By iBarnabas

iBarnabas is just a geeky way of saying, I am [a] Barnabas. My name is Grant but my desire is to encourage people, to share any personal ‘understanding’ or ‘wisdom’ I may have learned about who God is from my personal perspective.

I say, “my perspective” because even if I read books or hear wise council, or am mentored or taught by wise and knowledgeable people, it is still my eyes, ears, heart, and mind that perceives, filters, and digests the information that I write on this blog.

I say that I am “a Barnabas” because a man in the Bible, named Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means Son of Encouragement) [Acts 4:36], and I strive to approach this moniker with a humble passion for encouraging others as he did.

How? Well, as best as I can. I plan to use personal stories from my own life in a sort of Journaling exercise to share moments that others might relate to. My hope is that you might find yourself drawing closer to God through finding yourself in my stories.

I also plan to post some of my Bible study notes. For several years my wife and I have lead a small-group fellowship Bible study at our home church. I’m no scholar, but sometimes I feel I am blessed with a gift of discernment when it comes to bible study. I don’t mean to say that I think I do it better than the last guy, I’m just saying that I have a tendency of looking at the scriptures and listening for what God may be trying to say to us – here and now. This isn’t anything anymore supernatural or special than most pastors who prepare a biblical message (or sermon) each week. It’s what I like to do and one of the ways I draw closer in my relationship with Jesus.

I hope you find encouragement in the reading of this blog but more-so that you find yourself drawn into a closer relationship with God.

If you would like to encourage me, feel free to leave your thoughts, comments, questions or concerns as post comments following each blog post. Thank you for stopping by and you are welcome to come back often.

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