Acts 4: 32-35

All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions were his own, but they shared everything. With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and much grace was upon them all. There was no needy persons among them. From time to time who owned lands or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles feet, and it was distributed to anyone as he had need.

Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means Son of Encouragement) sold a field he owned and brought the money and put out at the apostles’ feet.

A Thought

Persecution had started for Peter and John after they had healed a cripple man and are now speaking with the Spirit to the people about the resurrection of Jesus from the dead where about five thousand heard and believed. Peter and John were placed in jail. The next day they were brought before the rulers, elders, priests, and teachers of the law questioning how the cripple was healed. Peter boldly spoke that in the name of Jesus, the one they had crucified, the man was healed and that salvation is only found in that name of Jesus. They were told with treats not to speak in this name again. When released from jail, they prayed to the Sovereign Lord. Their meeting place was shaken, they all received the Holy Spirit. They were one in heart and mind and shared everything in command as they continued to testify to the resurrection of Christ. What an example for the Church of today, we should be in prayer with one heart and mind willing to help meet the needs of all believers and continuing to testify to the salvation of Jesus our risen Savior.

Our Prayer

Father thank you for the name that is above every name, Jesus Christ, and his completed work for our salvation. We believe that you are our Father–God the Almighty, Jesus Christ is your Son–our Savior, and the Holy Spirit lives in and guides us as we believe in you. Awaken us with the power of your Holy Spirit to speak your truth with love boldly as we grow to become more like you. We ask in Jesus’ name, amen.