Most of the time that he is mentioned in the New Testament is merely as that of a traveling companion of Paul. But in this passage we see that Barnabas had two very important qualities that every disciple ought to have. William Barclay wrote, "He was a man who insisted on believing the best of others. When others suspected Paul of merely being a spy ... Barnabas insisted on believing that he was genuine and real. As Paul later said, "Love thinks no evil." No one believed in men as Jesus himself did and it is enough for the disciple that he be his Lord.
Thomas Willadsen Mary Austin Christopher Keating Dean Feldmeyer Ron Love George Reed Bethany Peerbolte
For January 20, 2018:
God Activates by Tom Willadsen — Perhaps God wants us to delight in each other and in the magnitude and depth of divine love. Perhaps the Lord wants to activate our gifts of the Spirit, to use them for the common good.
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus. Isaiah celebrates our intimate union with our creator, describing us as the joyful bride of God. Though there had been alienation and rejection from both sides in the past, the prophet describes us as God’s delight. That connection is also emphasized in Paul’s oddly graphic description of church folks as body parts — we need each other because we are not a living, breathing body if we are somehow separated.
When Jesus visited a wedding at Cana in Galilee, he showed that human disappointments matter to him and that he would be prepared to redeem them. This is a story about a young girl's bitter disappointment when she became a bridesmaid.