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Barry Vassar, Author at Farmville

THE WORD

‘Could’ve, would’ve, should’ve’

I have often heard the phrase (or some variation of the phrase), “If ifs and buts were candy and nuts, we’d all have a merry ... Read more

by Barry Vassar, Friday, September 24, 2021 6:00 am

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Think before speaking

I find it interesting how personalities and circumstances collide at times. Sometimes when a person is faced with difficult, challenging, hostile or simply depressing circumstances, ... Read more

by Barry Vassar, Friday, August 27, 2021 6:00 am

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Do you want to be right or be loved?

I have always struggled with the phrase, “do you want to be right, or do you want to be loved?” The simple message is, would ... Read more

by Barry Vassar, Friday, July 30, 2021 6:00 am

THE WORD

Leave a legacy of your walk with Christ

Many folks tend to think about their legacy, what they are leaving behind when they leave this world. Some focus on the material items or ... Read more

by Barry Vassar, Friday, June 4, 2021 6:00 am

THE WORD

Share life’s burden with Jesus

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, ... Read more

by Barry Vassar, Friday, March 12, 2021 6:00 am

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Christ often took chances on the longshot

I don’t believe Christ was a gambler, but I do know He often bet on the longshots. Granted, serving God as His Son and our ... Read more

by Barry Vassar, Friday, February 12, 2021 6:00 am

THE WORD

We can choose to rebel or comply

This was written on Thursday, Jan. 7, on the heels of the uproar in Washington, D.C. the previous day. Our world is not evil. There ... Read more

by Barry Vassar, Friday, January 15, 2021 6:00 am

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Christ can overcome the Grinches you may face

“Every Who down in Whoville liked Christmas a lot. But the Grinch who lived just north of Whoville did not. The Grinch hated Christmas. The ... Read more

by Barry Vassar, Friday, December 18, 2020 6:00 am

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Give the world the best representation of Christ

I have heard parents say so often to their children, “You did this to yourself.” Likewise, another common variation is, “You brought this on yourself,” ... Read more

by Barry Vassar, Friday, November 20, 2020 6:00 am

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Pray for the best for all

I shared this message via Facebook on Sunday, Oct. 18, but felt it was appropriate to share as a devotional this week as well. Instead ... Read more

by Barry Vassar, Friday, October 23, 2020 6:00 am

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We should follow in Christ’s footsteps

“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The ... Read more

by Barry Vassar, Friday, October 2, 2020 6:00 am

THE WORD

COLUMN — Our nation should return to God

There was a time just less than 20 years ago when our nation stood together as one people. Race, politics, religion, gender, sexuality were all ... Read more

by Barry Vassar, Friday, September 11, 2020 6:00 am

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Trust God with all your problems

I recently went to the beach. I loved the waves crashing against me as I tried to stand firm. I loved the wind hitting me ... Read more

by Barry Vassar, Friday, August 14, 2020 6:00 am

THE WORD

Find Christ, but don’t lose yourself

Think about some of the codes or edicts you live by. Think about the standards you conform to and ask yourself “do they define who ... Read more

by Barry Vassar, Friday, July 17, 2020 6:00 am

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Only God can judge a person’s heart

I had a coworker once who asked me about a decision that we had made regarding a difficult situation. They asked, “Did we do the ... Read more

by Barry Vassar, Friday, June 19, 2020 6:00 am

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When we gather, let it be with a renewed purpose

Memorial Day and Memorial Day weekend would seem to go hand in hand, yet they are two different events. Memorial Day is a day set ... Read more

by Barry Vassar, Friday, May 22, 2020 6:00 am

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A setback is a setup for a reset

God reset the world after the great flood. God reset the Jewish people after bringing them out of captivity. God reset the face of religion ... Read more

by Barry Vassar, Friday, April 24, 2020 6:00 am

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Are you prepared or trying to stock up?

At the time of this writing (March 20, 2020), groceries stores are running or have ran out of toilet paper, hand sanitizer, hand soap and ... Read more

by Barry Vassar, Friday, March 27, 2020 6:00 am

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Christ set us free from the law of sin and death

A church member whom I respect brought to my attention an aspect of the Christian life that many people struggle with. Though we are called ... Read more

by Barry Vassar, Thursday, February 20, 2020 11:49 am

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The Word

Death comes to everybody. That’s your attention getter. But let’s take it a step further. Death is unpredictable, but certain. It doesn’t discriminate, care about ... Read more

by Barry Vassar, Thursday, January 23, 2020 11:10 am

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Worship in gladness

Psalm 100: 1. Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. 2. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing. ... Read more

by Barry Vassar, Wednesday, November 27, 2019 10:12 am

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What does your heart look like?

With Halloween behind us my question is: Who is still wearing a costume? Who is still wearing a mask? I’ve come to realize throughout the ... Read more

by Barry Vassar, Thursday, October 31, 2019 2:27 pm

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Like father, like son

I share this because of relevance to today’s devotion. My father passed away on Aug. 20 of this year. When loss occurs it often creates ... Read more

by Barry Vassar, Thursday, October 3, 2019 2:51 pm

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The race of life

For those who have not accepted Christ, they have not even entered the race. For those who have accepted Christ, for many, it is a ... Read more

by Barry Vassar, Thursday, September 5, 2019 3:38 pm

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THE WORD: Finding peace and hope for the future

In the past two months I have witnessed several situations and encounters that cause me to think that maybe we are not as divided as ... Read more

by Barry Vassar, Saturday, August 10, 2019 5:00 am

Columns

THE WORD: Let every day be a celebration

I don’t particularly like holidays. I think it’s great that we have a brief time of remembrance or reverence or honor. It’s great to have ... Read more

by Barry Vassar, Saturday, July 13, 2019 5:00 am

Columns

THE WORD: Show grace, mercy, respect

This could very well be my last devotional for The Farmville Herald (or anywhere). Now that I have your attention, let me tell you why. ... Read more

by Barry Vassar, Thursday, June 13, 2019 1:41 pm

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