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When was the last time someone complimented you?  No, not your wife or husband but someone a little more distant.  How did it make you feel?  Were you offended?  Were you put off?  Did it make you angry?  Of course not!  I doubt that there is one person reading this that does not appreciate and maybe even crave good things being said about them.  I think that even those who dismiss compliments secretly value them.  My question then is this: If we know how meaningful praise is… then why don’t we dispense it a little more?  Actually, why don’t we dispense it constantly?  I know… I don’t know either!

There is a character in the book of Acts named Barnabas. We first learn of Barnabas in chapter 4:36 Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means “son of encouragement”), 37  sold a field he owned andbrought the money and put it at the apostles’ feet.  Notice that his name was not originally Barnabas but Joseph. Why the change? Well it was not unusual in the ancient world for people to be called something that resembled their personal qualities.  In this case Joseph must have been such an “encourager” that they simply called him that.  “Look, here comes the son of encouragement.”  “Hey, it’s Joseph… the one who encourages everyone.”

Barnabas appears numerous times through the Book of Acts. In almost every situation we are told that the young churches he was ministering to grew in number. Why?  Because we like to be around people like Barnabas!  We like people who compliment us and tell us good things about ourselves!  It would be so easy for you right now to pick up a phone or send an email or text to someone and tell them something good about themselves . Will you?  You don’t know the power and influence you hold.  Do it ! Make the call… send the text or email.

-Bill Little 

The previous file of e-mail addresses has unfortunately not been located.  I believe it was saved in Sandy’s e-mail account.  So I am starting a new list from scratch.  If you would like to be notified via email when a church member or a close relative of a member (parent, child, or sibling) passes please email the church office at We promise we will not give your email address to anyone, nor will we abuse it.

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