Many years ago, a friend of mine named Brenda gave her son a box turtle for his birthday! One day, her little boy accidentally left the turtle out of its turtle-arium (is that a word?). Sometime later, Brenda spotted her very happy dog prancing up to her with something that looked like a toy in its mouth. Upon closer examination, she discovered it wasn’t a toy but a turtle! About a month later I asked Brenda, how the turtle was doing and she replied “Pretty good, but he doesn’t poke his head out of his shell too often”. I don’t blame him! At some time or another, most of us feel like that turtle. We’ve been scooped up, chewed up and spit out and while we may have survived the trauma and drama, we don’t feel like sticking our head out there very often. When tough stuff happens, most of us leak courage and become discouraged. But how can we move from discouraged to encouraged and help those we love do the same?
Join us this Sunday as we continue our series in the book of Acts called Unstoppable! Building A Team That Can’t Be Beat. In week three we will meet a man named Barnabas who was a magnificent model of encouragement and repeatedly restored weary and dreary people. As we examine Acts 4:32-37 and other passages, we will discover four characteristics of teams and people who are “all-pro” when it comes to adding more cheer and less fear. In addition to our time in God’s Word, we will hear a neat testimony from a guy who is a modern day Barnabas, engage in a terrific time of Worship and get to encourage and be encouraged by the most caring congregation this side the equator!
You won’t want to miss this and be sure to invite a friend along as everyone battles discouragement from time to time and needs a little heavenly help. Till I see you this Sunday, I hope you and your crew have a wonderful weekend. Sure do love you and appreciate the 101 ways you already are showing and sharing encouragement with me and our church family.
Keep Shining That Light!
P.S. After the 2nd service on Sunday. I hope you will sick around for our 2nd of three Town Hall meetings at noon in the sanctuary. We’d love to continue our dialogue about our “Better Together” proposal between North Ridge and Scottsdale Bible Church.
Some Of This Coming Week’s Scripture Passages: (Your One-A-Day Vitamin)
Acts 4:32-34a All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all that there were no needy persons among them.
Acts 4:34b-37 For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who 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.
James 1:15-17 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
Proverbs 11:25 A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.
Proverbs 25:21-22 If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the Lord will reward you.
Acts 15:36-40 Some time later Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us go back and visit the believers in all the towns where we preached the word of the Lord and see how they are doing.” Barnabas wanted to take John, also called Mark, with them, but Paul did not think it wise to take him, because he had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not continued with them in the work. They had such a sharp disagreement that they parted company. Barnabas took Mark and sailed for Cyprus, but Paul chose Silas and left, commended by the believers to the grace of the Lord.
Acts 11:22-24 News of this reached the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. When he arrived and saw what the grace of God had done, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts. He was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith, and a great number of people were brought to the Lord.
1 Thessalonians 3:11-13 Now may our God and Father Himself and our Lord Jesus clear the way for us to come to you. May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you. May He strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all His holy ones.