Posts by David Barry (Page 2)

Posts by David Barry (Page 2)

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…

From Your Pastor, June 1

“You keep using that word… I don’t think it means what you think it means.” That’s what Inigo Montoya told Vizzini in The Princess Bride (another great movie).  I’ve had the same thought a time or two––not when people say “inconceivable” (which is, thankfully, not that often) but when they use the words “Christian” or “repent.” I mentioned in my previous devotion that one…

From Your Pastor, May 26

The Incredibles is a great movie. It’s a good family movie because the kids will enjoy it while adults will appreciate some of its bigger ideas. The film’s villain hates “the supers” and he wants them gone. But, instead of attacking them outright, he finds a way to make everybody super. So that, “when everyone’s super, no one will be.” As childish as it seems in The…

From Your Pastor, May 20

What exactly is the soul? Is it something that we possess or something that we are? When I was a kid, I used to be afraid that the soul was something I could lose. I imagined walking around and living my life but with an important, spiritual component somehow missing. But, that’s not what the Bible teaches at all. The soul isn’t an object. The New Testament Greek word for…

From Your Pastor, May 15

I started reading Nehemiah not long ago and the opening scene struck me. As the book opens, Nehemiah is the cupbearer to the king of Babylon and his life is pretty comfortable. But, some visitors come from Judah and he asks how things are going with his people only to hear a bad report: “The remnant there in the province who had survived the exile is in great trouble and…

From Your Pastor, March 11

Life is a lot more vivid as you live it as opposed to just imagining it. Case in point, I knew having a baby would change my life quite a bit, but now I’m seeing just how many things are different (like what a “good” night’s sleep is). One difference is that I now have a lot more responsibility. Beneath every “ought” of Scripture there is an “is.” But, in meeting…