Introducing the 2016 Biblical Character Awards
The Biblical Character Awards are my way of featuring a handful of readers and recognizing them for their contribution to my life and ministry.
“They have been a wonderful encouragement to me, as they have been to you. You must show your appreciation to all who serve so well” (1 Corinthians 16:18).
Meet Claudia Hall McFie
Claudia Hall McFie (@adulcia), from Christchurch, New Zealand, always has an encouraging word, even though she, too, struggles at times with periods of depression. I think that makes her words extra special. For someone who is trying to push back the darkness to speak words of light and life to others—well, it gives me courage to dig a little deeper and press on. Not only does she share positive things on social media, but she personally engages with things I share on my blog or social media. I genuinely appreciate her spirit of encouragement so I am pleased to honor her with the Barnabas Encourager Award.
Barnabas Encourager Award
The Book of Acts describes Barnabas as the “Son of Encouragement.” After Saul’s conversion, everyone was afraid of this former persecutor of the church (think ISIS), but Barnabas saw Saul (Paul) through the eyes of Christ. He saw Paul’s potential in Christ and worked with Paul in their early days of ministry. For this reason, the Barnabas Encourager Award is given to someone who exemplifies a life of encouraging others in Christ.
“For instance, there was Joseph, the one the apostles nicknamed Barnabas (which means “Son of Encouragement”). He was from the tribe of Levi and came from the island of Cyprus” (Acts 4:36).