Jesus used Scripture in a similar way. When He was tempted for 40 days and nights in the wilderness by Satan, Jesus rebuffed every temptation by quoting an appropriate verse from Deuteronomy (Matthew 4:1-11).

If you are in a spiritual battle, your sword is to be the Word of God–the swordA of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:17b).

If there is a persistent spiritual battle you fight, memorize a portion of God’s living and active Word to gain the victory.

The Bible is alive, it speaks to me; it has feet, it runs after me; it has hands, it lays hold on me.
Martin Luther

Job 32:1-34:37

By David Jeremiah.

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