Posts by Barry Cochran

Posts by Barry Cochran

Matthew 25 | The Returning King

 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne.” Matthew 25:31  Probably no other event has been spoken or written about more than the second coming of Christ. Here in Matthew 25, actually a continuation of chapter 24, Jesus speaks to his disciples in parables to prepare them for the time between his ascension and before his second coming. Keep in mind these parables were in…

Matthew 16 | Upon This Rock

 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”  Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Matthew 16:15-16 I recall from my college marketing class, our professor taught about obtaining marketing data. Marketing, much like political polling, can be difficult to obtain factual answers from those people targeted for the survey. I remember him talking about a marketing surveying company working for one of the large automobile companies. They posed a…

Matthew 8 | Authority and Faith

“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.”                                                                                                                                                                 Romans 13:1-2 I think we can all relate to how it feels to have a loved one severely ill and in need of healing by the chief physician. I think back to when both my daughter…

Hebrews 7 | High Priest Forever

We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek. Hebrews 6:19-20 Many of us have spent time in dentist offices getting repairs done to our teeth. We don’t realize how much we need our teeth until we start losing them! I recently cracked a tooth…

1 Thessalonians 5 | Like A Thief In The Night

For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 1 Thessalonians 5:2 No other event has captured people’s attention like the second coming of Christ. Countless books and articles have been written on this topic. It has been discussed and debated from pulpits, Sunday school classes, television programs, and the list goes on. Denominations and non-denominations have debated the events surrounding the second coming of Christ. What is not…

1 Thessalonians 3 | When In Distress, Send The Best!

“Therefore when we could bear it no longer, we were willing to be left behind at Athens alone, and we sent Timothy, our brother and God’s coworker in the gospel of Christ, to establish and exhort you in your faith,” 1 Thessalonians 3:1-2 Many years ago I interviewed with a manager from another department within the company where I work. One of his selling points for the position was that he sought an individual to mentor as his successor. As…

Ephesians 4 | Building Up in Love

“Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.” Ephesians 4:15-16 As human beings, we love to build things. In the construction industry, (I work in construction materials), I see it every…

Ephesians 3 | The Mystery Revealed

We all love a good mystery story!  I remember in elementary school my friends and I were all caught up in the Hardy Boys books (the young ladies enjoyed Nancy Drew). We would read these books and then swap books with each other when we finished. The intriguing part of reading these mystery novels was trying to figure out the mystery. Growing up in the 70’s and 80’s, there were many TV shows about detectives solving mysteries. You may remember…

Acts 20 | To Boldly Go!

“But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God” (Acts 20:24). “…and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel” (Ephesians 6:19). What comes to mind when you hear the words “To boldly…

Acts 9 | Blinded By The Light

But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel. For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.”  Acts 9:15-16 Last year you may remember all the hype and excitement about the eclipse. Everyone was selling “eclipse approved” eye shields so we could look directly at the sun and see the movement of…