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Author: Theodore Barthels

A Lenten Devotion

Written by Theodore Barthels | March, 2012
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“Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.” 2 Timothy 2:15 Our text is one of the verses of the 53rd chapter of Isaiah which we often associate with the Lenten season.   Read More

Alive to Righteousness

Written by Theodore Barthels | September, 2016
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“For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again” (2 Corinthians 5:14-15). We live in a world where we […] Read More

The Blind See and the Mute Speak!

Written by Theodore Barthels | July, 2014
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When Jesus departed from there, two blind men followed Him, crying out and saying, “Son of David, have mercy on us!” And when He had come into the house, the blind men came to Him. And Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to Him, “Yes, […] Read More

The Privilege of Prayer

Written by Theodore Barthels | February, 2013
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“The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth. He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He also will hear their cry and save them”  (Psalm 145:18-19) Wouldn’t it be nice if we could pick up the telephone and talk to the President of the […] Read More

Thoughts About Christmas Greetings

Written by Theodore Barthels | December, 2011
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I got to thinking about some of the Christmas greetings we hear and use. Out in the world it has become controversial to use a truly Christian Christmas greeting. We hear people exclaim “Happy Holidays!” with great exuberance, but that greeting rings artificial for the child of God. Read More

The Gift of the Public Ministry

Written by Theodore Barthels | July, 2015
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“And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, […] Read More

Labor Day Thanksgiving

Written by Theodore Barthels | September, 2018
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DEVOTION – THE BLESSINGS OF LABOR “Here is what I have seen: It is good and fitting for one to eat and drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labor in which he toils under the sun all the days of his life which God gives him; for it is his heritage. As […] Read More

Making Promises You Can’t Keep!

Written by Theodore Barthels | May, 2016
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DEVOTION – CONFIRMATION “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who […] Read More

Celebrating the Jesus Antipoverty Program

Written by Theodore Barthels | December, 2014
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“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.” (2 Corinthians 8:9) Fighting poverty has been at the forefront of American politics for longer than I have been alive. Every few years a new […] Read More

The One Thing Needful

Written by Theodore Barthels | August, 2013
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We are all familiar with St. Luke’s account of Jesus’ visit to the home of sisters Mary and Martha (Luke 10:38-42). We recall that while Martha used her God-given gifts in the kitchen, Mary sat next to Jesus, listening to His words. With so much to do, Martha saw this as her service to the […] Read More

We Have Come to Worship Him

Written by Theodore Barthels | January, 2016
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Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him” (Matthew 2:1-2). This […] Read More

The Voice

Written by Theodore Barthels | December, 2013
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The voice of one crying in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the Lord; Make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted and every mountain and hill brought low; the crooked places shall be made straight and the rough places smooth; the glory of the Lord shall be […] Read More

Honoring the Christian Wife and Mother

Written by Theodore Barthels | May, 2018
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DEVOTION – MOTHER’S DAY “Husbands, likewise, dwell with them [your wives] with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of  life, that your prayers may not be hindered.” (1 Peter 3:7) Mother’s Day is a big and special day across America. If you’re thinking […] Read More

Our Spiritual Life Comes From Christ

Written by Theodore Barthels | May, 2013
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“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” John 15:5 Each spring many of our congregations enjoy the special blessing of observing a new class of confirmands witness to the truth of Christ which abides within their hearts. […] Read More

To Rise from Sin

Written by Theodore Barthels | April, 2015
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“. . . just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:4).  EASTER is indeed a joyful time of the year as we celebrate the anniversary of our Savior’s resurrection. He who died for us rose again and lives […] Read More

The Miracle of Pentecost Continues

Written by Theodore Barthels | June, 2012
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If I were to ask you what the greatest miracle of Pentecost is, what comes to mind?  The sound coming from heaven as of a rushing, mighty wind? Probably not so much. The tongues appearing to be fire that sat upon each of the disciples on that Pentecost morning? It’s likely more of us think of […] Read More

Stilling the Storm (in our lives also)

Written by Theodore Barthels | January, 2014
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“…The works that I do in My Father’s name, they bear witness of Me.” (John 10:25) On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side.” Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other […] Read More

A Rite of Passage into Spiritual Maturity

Written by Theodore Barthels | May, 2014
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THE RITE OF CONFIRMATION “…that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ.” (Ephesians 4:14-15) “For […] Read More

Behold the Glory of the King of Kings

Written by Theodore Barthels | January, 2011
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As we come to the close of the Christmas season, we hear once again the remarkable account of how, by God’s guidance and grace, the Wise Men from the East came searching for the one “who has been born King of the Jews” (Matthew 2:2), so that they might bow before Him and worship Him. In this event we see the […] Read More

God’s Will for Your New Year

Written by Theodore Barthels | January, 2015
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DEVOTION – New Year “Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit’; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a […] Read More