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Barry Vassar, Author at Farmville

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

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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

Columns

THE WORD: Share the word

I overheard a discussion between two people. Person 1: “You left the door unlocked.” Person 2: “No I didn’t.” Person 1: “Well the front door ... Read more

by Barry Vassar, Thursday, May 16, 2019 7:45 am

Columns

THE WORD: A moment in time

As this is being read just days before Easter Sunday (Thursday the 18th online, Friday the 19th in print), imagine what was taking place 2,000 ... Read more

by Barry Vassar, Thursday, April 18, 2019 7:24 am

Columns

THE WORD: Trust and obey

The Greek philosopher and scholar Socrates was quoted as saying, “I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that ... Read more

by Barry Vassar, Thursday, February 21, 2019 7:58 am

Columns

THE WORD: A people of faith

I like diversity. Some people don’t. Some people like uniformity. That’s what makes us diverse, different, unique. We all have opinions based on our own ... Read more

by Barry Vassar, Thursday, January 24, 2019 7:35 am

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Positive results require action

For many folks the 8 weeks between Oct. 31 and Dec. 25 is a bliss of events, indulgences and expenditures that really don’t add up ... Read more

by Barry Vassar, Saturday, December 29, 2018 6:50 am

Columns

THE WORD: Shout out joy to the nations

I had the opportunity to preach on this passage at the Nov. 20 Cumberland Community Thanksgiving Service in partnership with Shiloh New Covenant Church and ... Read more

by Barry Vassar, Thursday, November 29, 2018 7:37 am

Columns

THE WORD: We are not perfect people

I sometimes say the wrong thing and sometimes I say the right thing, but in the wrong way. Likewise, I sometimes do the wrong thing ... Read more

by Barry Vassar, Thursday, November 1, 2018 7:57 am

Columns

Asking the right question

Matthew 7  Verses 7-8 state the following: 7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door ... Read more

by Barry Vassar, Wednesday, October 3, 2018 5:19 pm

Columns

THE WORD: Growing by steps

Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as people who live by the Spirit but as people who are still worldly—mere infants in Christ. ... Read more

by Barry Vassar, Thursday, September 6, 2018 7:41 am

Columns

THE WORD: Christian faith united

There is often a myth that it is only sometimes proven true regarding different denominations “competing” for members. It is true that each denomination, too ... Read more

by Barry Vassar, Thursday, August 9, 2018 8:37 am

Columns

THE WORD: Religious freedoms

Coming off this past Independence Day celebration I cannot determine if I am saddened and disillusioned or hopeful and optimistic. I took time to reflect ... Read more

by Barry Vassar, Thursday, July 12, 2018 7:26 am

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