"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 Apostle's feet. Acts 4:36 (N.I.V.). "When Barnabas arrived at Antioch and saw evidence of the grace of God, he was glad and encouraged them all to re-main true to the Lord with all their hearts. He was a good man , full of the Holy Spirit and faith and many people were brought to the Lord." Acts 11:22,23. (N. I. V.)

Written September 1993.


There lived a Christian named Joseph of Cyprus
But everywhere he went,
The Disciples called him Barnabas,
The Son of Encouragement.
When Saul of Tarsus was blind and exhausted
Following his encounter with the Lord;
Ananias nursed him back to health
And revealed to him, the truth of the Word.
Barnabas, the encourager
Also played his part
Assuring the terrified Christians
Of Saul's change of name and change of heart;
Barnabas sought out Paul and befriended him,
Joined forces with him to preach the Word,
They faced danger and suffered privation
As they zealously served the Lord.
Paul and Barnabas were fearless,
Taking everything in their stride,
Barnabas encouraged Babes in the Faith,
To wear Christ's name with pride.
Paul and Barnabas were resolute
Allowing nothing to get in their way;
Barnabas encouraged timid Christians,
To face yet another day.
We may not be renowned like Paul and Barnabas
But can make our service worthwhile,
By encouraging other Christians
With the clasp of the hand or a friendly smile;
The Christians we, encourage,
When they are stricken or cast down;
May rise to heights like Paul and Barnabas,
To become Christians of renown.