Posts by Barry Cochran

Posts by Barry Cochran

2 Corinthians 7 | Good Grief!

Good grief! What comes to mind when we hear this statement?  I think of the Peanuts cartoon and Charlie Brown. I see Lucy sitting there holding the football enticing Chuck to come running at full speed to kick it clear to the moon. At the last-minute, Lucy pulls it away causing Charlie Brown to sail through the air and land painfully on his back and he says: “Good grief!”  So, what is the meaning of Good Grief? Some dictionary’s top…

1 Corinthians 15 | And Now The Rest of the Story

As I grew up, one of my favorite radio commentators was Paul Harvey. I can remember coming home from school and entering the house, my mom had the radio station on and we would sit down and listen to his news broadcast. My favorite was when he would do “the rest of the story”! Here he would start off by giving the story (typically of a famous person) and would leave out key elements such as names. When the program…

Mark 16 | The Grave Could Not Hold Him

“And he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him.” Mark 16:6 It has only been a couple weeks since Christians all around the world celebrated the most climatic event ever, the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. No other event has ever changed and shaped history as the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. No wonder…

Mark 14 | Gospel Investment: It’s a Beautiful Thing

Gospel Investment, It’s a Beautiful Thing “But Jesus said, “Leave her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a beautiful thing to me.” Mark 14:6 “And truly, I say to you, wherever the gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in memory of her.” Mark 14:9 One thing we understand as Americans is investment.  In every aspect of our lives we are looking for something (or someone) to invest our time, money…

Revelation 17 | Don’t Underestimate the Dark Side!

Reared in the 70’s and 80’s, I grew up in the Star Wars generation. Starting in 1977 with the original movie and carrying on through today with the Force Awakens. As a culture, we can’t get enough of this galactic battle that spans generations. Starting with young Anakin Skywalker and ending with his grandson Ben Solo (Kylo Ren). The movie transitions through different times and characters, but the war is ultimately good versus evil. The main villains are Darth Vader…

Revelation 13 | Warfare, Worship, Wisdom And The World

In 2009, I decided to study the book of Revelation, which became a year and a half adventure. This study also included examining the schools of interpretations on how to approach reading this Apocalyptic letter given by way of prophetic vision to the imprisoned Apostle and delivered to the seven churches of Asia Minor. The Revelation is a difficult letter to study because of its prophetic nature and the symbolism used. I avoided reading it for my first 23 years…

1 John 4 | The Way of Love

“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.” 1 John 4:7 In Luke chapter 10, the parable of the Good Samaritan, a lawyer asked Jesus “What must I do to inherit eternal life”? Jesus responds “What is written in the law? How do you read it?” The lawyer replied, and he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all…

John 8 | Three in One – and it’s not Shampoo We’re Talking About!

“So Jesus said to them, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he, and that I do nothing on my own authority, but speak just as the Father taught me.”  (John 8:28 ESV)J I remember several years ago while watching a YouTube video, a question was asked of this biblical apologetics teacher to explain the Trinity.  Dr. Nabel Qureshi said, “It is important to be able to articulate the doctrine of the Trinity if you…

Matt. 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…

Hebrews 11 | The Hall of Faith

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”  Hebrews 11:1 This year, Protestants around the world celebrated the 500 year anniversary of the Reformation. Many of you may have read posts on social media quoting the five Solas that well summarize the work of Christ to redeems us. One of the five Solas is ‘Sola Fide’, in faith alone. It’s only by ‘faith alone’ (the object of our faith is Jesus Christ) that…
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