Pastor Barry is the speaker unless otherwise noted. Schedule subject to change.

What in the World is Going On? 

Centuries ago the disciples asked Jesus to tell them the signs of His coming and when it would be.  If the disciples wondered about these things in the first century, then we surely have reason to wonder in the twenty-first century.  As we look at the instability in our world today, and the turmoil and threat of terrorism, we can’t help but ask, What in the world is going on? Pastor Barry will unravel some of the mystery surrounding end-time events as he examines what the Bible has to say about life in the last days. Most importantly this series will encourage you to live confidently and expectantly in an uncertain world.




IMG9120_111th  The Israel Connection: Genesis 12:1-3. On May 14, 1948, God made good on His promise to Israel and her restoration to the Promised Land. the existence of Israel today is one of the reasons to believe that the Bible’s prophecies about the future will be fulfilled literally. Israel’s rebirth as a nation sets in motion the rest of the end-time prophecies, it was a necessary prerequisite to the final act of man’s history.

18th  A Crude Awakening. Luke 12:54-56. Jesus said we should discern our times. (Luke 12:54-56). If we are to discern our times, we are going to have to understand the role that oil plays. Who controls the world’s oil supply?  Who consumes the world’s oil supply? Oil is driving the driving force behind the emergence of prophetic alliances taking place today.


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25th Guest Speakers: American Baptist Missionaries Carlos Bonilla & Mayra Giovanetti. Are you ready to come up into the carriage? Acts 8.26-40. Our text presents us with a challenge that existed in those days and is still prevalent these days. The call Phillip received back then is the same each of us, followers of the Way, need to respond to today. Technology may have made information more readily available, yet we need to be cautious and discerning. We are called to correctly explain the word of truth (2 Timothy 2.15) and “come up into our neighbor’s carriage”. We are ready. Are you? About Carlos and Mayra: Most recently Carlos and Mayra have been working with he Baptist Theological Seminary in Nicaragua, they have been redirected to serve in Colombia. Colombia is a country known for tasty coffee and beautiful emeralds; but also for drug dealing, and human trafficking. Carlos and Mayra will be continuing their discipleship formation training for church leaders through the Baptist University.


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4th  The Rise of Radical Islam. I Peter 3:9; Matthew 5:44. 58% of Americans indicate that they know either “not very much” or “nothing” about the Muslim religion, yet Islam is the fastest growing religion in America. Today there are 7 million Muslims, in the USA, half of them American Born. For that reason this message is relevant and important but even more so because, The rise of Islamic terror is setting the stage for the events in Ezekiel 38-39, which tell of an invasion of Israel in the end times by a vast coalition of nations, all of whom are Islamic today except Russia. 

11th  The Great Evacuation. 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18. The Bible tells us a day is coming when millions of people will be “evacuated” from this world in an instant. This event is called the Rapture and it will be a time of chaos never before experienced on this earth. In this message Pastor Barry will share what the Bible says about it and how that applies to our lives today.

IMG_633618th  America’s Role in Bible Prophecy. Genesis 12:3; Proverbs 14:34. Looking at it from our vantage point as Christians, it does seem that God has a plan for America, after all, why has God blessed this nation above all others?  Yet, when it comes to end-time prophecy there is nothing (at least specific) about the United States. The question is why? In this sermon Pastor Barry will offer some possible explanations most of which have sobering implications for our future as a country.


25 (Palm Sunday)  This Was Meant for You. Matthew 20:28. Jesus is down to the final hours of His life. He has been listening to His disciples as they argue among themselves about which one of them is the most important. Jesus taught, “The first will be last,” and “If you want to be great, then you become the servant of all.” With less than twenty-four hours left on the clock, Jesus has time for one more lesson. But this time He doesn’t use words. He walks over and He picks up a towel and a wash basin, and the disciples quietly watch the Creator of the World, the King of kings, the Lord of lords, the Son of the living God washes their dirty, smelly, calloused, feet. As Jesus’ final hour approaches, He chooses to underline in bold print this one message, SERVE ONE ANOTHER! PLEASE NOTE: THERE WILL BE A FOOT WASHING CEREMONY FOLLOWING PASTOR’S SERMON FOR THOSE WHO WOULD LIKE TO PARTICIPATE. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT IT.

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1st (Easter) The Accomplishments of the Resurrection. John 20:26-29. Today we celebrate history’s brightest moment. The tomb is empty. Jesus is alive, but throughout history there have been a variety of attempts by skeptics to explain away the resurrection. Jesus actually made ten different appearances after His resurrection. In one of them He was seen by over five hundred people. These appearances convinced these witnesses that Jesus was indeed very much alive. The resurrection accomplishes three things…it validated Jesus, it defeated death, and it restores hope.

What in the World is Going On? 

Centuries ago the disciples asked Jesus to tell them the signs of His coming and when it would be.  If the disciples wondered about these things in the first century, then we surely have reason to wonder in the twenty-first century.  As we look at the instability in our world today, and the turmoil and threat of terrorism, we can’t help but ask, What in the world is going on? Pastor Barry will unravel some of the mystery surrounding end-time events as he examines what the Bible has to say about life in the last days. Most importantly this series will encourage you to live confidently and expectantly in an uncertain world.




BarryAsJoseph8th   “Modern Europe… Ancient Rome”. Daniel 2:31-45. About 2,500 years ago, the Jewish prophet Daniel was given a panoramic revelation by God that revealed a view of the future from Daniel’s day all the way to the end of times. These two visions of the future were given for the same purpose: to show Daniel and future generations events that were yet to come. Specifically, Daniel foretells a time when the Roman Empire will be revived. The future form of the Roman Empire, according to Daniel, will emerge prior to the coming of Christ to rule and reign over the earth. This future manifestation will take the form of a coalition or confederation of ten world leaders. Additionally, there will be a consolidation of world power by a leader who will rise from among the ten-leader confederacy in Europe. This leader will subdue all things and take control of the entire world.

15th  When One Man Rules the World. Daniel 7:25  The Bible predicts that in the last days worldwide chaos, instability and disorder will continue to increase. Jesus Himself said that there would be wars and rumors of wars, famine and earthquakes. When these things happen, they will set the stage for a new world leader, who will be able to negotiate world peace and will promise to deliver security and economic prosperity. This leader, who will emerge out of a newly formed European Union, is commonly referred to in the Bible as “the Antichrist.”


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22nd Guest Speaker: Danny Miller.  The Counterfeit-Christ and His Fake Kingdom. The seven year treaty will seem legit to the Jews but the evil trinity will have it’s one world empire fall apart quicker than it developed.  Only the 144,00 Jewish evangelists and the tribulation saints who refuse the mark will know this christ is definitely false. About Danny Miller… Dan has been serving the Lord for thirty years. His passion is teaching about God’s plan for the future. In addition to pastoring for over twenty years, he shares the doctrine of eschatology in  seminars and conferences whenever and wherever God provides the opportunity. His book, From Rapture to Eternity: God’s Plan for the Future has just been recently published and is available through Amazon. Danny and his wife Corine live in Asheboro, North Carolina.

29th The New Axis of Evil. Ezekiel 38 & 39. One of the most important and dramatic prophecies in all of Scripture was given by Ezekiel some 2,600 years ago. This prophecy predicts a last days’ invasion of Israel from every direction by a huge coalition of nations led by Russia and Iran. It will be the biggest mismatch in military history. The Israelis will be so outnumbered that there will be no human way for them to win the battle. Only an intervention by God will save them, and that’s exactly what happens. God steps in. God’s purpose is simply to bring glory to His name. He will show His own people, Israel that He is their true God, and proving the rest of the world that there is none above Him.


IMG_63476th  Arming for Armageddon. Revelation 16:13-16; Daniel 11:36-45. Armageddon…the very word chills the soul. And it should, because this war will draw the final curtain on World History. Last week we learned about a war in which God steps in sparing the Israelis from total annihilation. But that is not the end of the story. Satan failed to totally destroy Israel but his continued unrestrained persecution of Israel will ultimately lead the whole world into the Battle of Armageddon. As terrible and terrifying as these events will be, we who trust the Lord need have no fear.  He loves and protects His own, and whatever comes, if we seek Him and His will for our lives, we will be among those whom He saves from the wrath to come.

13th (Mother’s Day) The King Is Coming. Revelation 19:11-21. Jesus is coming to earth again; not as a baby but as King of Kings. Next to the subject of faith, the subject of the Second Coming is the most dominant subject in the New Testament. For every time the First Coming of Christ is mentioned in the Bible, the Second Coming is mentioned 8 times. The Lord Himself refers to His return 21 times. The signs that tell us the second coming of the Lord is drawing near should motivate us to live in readiness.

IMG_257720th  Rejoice in the Lord Always! Philippians 4:4. As Christians we sometimes seem confused about whose team we’re on. Through our attitude and actions we, score points for the enemy of our soul. Satan has essentially one false hope to offer… “God will make you sad, but I will make you glad.” On the other hand Jesus says, “These things have I spoken to you that your joy may be full.” I John 1:4. Paul admonishes us to, “Rejoice in the Lord always.” Our lack of joy negatively impacts our testimony and makes us disobedient to Paul’s command.  In this sermon Pastor Barry shares why it is important to God that we rejoice always.

27th (Memorial Day Weekend) Things Which Make for Peace: Ephesians 4:3. Our unity as believers was uppermost on Jesus’ mind during His last agonizing hours. Unity is the heart and soul of fellowship. It is the core of how God intends for us to experience life together. He wants it protected, especially from the devastating damage that is caused by division, conflict, and disharmony. You are commissioned by Jesus to do everything possible to promote peace and harmony in your relationships. How are we to do this?  Pastor Barry shares the very practical advice found in God’s Word.


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3rd Guest Speakers: Emerson and Ivy Wu, Missionaries to China. The Rev. Ivy and Emerson Wu serve as the directors of the Global Chinese Training Ministry. They work with overseas partners and International Ministries personnel to identify strategic locations to provide discipleship and pastoral training. Building on their experience in church and campus ministries in Ohio and at the Macau Bible Institute, Ivy and Emerson help Christian training centers and Bible schools to run assessments and improve their curricula, libraries and faculty development. Ivy and Emerson also serve as IM liaisons to partners in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and global Chinese churches.

10th Where No One Stands Alone. Psalm 102. This Psalm is a paradox: It is a Psalm of desolation but it could also be described as one of consolation.  There is the reality of suffering but also the reality of God’s presence. Somewhere in every Psalm we will find ourselves. This Psalm is no exception. The author of this Psalm is brutally honest. He feels abandoned. He feels as though he’s the only one who has any national pride or heartfelt concern for his homeland. His enemies are unrelenting in their ridicule because of his patriotism. When someone stands for the cause of Christ in the nation, there will be plenty of the devil’s people to attack and persecute. The Psalmist’s worst distress, though, comes from the feeling that God had exalted him and then thrown him down, but in the end he says though my weaknesses and problems have not all been resolved or removed, I have confidence in You, God.



17th (Father’s Day) Guest Speaker: Chaplain Lee Axtell. Lee is a native of San Pedro, California. He graduated from the University of Southern California in 1985, and earned a Masters of Divinity from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1989 and Masters of Sacred Theology in Pastoral Care from Andover Newton Theological School in Boston, Massachusetts in 2002. He is a Navy Chaplain and serves at the Naval Health Clinic Hawaii. Lee is an avid surfer and lends his tenor voice to FBCH’s Chancel Choir. He is married to Paula and they have three daughters Kayleigh, Alexandra and Piper.



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8th When God is Silent. Luke 3:1-22.

15th The Uses of Adversity. II Corinthians 1:9. There is nothing that causes more people to stumble in the matter of faith than the problem of suffering. “…man is born unto trouble (Job 5:7).” We may think that we would prefer a world without it. Heaven will be such a place, but on this side of glory you might want to think twice about what this world would be like without adversity. Scripture reveals there are benefits that come into our lives as believers from adversity and in this sermon Pastor Barry shares what they are.

22nd Going The Extra Mile. Genesis 24:12-19. We live in a time when many people are guided by the principle Minimum effort for Maximum pay. The humanistic influences in our society have fed this conflict within us that asks, “Why should I do more than I have to?”  What’s wrong with just getting by?  The answer to that question is really quite simple; it is diametrically opposed to Jesus’ teaching and our Judeo-Christian values.

29th Jesus Christ and Superstars. I Corinthians 12:4-7,12,14,15,18-20,27. We love our superstars.  Physical attractiveness, intelligence, athletic ability, strength, and wealth are all at the top of our society’s value system.  This leaves most feeling inferior, inadequate, unappreciated and unimportant.  The church does not exist in a vacuum, and as a result these values can and often do penetrate the church. The Apostle Paul had a dramatic put down for our worship of Superstars. We are all viable, valuable parts of the body of Christ. In our Churches today the need is not for those whom the world sees as Superstars but rather for the weak, the lowly, and the humble who would say, “Here am I Lord, use me.”


Brandon wedding 0165th All of the Above. John 14:6. Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life…” Many Christians treat this passage as if it were multiple choice…Is Jesus  “A” The way, “B” The truth, or “C” The life?  We tend to choose the one we feel most comfortable with.  A (Jesus is the way) appeals to those who have a passion for winning people to Christ, sparing them the awful consequences of unbelief. B (Jesus is the truth) is the favorite of intellectuals. Jesus is the truth, spoke the truth, and sent the Holy Spirit to lead us into truth. Those inclined to choose C (Jesus is the life) are those who have had their own lives radically changed by their relationship with Christ.  They would be quick to point out the experiential nature of the Christian life. There is a potential danger in focusing upon any one of these therefore the right choice is D All of the above.

12th Our Limited Almighty God. Psalm 78:37-41. God is almighty! Nothing is impossible for God. But God has placed certain spiritual laws in place that limit His power. “Yes, they limited the holy One of Israel.” Psalm 78:41. Are we guilty too of  keeping God from working mightily in our lives and in our churches? I believe there are many things God would just love to give to us and do for us, but we are standing in the way. In this sermon Pastor Barry shares the four specific ways the Bible says we can be limiting God.

19th Hang In There, Baby. Luke 9:62, Matthew 24:10-13.  Perseverance is important, not only in the spiritual realm, but in the practical every-day living of our lives as well. It has been said that 99% of success is due to persistence…hanging in there and not giving up. Only a small hand-full of people reach the heights of accomplishment they are capable of because they give up too quickly. The #1 reason people quit is discouragement.  In this sermon Pastor Barry reveals the most common things that discourage us.

26th So Heavenly Minded No Earthly Good. Genesis 18:1-5 & Luke 24:28-31. Many of us take great care in ordering our lives, arranging the details, structuring the activities, strictly following our daily schedule and list of things to do. There’s security in that, but there can also be idolatry in that too.  Order, the familiar, control, security, minimize the need for faith. Faith is a venture into the unknown, into realms of mystery, away from the safe, the comfortable and the secure.  In this sermon Pastor Barry shares how strangers, the unknown, the unsettling, and disorder, have drawn 12-19 PASTOR1_015him to deeper faith and how these things can remind us of our need for God. He says, “I’ve had to rethink the role of the stranger and the value and place of Holy interruptions.”


2nd (Labor Day Weekend) Your Work Matters to God. Genesis 2:15. Three out of four people go to a job they’re not fitted for, called for, excited about or satisfied in.  To many American workers work is a necessary evil. Their goal is Friday and when they reach it they TGIF––thank God it’s Friday.  How does God view work? God created work not as punishment but as a means by which you express your unique calling as God’s co-worker. Our work is to flow from God’s unique design and purpose for our lives.  It’s not about what “you think will make you happy. It’s not about how much money you can make. When we understand work is a calling, and all work is sacred it will change the attitude about your job. Your neighborhood and your job is your primary vineyard where you fulfill the work of God. You will show people more of Christ by how you live your life, how you treat fellow workers, your attitude, and the quality of your work than anything you’ll ever do in church, because 60-80 percent of your waking hours are spent where you work.

9th Caution! Your Job Can Destroy You. James 4:13-17. The most important thing in the world is not things or money or jobs, it’s relationships – our relationship with the Lord first and then our relationships with family and friends. Unfortunately our decisions related to jobs don’t always reflect these priorities. James has apparently been listening in on a strategic planning session and is concerned about what he’s hearing…the business plan doesn’t include God. Many of us assume that if it’s a great opportunity, and we’ll make more money, and it’s upward mobility, It must be God’s will.  But do those things mean it’s  automatically God’s will?  No! “Why is planning apart from God so dangerous?”  James answers that question. He says bad decisions about work flow from false assumptions about life.  In making decisions about work, make God’s will the foundation for all your decisions.

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23rd 100% Pure. Proverbs 6:16-19.

30th Antidote for Anxiety. Psalm 37:1-3, 5, 7. Worry, fear, & anxiety are the emotions Satan uses to discourage and defeat us and, in some instances, kill us. The effects of anxiety we see in scripture are graphic. Worry can negatively affect us Physically, Emotionally, Spiritually and Psychologically. What’s the solution?  In this sermon Pastor Barry offers a very practical, proven way to win over worry.

Can He Hear Me Now?: How to Pray Effectively



Can HE Hear Me Now?  Find out! Statistics show that almost everyone prays. But do you ever wonder if your prayers reach God’s ears? Does He answer?  You’re not the only one with questions about prayer. When Jesus’ disciples wanted to know how to pray effectively Jesus gave them a model, we call it The Lord’s Prayer . Join us for this sermon series and get your questions answered.


7th Our Father in Heaven. Matthew 6:9. At one time the Jews had experienced the purity of genuine prayer, but now they had abandoned it for the routine and ritual of empty religious exercises. In response to their need, Jesus said, “This, then, is how you should pray: (6:9). Apparently there’s a right way and a wrong way to pray. Jesus proceeded to give them a model for praying effectively and it begins with our relationship with God.

14th Hallowed be Thy Name. Matthew 6:9-13; Luke 11:1-4. What Jesus is saying here is that all that is embodied in God’s name is to be recognized as holy. Hallowed means to treat something or someone as set apart, or separate. God should be revered, respected and regarded as holy. We hallow God’s name when we live a life of obedience to Him, when our lives are a vehicle of His holiness. Before we start asking for what we want, we need to ask for what we should be.

21st Thy Kingdom Come. Matthew 6:9-13; Luke 11:1-4. God’s program centers on a person. And it’s not you.  Christ is that person, and His kingdom is God’s program. To pray, Thy kingdom come, is to pray May Christ reign here and now.  Praying the right way does not mean letting God in on our plan, but calling on God to fulfill His plan. 

28th Thy Will Be Done. Matthew 6:9-13; Luke 11:1-4. This phrase affirms that we have a right to refuse certain situations as inevitable.  We have a right to pray that God will intervene and do things the way they ought to be done. Praying this way is an act of defiance against Satan and all that is fallen in this world, but ultimately the problem “Thy” will is “my” will.  We’ve got to get “self” out of the way.


4th Forgive Us Our Sins. Matthew 6:9-13; Luke 11:1-4. This is the only part of the prayer upon which Jesus comments (Matthew 6:14-15). This gives focus on the importance forgiveness. In this sermon Pastor Barry will share six reasons from scripture why we should forgive others. The life of many believers is short circuited in its power because of unresolved conflicts with people. If you regard sin in your heart,  The Lord will not hear you (Psalm 66), and if He doesn’t hear you He can’t help you. But don’t get mad at God. The problem is on our end. 

11th (Veteran’s Day) Lead Us Not Into Temptation. Matthew 6:9-13; Luke 11:1-4. The more we understand about the promises of God, the richer, and more meaningful our prayers will become. The first three petitions in the Lord’s Prayer relate to God and His glory.  The last three relate to man and his need. This petition is the cry of the heart that despises the potential of sin to harm and ruin our life and the lives of those we love. It is a safeguard against presumption and a false sense of security. 

18th (Thanksgiving Sunday) Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread. Matthew 6:9-13; Luke 11:1-4. Bread represents all physical provision. We can’t be a spiritual being unless we are first a physical one and so God begins with the physical. God cares that our physical needs are met and because of that we don’t need to be preoccupied with the physical.  As a matter of fact God does not want you to be preoccupied with physical things. When we pray, “Give us this day our daily bread”, we are saying that we trust God to supply all the physical needs of our lives.


25th The Strange Gift of Suffering. II Corinthians 1:3-7.


2nd The Forgotten Tree of Christmas. Acts 10 39-43. The Christmas Tree has become an important  part of the celebration of Christmas. The popularity of the Christmas tree is kind of interesting since these kinds of trees are not native to the Holy Land.  There is a tree however that is part of Christ’s story. The cross that Jesus died upon is referred to a tree in scripture. He chose a tree that was cursed, shameful, an instrument of execution… and  made it into something beautiful – a symbol of love, compassion, caring, and mercy.

9th We Wish You a Mary Christmas (1)

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24th (Christmas Eve) The Wisdom of the Wisemen. Matthew 2:1-2.

30th How to Make a Fresh Start. Isaiah 43:18-19.