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Seth Bartal
Batesville, Indiana
I'm a Christ follower learning to live each day in light of God's grace.
Interests: Running, reading, playing piano and guitar, drinking tea and coffee, and spending quality time with people.
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And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19 Twelve years ago I was home from college for the summer, and I found an old box of letters that my Grandma had written to our family over the years.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2012 at Seth Bartal's ADVENTURE
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. James 4:7-8a There are times when God seems silent. I remember my freshman year in college when I had a crisis of faith. I was... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2012 at Seth Bartal's ADVENTURE
You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. James 4:4 If I had a black marker that I could use in my Bible to mark out... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2012 at Seth Bartal's ADVENTURE
You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. James 4:2 One of my least favorite things to do is to ask people for money (unless, of course, I’m getting change... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2012 at Seth Bartal's ADVENTURE
And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. James 3:18 Have you ever had one of those moments when you’re so fired up about something that you can barely breathe? Maybe you start talking so rapidly that you’re out of breath, or you’re so... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2012 at Seth Bartal's ADVENTURE
During my college years at Taylor University, one of my favorite things was when Dr. Jay Kesler, my mentor and friend, recited the beginning of a poem by James Whitcomb Riley before giving his message in one of the fall chapel services each year. In honor of Jay and of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2012 at Seth Bartal's ADVENTURE
But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. James 3:17 Something that I have been striving for over the years is wisdom. I want to be a wise person, and I want to make wise... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2012 at Seth Bartal's ADVENTURE
For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. –James 3:16 Last January I indulged and became the proud owner of an iPhone. It’s a beautiful thing, and it changed my life in ways that I never expected. To be honest, I had been... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2012 at Seth Bartal's ADVENTURE
So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! –James 3:5 Admittedly, I love fires. Having missed autumn in the United States for the past two years, I’m ecstatic about being able to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2012 at Seth Bartal's ADVENTURE
With [the tongue] we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. –James 3:9-10 It’s hard to imagine an underground spring that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2012 at Seth Bartal's ADVENTURE
For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole tongue. –James 3:2 One of my favorite movies from my teenage years is Dumb and Dumber. There is a poignant scene where... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2012 at Seth Bartal's ADVENTURE
Not many of your should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. –James 3:1 There is a tendency sometimes for people to want to share their knowledge with those who are younger or who aren’t as knowledgeable. While this is... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2012 at Seth Bartal's ADVENTURE
You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe – and shudder! –James 2:19 The Democratic Party made an interesting decision this past week to take the word “God” out of its Party Platform. The result was a firestorm of people claiming that the Dems don’t... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2012 at Seth Bartal's ADVENTURE
But someone will say, ‘You have faith and I have works.’ Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. –James 2:18 One of my all-time least favorite phrases is, “good Christian.” I think it irritates me because there really is... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2012 at Seth Bartal's ADVENTURE
For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment. –James 2:13 I’ll never forget an experience that I had during my first year of working in the church. Every Tuesday at noon we held a “Pastor’s Prayer” time where people would come and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2012 at Seth Bartal's ADVENTURE
If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself,’ you are doing well. –James 2:8 It’s seems that, once a person has been a follower of Christ for any significant amount of time, there’s a phrase that begins popping up in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2012 at Seth Bartal's ADVENTURE
My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory. –James 2:1 After my freshman year in college I took a job at Texas Roadhouse as a server. Though it had its fun moments, the job was also incredibly frustrating. As... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2012 at Seth Bartal's ADVENTURE
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world. –James 1:27 My Grandma was a young widow – she was in her 50’s when my Grandpa died. Though she never remarried... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2012 at Seth Bartal's ADVENTURE
If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless. –James 1:26 There’s a scene in the movie, “A Christmas Story,” where the little boy, Ralphie, uses a bad word and is forced to have his mouth washed out... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2012 at Seth Bartal's ADVENTURE
But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing. –James 1:25 It’s not often that we think of laws as providing freedom; most of the time we... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2012 at Seth Bartal's ADVENTURE
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. –James 1:22 I’m exhausted. I spent the last 3 nights of my life painting at our new house. First it was the ceilings; then it was the walls. As tiring as painting is, there’s a joy that comes... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2012 at Seth Bartal's ADVENTURE
Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. –James 1:21 Kari and I just bought a new home, and I’m realizing what an enormous task the landscaping is going to be. The previous people living there... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2012 at Seth Bartal's ADVENTURE
Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. –James 1:19-20 I’m a hurried sort of person. There’s always one more thing to do on my list and one... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2012 at Seth Bartal's ADVENTURE
Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures. –James 1:18 One of the incredible benefits of the spiritual rebirth that takes place when a person puts his or her faith in what Jesus accomplish... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2012 at Seth Bartal's ADVENTURE
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. –James 1:17 Perhaps it’s because I’ve been hurt so many times that I question the motives of others. I certainly don’t want... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2012 at Seth Bartal's ADVENTURE