Bible and Coffee

Coffee and God: Time

Hey all!

It’s so good to be back in BSF, back in God’s Word, and learning about the early church. So far, we’ve seen Pentacost, the advent of the Holy Spirit upon us and in us, and Peter stepping up his game. Coming up, Stephen and Saul/Paul.

The theme of this coffee chat is time. Time is limited for all of us, and as you get older, it only seems to go faster and more compact. What you do with your time is so important to God, whether you think of it as such or not. Ask yourself these questions:

  • How do you spend your free time?
  • Do you help others enough?
  • Do you spend your time watching TV instead of in God’s Word?
  • Do you spend enough time with your family?
  • Do you take the time to really listen to a friend in need?
  • Do you take the time to listen to God?
  • Are you having trouble finding time to complete BSF’s lessons? If so, what can you do about it?

I encourage you all to pray about how you use your time and how better you could be using your time. You only have so much time to complete God’s purpose for you here on earth. Don’t miss your chance.


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barnabas in bible

Barnabas the Encourager

To be named in the Bible is significant. To be noted in the Bible is even more significant.

Barnabas has appeared many times in the book of Acts. His real name is Joseph, but Barnabas means “son of encouragement,” and Barnabas definitely lived up to this name.

Born as a Jew on Cyprus, he reputedly was martyred in 61 AD at Salamis in Cyprus. We first meet him in Acts 4:37 where he sold his field and gave the proceeds to the poor in Jerusalem. Barnabas has played such a significant role in Paul’s life.

  • Barnabas led Paul to the apostles after he converted (Acts 9:26-27).
  • Barnabas is “a good man and full of the Holy Spirt and faith” (Acts 11:24)
  • Barnabas thought of Paul’s role in the church (Acts 11:25-26)
  • Both Paul and Barnabas carried back alms to Jerusalem to help with famine (Acts 11:27-30)
  • Barnabas helped Paul realize his calling to the Gentiles
  • Barnabas was handpicked to go with Paul on his first missionary journey (Acts 13:1-3)
  • Barnabas helped in the Council of Jerusalem (Acts 15:2)
  • Both Paul and Barnabas carried the decrees of the Council to the churches in Syria and Asia Minor (Acts 15:22-35)
  • Barnabas left Paul to go with his cousin, Mark, during Paul’s Second Missionary Journey (Acts 15:36-41)

Paul writes about Barnabas in his epistles (1 Corinthians 9:6; Galatians 2:1, 9, 13; Colossians 9:10), showing how Barnabas helped him in his journey in life. Who is helping you on yours?