Pastor Wrinkles: House On Fire Pt. 22

The Word of God is a bridge that connects Earth with Heaven and Heaven with Earth.- Joseph Elon Lillie

The Word of God is a bridge that connects Earth with Heaven and Heaven with Earth.- Joseph Elon Lillie

Many thanks to Daryl, Rob and Debby who took part in our last discussion on the Book of Acts. Daryl and Rob both have blogs of their own and let me suggest you check them out by going to

Daryl at   http://darylgstewart.net/

Rob at    http://www.robsreallife.com/

I look forward to hearing from you dear readers as we discuss together the book of Acts.  If you need to catch up on any of our discussions to this point you can find them at https://josephelonlillie.com/pastor-wrinkles/house-on-fire/

Now for today’s discussion starter: Acts 9:23-31

23 After many days had gone by, there was a conspiracy among the Jews to kill him, 24 but Saul learned of their plan.Day and night they kept close watch on the city gates in order to kill him. 25 But his followers took him by night and lowered him in a basket through an opening in the wall.

26 When he came to Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples, but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he really was a disciple. 27 But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles. He told them how Saul on his journey had seen the Lord and that the Lord had spoken to him, and how in Damascus he had preached fearlessly in the name of Jesus. 28 So Saul stayed with them and moved about freely in Jerusalem, speaking boldly in the name of the Lord.29 He talked and debated with the Hellenistic Jews,[a] but they tried to kill him. 30 When the believers learned of this, they took him down to Caesarea and sent him off to Tarsus.

31 Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee and Samaria enjoyed a time of peace and was strengthened. Living in the fear of the Lord and encouraged by the Holy Spirit, it increased in numbers.

Saul of Tarsus (soon to change his name to Paul) never would have been accepted by the church if it were not for an elder who stood up for him among the brethren.  Barnabus  whose name means “Son of Encouragement”, took Paul under his wing and gave him the platform from which he could launch a world-changing ministry.

Tell me about a Barnabus in your life. Why was it important to have that person in your corner?

Does God want to use you as a Barnabus? What would it take for that to happen?

4 thoughts on “Pastor Wrinkles: House On Fire Pt. 22

  1. For me to be a Barnabus I would have to SELL OUT to Christ. To totally stand up for every opportunity to be led by the Spirit to have the Mind OF CHRIST. To be a vessel for him and put self behind. This would take a tremendous renewal in my mind. I know it is possible!!! I am really working on this. I have had a very personal but private relationship with Christ even to the point of being greedy about it. I have been afforded opportunities and been given strength to act on them. However, my follow up is not there, sometimes because I did’nt feel I had the time, all the answers or didn’t even have a church to refer them to. Bottom line, I never completely sold out to Christ. A total renewal of the mind and commitment is necessary and that is my solution. I love My Father and His Son Jesus and now I am a Barnabus in progress. Thank you Jesus for loving me through all of this.

    • Amen Lee! Thanks for commenting here. Being a BArnabus is difficult when there aren’t growing relationships to tie the encouragement too. As you step into this progress I will pray that God shows you the one you are to encourage in the faith.

  2. I have been extremely blessed by having my twin be my Barnabus. Her opinion has/will always matter to me and with her in my corner I just know everything would be alright. I believe God does use me as a Barnabus but I do have a question for you Pastor J. Do you thing God would call me to be a Barnabus just to have that certain individual not respond to any words of encouragement? How do you handle something like this?

    • That is a really good question Deb! All of our gifts are to be offered in obedience to the Lord. We cannot control how they are received. Like prophecy from the Lord, encouragement in the Lord is a gift offered to be received or rejected. The person’s response to it will be a witness for them or against them. In the work of encouragement God’s Spirit can be quenched and when He is quenched He will eventually instruct the source of encouragment to cease their work. It is important to listen closely to the Lord’s command for an end in such matters.

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