Posts by David Barry

Posts by David Barry

From Your Pastor, August 3

You will find nothing? Sometimes it’s hard to imagine praying like the Psalmists.  In Psalm 17, for instance, the Psalmist (David, in this case) has been accused of some kind of evil and he wants his name cleared. So he starts off, “Hear a just cause, O Lord; attend to my cry!” (v. 1a). So far, so good. But, then he goes on, “Give ear to my prayer from lips free of…

From Your Pastor, July 28

All Things? One of my favorite verses is Romans 8:32.           He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all,how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? It reminds me of God’s love and commitment to me.  It gives me hope in gospel blessings. It’s a verse that provides a lot of comfort. God almighty is for me. He’s proved it in the…

From Your Pastor, July 22

What a Christian is: Epilogue  Would you like greater assurance of salvation? What about fuller fellowship with Jesus Christ? Would it be a blessing to grow your dependence upon the Lord? And wouldn’t it be wonderful to treasure spiritual blessings more than fading earthly ones? In the previous devotion on Matthew 5:10, we looked at the final Beatitude where Jesus…

From Your Pastor, July 16

What a Christian is: Part 10 Have you ever known someone to spiritualize every setback? If the hot water heater goes out, it’s persecution for the faith. If someone is rude, it’s because the world hates Christ. Well? Not necessarily. Sometimes water heaters break. Sometimes people are rude. But Jesus does finish his beatitudes by saying that every Christian will be…

From Your Pastor, July 9

What a Christian is: Part 9 There may be no higher value in America than tolerance.  The only thing we shouldn’t tolerate is people who are intolerant, themselves. (The irony of that inconsistency is missed by most). We don’t have to look hard for an example––recent riots and civil unrest were defended in the name of that principle. The racist system was intolerant…

From Your Pastor, July 3

What a Christian is: Part 8 If someone asked for a person who was “pure in heart” I wouldn’t be the first to raise my hand. I may not know everything that is in my heart… but I know enough to not claim that it’s pure. But Jesus claims that. He claims that about every Christian. In his 6th beatitude, Jesus says, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God”…

From Your Pastor, June 29

What a Christian is: Part 7 We’ve spent the past several devotions looking at how Jesus teaches us to repent.  As it is the only right way to respond to Jesus, it’s an important subject. Our lives depend on getting repentance right.  But, the Beatitudes (Matt 5:3–12) are more than just a roadmap of our first response to Jesus. They’re also a picture of walking with him.…

From Your Pastor, June 23

What a Christian is: Part 6   We jacked up the car to change the oil. I was about to slide under it to remove the drain plug when my friend stopped me and asked, “Is the jack secure?” I nodded without bothering to check, but he stopped me to say, “Your life depends on it.” He was right. If that’s true about an oil change, it’s far more true about repentance. We have been…

From Your Pastor, June 17

What a Christian is: Part 5 Imagine not eating for the next three days––no food at all.  How would you feel on the morning of the fourth day? Awful. By the fourth morning, your hunger would have grown to the point of pain. It would have started small, but as the hours passed your body would begin to scream at you and to ache with hunger pangs to remind you that…

From Your Pastor, June 11

What a Christian is: Part 4  I felt insulted. I’ll never forget 9th grade, standing on the practice field talking to my varsity soccer coach.  I had been playing soccer for years, and he had just offered to teach me how to play over the upcoming season! How’s that for a childish memory? The reality was, this man knew what it meant to play the game at a higher level than I…

From Your Pastor, June 5

What a Christian is: Part 3* Every Christian has a low view of himself––every Christian. That’s not a “should” or an “ought.” It’s not some distant standard to strive towards but always fall short of. It’s an “is”; every Christian has a low view of himself or herself. We know that because Jesus describes actual, transforming repentance in Matthew 5. He says that the poor…