RE Verse reading–Acts 4:36-37, 11:19-26, 15:36-40 (day two) “He rejoiced and began to encourage them all with resolute heart to remain true to the Lord” (11:23) I sometimes think that encouragement should be written enCOURAGEment. Most moderns miss the heroic call that the ancient word implied. Perhaps this explains the nickname “Barnabus” (Arabic, bar=son of, nabi=prophet) Like a prophet of old, Barnabus called the new Christians at Antioch to the high purposes of God and the sacrifices that would be required. No soft comforter, Barnabus coached and called them to be resolute (a Greek word that meant “to place before”, a call for bold, fearless witness). Sometimes encouragement is more than a kind word or a note in the mail. Sometimes it is a spine-strenthening call to not take the easy road, to “pay the price” in a conflict that is worth every sacrifice! May the Lord give such prophets to us, people who call us to courage as we serve the Lord.