Barnabas

The Power of Encouragement But Barnabas took [Paul] and brought him to the apostles. He told them how [Paul] on his journey had seen the Lord and that the Lord had spoken to him, and how in Damascus he had preached fearlessly in the name of Jesus. Acts 9:27 Did you have a nickname when you were young? Somehow my …

Tabitha

Always Doing Good “Now, let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers” (Galatians 6:9-10). Peter and John had been jailed for healing …

Elizabeth

The Lord Has Done This for Me “Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. For no word from God will ever fail.” Luke 1: 36-37 Barrenness was considered a sign of God’s disapproval. Elizabeth had probably felt the …

David’s Mighty Warriors

Steadfast Servants of God They shall be like mighty men in battle, trampling the foe in the mud of the streets; they shall fight because the Lord is with them, and they shall put to shame the riders on horses.  Zechariah 10:5 (ESV) Josheb-Basshebeth. Eleazar. Shammah. These names don’t appear on any list of popular names for baby boys. But …

Ethan

Great Is His Faithfulness Who is like you, Lord God Almighty? You, Lord, are mighty and your faithfulness surrounds you.  Psalm 89:8 Identified as a temple musician during David’s reign, Ethan the Ezrahite was also considered one of the wisest men in Solomon’s kingdom (See 1 Chronicles 15:16–19; 1 Kings 4:31). One psalm is attributed to Ethan, a song that …

Zerubbabel

Spiritual Authority “I will take you Zerubbabel  My servant, the son of Shealtiel,” says the Lord. “I will make you like a signet ring; for I have chosen you,” says the Lord of Hosts.” Haggai 2:23 Zerubabbel was born in exile in Babylon. He was appointed governor and led nearly 50,000 people back to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem (Ezra …

Asaph

A Musician’s Legacy Your ways, O God, are holy. What god is so great as our God? You are the God who performs miracles; you display your power among the peoples. Psalm 77:13–14 Whatever your taste in music, the names of some composers echo down through the centuries: Ludwig van Beethoven, John Philip Sousa, and John Williams. In the era …

Cyrus

God Summons You by Name “This is what the Lord says—your Redeemer, who formed you in the womb: ‘I am the Lord, the Maker of all things, who stretches out the heavens, who spreads out the earth by myself … who says of Cyrus, He is my shepherd and will accomplish all that I please; he will say of Jerusalem, …

Abigail

 Wisdom from a Stranger [Abigail] was an intelligent and beautiful woman, but her husband, a Calebite, was surly and mean in his dealings. 1 Samuel 25:3 God had chosen David as the next king of Israel, but for many years David lived as a fugitive because King Saul wanted to kill him. During those years, David and those loyal to …

Mordecai

The Man Behind the Woman Mordecai the Jew was second in rank to King Xerxes, preeminent among the Jews, and held in high esteem by his many fellow Jews, because he worked for the good of his people and spoke up for the welfare of all the Jews. Esther 10:3 The book of Esther is masterfully written with plot twists, …