Posts by Barry Cochran

Posts by Barry Cochran

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…

Luke 18 | Approaching A Holy God

Jesus teaches us how to posture ourselves in approaching God throughout chapter 18 of the gospel of Luke. In the parable of the persistent widow and the healing of the bling beggar, with persistence (vs 1-9; 35-43). We see in the parable of the pharisee and the tax collector, the need to approach God in humility (vs 9-14). We see in verses 15-17, that we need to approach the kingdom of God as little children. As we learned with the…

Luke 12 | What’s Under the Hood?

“From the Inside Out” I remember those Saturday mornings getting up and going car shopping with my Dad. Dad would stay up-to-date with car ratings, and customer satisfaction; his favorite source was Consumer Reports. We would drive from lot to lot looking at used cars. He was never in the market for a new one. It was the “used” cars and the savings that had his interest. He had his routine down to a science. The salesman would come out…

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…
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