Blast from the Past: Barry interviewed by the 49ers

In 2015, the San Francisco 49ers sent up their film crew to interview me and my family at GracePoint Church. They heard that I was a 49er fan pastoring in a Seattle Seahawk crazed churched. It was a part of an award winning segment called "The Faithful"...

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Sabbatical Final Report: Five Sabbatical Takeaways

Before I jumped back on the fast running treadmill of ministry, I took a little bit of time to write down some takeaways from my three month break from ministry. It was helpful to think through the highlights and what impacted me the most from my time...

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Sabbatical Part 7: Special Time in Italy

Candy and I had never been to Rome before. We enjoyed learning the history, seeing the sites, and walking hand and hand down the cobbled streets saying to ourselves, "Are we really here?" Click to see the video I made that highlighted our time in Italy....

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Sabbatical Part 4: Soaking In

In the first two weeks, I was asked by several people, “How does it feel to be on a Sabbatical?” My answer was the same, “I don’t know. I’ve never been on one.” After one month, I now have a better answer: I am soaking in many things for the first time in...

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Sabbatical Part 3: Barry Tours Levi Stadium

As an avid 49er fan living in a Seahawk world, one of my Sabbatical bucket list items was visiting my home city of San Jose and touring Levi Stadium. Watch till the end as Candy and I "announce" the epic "Catch" play. It is still painful for Candy who is...

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Sabbatical Part 2: I Feel Free

I’ve never had a Sabbatical before so I don’t know what to really expect or feel. I don’t know how I will feel a month from now or three months from now. However, I do know how I feel today, the day before my Sabbatical starts. I feel free! Let me explain....

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Sabbatical Part 1: Hitting the Refresh Button

What is a Sabbatical? “On the seventh day God… rested from all His work.” Genesis 2:2 God didn’t need the rest but He modeled it for us because He knew our body, mind, and spirit would need consistent rest to remain healthy. The Hebrew word for Sabbath...

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The Back Stories to a Beautiful Sunday @ GracePoint

Satan knew what was coming and boy was he ticked! We are nearing the end of an incredible teaching series called Freeway.  Instead of living the "abundant life" Jesus promised, too many are STUCK in their spiritual journey. So week after week we've dealt...

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Good News for Candy

On Thursday, May 5th, Candy and I had an appointment with Dr. Prakash Vishnu in Seattle. Dr. Vishnu is the leading Oncologist at Virginia Mason that specializes with melanoma cancer.  In fact, he is so good in this field that he will be joining the Mayo...

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Cancer Update on Candy

Candy and I have quickly realized that we are on a roller coaster ride with her cancer. One day we receive difficult news and the next day we receive encouraging news, and so on. I've never really been a roller coaster kind of a guy but I'm told that I'd...

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The Phone Call You Never Want To Have

Our Life Apps sermon series was all set but my heart was uncommonly unsettled last Wednesday morning. The sermon plan called for me to teach on what to do with stress and worry that Sunday and then teach on encouragement the following Sunday....

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The Theology of Laughter

God is holy. God is also hilarious. One look at a duck-billed platypus proves this. They were not constructed from left-over animal parts but by a God who has a sense of humor. God having a donkey speak to a wayward prophet is another example a divine...

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10 Things You May Not Know About Your Lead Pastor

A few months ago, my younger brother, Bobby, asked if I would send him a list of things most people may not know about their lead pastor. He leads a men's bible study in Arizona and wanted to provide perspective for his men with some "inside information."...

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A Pastoral Perspective on the Supreme Court Ruling

Plenty of articles have been written regarding the Supreme Court expansion on the definition of marriage. You may have grown weary of all of this commentary, but here are my thoughts concerning this seismic event in our culture. My thoughts are...

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5 Reasons I Should STAY at My Church

I have read several online articles giving reasons people use to LEAVE a church. I thought we should take a positive approach to this sensitive subject. Although this list is not exhaustive, here are some of my conclusions from 30 years of full-time...

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Burnout and Beyond!

Burnout... There have been many times in my 30 years of ministry when I found myself tired, depressed, discouraged, or overwhelmed. But never all at the same time. Just like life, church ministry has ebbs and flows, highlights and lowlights....

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Genuinely Happy… Behind Enemy Lines

I'm a huge 49er fan living in Seattle Seahawks territory. On top of this, I'm a pastor at a Seahawks-crazed church. When I moved to Washington in 2005, my team's record was 2-14 and was the worst team in the NFL. This was also the same year the Hawks went...

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Marriage is a Dance

I am having lots of fun teaching our current series called, "Let's Dance" at GracePoint Church. It is a five-week marriage series that looks at 5 popular Ballroom dances that directly apply to marriage. So far we've covered the Tango and the Waltz that...

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My Top 10 Thankful For List

1.  My wife and family. After 28 years of marriage, I am in love with my wife more than ever! Candy is such a perfect match for me in so many ways. She is beautiful, fun to be with, loves sports, and a woman after God's heart. I thank God for...

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Father of the Bride

I never used to cry at movies. This all changed in 1992 when my first born, Ashley, was less than a year old. My wife, Candy, brought home a VHS (remember those?) movie rental with the title, Father of the Bride. I thought nothing of it and...

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Sermon Planning Time Again

Each year, I hide away for 3 days as we plan out the sermons for the next ministry year (September through Summer). This year I am heading somewhere new - Warm Beach Camp and Conferenceå Center. They offer pastors a free getaway to pray and...

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Dream House AUDIO Book

  NEW! Dream House is now available in an AUDIO BOOK format. Order your 6 CD set today for $19.99. Mail check to Barry Bandara at: 10645 Sirocco Cir, Silverdale, WA 98383

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10 Things I’m Thankful About My Church

There are many things I am thankful for about my church, Silverdale Baptist.  So, for sake of time and space, here are 10 things I'm thankful for:     10. Authentic Lives and Laughter. Our church is filled with real people with real problems...

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Vote to Preserve Marriage

There always is an awkward tension any time church collides with a political issue. This is not new. It's been that way ever since Jesus started His church. The early church collided with the Roman government from the beginning - so why would...

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Team, Team, Team

This week, America's favorite pastime (baseball) gave way to America's passion (football).  The reason I love football so much is how much of a team sport it is. In basketball, having a few good starters can push a team to victory. In football...

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Rest

Hi, my name is Barry and I have a rest problem. I know I should. I know I need to. But rest, for some reason, is difficult for me. Without going into detail, the last several years of ministry have been challenging. In addition, the last two...

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Ask the Pastor: the 2 Missing Questions

There were two questions that I failed to answer from Ask the Pastor. Somehow they were misplaced from the other questions. After coming home from the Seattle Mariner game late on Friday night, for some reason, I remembered I didn't answer them. Here they...

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Ask the Pastor: Part 2

This past weekend was a special Sunday called, Ask the Pastor. I answered 10 questions turned in the previous week along with several live text questions. You can watch Part 1 of these questions at the bottom of this post. This blog will answer the...

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Ch Ch CHANGE!

Change is inevitable. Change is all around us. It happens all the time. But, many people claim to hate change. Really? I can understand hating change when our waistline grows larger or when our hair turns gray or loose. I get this. But I believe most...

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Come on Dad’s with Daughters… Man up!

Last week, Candy and I had a double date with my almost 20 year old daughter and her boyfriend. In our neighboring town of Poulsbo, we enjoyed dinner at an Italian restaurant, strolling the main strip, and then finishing with some sweet pastries at Sluys...

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Jerusalem, oh Jerusalem!

Yesterday we entered Jerusalem for the very first time. It was an emotional experience for my wife, Candy, and I. A place that I have heard about, taught about, and seen on the television was now right in front of us! This morning, I was able to teach on...

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7th Wonder of the World

Do you remember the movie, "Indiana Jones: The Last Crusade"? Yesterday, I felt like Indiana Jones as Candy and I walked through the ancient burial place of Petra. It was absolutely amazing! All over the region were ancient burial tombs, but the temple was...

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Just Pinch Me!

What was supposed to be a cold and rainy day on the Sea of Galilee, turned out to be a beautiful experience. Candy and I kept shaking our heads as we pinched ourselves at being on the very waters that Jesus sailed. About 10 minutes on the lake, the rain...

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Israel Here We Come

My wife, Candy, and I have wanted to go to Israel for many, many years. Now, the trip of a lifetime is now upon us. I look forward to walking in the land where my Savior walked, teach while sailing on the Sea of Galilee, and worshiping in the...

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Moving Forward

Another calendar year has turned and 2011 is in our rear view mirror. Looking back is neither healthy or helpful because it is impossible to reclaim or redo anything in our past. We must move forward. For me, my NFL season was over as soon as...

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My Christmas Wish List

I am often asked, "What do you want for Christmas?" by my wife and girls. My typical response is, "I don't know. I don't really need anything." My father used to say this to me when I was young and I could never understand his answer. I used to think, "Who...

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Order Dream House Now!

Dream House is finally here! You can order your own copy right now. (Print copy or ebook) Order Now! Overview Many parents begin raising their children without the necessary blueprints or tools to build a healthy and happy home. As a result, their home can...

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It’s About Time

I always knew that the NFL lockout would not last into the season. There was too much money at stake for both owners and players. I am just glad we can get the season started and begin the countdown until September 11th when my favorite team,...

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Great Buts in the Bible: Part 3

The greatest "but" in the entire Bible is found in Romans 6:23. It is a classic verse often used in evangelism. It describes the stark contrast of our standing with God because of our sin and the gift God gives us because of His grace. I believe it is the...

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Great Buts in the Bible: Part 2

But God... In part two of this blog series, we find ourselves face to face with a reality we often do not enjoy. This reality is called PAIN. I do not enjoy pain and frequently position myself to avoid it at all costs. But I am not immune to...

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Great Buts in the Bible: Part 1

The title of this blog mini-series has raised a few eye brows over the years. It certainly caught the attention of my teenagers when I was a Youth Pastor years ago. Maybe I shouldn't use this title now that I am a Senior Pastor, but calling it "Great...

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“I Understood for the First Time!”

The gospel is simply amazing. It is also amazingly simple. Well meaning people can make it more complicated and confusing. Rob Bell, a controversial Emergent pastor, has said that the gospel is complex and that "You can't really tweet the...

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One Little Word Changed Everything!

On July 27, 1999 I had the privilege of attending the last baseball game ever played in the Seatte Kingdome against the Texas Rangers. Every seat was filled. Camera's were flashing. Then I did something I've never done before (or since) - I went to the...

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Are You In…Really?

An open letter to Silverdale Baptist Church The tendency for pastors, after they attend a conference, is to return home and immediately attempt to transform their church to look like the church who hosted the conference. This is foolish and unrealistic...

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The Shadow Behind Us

We all cast a shadow. It follows us wherever we go. We don't often pay attention to what is lingering behind us. But it is there. He was a pest and a nuisance to me. He was my brother, Bobby. He was 9, I was 16. I called him "my shadow" because every time...

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