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  • John Barr

    Contributing sermons since Sep 11, 2002
John's church

Ruston, Louisiana 71270

About John
  • Education: BS of Mid-America Bible College in OK City. 15 hours toward Masters in Counselling at Fort Hays State University in Hays Kansas
  • Experience: 19 years pastoring in 3 different churches. First year as church replanter.
  • Comment to those looking at my sermons: Let God mold you in His image. Each sermon is a story that carries a different messae to the presentor and listener. Personalize the Word and it will be personal to those who listen to you. Our world is looking for "the real thing" we have that in Jesus Christ, let them taste the Christ in you through real life living and preaching.
  • Sermon or series that made a difference: Rejoice in All Circumstances - was the result of a trying time in my life learning to praise and rejoice in all circumstances. 1 Thess 5:16-18
  • One of my favorite illustrations: There was a woman in a church who meet the pastor at the back door every Sunday, shook his hand and said, "You sure told them today preacher!" One winter day a big snow storm hit. The streets were shut down. No one made it to church but the pastor’s family and this church member, who lived across the street from the church. The preacher decides to give her the full load anyway. So they do a full service with 30 minute sermon. The pastor stands at the back door waiting for her to come shake his hand wondering what she will say to day. She took his hand in hers and said, "Great sermon pastor, if they had been here, you would have told them." Moral - some people only hear for others. :)
  • Family: Married for 24 year in Dec 02. Bobbi is my soul mate. Son who is 20 and lives in Ga. Ruth is 19 and attending our Bible college in OK City.
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: Be yourself
  • Books that have had an impact: Overcoming the Grasshopper Complex - is an inspiring account of Joshua’s journey into the Promised Land.
  • Hobbies: Karate, computers, dulcimer.
  • What I want on my tombstone: He was a peace maker.
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  • Treasure This

    Contributed on Feb 26, 2003
    based on 37 ratings

    People are seeking. Many think they must abandon the past to move forward. Others think they must idol worship the past to have honor for the future. The truth is neither. Mary pondered and treasured the things concerning Jesus. Maybe we can learn a

    Treasure’s Abounding Luke 2:19;51 This week has been filled with many activities moving toward closure. As I packed boxes, officiated at a funeral, planned a baby dedication sermon and service I was thinking, reflecting and rejoicing. Today we do 3 things that call for celebration. 1) more

  • Actions & Consequences

    Contributed on Sep 13, 2002
    based on 28 ratings

    Overcoming obstacles that have defeated us in the past. Joshua had to help Isreal overcome Jericho in order to inhabit the promised land. Based on the book of same title authored by Gary Inrig. Sermon 2 in series

    ACTION & CONSEQUENCES Is it possible to fail while relying on God? Number 14: 20-24; 39-45 1) Actions Brings Consequences (vs. 39-40) a) Sin of Presumption (vs. 44) presumption means "overstepping bounds; taking liberties" Proverbs 19:21 "Many are the plans in a more

  • Overcoming The Grasshopper Complex

    Contributed on Sep 13, 2002
    based on 94 ratings

    Overcoming obstacles that have defeated us in the past. Joshua had to help Isreal overcome Jericho in order to inhabit the promised land. Based on the book of same title authored by Gary Inrig. Sermon 1 of series

    OVERCOMING THE GRASSHOPPER COMPLEX Numbers 13:25-33 Israel was at a crossroads in their journey. After years of travel, after some intense time with God in the desert, after some battles against over whelming odds, they stood at the cross roads of victory. Not the final victory that they more

  • Gospel Accordingto The Three Pigs

    Contributed on Sep 13, 2002
    based on 166 ratings

    Salvation - what foundation are you building your eternal house upon?

    THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO THE THREE PIGS (Mat 7:24-27) What does a house represent? Security, comfort, provision, acceptance 1st. Pig built his house out of Straw = earthly wealth Fame and fortune - Jesus said, "What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul." more

  • In For The Long Haul

    Contributed on Sep 11, 2002
    based on 120 ratings

    We are encouraged to be persistent in living for God, this offers helps to not give up.

    In For the Long Haul Luke 18:1 “In June l955, Winston Churchill, who was then near the end of his life, was asked to give a commencement address at a British University. At this time he was physically infirm; he had to be helped to the podium. Then he held on to the podium for what seemed more

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