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Somewhere Under the Rainbow

Yesterday in my travels around Danville, Virginia I was in a rainstorm brought on by Tropical Storm Beryl. I was coming into town with sunshine ahead but raindrops on my windshield. I was in the right space to look for a rainbow.

I was not disappointed! I saw a small section of the arc and decided to pull into a parking lot to track the rest of the bow. Wow! It was one of the largest rainbows I have seen in years. Full of color and glory. I just did not have time to look for the pot of gold, though.

Yet this act of nature still reminds me of God’s provision. Just like He promised Noah of what He would do after the flood, I was reassured that He is still looking after me. In spite of all the dark clouds and storms of life, God is there. Thanks again for the sign, Lord.

Who is your Tonto today?

Harold J. Smith may have been born this day back in 1919. It’s hard to nail down a correct day for actors in Hollywood! They seem to fudge their ages just as bad as we do!
Maybe you remember Harold better as the Indian friend, Tonto, to the Lone Ranger of the 1950’s movies and TV series. Jay Silverheels was always helping the Masked Man in all his Western adventures. He never got the lead role, but the Lone Ranger could not do his job well without Tonto by his side.
Come to think of it, the Lone Ranger was never really Lone. Tonto was constantly there. You could not separate the two in your mind. Even the Bible had their pairs. Moses and Aaron and later Joshua. Elijah and Elisha. Paul and Silas. God knew we needed someone else to help us out. When you feel like a “lone ranger” in doing church today, just remember that there are probably more Tontos out there giving you support than you really know. They may not be very vocal, but you really can’t do without them. Find time today to give them a call or write them a note of encouragement.

Dreaming Your Dream Today!

If you were around 20 years ago today in 1990, you might recall one of the most creative and fond farewells to a show in TV history. It was on this day that the last episode of “Newhart” aired on CBS-TV. For those of us who recall it, Bob Newhart awoke from a deep sleep in his bed to tell his TV wife, Suzanne Pleshette from one of his former sitcoms, that he had a bad dream. It was hilarious!

Wouldn’t it be nice to have life go by as a dream? All our troubles would be minimal. Our heartaches would disappear. But life is not like that at all. Whether we like it or not, life sometimes deals us a bad hand.

Yet we can get some things out of life. Are you in that dream job yet? If not, what are you doing to get there? What about your dreams for your church? What are you doing to have them become a reality? It is wonderful to dream! Just be careful to put action to those ideas or else you may wake up one day and all your dreams are gone!

Dust yourself off and get back in the game!

How many of you remember Bob Shaw, a baseball pitcher for the old Milwaukee Braves? He played with them only one year – 1963. The organization probably traded him the next year due to his five balks in a game on this day that season – a record!

Bob continued to play ball for other organizations for a few more years. Those errors on this day did not set him back. He got back up and did his job. A one day failure did not dictate his life. We can find a nugget of truth here.

Another encouraging point is that Bob has been forgiven for his mistakes. He doesn’t come to mind today in the baseball world about his pitching problems. People have moved on to other matters. When you fail at something, don’t feel bad about it today. In just a little while, people will forgive and life will go on. Now get back in the game!

Patient Lemons

You may have heard the old saying, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” Today back in 1974 God took it to another extreme and caused something good in nature out of something bad. A landslide in a province of Peru came crashing down on homes, farms, businesses and whole villages. By the end of its destruction, though, a natural dam was made.

He knew what was going to happen that day. He knows what is going to happen to you today. When your world is crashing in on you, just wait. There may be something downstream for you to enjoy. This same God we serve that allows the turbulent rapids of life can also calm the waters.

Batter Up! But Who?

As some of you know by now, I am an old fashioned baseball fan. When I have a chance to attend a local minor league game or go down to Atlanta to see the team, my family knows that I pay attention to the game. The kiddy rides, the antics down on the field between innings, and other side attractions do not interest me in the least. I am there for the game! But it does get a bit boring when the game goes 20 innings.

Many players change positions in those long games, The method I use to keep up with some of them is looking not only for their number but also their names on the back of their shirts. Maybe because of these marathon innings that on this day in 1960 that all the baseball uniforms were required to display the names of the player’s on the back of their uniforms. It sure does make it easier to know you have the right person or not when you cheer or complain!

Aren’t you glad that your Heavenly Father doesn’t stipulate that you have you to wear a uniform with your name on the back of it just to keep up with you? The writer in Psalms knew this well. He reminds us that God knew you before you were born, and he will know you when you leave this earthly home. When you join the Lord’s team, he also doesn’t mind the time. You have all eternity with him. He is no big hurry to finish the game. Thank goodness!

Welcome to the new website!

Welcome to the new Barnabas Partnership website.  Please excuse our mess as we are in the process of moving content over from the old site and adding new content.  Our site should be fully back up in the next few days.  In the meantime, if you have any questions about the Partnership, please contact Steve Zimmerman.

When You Don’t Get RESPECT!

Don’t be fooled on the calendar. If you live in the Old North State called North Carolina, it is Independence Day! You may have a hard time though finding fireworks to commemorate the occasion today.

For those of you not familiar with the state’s history, there were a group of folks meeting in Halifax, North Carolina and adopted the paperwork for independence from the British on this day in 1776 just a few months ahead of the declaration made in Philadelphia. It is called the Halifax Resolution. If you look closely at the state flag, you will find this date printed on it. Native Tar Heels are very proud of this accomplishment.

But somehow this gathering didn’t get the same billing as the one in July of the same year. It has become a brief side note in history. The people who took great efforts in putting this resolution together may be sad to know how they were treated over the years. Yet they may take some comfort in knowing that even though they may not have been recognized as the Philadelphia group they still did the right thing.

When you go around doing the right thing today and don’t get noticed for it, just remember it is not the first time this ever happened to someone. Keep being faithful to your calling in helping people become free from their lives of sin. The ones you help are paying attention and that’s all that matters anyway.

Get Out of Your Box!

One of the most interesting men of the 20th century passed away this day in 1959. Some of his work is still around. The mark he left on our society was in the form of buildings. He definitely changed architectural thinking. This person was none other than Frank Lloyd Wright.

He enjoyed getting out of the “box”. People may not have rushed to his work early on in his career, but what he did was unique. In time he had his own design and folks began to understand the logic in what he did.

You may be afraid of getting out of your “box”. Let God’s example of the Easter resurrection be your guide of doing things in an unconventional way. Just don’t let your uniqueness go to waste. Find ways today to use what God has given you to lay new foundations for his Kingdom. People may not understand but the Master Builder does!

No Foolin’!

It’s just not fair! They teach you to do it faster and you get the hang of it and then someone comes along and changes the routine. Whether it is a chore at work or a new technique in how you live at home, this new style is just down-right frustrating. No foolin’!

One of the best in sports who could fool a lot of people was born today in 1939. In his prime, Phil Niekro, the major league baseball knuckleball pitcher for the New York Yankees and Atlanta Braves, was the master on the mound who could make hitters beg for mercy. It was not that he threw a ball by them at the speed of sound. On the contrary! His lobs were so much slower and unconventional that even his catchers were worn out trying to catch for him before he was done pitching! He got the hitters out of rhythm with their swings. By the time they adjusted to this new pitching method, it was “Strike Three – You’re out!” When I would hear that he was pitching during a television game, I made sure I dropped everything just to see his style. He was a sight to see.

We can be reminded today that we don’t have to be fooled by the world to think that we have to be the fastest anything to get ahead in life. Phil used what was natural to him to become one of the best pitchers of his kind in the big leagues. In the Kingdom of God, our Heavenly Father wants you and me to use our gifts in whatever form they come to us. Go ahead and give these gifts over to the Lord to bless and use today to advance the Good News. The world will take notice and then we are nobody’s fool!