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The Rev. Dr. M. Craig Barnes

Giving God Your Stash

Acts 5:1-5

September 10, 2000

The Rev. Dr. M. Craig Barnes (PCUSA)

If today's scripture text doesn't scare the daylights out of you, then you're not paying attention. Here's what happened. A wonderful spirit of giving had broken out in the early church of Jerusalem. People were selling off property and giving it to the church. And we're told that, as a result of this generosity, there was not a needy person among them. A man named Joseph from Cyprus sold one of his fields. He then brought all the money he made on this sale and laid it at the feet of the apostles. They were so impressed with Joseph that they changed his name to Barnabas which means "son of encouragement."

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