Posts by David Barry

Posts by David Barry

From Your Pastor, February 22

And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption… 5.1 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. 2 And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. (Eph 4:30; 5:1–2) *  I went to school for long enough for it to ingrain some habits.…

From Your Pastor, February 15

Zayin (Part 7) Ps 119.49   Remember your word to your servant,in which you have made me hope.50 This is my comfort in my affliction,that your promise gives me life.51 The insolent utterly deride me,but I do not turn away from your law.52 When I think of your rules from of old,I take comfort, O LORD.53 Hot indignation seizes me because of…

From Your Pastor, February 8

Waw (Part 6) Ps 119.41   [And] Let your steadfast love come to me, O LORD,your salvation according to your promise;42 then shall I have an answer for him who taunts me,for I trust in your word.43 And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth,for my hope is in your rules.44 I will keep your law continually,forever and ever,45 and…

From Your Pastor, February 1

He (Part 5) Ps 119.33   Teach me, O LORD, the way of your statutes;and I will keep it to the end.34 Give me understanding, that I may keep your lawand observe it with my whole heart.35  Lead me in the path of your commandments,for I delight in it.36  Incline my heart to your testimonies,and not to selfish…

From Your Pastor, January 25

Daleth (Part 4)  “Sin is no trifle to a child of God. It is his heaviest sorrow… And where is the believer who has not fully sympathy with [this] complaint?”1 That’s the opening line of Charles Bridge’s exposition of these verses.  The self-searching, soul-rending meditation of Psalm 119 turns to the sins of the psalmists’ own heart. There is a lot we…

From Your Pastor, January 18

Gimel (Part 3) Ps 119.17 Deal bountifully with your servant,that I may live and keep your word.18  Open my eyes, that I may beholdwondrous things out of your law.19  I am a sojourner on the earth;hide not your commandments from me!20  My soul is consumed with longingfor your rules at all times.21  You rebuke the insolent, accursed ones,who wander…

From Your Pastor, January 4

Psalm 119 Bible trivia is something I’ve enjoyed since I was a kid. (I’m sure few of my readers will be surprised by that.) In the spirit of Bible trivia, imagine what the answer might be to the question, “What is special about Psalm 119?”. It’s open-ended, so there will be many correct answers, but perhaps the thing that leapt to your mind was its length. Psalm 119 is…

From Your Pastor, December 28

His Steadfast Love God’s love is a comfort, but it is also a mystery. We can truthfully say “God is love” (1 John 4:8, 16; that’s what the Sunday morning sermon was all about). But, at the same time we can admit that God’s love is a mystery.  The Old Testament often uses a Hebrew word to talk about God’s love. The word is transliterated “Chesed” and in various passages…

From Your Pastor, December 21

Peace in Jerusalem Thank God that we are about to put 2020 in the rearview mirror! It has been an unusual year for everyone and an especially hard year for some. Churches all over the world did something that, just last year, many of us would have labeled absurd––they shut their doors and did their best to enjoy worship and fellowship online. That experience may lead us…

From Your Pastor, December 14

Tidings of Comfort  If we turn on the radio after Thanksgiving, there’s a good chance of hearing Brenda Lee’s Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree or It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year by Andy Williams. There’s also a few passages of Scripture we tend to associate with the season like Isaiah 9 which calls the coming Christ the “Prince of Peace” and promises…

From Your Pastor, December 7

Refreshment  At this time of year life can start to feel harried. We don’t get to hit “pause” on the rest of life, but we have Christmas gifts and preparations to make and travel plans to finalize. The season that we wish would be restful can end up being the opposite. What many of us really want from Christmas is REFRESHMENT. We want to rest and be reinvigorated.…