Posts by David Barry (Page 3)

Posts by David Barry (Page 3)

From Your Pastor, May 6

I love pictures of Jesus in the Old Testament. It’s just so refreshing to see pictures of the gospel and to remember that every bit of the Bible is, ultimately, about him.  Lately, I’ve been reading through Exodus. For the last couple of days, God’s people haven’t been looking so good. God has just saved them from slavery, delivered them in the Red Sea, and saved them…

From Your Pastor, May 1

Most guys have a hobby. It’s something to do. But, it’s also something to think about doing. For some it’s hunting, so they think about hunting. For some it’s golf, so they think about golfing. For me, it’s sailing. I watch videos about sailing vacations. I look at used boats online. I read about the pros and cons of different types. I think about sailing… a lot.…

From Your Pastor, April 27

In a 1736 journal entry, John Wesley tells a story about an encounter with some Moravian, German Christians during a voyage to America before he became a believer. The Moravians were just beginning a worship service on the ship when a storm struck: In the midst of the psalm wherewith their service began, the sea broke over, split the main-sail in pieces, covered the ship,…

From Your Pastor, April 22

How are our choices shaping us?   As unpleasant as it has been, there is a silver lining to this pandemic… it has given us a much needed breather. We are on a forced pause from many regular activities such that we can evaluate them from a bit more distance. Are all of those activities good? Are they leading us to be better parents, children, citizens….…

From Your Pastor, April 18

Do you feel close to God right now?  Of course, God is everywhere, but not in the sense that we always perceive him. God’s presence is something like the sun shining. On a cloudy day, we benefit from it; our lives depend upon it. He’s always there, even when we don’t see him. But, sometimes, the sun breaks through the clouds and we feel the warmth and see the…

From Your Pastor, April 14

“A son honors his father, and a servant his master. If then I am a father, where is my honor? And if I am a master, where is my fear? says the LORD of hosts to you, O priests, who despise my name. But you say, ‘How have we despised your name?’  7 By offering polluted food upon my altar… Malachi 1:6–7 A lot of what we tend to call “life” is on hold. We…

From Your Pastor, April 7

“Well done, good and faithful servant” On Sunday morning, we heard a sermon on the parable of the Minas in Luke 19, where the master praised servants who were faithful during while he was away. Some were opposed to the master, others wasted time, but these few remembered their calling.  They remembered when no one was watching and the Lord praised them. “Well done,…

From Your Pastor, April 2

I’m about done with this lockdown. I’ve gone through stages of being concerned about the disease, troubled by the fallout, interested by reactions, and bored (just because). Now I’m done. At my house, we are having a conversation that I expect many of you are having: the “how long can this go on?” conversation. Some of us are getting to the end of our patience. Some of us…