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Tony Haire lives in Fayetteville, NC. Tony has a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice from Fayetteville State University, a Masters Degree in Pastoral Counseling from Liberty University Theological Seminary and Graduate School and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Christian Counseling from Atlantic Coast Theological Seminary and Graduate School. Tony is a member of The Love Center in Dunn, NC where he serves as Assistant to the Pastor Dr. W. J. Haire



Everyone needs encouragement from time to time. Each day you cross paths with people who need to be encouraged. Did you seize the opportunity? Maybe you thought to yourself it can’t be that bad. When you see someone who needs to be encouraged it’s an opportunity to act. The value of encouragement is often missed because it tends to be private rather than public. People need encouragement when they feel most alone. A man named Joses was such an encourager that he earned the nickname “son of encouragement”, or Barnabas, from the Jerusalem Christians. We first meet him in:

  1. [Acts 4:36-37] Luke introduces Barnabas as a role model from among those who donated property proceeds. Barnabas was a member of the priestly tribe of Levites. He was known as a good man, full of faith and the Holy Spirit.
  2. [Acts 9:26-30] Barnabas encouraged the disciples to accept Saul when he came to Jerusalem. Saul desired to connect with the disciples but they did not believe he was a new convert to Christ. Barnabas encouraged the apostles to believe him. He took Paul, a new convert and brought him into the fold.
  3. [Acts 11:22-30] Barnabas was sent by the church in Jerusalem to Antioch to investigate the Gentile response to Christ. He encouraged them to continue with the Lord. Afterwards Barnabas departed for Tarsus to seek Paul to come back with him to Antioch and preach Christ. As a result the first Gentile church was founded. Believers were first called Christians at Antioch.
  4. [Acts 15:36-40] Barnabas and Paul had a difference of opinion regarding taking John Mark on the second missionary journey to visit the churches where they had previously preached because John Mark had departed from the work in Pamphylia [Acts 13:13]. So Barnabas took Mark and Paul took Silas with him and the missionary efforts doubled. Barnabas took John Mark with him trained and encouraged him. John Mark went on to write the Gospel of Mark.

Barnabas’ life demonstrates we are often presented with opportunities to encourage. You can build people’s trust with words of encouragement. Take the advantage of every opportunity to encourage people today. Look around you. The person near you could be your assignment. Encourage and build them up today.

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