Partners in God's Great Plan

Tom Bartha

READ : Romans 16:1-16 This month has passed quickly. Another month could be devoted to this chapter alone name after name whom Paul identified as co-laborers in the gospel. Here is Epenetus, Paul’s first convert to Christ in Asia. Think about how many were to follow. And Apellus, “tested and approved in Christ.” How was he tested? What hardships did he endure for the gospel? Urbanus and Stachys are virtually unknown, yet Paul singles them out with affection. If you …

Ways of the Wise

Tom Bartha

READ : Matthew 2:1-12 “We Three Kings” is the Christmas hymn we sing of these gift-bearers. They were not kings, though, but magi astrologers, fortune tellers, dream interpreters. They were the first to travel from afar to worship the newborn Christ child. Their example provides us a wise pattern for worship. First, they CAME to Jesus. They came inquiring. When we come with an openness, a desire to meet Christ, and not to find fault or complain, God will bless …

Mephibosheth-Amazing Grace

Tom Bartha

READ : 2 Samuel 9:1-13 “There’s something about that name,” we sing of Jesus. But how about the name Mephibosheth? You don’t forget a name like that! His tender story is told in the midst of chapters on turmoil and warfare. Years earlier Mephibosheth, son of David’s beloved friend Jonathan, grandson of King Saul, had become crippled in both feet. When new kings came to the throne, it was the common practice to wipe out any remaining family. But Mephibosheth …

Abigail – One Wise Woman

Tom Bartha

READ : 1 Samuel 25:14-41 A person with the gift of wisdom has a practical mind, and knows how to get to the heart of a problem quickly. Generally, one with this gift is worth listening to for the insights they share. Nabal was a moody, disgruntled man, who refused to show basic kindness to David and his army. When David planned retaliation, it was Abigail who interceded, persuading David not to seek vengeance for her husband’s hard-headedness. Abigail’s wisdom …

Jairus-Believe or Grieve?

Tom Bartha

READ : Mark 5:21-24, 35-43 It has to be one of the shortest sermons on record, preached to a congregation of one: “Do not be afraid, just believe.” Jairus held a position of prominence as a ruler of the synagogue. He would have traded his high status in a heartbeat if only his daughter could be healed. When Jesus came, Jairus fell at his feet and cried out in desperation for his daughter’s healing. On the way to Jairus’ home, …

Lois and Eunice-Godly Examples

Tom Bartha

READ : 2 Timothy 1:3-7 Some of us have parents or grandparents who played a major role in our spiritual development. No one inherits faith as we do hair or skin color. Rather, we observe and absorb. We see faith modeled, or its absence. Ultimately each of us makes our own decisions about faith. Fortunately, in some households godly relatives pave the way. Such was the case with Timothy, this young associate of the Apostle Paul. Just as Paul’s spiritual …