RE Verse reading–Acts 4:36-37, 11:19-26, 15:36-40 (day one) “Now Joseph, a Levite of Cyprian birth, who was also called Barnabus by the apostles (which translated means Son of Encouragement). . .sold it (his land) and brought the money and laid it at the apostle’s feet” (4:36-37) Encouragement! What a great word. In a world that can be routinely ungrateful and regularly critical, the people who encourage us are gifts from God! This week, our thoughts turn toward a man whose nickname meant “Son of Encouragement”. Joseph was so dependably helpful the Apostles decided it was genetic! Remember our theme for this summer RE Verse study? The generosity of God! Our Father is abundant in mercy, lavish in His gifts. One of the ways we see it (and one of the places we owe Him our thanks) is in the encouragers He provides for us. Who are the people, past and present, who have spoken challenge and instruction and hope and help into your life?