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Sep 3, 2023

 574 Barnabus Represents Saul to The Disciples, A Guided Christian Meditation on Acts 9:26-31 with the Recenter With Christ app   

The purpose of this podcast is to help you find more peace in your life and connect with the true source of peace, Jesus Christ. 

Outline: Relaxation, Reading, Meditation, Prayer, Contemplation and Visualization.

Get into a place where you can sit comfortably and uninterrupted for about 20 minutes.You should hopefully not be driving or anything tensing or unrelaxing.  If you feel comfortable to do so, I invite you to close your eyes.
Guided Relaxation / Guided Meditation:
Breathe and direct your thoughts to connecting with God. Let your stomach be a balloon inflate,  deflate.

Scripture for Meditation

Acts 9 
26 And when Saul was come to Jerusalem, he assayed to join himself to the disciples: but they were all afraid of him, and believed not that he was a disciple.
27 But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and declared unto them how he had aseen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus.
28 And he was with them coming in and going out at Jerusalem.
29 And he spake boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus, and "disputed against the Grecians: but they went about to slay him.
30 Which when the brethren knew, they brought him down to Caesarea, and sent him forth to Tarsus.
31 Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaa and Galilee and Samaria, and were
"edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the b comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multi-plied.

26 When he came to Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples, but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he really was a disciple. 27 But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles. He told them how Saul 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. 28 So Saul stayed with them and moved about freely in Jerusalem, speaking boldly in the name of the Lord. 29 He talked and debated with the Hellenistic Jews,[a] but they tried to kill him. 30 When the believers learned of this, they took him down to Caesarea and sent him off to Tarsus.
31 Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee and Samaria enjoyed a time of peace and was strengthened. Living in the fear of the Lord and encouraged by the Holy Spirit, it increased in numbers.

Understandably when the man who had be violently persecuting them, says he wants to join the disciples, thye are hesitant and fearful. One of the Disciples who saw Saul proclaiming the gospel so clearly and firmly, vouched for him. Barnabus became the means to bridge the gap of fear and danger. Barnabus was in the right spot, had witnessed things, and had the right life experience, that allowed him to be able to help Saul join the community. Saul continues his testimony and continues to disturb the Hellenistic Jews who hate him more due to perceived betrayal.

Sometimes our human fears, judgements, or experience, can make it challenging for people to find a place at Church. They may show up and see a whole group of people who feel they are superior, even if they dont feel that way. It is important for us to be bold, as Saul was, in unifying with other believers, and when we find that our life experience allows us to fill Barnabus’s role we should take that on with intentionality also, so that all people can be unified together under the grace of Christ. 

Meditation of Prayer:

Pray as directed by the Spirit.

Dedicate these moments to the patient waiting, when you feel ready ask God for understanding you desire from Him.

Meditation of God and His Glory / Hesychasm:

I invite you to sit in silence feeling patient for your own faults and trials.

Summarize what insights you have gained during this meditation and meditate and visualize positive change in your life:

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