|Blessed Are Those Who Mourn
Sunday, June 12, 2016
50 were killed and more were injured at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, FL on Sunday. As we pray for the victims and families of this awful tragedy, it is appropriate to look at what Jesus said to His followers about the process of mourning.
“Blessed are those who ... [ read more ]
|The Kingdom of Heaven is Yours
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
As part of our monthly series on the Beatitudes, pastor Matthew Barker shares how the individual verses in Matthew 5:1–10 are to be seen in relationship to their whole: the Kingdom of Christ.
I was awake one night because my heart was acting strange. It wasn’t beating—it was more ... [ read more ]
|The King's Once and Future Blessings
Friday, March 21, 2014
In 2012, when my wife and I moved to Walkerton, Indiana, so that I could pastor a church, we bought a 125-year-old house. While we were excited to have a house, we were more excited to turn it into the Barker Home: a place of joy for our family and ... [ read more ]
|One Pastor's Secret Strategy for Bible Reading
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
You’d think that because I'm a pastor, reading the Bible regularly would be easy.
And by reading, I don’t mean studying, which I do every week for the morning and afternoon services at my church. I mean reading the Bible for the pleasure of hearing again the story of redemption, ... [ read more ]
|Jesus Speaks of Peace: John 14:27
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
This time each year, people send Christmas cards with “Peace” embossed on the front; carolers sing “peace on earth and good will toward men”; and mothers and fathers pray for peace and quiet by the time Christmas day comes and the newly bought toys are sounding for joy.
The Christmas ... [ read more ]